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The Top 10 Most Evil ‘Game of Thrones’ Villains

In the morally ambiguous world of Westeros, separating the good guys from the bad guys is hard, owing to complex characterization of the cast and crazy situations each and every character is plunged into. But when the bad people are bad, they’re really bad. Few villains can elicit such reactions from the audience as the Game of Thrones antagonists manage to pull off, making them truly hatable. Here are the top ten best Game of Thrones villains, each one making an impact on the audience. Let’s meet the bad guys as we count them down from number ten!

 

10. The Night King

 

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This might be a bit of a controversial start, as the Night King is often thought of the ‘big bad’ of the series, THE ultimate villain who surpassed everyone else in both scale and power. Well, at least until the latest season, where he surprisingly killed off in Episode 3 and leaving Cersei to take the role of ‘final boss’. But while he was a fearsome presence and one of the main focuses of conflict for the show that got bigger as the shoe went on, the Night King himself didn’t have much beyond the surface, unlike most of the other characters. He was just a fearsome, silent dark necromancer who wanted to destroy Westeros because he hated the living. Still, there’s no denying he was an intimidating figure, leading legions of zombies and being especially terrifying up close. There’s just the nagging feeling he could’ve made more going for him than ‘evil’ but what we got was still pretty good.

 

9. Ser Gregor Clegane / The Mountain

 

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The Mountain’s appearances throughout the series could be counted on one hand but he’s left a huge mark since he first came stomping onto the scene in Season 1. From his actions before the series (murdering Elia Martell and shoving his own brother, Sandor, into a fireplace and scarring him for life), to his horrific actions onscreen such as rampaging through the Riverlands to torturing people to death at the Dreadfort to murdering Obeyrn Martell by squashing his head, the Mountain has cemented himself as one of the worst. He became less of a character after he was revived as a zombie by Qyburn to serve Cersei, being a silent enforcer of her will but at least he got a final showdown with his brother, Sandor, that ended with both their deaths. The Mountain will always have been a memorable, destructive presence that inspired terror whenever he was onscreen.

 

8. The High Sparrow

 

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This guy. This guy right here. The High Sparrow was a man we wanted to punch in the face as soon as he came onscreen. A fanatic who hid behind pillars of self-righteousness and acted like what he was doing was in service to his god, the High Sparrow does horrible things while preaching about how good he is to the world. His smug attitude doesn’t help matters either and its thanks to him the Seven Kingdoms are turned upside down overnight, with Margaery getting arrested. He even makes us feel sorry for Cersei after he puts her through the infamous walk of shame. It is very satisfying indeed when he gets blown sky high by an explosion of wildfire in a trap by Cersei. Still, he’s quite effective as an antagonist and all good villains make you hate them.

 

7. Roose bolton

 

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Oozing icy menace, Roose Bolton was just as sadistic as his dastardly son, Ramsay, but exercised self-restraint to put on a mask of civility that still made him quite scary. Cold and calculating, Roose began as a vassal to Ned Stark but always had his eye towards taking power for his own. His sadism is on display, with his methods of torture and his House’s symbol being a flayed man but he keeps in the Stark’s good graces until the time is right to strike. And strike he does, stabbing Robb Stark personally at the infamous Red Wedding and putting the North under Bolton control. Until, of course, Roose Bolton was killed himself by Ramsay, as Ramsay’s ambition led him to take Roose’s position by force. Roose may not have the manic energy of his son but he’s far more controlled and intelligent with how he used his villainy.

 

6. Walder Frey

 

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Walder Frey may not seem impressive to look at but he’s one of the villains who had the most impact on the series. A slimy, disgusting man who abused his own daughters to produce more heirs to the Frey bloodline. His worst act, however, was betraying his allies, the Starks, leading to the infamous Red Wedding massacre where Robb, Catelyn, and many more are murdered. Walder Frey rightfully pays for his crime later on when Arya kills him but his impact on the series is huge despite his small amount of screen time.

 

5. Ramsay Bolton

 

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Oh boy. Of all the antagonists of the series, few inspire open contempt the way Ramsay does. And for good reason. He’s a complete and utter monster, with no redeemable traits at all. He’s completely insane, living not for politics or power but desiring to hurt people. His introduction to the series, where he brutally tortures Theon Greyjoy, is the stuff of nightmares. Not to mention his various other despicable acts including raping Sansa, killing his own father, taking over Winterfell, and his habit of feeding his victims to his pack of dogs. Fortunately, this piece of work meets his end in a suitably karmic fashion, as Sansa locks him in with his own dogs after his defeat at the Battle of Basterds and lets him get eaten alive by them. Ramsay deserved that fate and we sure won’t miss this lunatic.

 

4. Petyr ‘littlefinger’ Baelish

 

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Petyr Baelish doesn’t have the over the top antics of some other villains but he’s very dangerous all the same. Almost a Shakespearen figure who relies on his wits and intelligence to play the game of politics, he’s a sly weasel who worms his way into positions of authority through constant scheming. It was Baelish who started the War of Kings with his secret letter to Ned Stark and his true nature is revealed when he betrays Ned Stark, putting a knife to his throat when Ned attempts to confront Cersei over her actions, causing Ned to be killed. He was a man who profited from chaos and its most satisfying to see Sansa eventually corner him, resulting in him being executed in Winterfell.

 

3. Tywin Lannister

 

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Tywin Lannister was played to perfection by Charles Dance and it was almost sad to see him go after he takes a crossbow bolt to the chest by his own son, Tyrion, at the end of Season 4. Still, we can’t deny Tywin was a bad, bad man despite how awesome his presence was, a ruthless man who was controlling and spiteful towards his children while being ruthless towards his enemies. Tywin’s relationship to his children showed how each of them had evolved under his tyrannical grip. But despite all his power, Tywin was ultimately a pathetic figure, hypocritical and a complete liar, being both physically and morally bankrupt. No love was lost when he died in complete humiliation on the privy.

 

2. Cersei Lannister

 

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Cersei had a tough life. Born to a domineering father and forced into a loveless marriage, her circumstances are understandable for molding her into a dark person but this still does not excuse her present behavior. Her ambition grew more and more as she left redeemable traits behind. She’s been behind the murder of Robert Baratheon and killing thousands with the blowing up of a section of King’s Landing. She became a tyrant Queen of King’s Landing and rose to power through nothing but her determination, grit, and sheer desire to take what she believed was rightfully hers. If only she didn’t have such a lackluster death in the final season, she’d be number 1.

 

1. Joffrey Baratheon 

 

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The best villain of the show, Joffrey is a snivelling, cowardly, sadistic, arrogant, conniving, selfish, bratty, vicious teenage king. Joffrey was a vile presence whenever he was onscreen, a brilliantly realized sociopath who flaunted his position of power to do whatever he wanted. His villainy was very pretty but it was this pettiness which made him so hatable and not to mention, he was very, very stupid. He tortured everyone he met he could get away with, especially his uncle Tyrion, Sansa, prostitutes, and even animals. He was the best villain on the show, doing everything he did out of short sighted sadism. His death was very satisfying, as we saw him choke to death and die in pain during the Purple Wedding, to the cheers of viewers around the world.

 

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‘Game of Thrones’ Vendetta Against Mothers’ Day and Fathers’ Day

Father’s Day and Mother’s Day are holidays intended for us to celebrate our parents, but in the spirit of breaking our hearts and stepping on the little pieces, Game of Thrones has taken one of its few parents and destroyed him and his legacy bit by bit.

 

Tywin Lannister

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This is Tywin Lannister. Yes, he’s imposing and his face might not be the kindest, but he’s was a good man. A great man in fact.

With a father who frittered away his fortune and spent his days drinking and tarnishing the family name, Tywin had to build himself from the ground up. And he did just that. He was Hand to the King and, given that the King was a little off his rocker, Tywin spent much of his time actually running the kingdom with none of the credit.

You’d think he’d be busy, and he was, but still he managed to teach his dyslexic son to read. Sadly, The Mad King decided to step up and earn his name, and Tywin had to step down.

In the aftermath of Robert’s Rebellion, Tywin managed to secure power for his family. Yes, he had to marry off his daughter, but at least he didn’t marry her to some psycho like Ramsay Bolton. Plus, Cersei was still able to see her brother quite often, so we know that King Robert wasn’t exactly the demanding type.

Let me ask you this: If Tywin wasn’t such a loving father, why wouldn’t he have taken his third son, a man as ugly as his heart,and thrown that bad apple to the waves?

He didn’t kill his third son, who shall not be named here out of respect for the dead, because of the goodness in his heart.

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Not only a father to a wonderful son and a lovely daughter, Tywin was also a grandfather to three cute blond-haired grandchildren. Despite the pressure, he didn’t retire. He continued serving the realm the best he could. After the death of his lovely grandson, Joffrey, Tywin taught his other grandson, Tommen, how to rule a kingdom.

He was a good father, and you know what Game of Thrones decided to do?

Dead Tywin

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George took Tywin’s third son, the black sheep who shall not be named, and had him slaughter Tywin.

As if that weren’t enough whoever was in charge decided to air the episode on Fathers’ Day. Talk about adding insult to injury.

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With that Sunday’s episode, the penultimate of the series, having just aired, we see that kind mothers aren’t spared from the show’s mighty axe.

 

Cersei Lannister

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Enter Cersei Lannister: Mother to three children, all of whom were taken from her at a young age. Ever the strong character, she ventured forwards, and was blessed with another pregnancy.

But thanks to a certain psychopath…

 

Daenerys

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…Cersei was attacked after her city surrendered. On the run, this mother of three and one unborn was soon buried alive.

On Mothers’ Day, of all days.

Happy Mother's Day

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Thank you, Game of Thrones, for ruining both Father’s Day and Mother’s Day.

What did those holidays ever do to you? Huh?

 

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Why Jaime’s Character Arc in Season Eight Was So Disappointing

Jaime has come a long way from his early days on Game of Thrones. He began as a villain on the show, so devoted to an incestuous relationship with his sister, Cersei Lannister  that he did terrible things, such as pushing Bran Stark out a window, thus crippling the boy for life. But as the series progressed, he began to move down a path of redemption, growing as a person through his interactions with Brienne of Tarth and being further humbled through the loss of his hand. Jaime proved himself as a person capable of change, of growth, while Cersei doubled down on her own inner flaws and became a fully fledged tyrant. Both siblings began to drift apart, clearly showing Jaime as a fundamentally better person than Cersei (though that is not hard.) All signs pointed towards Jaime becoming a hero and this seemed to be confirmed in his last scene with Cersei in Season 7. Cersei had just been shown absolute proof that the White Walkers were real and coming to kill everyone in Westeros. She seemed to ally with Jon Snow and Daenerys to fight the oncoming threat but later revealed to Jaime that she was lying, hoping to weaken her enemies and claim the Iron Throne unopposed.

Jaime was horrified by this plan, so much so that he rode away from King’s Landing and joined with the forces of Winterfell this season. His arc seemed to be reaching a happy conclusion, especially with him and Brienne consummating their mutual attraction to each other.

Until, well, all that character development suddenly did a swan dive off a cliff.

 

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Jamie and Cersei’s relationship had clearly fractured, broken by the paths their mutual character development had taken them down. Jaime’s path had evolved naturally to make him a better person, which is why it was sudden and jarring when he appeared to do a 180. After bedding Brienne, suddenly and seemingly out of nowhere, Jaime left her in the middle of the night, told her how ‘hateful’ he was while claiming his devotion to Cersei, and rode off to be with her in King’s Landing. This could have been seen as perhaps a lie, a trick, or setting up for Jamie to even kill Cersei as had longed been hinted at but nope! In the latest episode of Game of Thrones, The Bells, Jamie dies in the arms of Cersei while claiming his love to her before they’re both buried in the collapse of the Red Keep.

This felt wrong. Jamie should not have returned to Cersei. Their relationship had naturally broken over the course of the series and for them to embrace each other as if nothing had ever happened between them, as if their mutual paths meant nothing, just feels like honestly a slap in the face. Jaime deserved so much better than what he got in the past few episodes, where he seemingly forgot all that he had learned, endured, and seen in favor of dying with the woman he had grown to hate. Perhaps this could have worked if more time had been devoted to showing why Jamie still loved Cersei, why he was willing to abandon his friends to go back to her, but thanks to the rather rushed pace of this season, it comes out of the blue and seems to ignore the character’s internal logic.

 

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Jamie’s arc had naturally pointed to him rising above his twisted beginnings and becoming a good man. And he almost did! But at the last minute, he just reversed back to his origins in Season 1. A lot of the characterizations in Season 8 have been rather wonky but Jamie’s especially stings, as it feels like the writers just chose to ignore his redemption arc for no real reason. Jamie keeps claiming he loves Cersei, even though we’ve seen that clearly isn’t the case anymore. But instead, he dies a rather pathetic death, buried under a pile of rocks with the woman who mere episodes ago he was disgusted by. It was an insulting end to one of the show’s best characters, especially one who had evolved so far and shown so much more depth than what he appeared to be at first glance.

What were your thoughts on Jamie’s characterization this season? Tell us in the comments!

 

 

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Tyrion, pouring himself that big drink we all need.

Booze & Books(tr): Your ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8 Drinking Game

It’s Thirsty Thursday, and Bookstr is bringing you Booze & Books, our newest weekly feature dedicated to drinking games and booze-book pairings. Since this week is in honor of the Game of Thrones TV show, we’ve got one major recommendation: a shitload of booze. This post is dark and full of spoilers, so don’t continue if you haven’t gotten a chance to endure episode 3. The battle’s lighting may be dim, but don’t worry: we’re about to get LIT.

 

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Listen, sometimes you have to just drink and know things. For instance, you KNOW that at least one of your faves is going to die by the end of Season 8… if they haven’t already. (Pour one out for Lyanna Mormont.) And you KNOW that, if you drink for every on-screen death, you’ll be as dead as George R. R. Martin’s characters. So, let’s stick with the following rules and show a tad more temperance than Cersei, shall we? Read up & drink up, keeping in mind that many of these rules are based upon popular online theories of things that could happen to our protagonists (let’s not call them all heroes). By the end of this list, these pages won’t be the only thing turnt.

Remember: drink responsibly and read voraciously!

 

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TAKE A DRINK IF…

  1. There is further tension between Dany and Sansa
  2. Dany wins the majority of the credit for defeating the Night King (as it appears in the episode 4 trailer)
  3. Jon and Dany are incredibly awkward around each other…
  4. OR Jon and Dany full-on fight it out.
  5. Tyrion betrays Daenerys.
  6. The Night King isn’t dead; BRAN is the Night King
  7. Or Bran is the Lord of Light?
  8. Daenerys’ dragons die.
  9. Tyrion and Sansa remain married.

 

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Finish Your Drink if…

  1. Brienne and Jaime end up in a relationship
  2. Gendry is killed when Dany discovers his claim to the throne
  3. Daenerys ends up the final villain
  4. Jaime is the one to kill his sister-slash-ex-lover
  5. ARYA is the one to kill Cersei (brown eyes, blue eyes, GREEN eyes, y’all)
  6. Cersei dies giving birth to Jaime’s child (which would still follow the valonqar prophecy)
  7. ARYA USES JAIME’S FACE TO KILL CERSEI
  8. Your favorite character dies (if anything happens to Sansa, there’s not a drink in this world strong enough…)

 

 

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‘Game of Thrones’ Drops Explosive Trailer for the Final Season

On Tuesday, the trailer we’ve all been waiting for dropped. The epic trailer for Game of Throne’s final season dropped and oh boy, it is a doozy.

Among the spine-tingling images highlighted in the trailer are:

+ Cersei sitting alone in her throne room, crying as she sips a glass of wine. Cersei upset? This doesn’t bode well at all…

+ Jon Snow and Daenerys, side by side, standing before Drogon and Rhaegal. It seems the fan theories are coming true, as it looks like Jon Snow will finally embrace his Targaryen heritage and ride a dragon.

+ Grey Worm donning his helmet, flanked on all sides by his Unsullied brothers in combat, no doubt preparing to fight the enemy.

+ The magnificent dragons flying over the landscape, showcasing epic splendor and beauty as they soar together.

+ And most tantalizing of all: the army of Winterfell standing assembled with many familiar faces of our heroes among their ranks. Before a single hoof of the Night King’s horse stomps into view, facing Winterfell’s defenders.

Suffice to say, this season will be utterly epic in scope, with these battles perhaps surpassing everything we’ve seen before. The final season is only a little over a month away now and we, for one, can’t wait. Let’s just hope everyone’s favorites make it out of this final chapter alive.

 

 

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