‘Game of Thrones’: 10 Most Hated Characters (That Are Still Alive)

Game of Thrones has never been a show short of eminently hatable characters. For the first few seasons, we had Joffrey Baratheon, who spent the better part of his short life gleefully torturing women, both emotionally and physically. Once he bit the dust, Ramsay Bolton filled his considerable shoes, somehow managing to be an even worse villain (mostly due to the horrific abuse he inflicted on Sansa Stark).

Season 6’s death toll was insanely high though, clearing the decks of Bolton, as well as a handful of other easy-to-hate characters. That leaves two living characters out of the seven we originally featured on our first “Most Hated” list. So let’s start from scratch and see who’s left, shall we?

1. Melisandre

Melisandre - Game of Thrones

Melisandre | HBO

Melisandre earned a good deal of brownie points when she brought Jon Snow back from the dead, but that doesn’t entirely erase her past sins. Lest we forget, this is the person who convinced Stannis Baratheon to burn his daughter alive in exchange for good weather. It was a moment so uncomfortably horrific, that not even George R.R. Martin thought to include it in the original novels.

All the Jon Snow resurrections in the world don’t cancel that out, nor does it make us forget the trail of bodies that followed Melisandre throughout her run as Stannis’ close advisor.

2. Cersei Lannister

Cersei Lannister - Game of Thrones Season 6 Finale

Cersei Lannister | HBO

Cersei Lannister holds the distinct honor of being the single holdover from our last list of most-hated Game of Thrones characters. In the months since we wrote that article, Cersei’s done little to stay off of the collective hate list of most fans.

Her list of sins already included the indirect murder of Ned Stark, the direct murder of Robert Baratheon, and installing Joffrey on the throne. Since then, she’s also been responsible for the death of her youngest son, killed most of the Tyrell family in a single explosion, and basically made herself into the Westeros equivalent of a terrorist. And even after all that, she still found herself sitting on the throne as the new Queen of the Seven Kingdoms.

3. Petyr Baelish

Littlefinger in the Game of Thrones finale

Petyr Baelish also known as Littlefinger | HBO

No character in the Game of Thrones universe is better at the long game than Petyr Baelish. The man known as Littlefinger, has been pulling the strings behind the Iron Throne since Season 1. He’s the one who set the events of the entire series into motion when he had Jon Arryn poisoned, and he’s been the resident puppet-master of Westeros ever since.

That said, he also was complicit in Ned Stark’s death, sent Sansa away to be married to Ramsay Bolton, and has his own designs for taking the Iron Throne, the rest of the world’s happiness be damned. There’s no doubting that he’s one of the show’s most compelling characters, but that doesn’t make him any less hatable.

4. Euron Greyjoy

Euron Greyjoy - Game of Thrones, Season 6

Euron Greyjoy | HBO

Euron enters our list replacing fellow Grejoy, Theon. The brother of Balon, Euron entered the fray and immediately made his presence known, assassinating the King of the Iron Islands, and taking the throne of his homeland for himself.

If you’re wondering what it is that makes him so easy to hate (all fratricide excepted), look no further than his “plan” for ruling Westeros, which involves forcing Daenerys to marry him and loan his army her dragons for a full-blown conquest. Thankfully, Yara and Theon got to her first, convincing her to instead ally with them as the Targaryen heir finally makes her way west.

5. Qyburn

Qyburn - Game of Thrones

Qyburn | HBO

Qyburn is an interesting character all around. On one hand, you can hardly blame him for riding Cersei’s coattails up the food chain. On the other, he’s also proven himself to be morally questionable at best, and downright evil at his absolute worst. He’s responsible for turning Gregor Clegane into a horrifying zombie-monster, siccing a horde of stabby, knife-wielding children on Grand Maester Pycelle, and generally has a sinister air about him any time he enters a room.

With Daenerys Targaryen on her way to Westeros with a fleet of warships behind her, he may not be long for this Earth. For the time being though, he remains firmly on our Game of Thrones hate list.

6. Gregor Clegane

The Mountain - Game of Thrones

The Mountain doing what he does best | HBO

Gregor Clegane is nothing short of a psychopath, having been responsible for the horrific deaths of countless innocents. Throughout the Game of Thrones story, he’s been cast as violent, brutal, and above all else, eminently hatable. So when Qyburn brought him back from the dead and turned him into a silent murder zombie, it definitely didn’t make him more likable.

7. Theon Greyjoy

Theon Greyjoy - Game of Thrones, Season 6

Theon returns home | HBO

Sure, Theon managed to slightly redeem himself when he helped Sansa escape Winterfell and rejoin her family. But that doesn’t cancel out the fact that he betrayed Robb, burnt two innocent children alive, and led his men to their deaths when he tried to take Winterfell for the Greyjoys.

At this point, killing him off would be nothing short of merciful, especially after what Ramsay Bolton did to him during their time together.

8. Edmure Tully

Edmure Tully - Game of Thrones

Edmure Tully being held hostage in Season 6 | HBO

Edmure Tully has spent most of his time in recent seasons in the hands of the Freys, after being taken captive at the Red Wedding. In Season 6, he briefly appeared to muck everything up for the remaining Tullys holding their ancestral home at Riverrun, after betraying his uncle and handing the castle over to the Lannisters. Now, back in captivity, few (if any) would mourn his passing if he bit the dust.

9. Robin Arryn

Robin Arryn - Game of Thrones

Robin Arryn | HBO

Robin Arryn was doomed by a profoundly dysfunctional upbringing, given that his mother, Lysa, was certifiably off her damn rocker. But that still doesn’t excuse his behavior now that he’s ruling over the Vale. He’s spent most of his time acting like a petulant, spoiled brat, all while being handily manipulated by Littlefinger. There’s little doubting that we could do with far less of him moving forward.

10. Ellaria Sand

Ellaria Sand - Game of Thrones

Ellaria Sand | HBO

Even with the noblest intentions, Ellaria Sand hasn’t given us many reasons to love her throughout her run on Game of Thrones. She’s cheated and murdered her way through the Martell house in order to assume the throne of Dorne herself, all to fulfill her own desire for vengeance against the Lannisters. Now that she’s allied with Daenerys Targaryen though, it’ll be tough to root directly against her, even with her lengthy list of sins in tow.

Following her capture by Euron Greyjoy, Ellaria Sand was forced to watch Cersei poison her last surviving daughter Tyene. Ellaria’s ultimate fate is still unknown, but she presumably won’t live long as a prisoner of the vengeful Cersei.

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