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a.sansonnetti    ORIGINAL GONGSTER

Game of Throne's Most Despicable Minor Characters

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A common debate among the members of GoT’s fanbase is, "Joffrey Baratheon v. Ramsay Bolton: Who was worse?"

We can all agree that their last moments were pretty satisfying to watch after witnessing their bad deeds on screen for several seasons, and both got what they deserved.

This article, however, will be about the unsung villains of our favorite TV show. The minor characters that we loved to hate. 

*Spoiler alert* All of them are dead. They might not have had Joffrey or Ramsay’s presence, but they weren’t any less mean and detestable.

Craster

Everything was just wrong about old Craster. Seasoned Game of Thrones fans have long realized and accepted that incest can be part of the Westerosi way of life, but what happened at Craster’s Keep went way too far. 

Not only did he have a harem of his own daughters and grand-daughters to sleep with on a regular basis, but he mercilessly abandoned his newborn male offspring in the woods. 

He died a long overdue death when Night’s Watch mutinee Karl Tanner stabbed him in the throat. Luckily for Samwell, nastiness isn’t an inherited trait, and Gilly seems to be a kind person unlike her contemptible father.

Lord Janos Slynt

Janos undeniably represented the height of cowardice in a world full of brave and noble souls.

When Cersei gave the order to slaughter her late husband’s bastard children not matter their age, Slynt didn’t give it a second thought and managed to have the nasty business done. 

If the former Commander of King’s Landing City Watch had written a handbook, "How to murder your way to lordship" would have been the title. No wonder why Tyrion opted to have him sent to the Wall. 

His most remarkable feat was to remain hidden in a cellar during the whole Battle of Castle Black, "In a puddle of his own making". (Note Samwell’s talent for repartee). 

He met his fate after adding insubordination to his record of achievements, and spent his last moments crying and begging for mercy. 

The most purist book readers might regret the absence of the iconic, "Edd, fetch me a block" line by Jon Snow, but I’d rather salute Dominic Carter’s impressive performance during this death scene.

Ser Meryn Trant

He was another devoted servant of Queen Cersei. As a member of the Kingsguard, he was the one who was sent to arrest young Arya when she was training with Syrio Forel. 

The witty and skilled fencing teacher opposed resistance to protect his pupil, and likely lost his life as a result. Meryn hence earned his place among other names in Arya’s list of people to kill. 

Other despicable deeds committed by Ser Trant also include hitting and publicly disrobing Sansa to satisfy Joffrey’s sadistic desires, and testifying against Tyrion during his trial. He will also be remembered for his love of pubescent prostitutes. 

Arya ended his life in a brothel. She may lost her sight as a result, but it was worth it. Good riddance, and that’s one less name on her list.

Karl Tanner

Karl started his career as an infamous cutthroat from Fleabottom. None of his subsequent actions would redeem this, even after he became a Ranger of the Night’s Watch.

He led a mutiny along with several other members of the Night’s Watch and killed Craster. After his death, they settled in Craster’s Keep where daily life didn’t change as they raped and abused the women who lived there just like Craster himself used to do. 

Karl Tanner was just as rotten as the man he killed, and he met a somewhat similar end when Jon Snow drove a blade through his skull.

The Waif

The Faceless Men’s methods of training aren’t supposed to be particularly soft, but The Waif’s harshness against Arya went way beyond tough pedagogy. The sadistic grin that briefly showed up on her face during the rebuffs and beating that she inflicted to the youngest Stark girl were the proof of her deviant nature. 

If more proof of this was needed, she stabbed Arya in the stomach with strenght during her attempt to kill her, and her nastiness led her to disobey Jaqen H’Ghar’s directive: making sure that Arya doesn’t suffer when she dies. 

Luckily the young recruit managed to say, "Not today" to the God of Death, and The Waif’s face was the one who finally gained its place on a wall in the House of Black and White.

Who do you think is the most despicable minor character? Let me know in the comments.

a.sansonnetti
Anne is a 28 year old French woman living in Marseille. She is an enthusiastic cinephile who also enjoys writing and learning about foreign cultures.
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