Which TV Character Had the Most Terrible, No Good, Very Bad Year -- Walt? Olivia? Don? Tara?
Boardwalk Empire’s Gillian
Lost custody of her grandson. Discovered her BF is an undercover detective — after she tells him she committed murder. Thrown in jail.
Mad Men‘s Don
Engaged in a sometimes kinky, and ill-fated, affair with neighbor lady Sylvia — with whom he was caught having sex by daughter Sally. Peggy called him a “monster.” Spent an episode hopped up on “energy serum.” After a meltdown during a Hershey’s pitch, was forced into a sabbatical by the partners.
Overlooked for a long overdue promotion. Oh, and discovered that the child killer she was pursuing was, in fact, her beloved husband.
Game of Thrones‘ Jaime
Spent the season filthy, a prisoner. Lost his hand. When he finally returned home, Cersei looked at him like he was a pile of garbage.
Struggled to recover from suicide attempt after learning her father is a terrorist. Boyfriend turned out to be a psycho. Took job/residence at a fleabag motel. Father was lynched.
Sleepy Hollow‘s Ichabod
Woke up centuries after he died — in a completely foreign America — to learn 1) his wife is a witch being held in Purgatory, 2) he had a son he never knew about and 3) one of the leaders of the apocalypse he’s fighting is his former best friend.
Sons of Anarchy‘s Tara
Caught her husband in bed with a prostitute. Her “exit strategy” went up in flames. Murdered by mother-in-law by way of a meat fork.
The Vampire Diaries‘ Stefan
Lost his love Elena and then had his life taken over by a doppelganger, who locked him in a box at the bottom of quarry to drown… over and over. He escaped that watery hell, but not without PTSD. Also, Tessa took away his memories.
American Idol‘s Mariah Carey
After signing on for Idol, discovered Nicki Minaj was joining her. Made headlines with an ugly diva spat, saw the show’s ratings drop, proved unable to speak live on TV, reportedly almost got replaced by J.Lo midway through the season and got slammed for lip-syncing during her “live” performance on the show.
Was (briefly) outed as President Grant’s mistress just as she reunited with her estranged father Eli aka B613 boss man Rowan. Saw OPA business (briefly) tank in the wake of her personal scandal, and even lost a plum client in wannabe POTUS Josie Marcus. Learned that boyfriend Fitz years ago had a hand in killing her mother — except Maya Pope was really alive! Except, Maya Pope turned out to be the true “monster” of a parent!
Her OCD returned. Blew her book deadline. The whole Q-Tip thing.
In the course of begrudgingly returning to work as an FBI profiler to survey a series of very dark, dark, daarrrrkkkk cases, he was masterfully manipulated by Dr. Hannibal Lecter — to the point that he lost his marbles and wound up behind bars.
Beauty and the Beast‘s Catherine
The beauty finally connected with her beast… only to see him get carted away in the season finale. When Vincent did come back, he had lost his memory and gained more beastly intentions — as well as a deadly agenda. Cat mourned one father, then discovered her real one was The Big Bad. But, when forced to choose, she shot Vincent before he could kill her dad.
Lost her mom, had to contend with a bratty upstart as competition, faced multiple public scandals and had her profession of love to Avery thwarted by the untimely entrance of Scarlett.
The Blacklist‘s Liz
In her first day as an FBI profiler, her husband was attacked/hospitalized — and later framed for murder. She lost her adoptive father and still doesn’t know who her biological dad is. One of the FBI’s most wanted criminals is mysteriously obsessed with her. Oh, and that wig.
Breaking Bad‘s Walt
His cancer came back. Saw his criminal empire crumble — and along the way lost some $70 million in cash. Watched helplessly as frenemy Hank was killed in cold blood. Saved wife Skylar’s legal bacon, but lost his marriage. Died.
Person of Interest‘s Carter
Lost out on an FBI gig due to her ties to boyfriend Cal — who wound up murdered. Got demoted from detective to patrol officer, where her partner was an HR mole. Lost her life in the course of taking down HR.