Grey's: The 20 Saddest Deaths, Ranked

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We’ve scarcely gotten off the emotional roller coaster that was Grey’s Anatomy’s swoon-worthy Season of Love, and already, we’ve begun counting down until the start of the next ride. But we may have found a creative way to to alleviate our — and hopefully your — anxiety at being separated from the long-running ABC drama all summer long: by reliving the show’s 20 most heartbreaking deaths ever.

Hey, we didn’t say that it was going to be easy.

Included in our tear-soaked list of crushing casualties are the demises of not only major Grey’s McPlayers like Derek Shepherd and George O’Malley but also a couple of special guest characters who made a big (as well as lasting) impression without even surviving to see a second episode. And no, we’re not giving you any hints about their identities; to see which of the departed we considered the dearest, you’re going to have to be brave and scroll through all the photos.

So, tissues at the ready? Click on the attached gallery to begin your bittersweet walk down Memory Lane, then hit the comments with any swan songs that we omitted that you think we had to have been brain-dead not to have included.