That sound you heard was one final challenger going down in defeat in TVLine’s March BADness Bracket Tournament.
Yes, Dexter‘s Dexter Morgan wrapped his half of our 64-player bracket in clear plastic and wreaked bloody havoc, but our final round proved to be no contest whatsoever.
His un-vanquishable opponent? Outlander‘s merciless Jonathan “Black Jack” Randall, who took the crown with 72.8% of TVLine reader votes. Over the last two weeks, “Black Jack” defeated Frank Underwood from House of Cards, The Governor from The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones‘ Ramsay Bolton, Sons of Anarchy‘s Gemma Teller Morrow and finally (in his closest bout, with 52.3 percent of the vote), Kilgrave of Marvel’s Jessica Jones.
Of course, it makes sense, given that Black Jack (brought to vivid life by Tobias Menzies) is one of the most depraved characters to make the leap from literature to TV, a sadist in gentleman’s clothing who wants his victims not just to hurt, but to suffer.
The British soldier invaded hero Jamie’s psyche so thoroughly, for a brief time the otherwise stalwart Scot preferred the solace of death to a life knowing that his body and mind had been violated by Randall.
That may sound like a strange reason to laud a character, but in the twisted and malicious, malignant, murderous world of March BADness, it’s a first-rate résumé and a badge of honor.
CLICK HERE TO SEE HOW THE ENTIRE 64-PLAYER BRACKET PLAYED OUT (then click again for a zoomed-in view) — and hit the comments to weigh in on the final results!