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Emilia Clarke as Daenerys in Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones has just about everything, from violence to incest to love stories, the series has it all, and it also has war crimes.

The Australian Red Cross created a list of the characters from the Game of Thrones TV series who committed the most war crimes throughout the seven seasons ( and throughout the seven kingdoms ).

War crimes include torture, inhuman treatment, sex violence or using children as soldiers, and all of these things sound very familiar if you’re a Game of Thrones fan.

The list created by the Australian Red Cross was created with the help of some experts in international humanitarian law who analyzed every Game of Thrones episode that was aired until now and they have only considered acts of violence during armed conflicts.

As many people expected, Ramsay Bolton ( played by Iwan Rheon ) came in first as the character who committed the most war crimes. In the TV show Ramsay committed 17 war crimes, precisely he tortured ( you remember the Theon Greyjoy torture ), he took hostages and even committed rape.

Cruelty is something ordinary in Game of Thrones and it runs in the family. Ramsay’s father, Roose Bolton, comes in third with 8 war crimes mostly because of the role he played in the Red Wedding massacre.

Unexpectedly, the second place goes to Daenerys Targaryen ( played by Emilia Clarke ) who committed 15 war crimes throughout the Game of Thrones series. Most often she used her dragons to cause suffering.

When you think about cruelty in Game of Thrones you automatically think about Cersei and Joffrey Lannister who are some of the most hated characters in the show. However it’s interesting that they don’t have so many war crimes under their belt. Despite being very annoying, Joffrey only committed three acts of violence: torture and intentionally killing prisoners or wounded soldiers.

Cersei Lannister also committed the same number of war crimes as her son, including hostage taking and treason. This doesn’t mean that Cersei is gentler than Daenerys or other characters. The explication is very simple: Cersei’s acts of violence did not happen during armed conflicts.


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