Game of Thrones vs. Breaking Bad — Four Game of Thrones Characters Who are Worse Than Walter White
Breaking Badis heading into its final two episode, and the final chapter in Walter White's descent into evil has the world riveted. In fact, even Game of Thronesauthor George R.R. Martin is hooked — and he happens to think Walter White is even more cruel than the worst people in Westeros.
"Amazing series. Amazing episode last night. Talk about a gut punch," Martin wrote of Breaking Bad in his Livejournal, Not a Blog. "Walter White is a bigger monster than anyone in Westeros. (I need to do something about that)."
With all due respect to Mr. Martin, we have to disagree. Walter White may be one of the most complex, fascinating, and nauseating villains ever put on screen, but when it comes to true monstrosity, Westeros is still the clear winner.
Why? We've collected four characters who prove that whatever Walter does, they can one-up — and this is just picked from characters who have shown up on the show so far!
His crimes: Having Ned Stark executed, getting Mycah the butcher's boy and Lady killed by lying, abusing and threatening Sansa; on the show you can add torturing and killing prostitutes, having all of Robert's bastards killed, and general sadism.
Why he's worse than Walter White: He's not just a sociopath, he's a teenaged sociopath. Sure, Walter's intelligence is scary, but at least you can count on him acting in his own best interest. Joffrey won't just hurt people — he'll do it out of a fit of pique, even if it helps catapult the kingdom into war.
His crimes: Torturing, castrating, and utterly breaking Theon.
Why he's worse than Walter White: Maybe it's just us, but as far as we can tell it's hard to get more monstrous than torturing people quite literally for the fun of it.
His crimes: Sleeping with his daughters, sacrificing all of his male children.
Why he's worse than Walter White: Walter has done a lot of terrible things, but at least he's never slept with or killed one of his children. It's sad to say "that's something" but yeah, that's something.
His crimes: Orchestrating the Red Wedding and all sorts of other murder-filled political maneuvers, traumatizing all of his children and telling one of them he wanted to kill them because of a physical disability, generally being willing to do anything to get his way (including one major book spoiler listed below*).
Why he's worse than Walter White: You could argue that the other characters on this list are too mentally unstable to compare to Walter, but Tywin, like Walter, doesn't seem to be an actual sociopath; he's just someone who chose ambition over morals. As far as we're concerned, Tywin edges Walter out in horribleness. They both commit terrible acts in the name of family, but at least Walter cares about the people in his family, and not just the legacy of his name. Plus, the Red Wedding makes Walter's coordinated assassination of Gus's former employees look like child's play.
Spoilers for the second half of A Storm of Swords below!
*We would actually still buy an argument that Walter is worse than Tywin except for the part where Tywin had an innocent girl gang rapped to prove his son a lesson. Yeah, no. Walter may be terrible, but he never did that.
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Rebecca Martin is an Associate Editor at Wetpaint Entertainment and our resident Game of Thrones, Pretty Little Liars, and genre TV expert. Follow her on Twitter and Google+!