Why is it that whenever we're feeling down we turn to sad, emotional music? It's counterintuitive, but it works. This week, however, music isn't cutting it. After Sunday's insane Game of Thrones episode, we're turning to more TV to fill the greatest hole of all. And, we're not after funny, feel-good moments. No. We're escaping our Red Wedding funk with some of TV's most cathartic scenes. Because, sometimes, when you're way down, the only place to go is rock bottom. Grab some tissues, maybe some baked goods, and prepare to feel.
Oh, and beware: This post is full of spoilers for shows like The Walking Dead, Battlestar Galactica, Lost, and Grey's Anatomy. Read at your own risk.
The Good-bye Doctor Who, Season 2, Ep. 13
Marissa Shoots Trey, The O.C., Season 2, Ep. 24
Fred's Death/Illyria's Awakening, Angel, Season 5, Ep. 15
Becoming Final, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Season 2, Ep. 22
Phoebe's Triplets, Friends, Season 5, Ep. 3
I Am Spartacus!, Spartacus: War of the Damned, Season 3, Ep. 10
Rex's Death, Desperate Housewives, Season 1, Ep. 23
"This scene is flawless, in my humble opinion. Bree doesn't bat an eye at the news of her husband's death, continues to polish her silver, and makes everything pristine before the Mrs. Dalloway front cracks, and she's left alone in the pristine home she built with Rex. The symbolism of her splayed out at her end of the dining-room table, as the camera pans to Rex's empty chair, is essay-worthy." — Hayden Manders, news editorial assistant
Death Montage, Six Feet Under, Season 5, Ep. 12
Dr. Mark Greene's Death, ER, Season 8, Ep. 21
Adriana Gets Hit, The Sopranos, Season 5, Ep. 12
Dwight Cries Over Angela, The Office, Season 4, Ep. 4
"I know everybody probably saves their tears for the Jim and Pam moments on The Office. But, when they stay at Dwight’s bed and breakfast and hear him crying, cradling the kitschy, little cherub Angela left behind? I was moaning right along with him. I’ve always been an advocate of their relationship as the most relatable love story on the show, not Jim and Pam's rom-com fairy tale." — Lexi Nisita, associate community editor
Photo: Courtesy of NBC.
Lori's Death, The Walking Dead, Season 3, Ep. 4
Denny Dies, Grey's Anatomy, Season 2, Ep. 27
"Battlestar Galactica manages to put very real moments in a very fictional setting. Throughout most of the season, Lee and Kara are at each other’s throats, and this episode, through flashbacks, explains exactly what went wrong between two pilots who were once impossibly close. Though seeing Lee unashamed to admit his feelings for Kara (which are truly palpable) makes me feel feelings, watching the exhausted fighters stumble into a forgiving embrace — especially after seeing so much death — makes my eyes burn." — Leila Brillson, global news editor
Photo: Courtesy of Syfy.
Vincent Lays Next to Jack, Lost, Season 6, Ep. 18