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Whatever Happened To Lee Toric From Sons Of Anarchy?

In a comprehensive list of deplorable villains in "Sons of Anarchy," Donal Logue's Lee Toric is in good company. But in opposition to the threat that the Aryan Brotherhood or the Real IRA posed to the club, Toric is something far more insidious. After learning that Otto Delaney (Kurt Sutter) killed his sister, Toric makes it his mission to destroy the club by any means necessary. He uses his power as a U.S. Marshall to do some of the most reprehensible acts that the series has ever seen. 

"I left work so disturbed by the things that I had done — and that has never happened to me before," Logue recounted to TV Line about his character. "It's almost like I couldn't even stand to be in the car with myself as I drove away." Toric's villainy was undoubtedly one for the books, which is what made "Sons of Anarchy" fans so confused when he departed abruptly due to a contractual obligation with another series. 

"Donal felt awful," Sutter told Entertainment Weekly after Toric was killed. "We had set up this season-long arc for this character, and suddenly I didn't have the actor. It's just sort of the nature of the business, and so, what I always try to do when that stuff happens is say, 'Okay, how do I turn a negative into a positive?'" That positive was a genuinely gruesome death and confirmation that we would see Logue somewhere else in the near future.

He headed straight to the Vikings set

After cutting his time on "Sons of Anarchy" short, Donal Logue set sail for equally violent waters. He journeyed to Ireland, where he starred in History Channel's mythic tale about the real-life Scandinavian Ragnar Lothbrok. "Vikings" lasted six seasons on the network, exploring and expanding on the Lothbrok conquerors who desired more than short-sighted raids.

Horik (Donal Logue) is a crucial component to many of the best episodes of "Vikings," which reached its stride in Season 2. Appearing at the end of the first season, King Horik rules the Danes and appears as a potential ally to Ragnar (Travis Fimmel). But even from his first moments, viewers have a glimpse into Horik's trickery. Horik releases live chickens on a group of Uppsala priests to provoke them. Only when they object does he reveal himself as a king. This character-revealing moment is a significant precursor for what is to come.

After Horik and Ragnar agree to rail against Jarl Borg (Thorbjørn Harr) and King Ecbert (Linus Roache) of Wessex, the former proves how untrustworthy he is. After a season of fighting alongside Ragnar, Horik decides to strike against him and use Floki (Gustaf Skarsgård). But even though viewers are led to believe that Floki will betray Ragnar, it turns out that he had been a double agent the entire time. Just like Lee Toric, Horik dies a bloody death at the end of a blade.

He gave heart to Gotham's most notorious crooked cop

On a long list of Batman characters, Harvey Bullock is not likely to be anyone's favorite. Represented in the comics and "Batman: The Animated Series," Bullock appears as part of the problem. Gotham's corruption knows no bounds, especially to Gotham P.D. But in Fox's "Gotham" series depicting the lives of the police force, viewers get a different side of the character. Donal Logue plays Harvey Bullock for 100 episodes of the series that ran from 2014-2019. The series revolves around rookie cop Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie), who is probably the only idealistic officer in the department. Episodes show almost every origin story possible in the Batman universe, including a young Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz), as if that story hasn't been done to death.

But where the series fails in the world's greatest detective, it more than makes up for in character development. At first, Bullock seems like the corrupt cop we know and tolerate. At first glance, he and Jim have nothing in common. Bullock has long become jaded due to the crime rampant in the city. But after years of working side-by-side, Jim and Bullock become allies and eventually best friends. Jim's idealism rubs off on Bullock to a degree, and Jim becomes the iconic commissioner in Batman lore. Logue helps bring a character we thought we could never care about and creates a nuanced and endearing protagonist.