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This series has its fair share of killers, torturers, rapists and kinslayers. Some of these are fan favorites... Like The Hound and Jaqen H'ghar... Some of them are universally hated... Like Joffrey... Some of them haven't been on-screen long enough for the audience to hate them like they deserve to be hated... Like Ramsay Snow and the Mountain.

I figured I'd make a list of my favorite killers in Westeros and Essos. This should be a fairly spoiler-free post and if I spoil something from the books, it's only going to spoil something about the personality of the character. Nothing about the story or the Game.

Here I go... My list... Starting from the one I think is the most repulsive and horrible person in the whole series.

  1. Ramsay Snow


    So this is the one that I don't want to spoil at all but I feel like I have to tell something to "justify" him being my favorite "love-to-hate" guy.

    So Personality Spoilers!!! ahead!

    Ramsay Snow. Bastard of Bolton. Bastard of Dreadfort. That "great" guy who's giving Theon what he deserves! Whatever you call him, you can't say he's not a sadistic little psychopath. He's one of the only characters that has absolutely no redeeming qualities. He enjoys flaying people alive and his hobbies include: freeing a woman from her cell, giving her a proper headstart and then hunting her down. If the woman is "lucky" and provides a proper chase, this guy might name a bloodhound after her! Though she still dies... In agony... Losing her skin little by little. Not a guy you'd want to meet in real life... Or in your nightmares... Even his father thinks that there's something wrong with him... And his father orchestrated an event that left the whole northern army slaughtered.

    Spoilers end here :)

    Only "redeeming quality" is the fact that he doesn't cut your fingers all willy-nilly, he just flays them to the point where you beg him to cut them off... So he's really doing you a favor. Stockholm Syndrome FTW!


  2. Joffrey Baratheon

    Spoiled little brat. Who happens to be the king and gets what he wants all the time. I've always thought of him as the product of Robert and Cersei. His father might be Jaime but the man who raised him was a man who missed the war and loved killing. His mother constantly tells him that everything is his to take and his to control... He is a major douche but I understand why he has some of these features.

    Reasons for him being on the second place are simple. He gave the order to decapitate Ned Stark. He keeps insulting Tyrion. He was seriously attempting to serve Robb's head to Sansa. Come on...

    In the books Joffrey never killed anyone in the similiar manner as he killed Ros in the series. The books feature him shooting some beggars with a crossbow, but it wasn't as personal as the killing of Ros seemed to be.

    Just his general crappy attitude towards the Starks and Tyrion is enough to make him a despicable character but because he graduated to murder in season 3... I feel like he's earned his place here. Although I admit that there are a lot of more "succesful" killers in the show.
    He's ranked this high mostly because I LOVE Jack Gleeson's portrayal of Joffrey. It's a pure joy to see Joffrey on screen.


  3. Arya Stark

    This was a hard one. I figured I'd put Gregor Glegane here but even though he does heinous acts he still is a bit too much of a side character... So... Why is Arya on the same list as Joffrey and Ramsay? I'm getting to it in a moment.

    Arya has always been in the top five characters for me. I hated Sansa for a good while when reading the books and now she is in my top 2. Someone might wonder why I like Sansa more than I like Arya when Arya has managed to stay as a favorite during every book. It's simple. I believe in character development. Just because Sansa was an idiot and basically a teen girl in the first book/season is not good enough of a reason for me to disregard her story, POV and development in the later seasons/books. It's idiotic in a series that has dynamic characters (Though Ramsay might not actually "evolve" at all... Sadists rarely get "cured").
    I think viewers/readers opinions should change as the story goes forward.

    Back to why Arya is in this list. The other two characters on this list are those easy-to-hate kind of characters but Arya is a hate-to-love kind of character to me.. Well.. Only her homicidal tendencies fall to the category of hating-to-love but still... It seems that her character development is taking her to a very un-Stark direction. Which is good... Survival wise... However...The things that Arya has experienced is capable of making her a socio/psychopath in-progress which is less than ideal for me. I might be a bit too sentimental for this show after all.



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This was meant to have five characters but I started to wrestle with the List tool and stuff so... I don't have the energy to write reasons for the remaining two characters.

4. Jaime Lannister

5. Khal Drogo
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I was surprised when I saw you had Arya on the list but I liked your reasoning behind it. I can't hate Arya though, she's too awesome and the way her character is being developed is very realistic as to how a person in her situation would grow up.

I freaking hate Bolton, maybe even more than Joffrey (I never thought I'd hate someone more than Joffrey).
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How can anybody hate anyone more than Joffrey?
After all - and I have to say I feel really sorry for Theon even after all the things he' s done - I think Ramsey Snow is enjoyable as a character.
Joffrey on the other hand I really hate - mostly because of the amazing work Jack Gleeson did, So I can't wait for the next upset family member to hit him!!!
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I guess because of everything he did to Theon. I mean, Joffrey's a little shit but he never actually did anything like cut off a guys dick. I've got to say, I don't find Ramsay enjoyable at all but that's just my opinion. And hell yeah, so looking forward to another family member hitting him (I'm hoping maybe Tywin.. seems like he's just dying to teach his grandson a lesson).
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Okay, so I'll add a few characters to this list now that I have rested a bit.

Jaime Lannister is a character that has always been prone to settling things with a sword. Maybe not so much nowadays but when he had a hand he was quick to draw the sword. I don't feel like he has come a full 180 and changed his ways or something. I think the Jaime we see in season 3 after losing his hand, is the Jaime that he was back when he was a fresh knight. King's Landing and the Mad King caused him to change his views about honor radically.

After losing his hand he probably realized that maybe honor is the only thing that lives on once you die and almost immediately after losing the hand he confesses his most heroic act to Brienne. Just a theory...



Khal Drogo. Is one of the most interesting killers of the show. The show obviously follows the books and in the books the only time we "see" Drogo is when he is viewed through Dany's eyes... And when we love someone we tend to NOT see his/her faults.

We never see Drogo commit any unjustified murders as the only one he kills (IIRC) is a member of his Khalasar who attempts to kill him. However it is quite safe to say that before he met Dany he went from village to village, killed a farmer after a farmer, raped a woman after woman, sold them in the slave cities that Dany is now eagerly burning. Though this is off-page and off-screen. And if he didn't do all this, his Khalasar did.



Gregor Glegane. One of the most brutal small side characters this show has got to offer. Burned his brothers face because of a toy. In the books it's suggested that he killed his father. He killed prince Aegon as he was an infant, killed every child of Elia Martell and then proceeded to rape and kill her.

You know guys this was a mistake... I'm getting depressed... This guy is still alive -.-

Piece of imagination that smells like a pile of crap. I mean c'mon. Iwan Rheon at least makes watching Ramsay torture Theon somewhat... Amusing?
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I'd add Walder Frey to the list too. Seems like he's a pretty remorseless killer.
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I didn't add Walder as I see him as a pawn. It was Tywin and Roose who orchestrated the Red Wedding. Freys just... Hosted it.

And to be honest... I was kind of tired when I wrote this :D I didn't have the patience to add anyone else.
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And the Mountain, and Melisandre, and Bronn, and Catelyn because she took her brother's mother-in-law with her, and Drogo, and Ygritte, and Jaqen and so on and on.
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Well if i was in Arya's place i would do the same, i know she is a child, but when you half of your family is killed a few steps away from you and you might be next, you will and you have to change, she is my favorite character in the show, with Jon Snow after her, i hated Sansa at first, but know i don't hate her, but i don't love her, i liked Rob but he wasn't ready to be king, Joffery is my favorite killer in the show, i have nothing but pure hatred toward the character, but the actor is just amazing that you hate for his character to die
Ramsay is *kind of* entertaining to see
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It's the surest way to stay alive but what I've "learned" from browsing wikipedia and watching documentaries about serial killers... It's the bad childhood that creates monsters.

In twenty years when they make a reunion episode titled "Where are they now?" Arya will be decapitated for becoming the most succesful serial killer in Westeros.. Or that's my fear :D
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Not all people with bad childhood become serial killers
Some become serial killers, some become something else, hell some very great people had "bad childhood"
The bad childhood is just a trigger to something that already exist,
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That is true but I'd say that having killed two people already is sort of a red flag. I am 100% sure that Arya is not going to be a stable adult when and if she grows up. Would she be a serial killer? I don't think so... Would she be a psychopath or a sociopath? Who knows, I doubt that too. I just think it's a possibility and it's my greatest fear regarding Arya.

All I know is that her behavior is worrysome in my eyes. I don't see a happy ending for Arya.
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I don't think she'll became a psycho/serial killer. She killed the stable boy in self defense and in a tragic moment, while running from guards that would like to capture you and fight and probably kill your unarmed "sensei" on the way without flinching. These surely will change the way a child will see the world. Most of the child would run from the fear, the blood, others will try to fight it. These doesn't make 'em psycho. The other kill aren't a "pleasure" for her. Not the "simil-sexual" or fullfilling pleasure like for a sociopath or serialkiller. It's justice in her view. And survival later. Sure, these could evolve bad, but now she's really trying with the Nameless God temple training: she'll either complete the trining and became an agent of the Nameless One like Jaquen, so she will become an hitman (hitgirl?). With no agenda whatsoever or she won't pass the teaching and will die as explained from the Gentle Man. Besides she could try to escape the training and will become a Vigilante on the run, a sort of vengeaful Batman with the whole League of Shadows on tail and no millionaire and gadgetry background.
I think she'll end like the 1st one, but maybe she'll recover the little vengeaful Arya Stark that she compartimentlize at the end of ADWD, and just manage to obtain some contract in westeros against her "enemies"...maybe from Dany herself..
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Arya is like Daenerys after losing their parents - Arya's to beheading and backstabbing, Dany's to backstabbing and exile - and big brother (Robb to Roose Bolton, Rhaegar to Robert Baratheon). At some point, a character just has to say: "Not cool. Someone ever tries to kill you, you try to kill them right back!"

The fact said character is not Ser Jorah but The Hound shows what a messed up word they live in, and how far they have come since Mycah.
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"Not cool. Someone ever tries to kill you, you try to kill them right back!" Exactly
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If more children would apply this philosophy on the show: Lommy, Martyn and Willem Lannister would still be alive, Robert's bastards would had a fighting chance and Mycah would be here instead of Joffrey.

Dany and Arya were abused for too long just because they were girls, even Meera was ready to kill when confronted by Osha and she never faced the likes of Harrenhal or Qarth.
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Lommy, who had an arrow in his knee, would have stayed alive if he had tried to kill the Lannister men who easily killed most of the able men that Yoren had gathered?
Martyn and Willem Lannister could have overpowered Rickard Karstark + some of his men if they applied that philosophy? Robert's bastards could have stayed alive if they tried to kill the Gold Cloaks? Mycah could have killed Joffrey with a wooden stick and not face any consequences for killing the King's son?

It is admirable to think that " Someone ever tries to kill you, you try to kill them right back!" but this is GoT we are speaking about. Robb tried to kill those who tried to kill him and his army couldn't keep him safe. This is a show where if you have a physical dis-advantage (like being an eleven year old girl) there is nothing you can do to defend yourself against a grown man. Your only chance is to use the element of surprise which Arya used... Or to run away and hope you don't get caught.

Like Cersei taught Joffrey in the first season... You need to know when to rest and when to crush your enemies.

Lommy would be alive if he didn't get shot with an arrow and was able to walk. Martyn and Willem would be alive if they had better guards and if they weren't Lannisters. Mycah would still be alive if Nymeria didn't attack Joffrey or if he had ran away before the wolf incident.
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