You can always count on Game of Thrones to deliver a plethora of brutal deaths in any given season. Unfortunately, the people at the receiving ends of those deaths are usually fan favorites.
The thinning out of the show's heroes has left a lot of truly evil players at large. Since it's been almost two full seasons since Joffrey (Jack Gleeson) was gloriously chocked to death, TVGuide.com has compiled a list of menacing characters that could use their own dose of poison, beheading or burning at the stake.
1. Ramsay Bolton (Iwan Rheon)
The "new Joffrey" should obviously top the list. When Ramsay began his reign of terror by torturing Theon (Alfie Allen), it felt like good payback for the Greyjoys betraying the Starks. Then he started cutting off body parts and last season's rape of Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) made Ramsay the most hated character in all of Westeros. This one deserves a slow, painful take down for all of the evil he's done.
2. Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish (Aidan Gillen)
Game of Thrones revealed that all of this winter's drama kicked off with Littlefinger's meddling. He set up Ned Stark (Sean Bean) becoming hand of the king and he's had his finger in all of the political pots ever since. No one blames the man for being ambitious, but handing over Sansa to Ramsay and knowing what danger he was putting her in makes him just as guilty. One day he'll need to pay for his shady dealings.
3. Melisandre (Carice van Houten)
Melisandre has been trouble from the beginning. Her first "How dare you!" act was killing Renly Baratheon (Gethin Anthony) with her Stannis (Stephen Dillane) ghost baby in the second season. Then she almost took out Gendry (Joe Dempsie) in the third season. She crossed the line into unforgivable territory last season when she convinced Stannis to sacrifice his daughter Shireen (Kerry Ingram) to the Gods. They burned a child at the stake and still lost to the Boltons. She can resurrect Jon Snow (Kit Harington) and then promptly be burned at the stake herself.
4. Walder Frey (David Bradley)
If you are still having traumatic visions of the Red Wedding, you can blame this man. The good news is that he is rumored to be returning for the sixth season, meaning the North may soon have its revenge. Hopefully the Freys are also panning a big family event so they can be paid back properly.
5. Gregor "The Mountain" Clegane (Ian Whyte)
The Mountain has killed countless people on behalf of the Lannisters. He is most famous for murdering Rhaenys and Aegon Targaryen in front of their mother Elia Martel, who he then raped and murdered as well. That came to light in the infamous fourth season battle between him and Oberyn Martell (Pedro Pascal), whose face he squashed between his giant hands. The Mountain is a tyrannical killing machine, and now that he's been zombified by the Lannister master, who knows other atrocities he's capable of? The heroes need someone capable of finishing what Oberyn set out to do.
Game of Thrones premieres Sunday April 24 at 9/8c on HBO.