TV Rundown: March 23 - 28: 'Bates Motel' Hits a Sad Note

Saddest Character: Dylan (Max Thieriot), Bates Motel: After the reveal of his true parentage, Dylan's downward spiral was to be expected. What “Bates Motel” brilliantly delivered this week was the tragic notion of what that means for him as a person. It also brought about numerous implications in his already troubled relationship with Norma (Vera Farmiga) and after their explosive encounter at the end of the episode it seemed to have torn them apart for good. 

Thieriot's portrayal hit all of the right notes in a searing turn that was understated, personifying the imploding heartbreak. How “Bates” handles its ruminations on mother-son relationships continues to be fascinating. In the end, the show seems to be about just that, a mother and her two very different relationships with her sons and it is highly compelling.

Best New Character: Stevie (Gail O’Grady), Revenge: Lifetime Movie heroine Gail O'Grady is tearing it up as the conflicted antithesis to the icy Victoria (Madeleine Stowe). The show has typically struggled with the introduction of new characters and they finally have one that works.

Largest Exodus: Teen Wolf: The horror series has bid farewell to core character Alison (Crystal Reed) and newcomers Isaac (Daniel Sharman) and the terrible twosome Ethan and Charlie (Max and Charlie Carver). With the exception of Alison, most of those characters have been dead weight. Now the foundation for the next season is set up to be a more concise affair.

Best New Soap Storyline: General Hospital: The simmering mystery of who was pulling the strings of the inept Julian (Michael DeVry) was shockingly identified to be Sonny’s (Maurice Bernard) longtime friend and ally Luke (Tony Geary) and it's not been a short-term thing.

Luke's been working against him for more than a year. It was a genuinely surprising revelation that will hopefully result, in an equally satisfying outcome with no fake outs. Luke vs. Sonny is a battle that would actually be fun to watch.

Most Overwhelming Character Presence: Sara (Caity Lotz), Arrow: For yet another episode, Sara continued her blaze on the front burner of the series. She is now Oliver’s (Stephen Amell) sole love interest, the head female on Team Arrow, she’s replaced Diggle (David Ramsey) as the team's muscle and Felicity as the tech wizard. She has quintessentially permeated every aspect of the show and it has become grating. Her awkward placement in every story doesn’t feel organic, at all.

Who’s the Bad Guy Again? The Tomorrow People: The twist and turns keep coming as the season’s greatest question has become the most difficult to answer. Is Jedekiah (Mark Pellegrino) the big bad or is he a misunderstood anti-hero?

It’s a testament to Pellegrino that it has been so hard to check Jed off in the villain column. He always manages to bring a dimension of light to his characterization that makes you want to believe in Jed's innocence and it works.

Best Character Duplicity: Tom (Ryan Eggold), The Blacklist: Ever since the omnipotent Red (James Spader) accused Liz's husband of being sinister, it's been one of the series' central mysteries. Is Tom a good guy or a bad guy? As it turns out he is a very bad guy. Ryan Eggold’s portrayal has been fun to watch as he played Tom's duplicity with notable skill.

Equally convincing as Tom consoled Liz (Megan Boone) in one breath and tried to harm her in the next. With Liz learning of Tom’s betrayal, their cat and mouse game is about to get even more interesting. I'm still holding out hope he's not completely evil.

Character in Need of Graduating: Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen), The Vampire Diaries: It is time for “Jer” (why can’t anyone finish pronouncing his name?) to come into adult world. It has been tedious for him to always run with the big kids and have to return to school afterwards, awaiting graduation. If the age difference is worth continuing to make an issue, than make something more out of it than a metaphor for Elena’s (Nina Dobrev) maternal acumen.

Show that Just Keeps Getting Better: Reign: It started as a not-so-great show. Then it was a guilty pleasure and now it is not only a worthy costume drama by The CW, it is a respectable series. “Reign” has become a sublime teen-based drama that has already bested the first season of “Gossip Girl”, in terms of story quality. There is no restraint on this sumptuous pleasure trove, no storyline the show has been afraid to attempt. It’s had the guts to claim the glory of a worthy gamble.

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