Monday, April 7, 2014

The 10 Greatest HBO Characters Of All Time

From Cool Material, to whom I give bonus points for not including anyone from "Sex And The City."

Nelson Van Alden (Boardwalk Empire)
Michael Shannon is one of those guys you know but you don’t know (at least until Man of Steel came out). He also happens to be the most intriguing character from Boardwalk Empire. Think Walter White with a creepier stare.

Carmela Soprano (The Sopranos)
Behind every great man there’s a great woman. Edie Falco snagged numerous awards for her performance as Carmela, tapping into an array of fears and aggravations that would come with being married to a mafia kingpin. In fact, the show often revolved around her quest for happiness and her struggles with inner demons.

Rust Cohle (True Detective)
If there were to be more episodes of True Detective with Rust in them, he would no-doubt inch up higher on this list. The philosophical quote machine with a penchant for Lone Star Beer and cartons of cigarettes became a sensation in just eight episodes of the show.

Jimmy McNulty (The Wire)
The Wire is arguably the greatest television show of all time, and if you had to pick a central character (difficult), you’d probably have to go with Jimmy McNulty. He’s the quintessential antihero who plays by his own rules between hangovers. He also happens to possess a certain cool factor that makes him the perfect cop to mix it up with the characters on the streets of Baltimore.

Kenny Powers (Eastbound & Down)
There were a few comedic characters considered for this list – Ali G, Larry David (is he a character?) – but when it came to one that was truly rounded, we had to go with Kenny Powers. The mullet-rocking pitcher is so wonderfully full of himself and so oblivious to his harshness that he’s like a walking punchline.

Tyrion Lannister (Game of Thrones)
Peter Dinklage is so mind-blowingly brilliant as the whore and wine-obsessed member of the Lannisters that, in a show with about a zillion characters, he’s the one everyone cheers for. His wit makes him a formidable foe no matter his size or strength.

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1 comment:

  1. Great list. I can't decide between Rust Cohle and Kenny Powers. I'm torn between two lovers!



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