5 Game of Thrones Characters You Hate, but Should Love
5. Stannis Baratheon
There is not much love for Stannis Baratheon in Westeros or in the Game of Thrones Community. However, when viewed objectively, Stannis is really just a continuation of Ned Stark’s Legacy. Ned wanted Stannis to be king. He is the next in line for the throne, and he has the best claim. You really have to feel sorry for the guy who can never seem to catch a break. He values honor, justice, and loyalty above all else. Plus his situation is pretty sad, his wife is sickly (also crazy), his daughter, while sweet, is deformed with grayscale, and he only has a handful of followers. He is also an honest man; he told his wife that he cheated on her. In the most recent episode we see that Stannis visits Ser Davos, his trusted adviser, for the sole purpose of being talked out of sacrificing Gendry. Stannis only wants to defend the innocent and take his rightful place on the throne.
“This is Stannis Baratheon. The man will fight to the bitter end and then some”
4. Cersei Lannister
Everyone loves to hate Cersei Lannister. But, when you look at her as a character, everything she does isn’t irrationally evil or excessively cruel. Cersei is a strong, fierce woman that was forced to grow up in the shadow of her brother. She represents a natural reaction to the repression of women in the Westeros universe. Even now while she is queen regent she still doesn’t have the power to control her son or do anything outside of what is expected of her. Despite her cold and frigid nature, she demonstrates multiple times throughout the series that she can be vulnerable. Every time the other characters in the show see her vulnerability they abuse it. How can you expect Cersei to not be cold and unforgiving in the world around her? According to her brother Tyrion, her love of her children is her one redeeming quality. Just think of what it would be like to have to love Joffrey unconditionally. You could argue that it is her fault that he is that way, but Cersei had already lost one child, she just wanted to do everything to make her only child at the time happy. Her husband Robert was no help with his constant inebriation. Cersei is a victim of circumstance and is trying her best to hold on to the parts of her world that aren’t falling apart.
“I am a lioness. I will not cringe for them”
3. The Hound
Sandor Clegane has gone on quite the journey from Lannister bodyguard, to the member of the Kingsgaurd, to protector/ kidnapper of Arya Stark. The show has been doing a better job of making The Hound a more sympathetic character. But, just in case you’re not convinced that you should love The Hound, let’s go over his history. The Hound’s most prominent feature is the burn on his face. How is that for a traumatic childhood experience? It is a wonder how this guy is even functioning, let alone one of the best fighters in the seven kingdoms. Fast forward to season one during the Hand of the King’s tournament where his furious brother begins to attack Ser Loras Tyrell. The Hound really doesn’t have reason to help Loras, and they are at the tournament with hundreds of other knights who could have stood up to defend their comrade. But no, The Hound selflessly rushes past the crowd and takes on his older brother in defense of someone he has never met. Now that’s heroic. Okay, so maybe he loves to fight and that’s why he rushed out there. However, he’s still compassionate. In season two, The Hound falls in love with Sansa Stark, a true beauty and the beast situation (one Sansa seems to fall into several times). From comforting her with his cloak after Joffery’s beatings, to saving her from being raped, The Hound shows his love any way he can. In the climax of season two, The Hound basically tells Joffery what viewers wanted to tell him since season one, then he proceeded to risk everything by offering to take Sansa home to Winterfell. The Hound may be a bloodthirsty psychopath, but he is a bloodthirsty psychopath with a heart of gold who is just sick of being treated like a dog.
“Even a dog gets tired of being kicked”
2. Tywin Lannister
The wealthiest man in Westeros and Lord of Casterly Rock, Tywin Lannister gets hate for being the leader of the “evil” Lannisters. But, in reality he is just surrounded by incompetence. Tywin saved House Lannister from his father’s failings. Really when you stop and listen to some of his lines, there is the impression that he is one of the smartest men in the realm. Many could fault him for being underhanded, but none can deny he is efficient. He is a badass, plain and simple. Plus his fashion sense is unmatched. He doesn’t pull anything flashy or extravagant, yet he manages to regal in any setting. Like the rest of the characters on the show is in a constant struggle, but you have to love Tywin because he makes it looks easy.
“Lord Tywin wore no crown, yet he was all a king should be.”
1. Little Finger
Petyr Baelish is one of the most hated characters in the books and TV show. He is a cunning and manipulative bastard, yes, but so are many of the characters. Look at where this man came from, a lowly child who found his way into a highborn home and fell in love with a girl way out of his league. He works his way up from there, struggling with status every step of the way. Eventually he made his way to the capitol, finally becoming a member of the small council, and a successful master of coin. But, it doesn’t stop there; currently he is the ruler of the Veil, and one of the great lords of the land. Baelish is not only a self-made man, but a true romantic as well. He only really loved Catelyn Tully. Everything he has ever done, or tried to do is out of love. Have you ever really liked someone and had them stolen away from you by someone stronger, better looking, or more popular? This has happened to Baelish twice. He didn’t give up, he became more and more cunning and learned to play the Game of Thrones by his own rules. He is the essence of brain over brawn. Everything we have been taught as kids to like, the underdog, the hard worker, and the man who fights for love is Petyr Baelish. Let’s face it, he betrayed Ned, but it was out of love. He seeks power over all just to fill the hole in his heart. You have to love Little finger because at his core he is a tragic character. No matter how smart he may be, people who were born with more privilege will be able to boss him around. If you’ve ever been friend zoned, if you’ve ever lost something to someone wealthier, if you believe in getting ahead in life despite all of the odds, then Little Finger should be one of your favorites.