Before we get into the nitty-gritty, a few house rules. There will be spoilers! Not for Season 7 of course, there is no crystal ball being used here to look into the very near future. But now that it’s established that those not caught up with Season 6 of Game of Thrones may read some things here that they didn’t know, let’s get to it. A lot of good characters to go over.
Hey, look! Another dead dude! Well, it’s Game of Thrones. Who isn’t dead or dying? But in all seriousness, Ramsay needs to be on every Best Of list constructed for Game of Thrones characters. This is a character who showed us what true evil looked like. From his unrelenting torture of Theon, then his marriage of sorts to Sansa Stark, if he wouldn’t have been killed, this is a man that maybe could have made Cersei Lannister fear for her life. On a show that really does not attempt to be PC or hide any gore or uncomfortable situations, Ramsay was the perfect storm of driven, genius, and diabolical psychopath. Thank the Gods this guy is gone. Literally all of them.
Now Bronn may not be the most influential character in this list, especially in comparison to those still to come. But come on. He definitely lightens the mood between fight scenes and beloved characters dying. And in a series as deadly as Game of Thrones, it’s the little things that help get you through. But it’s not all fun and games. Bronn was buddies in the past with Tyrion Lannister, but is currently by Jaime’s side, both in the Battle or Blackwater Bay, and at the Great Sept of Baelor. So when the time does come for Lannisters to fight Lannisters, Tyrion on the side of The Dragon Queen, and Jaime, so far, on the side of Cersei, who knows if it will be money or past friendship that wins Bronn’s alliance.
#25 - Melisandre
You may be thinking that on a list of 25, Melisandre would be higher up on the list. But the witch has some making up to do. For a long time, she praised Stannis as being a Messiah, the one who should be given the Iron Throne, but obviously, she was wrong and in the process had quite a lot of people do some pretty horrible things to support the late Baratheon. Sure sure, she brought Jon Snow back to life and will surely be playing a part in this upcoming season, but after falling short of expectations in the past, it's time to let some other interesting characters shine.