The Emmys do their best at honoring the best in television, but a few things fall through the cracks. Here is your chance to vote on the Character You Most Love to Hate from the 2012-2013 television season.
Tywin Lannister ("Game of Thrones") — The patriarch of the Lannister clan and Hand of the King, the Lord of Casterly Rock (Charles Dance) is the man running Westeros. In Tywin's defense, he's an equal-opportunity dictator, doing everything from arranging unwanted weddings for his own children to facilitating the Red Wedding.
Walter White ("Breaking Bad") — On the one hand, Walt (Bryan Cranston) is a monstrous drug kingpin who is responsible for a whole bunch of murders. On the other, he had started out just attempting to provide for his family and keep breakfast on the table for Walt Jr.
Jonah ("Veep") — The White House liaison to the vice president's office, Jonah (Timothy Simons) is the recipient of a long series of very creative and very profane jokes.
Pornstache ("Orange Is the New Black") — The most dastardly of the women's prison guards on "Orange Is the New Black," Pornstache (Pablo Schreiber) — named for the magnificent strip of facial hair he sports — is the main antagonist for Piper Chapman and her fellow inmates.
Pete Campbell ("Mad Men") — It's hard to be universally considered the worst person at a company where adultery and alcoholism are acceptable hobbies, but Vincent Kartheiser's scheming accounts man takes the cake. It's no surprise that the time he fell down the stairs was one of the highlights of the 2012-2013 television season, especially after he had the nerve to repeatedly cheat on Alison Brie's angelic Trudy Campbell.
Merle Dixon ("The Walking Dead") — You probably wouldn't take too kindly to being left to die at the hands of zombies, either, so let's not judge just how angry Michael Rooker's redneck warrior was at our protagonists when Season 3 started. A few betrayals and an escape from a death match against his brother later, Merle managed to redeem himself in the battle against the Governor.
Joe Carroll ("The Following") — So, yeah, he's a brutal serial killer (played by James Purefoy), but it's hard not to secretly root for Joe Carroll's handsome, poetic charm, particularly when he surrounds himself with the sexiest cult members ever seen on television and is matched against Kevin Bacon's sulky FBI agent, Ryan Hardy, who has to keep checking the batteries on his pacemaker.
Joffrey Baratheon ("Game of Thrones") — The man (or boy, depending on how disrespectful you might like to be) who sits on the Iron Throne, the king is universally loathed by nearly everyone in the Seven Kingdoms, save for his mother. A credit to Jack Gleeson for making Joffrey so completely slappable.
**VOTING CLOSES AT 10 P.M. ET ON THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 19**
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