A Definitive Ranking Of The 10 Worst Game Of Thrones Characters

Seven hells to the lot of them

"Everyone I love ends up dead!" wails everyone who watches Game Of Thrones ever.

Well, we're afraid some of them deserve it.

Presenting: the under written, the annoying and the plain boring characters from Westeros for whom Winter really can't come quick enough.

(Spoilers, natch.)

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10 - Ned Stark

'Noble Ned' started out as the show's hero but looking back, he's like an embarrassing throwback to a pre-Game Of Thrones age when things like 'heroes' really existed. We only supported him because decades of dull TV had programmed us to: in truth, Ned was sententious, dour and painfully naïve. Off with his head.

9 - Littlefinger

Five seasons in and Aidan Gillen still hasn't settled on an accent for Littlefinger - is he Irish? Welsh? American? - which could be generously construed as a metaphor for the character's lack of true place in the world but in reality is only mildly less annoying than listening to Dani's dragons cry. More generally, the thing with Littlefinger is that he doesn't have a single redeeming quality, being neither funny or charming nor deliciously detestable. Look, put it this way: would you care if he died?

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8 - Those Skeletons

Watching the scene at the end of season 4 when Brann escapes the clutches of a set of angry skeleton zombies - 'wights', apparently - it was hard not to feel a twinge of 'is this too geeky for me to watch?', which curiously never came up with the dragons or even the mammoth riding giants. Anyway, the whole thing was like a remake of Jason and the Argonauts, only not as cool, and so despite being extremely minor characters we're putting them on this list.

7 - The Sand Sisters

Given they are the protégé of the Red Viper, expectations were high for Sand Sisters. Talk about an anti-climax. The whole Dorne storyline felt rushed and underfunded in season 5, and the sisters – who never seemed to do much beside bicker with each other and (of course) take their clothes off – are the emblems of that failure.

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6 - Melisandre

All the ingredients that make a good character – motive, back story, strengths and weaknesses – are oddly absent from the red priestess, which given the amount of screen time she has had is frankly unforgivable for a show of this calibre. Being 'an enigma' has extremely limited interest value. Also docked points for constantly saying 'the night is dark and full of terrors' - hardly a Fonzy 'aaaaaay!' in the TV catchphrase stakes.

5 - Bran Stark

Even by Stark standards, Bran is a humourless little sod and his day time BBC CS Lewis adaptation adventure beyond the wall was the dullest storyline of any season so far. No wonder he was left out altogether for season 5.

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4 - Samwell Tarly

Sure, he hides it behind a bumbling, nice guy persona but – like Boris Johnson – don't let that fool you. Aside from being wetter than a direwolf's nose there is something about the way Sam 'mansplains' to Gilly constantly - along with his growing air of intellectual superiority around the rest of the Night's Watch - that makes you understand why his Dad packed him off to the wall in the first place.

3 - Jojen Reed

The arrogance on this kid – who can't actually fight or have any useful visions himself, let us remember – is staggering, showing up out of nowhere with his 'you'll see' smugness to boss the Stark boys around in the aforementioned Worst Storyline Ever. In fact, we have those skeletons to thank for killing him off early. Perhaps we owe them an apology.

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2 - Olly

In the long history of on screen little shits, runaway Olly has to rank somewhere between Macaulay Culkin in Home Alone and Damien from The Omen - only with less onscreen charisma than either. First he killed Ygritte with an arrow, now he's stabbed Jon Snow in the stomach. Expect him to fire the Onion Knight out of a catapult in season 6.

1 - Ramsay Bolton

The problem with Ramsay is that he too evil – like a character in an admittedly very messed up pantomime. Even Joffrey had a bit of gray in him. Ramsay is one of those under written characters who only exists so the producers can tick off the 'shocking violence' box. Fair play to Iwan Rheon who does his best with what he has, but this guy is more one note than Hodor.

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