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Poussey Washington From ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK Tops Lists Of The Saddest Netflix Original Deaths According to Fans

26 October 2020


It’s easy to get invested in Netflix’s huge variety of shows, and we all understand the heartbreak when one of our favourite characters is no longer a part of the plot. 

After revealing the Netflix and Feels Index, which showcased the series that made us cry the most, OnBuy.com were intrigued to discover which Netflix show character's death was the saddest for fans to watch. They surveyed 3,180 Netflix Original fans worldwide, asking them ‘Which Netflix character's death did you find the saddest?’ and ‘Which Netflix character's death did you find the most surprising?’, and OnBuy.com can finally reveal all.

The 10 Saddest Netflix Original Show Deaths

   Character  Netflix Show  % of fans who found their death saddest
 1  Poussey Washington  Orange Is the New Black  54%
 2  Hannah Baker  Thirteen Reasons Why  42%
 3  Nairobi  Money Heist  40%
 4  Barbara Holland  Stranger Things  36%
 5  Phinneus Pogo  The Umbrella Academy  31%
 6  Renfri  The Witcher  25%
 7  River Barkley  The Politician  23%
 8  Huck Finnigan  Ratched  21%
 9  Cottonmouth  Luke Cage  19%
 10  Hope Shlottman  Jessica Jones  13%

The title of saddest Netflix death goes to Poussey Washington from Orange Is the New Black, her intelligent and outspoken nature certainly made her a fan favourite. Poussey’s death led to shed tears among viewers when she was suffocated by CO Bayley at the end of season four, with 54% of fans rating this as one of the saddest. 



In second place is Hannah Baker from Thirteen Reasons Why. Hannah’s suicide is central to the storyline and fans connected with her through narration, making her death one of the saddest; 42% of Netflix fans agree. 

40% of fans voted Nairobi’s death as the saddest, placing her in third overall. After learning to counterfeit money at age 13, she was recruited to participate in the Royal Mint of Spain heist which eventually led to her death. 

In fourth and fifth place are Barbara Holland from Stranger Things and Pogo from The Umbrella Academy, with 36% and 31% of the votes respectively. 

The Five Most Surprising Netflix Original Show Deaths

   Character  Netflix Show  % of fans who found their  death surprising
 1  Poussey Washington  Orange Is the New Black  38%
 2  Barbara Holland  Stranger Things  32%
 3  Zoe Barnes  House of Cards  30%
 4  Phinneus Pogo  The Umbrella Academy  25%
 5  Edward Meechum  House of Cards  21%

Once again, Poussey’s death takes the top spot. Not only is her death the saddest, but it’s also the most surprising, as 38% of Netflix fans didn't expect it. 

The title of the second most surprising death goes to Barbara Holland who featured in Stranger Things. Commonly known as Barb, her character certainly tugged on fans’ heartstrings as she mysteriously vanished and it was later revealed she was killed by the Demogorgon, surprising 32% of fans. 

The third most surprising Netflix show death is Zoe Barnes from House of Cards, with 30% surprised by the plot of her death. Zoe appeared in seasons one, two, and four before she was pushed in front of an oncoming train by Frank, frustrating viewers of the show. 

I hope this survey was of interest and provides some interesting insight into fans’ feelings! If you are interested OnBuy’s Netflix and Feels Index for more information, please see the blog here.

Methodology: OnBuy.com surveyed 3,180 fans around the world in October 2020 to vote on the three Netflix TV show deaths they found the saddest and the three Netflix deaths they found the most surprising. They then ranked the characters in order of saddest and most surprising deaths to obtain the final result.

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