This was an amazing year for television. There were so many great shows, both new and returning, all filled with great characters, moments, and episodes. I couldn’t narrow down my favorites into just one “Best of” post, so this will be the first of a series of posts about my favorite things in television this year.
These characters are the ones who grabbed my heart the most this year. They may not be the best characters on their show or the most talked about, but they were the ones I loved the most. So, in no particular order, I give you my Top 10 characters of 2013!
Jaime Lannister (Game of Thrones) Season 3 belonged to Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and his portrayal of Jaime Lannister’s progression from the Kingslayer who pushed Bran out of a window into an incredibly complex character who is rediscovering his honor. The scene with Brienne in the bath of Harrenhal provided so much backstory and character development for him. He was placed in an incredibly difficult situation – torn between protecting his king, his father, and the people of Kings Landing – and he became despised for the choice he made. It was his first time he had explained himself and in doing so, showed the kind of man he had been. His journey to become that man again has been one of the most rewarding stories on TV for me this year.
Diane Lockhart (The Good Wife) I want to be Diane Lockhart when I grow up. She is smart, dedicated, and incredibly strong. I am still mad at Peter for passing her over for the Supreme Court nomination because she has earned it and I know she would be an incredible judge. Christine Baranski did a beautifully heartbreaking job portraying Diane’s devastation at losing that opportunity. I am so happy that she decided to marry Kurt, despite everyone’s protests over his political views. She did what made her happy and didn’t let anyone dissuade her and I find that inspiring. As a bonus, she was also responsible for one of my favorite comedic scenes of the season. Her reaction to Kalinda asking her about writing The Vampire Diaries fanfiction and to Damon and Elena’s sexual activities cracked me up and continues to make me smile to think about.
Ben Wyatt (Parks and Recreation) Ben Wyatt is my favorite male character on TV right now. Whether he’s reciting beautiful vows to Leslie, being concerned that Andy doesn’t know that Hogwarts isn’t real, or coming up with ridiculous board games, he consistently makes me happy. He is a loving and nerdy human being and I love him for it.
Lena Foster (The Fosters) I loved Lena for her big heart almost immediately. It doesn’t hurt that she reminds me a lot of one of my closest friends but even without that, I would love her. She cares so much about her family and the students she works with. She’s patient, supportive and truly kind. She is a beautiful character, inside and out.
Emma Swan (Once Upon a Time) I’ll admit that I had forgotten how much I love Emma until the midseason finale. This episode really made me realize how far she has come as a character. She had a hard time accepting Snow and David as her parents at first but this season, she’s really embraced them. She’s allowed herself to forgive them because she understands why they had to give her up. All she’s wanted is it to be able to have a family and now they were taken away from her again. I love that she now has happy memories of her and Henry’s past. She may not have her parents, but she got her son and for now, that’s enough.
Alison Hendrix (Orphan Black) It’s hard to pick between the clones because they are all so amazing. When we first met her, I never expected Alison to become my favorite. Maybe it was the fact that we have identical taste in music, maybe it was her blossoming friendship with Felix, or maybe it was it was the way she was forced to accept that her life wasn’t what she thought it was. Prior to meeting Sarah, Alison did everything she could to keep tight control over her life and her reaction to losing that control was so fascinating and heartbreaking to watch.
Winston Bishop (New Girl) Though he’s easily the least developed character on New Girl, I can’t help but love Winston in all of his craziness. I love his tendency to go WAY overboard with pranks and his attachment to Ferguson the cat. I want more of Winston in 2014 and maybe even an actual plot for him.
Jack Hodgins (Bones) I love Hodgins for all the reasons I love Ben Wyatt. He’s a loyal and caring friend, a loving husband, and a huge nerd. What other character would willingly play host to a bug just because he loves them so much? His joy about every single one of his science experiments is so endearing and makes me love him all over again.
Mellie Grant (Scandal) I’m cheating a little with this one because I just started Scandal this month and I’ve only seen 2 episodes that have aired in 2013. I’ve loved Mellie so much though that I am confident that she would have still ended up on this list if I were caught up with the show. She is confident, conniving, and commanding and I’m so drawn to her in scenes. She is a fascinating woman to watch and I can’t wait to catch up with this show.
Olivia Pope (Scandal) Like I said for Mellie, this is probably cheating a little. I hadn’t planned on having two characters on the same show in this list, but I couldn’t pick between Mellie and Olivia. She is such a complex character – she has done a lot of morally questionable things but she still wants to wear the white hat. She cares so much for those who work for her and above all, she does her job very well. She’s strong but we also get peeks of her vulnerability.
Honorable Mention: Bert Harrison (Trophy Wife) Bert is the most adorable kid on TV. He’s so enthusiastic and happy that you can’t help but love him.
Who were your favorites this year?