December 31, 2012 12:00 PM


Nucky Thompson

Boardwalk Empire, HBO

Steve Buscemi’s bootlegger has had to grow more coldly ruthless or be run out of Atlantic City.


Joffrey Baratheon

Game of Thrones, HBO

Wormily played by Jack Gleeson, the occupier of the Iron Throne throws hissy fits that end in massacres. Caligula’s mini-me.


Walter White

Breaking Bad, AMC

He’s now so corrupted by his drug-empire ambitions, his wife wishes he’d die of cancer. Bryan Cranston makes this creep fascinatingly repugnant.

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