“Game of Thrones” Season 6 episode 9 gave fans what they were looking for: Ramsay Bolton dead. But now that he’s gone, who can possibly take his place?
In perhaps one of the best display of poetic justice, the Bastard of Bolton was mauled by his own dogs.
Sure, there is finally relief that one of the most sadistic, cruel, and sick characters in the history of television is now dead. But now, the show is faced with a dilemma, who will fill his shoes and be the focal point of hate in the series?
“Game of Thrones” owes part of its popularity to their disturbingly wonderful evil characters. Joffrey Baratheon and Ramsay Bolton are prime examples. The actors behind these hateful characters played the devil incarnate so well, they received quite the hate in real life.
But now both bastards are dead, which begs the question: which character can possibly replace these two and take the title of the most hated man in Westeros?
There are several characters, both old and new that might fit the bill.
First off, is good old Walder Frey the current Lord Paramount of the Trident in “Game of Thrones.” The Blackfish’s own words, “I’ve seen wet sh**s I like better than Walder Frey.” pretty much tells you everything you need to know about the man.
After the Red Wedding, his sordid reputation as a man without honor is solidified. Not only did he betray his liege lord Edmure Tully, he massacred the Starks after offering them guest right.
Now after the siege of Riverrun, we will probably get to see more of Walder Frey, which makes him a perfect replacement for Ramsay Bolton.
Next, there’s Theon and Yara’s uncle, Euron Greyjoy. A man who’s thirst for power caused him to murder his own brother as well as his niece and nephew. Balon Greyjoy also revealed that his brother had gone mad while at sea, which makes him a good candidate to be the show’s most hated.
Now that he controls the Iron Islands, whose people are known raiders and rapers, we might get to see more heinous acts in the future. A psychopath leading a group of killers and rapers is the perfect scenario to create the perfect villain.
Lord Petyr Baelish/Littlefinger
Finally, there’s everyone’s favorite whoremonger Lord Petyr Baelish. While most fans now see Littlefinger as a hero following “Game of Thrones” episode 9, Varys describes him as an ambitious man with no morals.
Don’t forget that it was him that started the War of Five Kings. By poisoning Jon Arryn and pitting the Starks and the Lannisters against each other, he indirectly caused the death of tens of thousands of people.
Littlefinger’s help in the Battle of the Bastards also surely comes with strings attached and he will demand the reward Sansa has promised. What is that remains to be seen. Him wanting Bolton dead might be satisfying a self-interest viewers are yet to find out.
While Petyr Baelish compared to the other two might be the least likely to be the next Ramsay Bolton, his insidious nature makes him unpredictable and his allegiance unclear.
With the death of Ramsay Bolton, “Game of Thrones” has lost one of its most important characters. While he may not be one of most beloved characters in the series, his presence did make us cringe with disgust and anger.
Iwan Rheon is no doubt an amazing actor in bringing to life one of the best villains in television. He’ll be a tough act to follow.