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Bellamy Young, Scandal
As for a Shonda Rhimes show that people you know actually do watch, Young’s Mellie was increasingly the best thing about the show through its sometimes-bumpy third season. This was the year we got to see Mellie’s backstory, where her rampant bitchiness and self-destructive march to the sea were given context and motive and no small amount of empathy. It was already pretty difficult to be on Fitz’s side after two seasons worth of sneering declarations of love for his mistress; by the end of season three, if you weren’t hoping for Mellie to take a very real flamethrower to this very fictional White House, it’s tough to imagine what show you were watching.