‘Game of Thrones’: Characters We Want Back

At this point, Game of Thrones seems better known for its courage to kill off anyone and everyone rather than its ability to create a fascinating fantasy world. But it also makes a lot of sense — after all, characters are the backbone of a story. For all the epic battles and dragons, it is often the characters on the smallest scales who build the story up to its epic proportions. This is also why the death of a character can be heartbreaking.

Whether a killed off character acts as a main cog to the story or a character somehow transcends the material in a smaller role, these are the building blocks that lead to everything else. Here are seven Games of Thrones characters we want back.

1. Ramsay Bolton

'Game of Thrones': 7 Characters We Want Back

Ramsay Bolton | HBO

Ramsay Bolton exited the show, and as soon as we experienced the joy of seeing an evil character finally get what he deserved, we were met with the realization that one of show’s best characters — in a “we love to hate him” way — is never coming back. While Ramsay’s characterization sometimes felt over-the-top in just how evil he was, it was Iwan Rheon’s chilling performance that continued to keep our interest episode after episode.

In fact, in a show with so many great actors, Rheon might have catapulted himself to the very top of Game of Thrones‘ strongest performances with the ability to communicate the inside of Ramsay’s mind with a twitch of his lip or a small smile.Whether we ever wanted to be inside is another question entirely.

2. Catelyn Stark

'Game of Thrones': 7 Characters We Want Back

Catelyn Stark |  HBO

When it comes to Catelyn Stark, her journey is complete. However, there’s still the lingering question about whether or not she’ll rise from the ashes as Lady Stoneheart — the character readers know as the reanimated Catelyn Stark hell-bent on taking revenge for those who have wronged her family.

A fan-favorite of readers, Game of Thrones‘ showrunners have said that Lady Stoneheart isn’t in the cards for the TV series, but it’s hard to believe anything they say anymore given the way they denied the return of Jon Snow and the return of several other characters.

While it seems like Arya Stark’s storyline in the show has adapted some of Lady Stoneheart’s plot, who wouldn’t want to see a vengeful, reanimated Catelyn Stark who can only speak when she holds her hand over her slit throat.

3. Oberyn Martell

'Game of Thrones': 7 Characters We Want Back

Oberyn Martell | HBO

Even the staunchest Game of Thrones fans will admit that anything Dorne-related in the TV show has been fairly disastrous up to this point, but it’s particularly disappointing because it started off so well — with Oberyn Martell.

Appearing in only seven episodes, Oberyn immediately became a fan favorite with his flashy, cocky demeanor portrayed marvelously by actor Pedro Pascal. Despite his quick entrance and exit, he still managed to give us one of the best fights in Games of Thrones history when he fought The Mountain. It’s a shame that such an interesting character didn’t have a bigger chance to be explored.

4. Tywin Lannister

'Game of Thrones': 7 Characters We Want Back

Tywin Lannister | HBO

Charles Dance’s cold, steely portrayal of Tywin Lannister remains one of the shows high points and belongs in the upper echelon of the best performances to grace Game of Thrones. Praised by both book readers and those who only watch the show, Dance’s ability to reflect Tywin’s calculating demeanor made him one of the most fascinating characters to watch.

It’s also easy to forget how multi-layered the character could be — his scenes with a disguised Arya Stark remain some of the most interesting to date. While it’s easy to be selfish and want Tywin back, there’s no doubt that his death at the hands of Tyrion felt as right for the story as any death in the show.

5. Hodor

'Game of Thrones': 7 Characters We Want Back

Hodor | HBO

Hodor’s death this season was responsible for such waterworks that it could have done wonders for California’s ongoing drought. As if the death of Hodor wasn’t sad enough, viewers learned just prior that the reason for the character’s mental condition was somehow caused by Bran Stark’s travels into the past.

To sum it up, Bran, the person Hodor cared about more than anyone, is responsible for both Hodor’s death and his lifelong condition. While Hodor’s death is sure to weigh on the mind of Bran in the coming seasons and push his character to new places, it will be really tough to never hear another “Hodor” in the show again.

6. Ygritte

'Game of Thrones': 7 Characters We Want Back

Ygritte | HBO

All “you know nothing, Jon Snow” jokes aside, Ygritte was a great character in the early seasons because she acted as a foil to Jon. With completely different backgrounds and ideologies, the two characters could make any scene interesting whether they were fighting against each other or on the same side.

If we’re being honest, the most fun scenes to watch were always the ones where the two characters found themselves at opposite ends of a battlefield sworn by their oaths to kill the other. You also can’t say enough for actress Rose Leslie’s portrayal of the character, which could feel both fierce and soft, often right alongside each other.

7. Ned Stark

'Game of Thrones': 7 Characters We Want Back

Ned Stark |: HBO

Okay, fine. So there’s no Game of Thrones without the death of Ned Stark (and at this point, seemingly everyone in his family), but that doesn’t mean we can’t want him back. If that were the case, fans wouldn’t have been so excited to see the Tower of Joy scene and a young Ned — the character is just fascinating to watch.

A lot of that has to do with Ned being an honorable, morally good person in a world where that puts you in danger. These qualities are at least partially responsible for setting the series in motion in the first place, and ones that are constantly in play throughout the series. Of course, now we have Jon Snow, who is in many ways following in the footsteps of his father when it comes to a moral code, so it will be interesting to see if Ned’s ways can ultimately win out.

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