20. Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) on The Walking Dead
2012-2013 Rank: 17 ((((-3)
Rick started off last season looking like a new man. He decided to escape the violence and focus on building a self-sustaining community at the prison by welcoming new people and growing a garden. That quickly changed when the Governor vowed revenge on him by kidnapping Herschel and Michonne and attacking the prison. He was however able to defeat the Governor but lost the prison in the meantime. After the attack, the members of Rick's group got separated into various smaller groups. He was on his own with Carl for a while before finding Michonne. Then the season took a turn for the worse as they were captured (as well as most of their group) by cannibals. It's time for Rick to get angry again.
19. Richie Gecko (Zane Holtz)
18. Seth Gecko (D.J. Cotrona) on From Dusk Til Dawn
2012-2013 Rank: New Show
I started watching From Dusk Til Dawn one night after finding it on Netflix. This series based on the Robert Rodriguez film pretty much revisits the film and adds more detail. The characters are mostly the same as is the main storyline. It seems that it would be difficult to recreate a film I very much enjoy and especially match the awesomeness that was George Clooney as Seth Gecko. They did a good job however, and the Gecko brothers were quite enjoyable. It might be safe to say as a duo I liked the series more than the film, though if I'm looking at individual characters Clooney can't be topped. Anyway, the show added an interesting story in which Richie is possessed by an evil force drawing them to Mexico. In the end, it was a fun time experiencing this storyline and these characters again.
17. Oberyn Martell (Pedro Pascal) on Game of Thrones
2012-2013 Rank: New Character
There hasn't been a new character on Game of Thrones that has piqued my interest this much since the show first started. The Viper arrived in King's Landing with an agenda, to take down the Lannisters and those who hurt his family. His tactics however were quite interesting. Instead of trying to just take everyone down, he worked his way into importance in King's Landing which peaked at being invited onto a council that would decide Tyrion Lannister's fate after he was accused of murdering Joffrey. Oberyn shocked everyone however when he agreed to fight for Tyrion's life in a battle against a man who murdered his family members, The Mountain. Anxiety built up as everything seemed to lead to their fight to the death. It was an epic fight in which Oberyn's speed overpowered The Mountain's strength. Unfortunately he let his emotions get the best of him when he was briefly distracted long enough to lose control and ultimately his life. There have been many shocking deaths throughout the series so far, but this one really hurt.
16. Sandor 'The Hound' Clegane (Rory McCann) on Game of Thrones
2012-2013 Rank: 20 (+4)
After very much disliking him in the first couple of seasons, The Hound had started becoming a likable character. It all culminates with him first offering to help Sansa get out of King's Landing when he was leaving, then stumbling upon Arya and helping taking her in. Technically he "captured" Arya and was looking to return her to her family for a reward, but they grew a special bond as they traveled north together. He actually did a good job in mentoring Arya, but in the direction of being ruthless.
15. Dwight Hendrickson (Adam Copeland)
14. Nathan Wuornos (Lucas Bryant) on Haven
2012-2013 Rank: 16 (+1), 11 (-3)
When the new season of Haven began, we soon discover that things are a bit different after some time had gone by. Nathan was no longer sheriff and in his absence Dwight took over. He really seemed like the best person for the job since he was one of only a few people that was in on everything and really was the focal point of covering up the happenings of the Troubles. Nathan struggled with Audrey's disappearance into the barn, but later ends up back with her.
13. Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) on Game of Thrones
2012-2013 Rank: 13 (-)
I already wrote last year about Jamie's transformation from one of the more disliked characters on Game of Thrones to one of the more well-liked. His transformation continued, though he is still flawed. He has shown great honor with Brienne of Tarth and his brother Tyrion, but sadly is still in love with his sister Cersei. Jamie forged a sword for Brienne out of Eddard Stark's old sword, citing how he was a good man and the metal from his sword is meant to be in the hands of someone honorable. When Tyrion was under trial for the death of King Joffrey, Jamie seemed to be the only one who cared. He did the only thing he could think of to save Tyrion, by giving up his cloak to marry and carry on the Lannister name. If only he could get over his sister...
12. Dyson (Kris Holden-Ried) on Lost Girl
2012-2013 Rank: Previously Didn't Watch
Technically I have been watching Lost Girl for the past couple of years, but I have slowly been playing catch up. This is sort of based on a few seasons worth of Dyson. He is basically a wolf (which makes two on this list) in a world where powerful beings called Fae exist. Dyson has been an important support system for Bo and Kenzie, the main characters. His connections through being a cop and strength of being a wolf have come in very handy.
11. Captain Hook (Colin O'Donaghue) on Once Upon A Time
2012-2013 Rank: 12 (+1)
From his debut in Season 2, I have been a fan of Captain Hook. He has walked a fine line between good and bad, but this past season he has definitely veered more toward the side of good. That is mostly because of his love for Emma. Just like Emma, Captain Hook had a big season three. The first part was spent in Neverland trying to rescue Emma's son from Hook's arch nemesis, Peter Pan. Then when Emma forgets everything and is living in New York City, Hook is the one person able to find her and bring her (and her memory) back to Storybrooke. Finally, Hook travels back in time with Emma and they must find a way to fix a mistake that would have meant Emma's future non-existence.
10. Rumpelstiltsken/Mr. Gold (Robert Carlyle) on Once Upon A Time
2012-2013 Rank: 8 (-2)
It is always difficult to gauge what Gold's agenda is. Sometimes he seems like he's going to do something good, then it turns out it is for selfish reasons. This past season however he seemed to mostly veer on the side of "good." By good I mean he was willing to do anything to help his family. He did as much as sacrifice himself to save his son. Unfortunately for Gold, his son turned right around and sacrificed himself to save his father. So Gold ended up surviving and losing his son. We also discovered that Peter Pan was actually Gold's father and that Henry, Gold's grandson, is predestined to destroy Gold. He does not seem to mind and would rather see him family happy than worry about trying to kill his grandson.
9. Duke Crocker (Eric Balfour) on Haven
2012-2013 Rank: 6 (-3)
After admitting he loved Audrey, Duke had to accept that she and Nathan love each other and appear to be meant to be together. Lucky for Duke, a new female interest (Jennifer) entered his life this past season. The usual things are going on around Haven otherwise and Duke finds himself right in the thick of everything, trying to save the people of Haven as well as Audrey.
8. Steve Jinks (Aaron Ashmore)
7. Artie Nielsen (Raul Subinek)
6. Pete Lattimer (Eddie McClintock) on Warehouse 13
2012-2013 Rank: 10 (+2), 9 (+2), 4 (-2)
I will miss Warehouse 13 as a show, but I will especially miss the characters. Artie and Pete have been around since the beginning of the series and the show would not be the same without them. Steve showed up a couple seasons later giving Claudia a much-needed buddy, but he ended up providing so much more than that. Their adventures were exciting and dangerous, and each of them brought a brand of humor perfect for the show. We didn't really get to see what happens to each of them in the end, unlike Claudia who we know goes on to be Caretaker of the Warehouse. Pete's "will they, won't they" chemistry with Myka did conclude with him confessing his love for her. Sadly it was the last we saw. I guess it was good they didn't actually hook up throughout the series, as that decision tends to hurt many shows.
5. Aiden Waite (Sam Witwer) on Being Human
2012-2013 Rank: (+2)
The Warehouse 13 trio are not the only SyFy boys I'm sad to see go this year. Being Human has also ended its (shorter) run, and I'll miss the main characters very much. Aiden is first up (one more to come further up the list). Unlike Warehouse 13, Being Human provided a bit more closure regarding their characters. Mainly, Aiden became human and died. On top of that, he and Sally ended up moving on into the afterlife together. This came after a season in which they revealed their love for each other. So two of the main characters ended up admitting love at the end (just like Warehouse 13) though this wasn't something that was teased throughout the series (unlike Warehouse 13). I digress...Aiden through dying had a happy ending.
4. Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) on The Walking Dead
2012-2013 Rank: 2 (-2)
The main reason Daryl falls slightly in the ranking (besides being among a group of 4 highly favorable characters) is that we didn't get to see as much of him this past season. The first half of the season included a couple episodes focusing solely on the Governor (to my disappointment). The second half saw the group scattered (post-Governor) and spent full episodes on each sub-group. Daryl is still amazing and will most likely continue to be at the top, I just didn't get to enjoy him as much last season as I'd like to.
3. Jon Snow (Kit Harington) on Game of Thrones
2012-2013 Rank: 5 (+2)
As characters have come and gone in Game of Thrones, it had been difficult and scary to become too attached to anyone. Yet two of my top three are characters from the show that have been around since the beginning. Neither of them were my favorites initially, but their longevity has allowed them to become more important to me. I have been fan of Jon Snow for a while, but he has always been more of a side character (in my opinion). As characters have died and things have been crazy for much of the Game of Thrones world, there has been small-boiling activity up north where Snow is spending his time. The series premiere teased what could be coming from north of the wall, and we have seen things here and there about it, but it is only now starting to become more relevant. It is no coincidence that now Snow is becoming more important, and I believe will continue that trend. Unless of course he is just randomly and unexpectedly killed like many other characters. I don't think that will happen though.
2. Josh Levison (Sam Huntington) on Being Human
2012-2013 Rank: 1 (-1)
It feels appropriate to me that Josh is the final of the four main Being Human characters I'll ever write about. He has always been the heartbeat of the show, and not just because he was the only one of his roommates who had an actual heartbeat. It was always Josh's idea to try to live a normal life and find humanity in the fact that he (and Aiden, Sally and Nora) are all monsters. He had his ups and downs, but in the end things turned out pretty good for Josh. A final scene shows him with his wife Nora (both werewolves) with two children who they satisfyingly named Aiden and Sally...and they are happy.
1. Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) on Game of Thrones
2012-2013 Rank: 3 (+2)
Tryion went through one hell of a rollercoaster this past season. There were many memorable moments on the show (and all of television) this past year, but one of the best might have been when Tyrion let out all of his emotions at the end of his trial for Joffrey's murder. To back up...Tyrion was forced to marry Sansa Stark, which upset his actual love Shae. Then Joffrey was murdered at his wedding feast and Tyrion was accused. His brother Jamie made a deal with their father to let Tyrion go which he was going to do, until they brought out Shae to lie and say Tyrion planned the whole thing. This brings us to the moment when Tyrion lost his cool, which he almost never does. He unleashed verbal hell on everyone in the courtroom with incredible raw emotion, then demanded a trial by fight to the death. There was a glimmer of hope when Oberyn Martell agreed to fight in his honor, which he was mainly doing to kill The Mountain (and hopefully every other Lannister) for murdering his family. Oberyn was about to win, much to Tyrion's excitement, when he got cocky and the Mountain literally crushed his head. Finally Tyrion is set free on the night before his execution by Lord Varys who has always been a strange friend to Tyrion. Varys arranged for Tyrion to be smuggled by boat to another land. Before Tyrion got on the boat, he let his emotions get the best of him and murdered Shae and his father Tywin. I doubt Tyrion will be welcomed back in King's Landing anytime soon.
21. Trick (Richard Howland) on Lost Girl
22. Samwell Tarly (John Bradley) on Game of Thrones
23. Hale (K.C. Collins) on Lost Girl
24. William (Colin Ferguson) on Haven
25. Hershel Greene (Scott Wilson) on The Walking Dead
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