After thinking about and arguing the “proper” Breaking Bad ending ad nauseam, don’t we need a little sexy-break? I think we do. A friend of mine recently started watching The Fall, and as a fan of Jamie Dornan, she found it hard to believe he was going to be a really bad guy; in fact, it’s no spoiler to say he’s the terrifying guy. But he’s also dead sexy, and in between the moments his character was scaring the ever-loving crap out of me, I found him strangely alluring. It’s unsettling when we find someone creepy and sexy. And he’s not the only one; you might feel the same about a few other characters, including half the Sons of Anarchy cast.
1. Paul Specter (Jamie Dornan), The Fall
The creepy-sexy factor can’t have a more equal weight than with Paul Spector…by day he’s a family man and a fucking bereavement counselor; by night, a methodical, brutal killer. Moist shiver, anyone?
2. Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), Game of Thrones
Come on, admit it. Now that Jaime’s been humbled and had his hand whacked off, you’ve forgotten all about the ick factor? But it’s still there. Incest and the attempted murder of a child can’t just be wiped away. And he’s still jonesing for Cersei! Blech. *sigh*
3. Jim Moriarty (Andrew Scott), Sherlock
I don’t know what exactly it is about this squirrelly bastard, but there certainly is something. He’s a master criminal and a coward who seemingly caused our beloved Sherlock’s death (dun dun dun!). Perhaps it’s the idea that he might be able to outwit our hero that makes him so attractive?
4. Dexter Morgan (Michael C. Hall), Dexter
Yes, he’s a serial killer, and there’s nothing attractive about Dexter when he’s trussed up his latest victim and stabbing him or her in the chest. But Dex definitely has that Seinfeld two-face thing going; there are times when the dude is totally hot.
5. Alice Morgan (Ruth Wilson), Luther
If you aren’t attracted to Alice Morgan, you are dead. That’s all folks.
6. Gus Fring (Giancarlo Esposito), Breaking Bad
Gustavo. Say his name. Sexy, ain’t it? There’s something about a very controlled, buttoned up man. Sure, he might slice open your throat with a box cutter, but he’ll also take out his archenemy with a plan so brilliantly hot, you’re left fanning yourself. Just try not to think about his two-facedness.
7. Jax Teller (Charlie Hunnam), Sons of Anarchy
This one makes me feel dirty and ashamed. In theory, nothing should make Jax attractive; he’s a murdering thief with his own warped sense of justice, who has no problem shooting up his addict ex with heroin to keep her away from her son. Um…yes I do kind of despise myself.
8. Gemma Teller Morrow (Katey Sagal), Sons of Anarchy
And for that matter, Jax’s mother is one of the most despicable women alive; she’d screw over anyone, including her son, to get what she wants. But I defy you to tell me she doesn’t have it going on? Sagal knows how to work our own emotions against us.
9. “Tig” Trager (Kim Coates), Sons of Anarchy
Tig is a man of extreme violence, with just as strong an unexpectedly soft, compassionate side—especially toward animals. It’s all so confusing, and so are our feelings about this devil with the blue-eyes.
10. Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen), Hannibal
He eats people! Oh, my lions…