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As House of the Dragon is set to be released this August, fans of Game of Thrones have begun to get excited at the prospect of seeing the rise and fall of one of the legendary houses in this fantastical world again. With the Dance of Dragons and the impending war between the Greens and Blacks set to unfold on-screen, it’s looking like everyone is in for a wild ride, with several characters and horrific villains attempting to battle it out for survival.
With the premiere date getting closer and closer with every passing day, some people might decide to go back and rewatch several Game of Thrones episodes to remind themselves of what happened. While it will be great to see the scenes featuring their favorite characters, there’s no doubt that fans also take pleasure in seeing the most conniving, evil villains in the series meet their demise. Several users at Ranker seem to already have a few candidates which were the most satisfying.
Note: Ranker lists are live, fan-voted and continue to accrue votes, so some rankings may have changed after this publishing.
It’s hard not to feel a little sorry for Lysa Arryn considering she was manipulated by Littlefinger from the very beginning. However, her cruelty towards Sansa, the murder of her first husband, and her refusal to help Catelyn, her sister, save her family, made it hard to like her character.
While she isn’t as terrible as some of the other villains in the show, this is not to say that fans weren’t glad to see the back of her. After all, right before Lady Arryn meets her end, she is berating Sansa and threatens to kill her because Petyr Baelish, the Lady’s new husband, is in love with Sansa. It’s likely that she wouldn’t have stopped until she had succeeded in eliminating any threats, so fans weren’t exactly heartbroken when she died because it meant that Sansa was okay.
Polliver isn’t a major character and isn’t significant enough to be a memorable side character. However, he is one of the most sadistic people in the early seasons. When Arya has an encounter with him and other members of the king’s men shortly after she escapes King’s Landing, he kills a friend of hers and steals her sword.
One of the most satisfying scenes in this series is when The Hound fights several members of the king’s guard. However, it’s even more satisfying to see Arya kill Polliver after reminding him what he did to her.
Alliser Thorne was cruel to Jon Snow from the time he entered the Night’s Watch, mainly due to the fact he dislikes Jon’s father, Eddard Stark. He pits Jon against people who later become the man’s friends and is happy to see Jon appointed a steward knowing he wanted to be a Ranger.
However, Alliser really becomes a villain in this series the moment Jon Snow is appointed Commander of the Night’s Watch over him. His final treacherous act is when he works with others to commit mutiny and murder Jon. After Jon’s revival, it’s satisfying justice to see Alliser hanged along with other traitors.
The High Sparrow is a religious priest in King’s Landing. He claims to be for the people and working for the Seven Gods, but he commits terrible acts in their name. He not only imprisons Loras and Margaery Tyrell but captures Cersei Lannister and forces her to take the Walk of Shame through the streets of the capital.
While the High Sparrow is one of the villains fans love, it was still satisfying to see him meet his end. Cersei clearly deserved to be taken down a notch, but his extremist beliefs were too hypocritical to be appreciated by the audience.
Meryn Trant is one of the knights in King’s Landing, seemingly Joffrey Baratheon’s right-hand man after he took the throne. He was far from honorable, proving himself to be cowardly and easily corruptible.
However, his character only got worse when it was revealed that he enjoyed beating and sexually assaulting young girls. Given how sadistic and unredeemable he was, fans were glad when Arya took him out, avenging everyone he had hurt and her former teacher, Syrio, who helped her escape in the first season.
Petyr Baelish is one of the evilest villains in the series, plotting to commit terrible acts like betraying Ned Stark, murdering Lysa Arryn to take control of The Vale, and attempting to turn Arya and Sansa Stark against each other.
While Petyr claimed to love Catelyn Stark and later her daughter Sansa, it was clear he was only out for power and thought he deserved everything he wanted. His conniving nature made him an interesting foe, but his death was justice for several terrible acts.
It was clear from the first moment Viserys Targaryen was introduced that he was an entitled, arrogant person who thought the world owed him something just for being born. He was disliked for being cruel to his sister and believing he could manipulate the Dothraki.
One of his most reckless decisions was threatening Daenerys while she was pregnant with Khal Drogo’s child. Though one of the most gruesome deaths, Drogo pouring hot, liquified gold over his head was ironic justice.
Ramsay Bolton (Ramsay Snow)
Ramsay Bolton is one of the most sadistic villains on TV. Not only was he prone to torture and murder, but he seemed to thoroughly enjoy the acts. He did many heinous things, but some of his worst acts were torturing Theon Greyjoy, torturing and imprisoning Sansa Stark, and murdering his father.
When Ramsay shoots an arrow through Rickon Stark after holding him captive up to the Battle of the Bastards, the audience knew he’d do far worse things if he won the Battle of Winterfell. Though Jon Snow nearly killed him at the end of the battle, it was more satisfying to see Sansa feed him to his beloved hounds.
One of the most shocking and devastating scenes in the series is the Red Wedding when Robb, Talisa, and Catelyn Stark, as well as their army, are murdered. After he betrayed the Stark family and ended the war in Joffrey’s favor, Walder Frey was then considered to be one of the best villains in season 3.
However, just because he’s the best villain doesn’t mean he was a likable person. He is one of the most loathsome characters throughout the series and it was awesome for fans to see Arya Stark get revenge for the murder of her brother and mother.
Joffrey Baratheon is one of the most hated characters on TV. Not only did he execute Ned Stark when he promised to be merciful, but he also tormented Sansa Stark and countless others. Just as sadistic as Ramsay Bolton (or Snow), he is the prime example of letting power go to your head.
In the end, Joffrey would have brought the downfall of King’s Landing a lot earlier than Cersei did. While there were a lot of candidates who could have poisoned the king, it was shockingly impressive to learn Olenna Tyrell poisoned him to prevent her granddaughter from having to marry the cruel boy.
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