Hello, 2014 — the year of people trying to save the world with hashtag activism, while TV characters don’t think about the world at all. The last few seasons brought the latest iteration of the anti-hero, characters without any motivations beyond themselves. I loved the complicated, flawed characters of shows like The Godfather, 24, Sex And The City, Gossip Girl, The Sopranos, Veronica Mars, Friday Night Lights, and early seasons of Breaking Bad.
These characters were messes, but they were motivated by something more. They were protecting their families, fighting for their friends, or trying to get over their insecurities. Yet, recently their have been so many “anti-heroes” that lacked any sort of moral compass at all. And, this made me wonder what and who are we rooting for?
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