The television landscape continues to evolve, but the one thing that hasn't changed is the vast array of wonderful characters that make up our favourite shows. Let's face it: a TV series is nothing without its colourful cohort of mainstays and, in order to enjoy the narrative of the show, we have to be able to experience it through their very eyes.
For television to be compelling, we need to be able to feel everything that the central characters feel, and understand their state of mind when they're forced into making devastating decisions. Great characters rely on two things: strong writing, and a believable performance by the actor playing them. More often than not, the two go hand-in-hand with one another.
This year has been one of television's strongest. We've seen brand new series that have blown our minds, and we've also seen plenty of fan-favourites return to our screens for another outing. The one thing that many of these shows have in common, however, is that they're full of great characters. So let's take a look at some of this year's finest.