Why is Dally's death somehow more sad than Johnny's? The reason that Dally's death is sadder than Johnny's is because Dally wanted to die because of the death of Johnny. Dally aimed his gun at the police on purpose so that he could get shot and die. Another thing is that Johnny was the only thing that Dally loved and to see Dally kill himself over it was horrible. Dally also had helped Johnny and Pony a lot, and by doing that he was putting his life in jeopardy.