Walter (Bryan Cranston), Jesse (Aaron Paul) and helpful newbie Todd (Jesse Plemons) have pulled off one of their most incredible schemes yet — only to realize that an innocent boy is a witness. As the aud imagines all kinds of scenarios, Todd pulls out his gun and shocks everyone.
“Sons of Anarchy”
Jax Teller (Charlie Hunnam) and other members of the gang watch as a half dozen members of a rival gang beat Opie (Ryan Hurst) to death. Sacrificing himself in order to save the group, Opie gives off a slight smile and sees his friend one last time, and by that time Teller isn’t the only one with tears in his eyes.
There’s never anything quite like what happens when Carrie (Claire Danes) and Brody (Damian Lewis) are face to face, but Carrie’s emotionally delicate interrogation of Brody somehow manages to take their tango to another level.
“The Walking Dead”
After Lori (Sarah Wayne Callies) dies during pregnancy, tween son Carl (Chandler Riggs) steps up to the gruesome added responsibility of putting a bullet in her head, to make sure she doesn’t come back as a zombie.
Is there nothing Richard Harrow can’t do? Richard (Jack Huston) is a one-man gang in not only taking down the forces of Gyp Rosetti, but rescuing young Tommy Darmody (Brady and Connor Noon) in the process.
The most poignant departure from Downton in season three wasn’t that of Matthew (Dan Stevens), but rather the gutwrenching passing of Sybil (Jessica Brown Findlay) just after giving birth to her first child.
Elizabeth (Keri Russell) learns that her own Russian bosses have duped her and her life-partner in spydom Phillip (Matthew Rhys), and takes out her anger in startlingly ferocious fashion on Claudia (Margo Martindale).
Deadbeat dad Frank (William H. Macy) unwittingly becomes the world’s most unlikely spokesperson for gay rights — so long as he’s amply compensated.
While giving Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant) his due, the moment of the year in Justified might have been the brutal beating of Constable Bob (Patton Oswalt) — who survives while defiantly cracking insults along the way.
With its gritty language and frank violence, Southland has always been fascinating and threatening. In this moment, two cops (Michael Cudlitz and guest Anthony Ruivivar) are kidnapped by meth addicts and tortured. The unstinting look at the cops’ reaction pushed the genre into new frontiers.
“Game of Thrones”
In a show known for swordfights, backstabbing and fire-breathing dragons, a conversation in a bathtub between two adversaries seems the most poignant. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau’s Jaime Lannister lets his guard down to explain why he killed the former king and why he never told anyone the truth.
President Grant (Tony Goldwyn) chooses his mistress Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) over his wife, Mellie (Bellamy Young), telling his chief of staff (Jeff Perry) he’d rather give up the office than lose his lover.