There’s a reason that the Game of Thrones fandom don’t want to live in Westeros. Whereas Potterheads can’t wait to get to Hogwarts and Pokémon fans would love to explore Kanto, those of us who read the books or watch the show would be perfectly happy staying away from Westeros, and for a number of reasons, number one being the people that inhabit the continent. While certain characters such as Eddard Stark have shown honourable and likeable traits, a lot more characters have proven themselves to be completely horrible people. Let’s take a look at the five worst inhabitants of Westeros – and, as always, spoiler alert!
5) Theon Greyjoy
Theon started off as something of a blink-and-you’ll-miss-him character, making his debut in the first episode of season 1 as Eddard Stark’s ward. He was best friends with Robb, which caused him to be viewed as nothing more than a sidekick…until Robb sent him to the Iron Islands to recruit his father, Balon Greyjoy, to the King In The North’s cause. Theon was scorned by his father, which led to him betraying Robb, sacking Winterfell and turning against a family who had treated him as one of their own for almost a decade. A petulant, vain little so-and-so with an ugly chip on his shoulder, Theon thinks himself a bit of a lady killer, and delights in putting down others, but is really a traitor who is desperate for his daddy to love him. However, after he was captured by Ramsay Bolton and subjected to brutal physical and psychological torture, all traces of Theon have disappeared, leaving only the shadow of him known as Reek.
4) Viserys Targaryen
Styling himself as Viserys of House Targaryen, Third of His Name, King of The Andals and The First Men, Lord of the Seven Kingdoms and Protector of the Realm, Viserys was a platinum-blonde thorn in most of our sides throughout the first season. If ever the idea of power went to someone’s head, Viserys is that person times a thousand. Pimping his sister out to Dothraki warlord Khal Drogo in exchange for his army so he could take the Iron Throne by force (and stating that he’d let Drogo’s entire army and their horses have their way with Dany if that’s what it took), Viserys is a pompous and stupid schemer, who delusionally believes he is the rightful king of the Seven Kingdoms – and will go to any lengths to reclaim the crown his father lost. A mixture of arrogance, rage and stupidity eventually leads to his downfall, when he is crowned in molten gold by Khal Drogo after threatening Daenerys’s life.
3) Walder Frey
Pat Mustard from Father Ted has absolutely nothing on this dirty old man. A craggy, lecherous old turncoat, Walder Frey is slimier than a plate of eels covered in bacon grease. Controlling the strategic stronghold of The Crossing, he takes great delight in playing the North and the South off against one another, despite being a “loyal” bannerman of House Tully. He joins forces with the Lannisters and Roose Bolton to betray the Starks, and presides over the gruesome bloodbath of the Red Wedding with palpable glee. Also enjoys taking extremely young wives (eight and counting), and his virility has spawned over 100 descendants…which personally I’d rather not think about at all. He’s disgusting enough without imagining him and some young one in the scratch-OH GOD IT’S IN MY HEAD NOW!!!
2) Joffrey Baratheon
Is there a single moment in Game of Thrones where you don’t want to punch this smarmy, preening, odious little turd squarely in the face? A thoroughbred maniac, King Joffrey might be Robert’s heir to the throne (or so he thinks anyway), but he’s the worst person to sit on the chair of swords since Aerys Targaryen himself, and in addition to being sadistic, cruel and a downright coward, he’s also something much worse – a stroppy, hormonal teenager. For three seasons, everyone longed for him to get his comeuppance, and then he did (via some poisoned wine at his own wedding), at which point we were all utterly bereft. So bereft that we jumped in relief and George R.R. Martin tweeted ‘You’re welcome’, after Joffrey met his demise in episode 2 of season 4.
1) Ramsay Bolton
Plenty of people will disagree with Joffrey not taking the top spot, but there’s no denying that when it comes down to sheer human nature, Ramsay Bolton, newly-legitimized son of Roose Bolton, is a much worse person than Joffrey. While Joffrey does take sadistic delight in tormenting countless people, killing peasants and exerting his authority through murder and torture, he’s doing it because he believes it’s his right as a king. Ramsay, on the other hand, tortures Theon Greyjoy to the point of insanity, allows a servant girl to be mauled to death by his dogs and happily flays and kills the Ironborn soldiers at Moat Cailin for one reason only – he enjoys it. The sick grin on his face as he commits his atrocious deeds is more than enough to tell us that Ramsay is a very real evil in Game of Thrones, and that people speak about the Bastard of Bolton with fear in their voices with good reason.
Is there someone in Game of Thrones that you love to hate? Give them a shout-out in the comments!