One of the most rewarding moments is when the bad guys get what was coming to them. On television this can be a long build that takes several seasons with many teases. These are some of my favorite.
Stringer Bell – The Wire
The right hand to Avon Barksdale, Stringer Bell was the real true villain on The Wire. Bell even went so far as to screw over his friends in order to protect himself. Eventually though, two common enemies Omar and Brother Mouzone teamed up to teach Bell a lesson in mortality. It was near the end of season three when Bell was shot to death by the two unlikely allies thus ending his empire. Few tears were shed following his death as Bell had made enemies on both sides of the law.
Gus Fring – Breaking Bad
Any of the bad guys from Breaking Bad could make this list, but it was Gus Fring’s death that gave us the most reward. Fring did not even join the list of villains on Breaking Bad until season two. When he first did, nobody could have thought the kind of impact he would have. Soon after he began working with Walter White only to then become his sworn enemy. Through all of season four we watched as Fring continued work with Walter while each planned out the other’s death. Ultimately it would be an explosion to kill Fring aided by one of his oldest enemies, Hector Salamanada of the Mexican Cartel ringing a bell attached to a bomb.
June Stahl – Sons of Anarchy
ATF Agent June Stahl wanted to stop the Sons of Anarchy from their illegal activities. The way she went about this was dirty and it quickly escalated into the mistaken death of Opie’s wife Donna, which almost tore the club apart. She came back in season three with a lot of guilt and revenge was finally obtained. As several of the members of the club were being transported to prison, another plot had been hatched. Forced to sit in the driver’s seat of her car, Agent Stahl was placed in the same position as Donna when she died. Opie had the pleasure of pulling the trigger to finally kill her and feel some sense of satisfaction.
Vern Schillinger – Oz
Sociopathic Aryan prisoner Vern Schillinger made Tobias Beecher’s time in Oswald Penitentiary a literal hell. He used Beecher’s body, tormented his mind, and changed him in ways that could never be fixed. Beecher did fight back long before the death, but not until Schillinger lay in a morgue could he be the victor. Thanks to a prop switch in the prison’s production of Hamlet, Beecher unknowingly stabbed Schillinger with a real knife. Schillinger’s death also led to Beecher’s on-again/off-again lover Chris Keller killing off the rest of the Aryans by mailing them anthrax. This confirmed Keller’s love for Beecher was true, giving him an even bigger reward. Too bad by the time this happened Keller was dead and Beecher was about to spend a lot more time in prison.