“There’s the deep threat to them all lurking there in a very ominous way,” says “Game of Thrones” actor Jerome Flynn to Variety (watch above). He’s talking about the Night King, the evil leader of the undead army of White Walkers that threatens all of Westeros. Co-star Hannah Murray adds that the Night King is “a whole other category of villain. You’re not even talking about human evil anymore. It just seems to be this sheer death instinct.” So is he really the show’s greatest villain? Vote in our poll at the bottom of this post.
When they say, “Winter is coming,” the Night King is what they’re talking about. He’s the personification of potential human extinction who might doom the Seven Kingdoms while they battle each other in petty power games. But there are a number of human baddies who might give him a run for his money, including Euron Greyjoy (Pilou Asbæk), who arrived near the end of season six. “He’s a pretty nasty guy,” argues Kit Harington. “He’s a pretty evil person.”
And of course we mustn’t forget Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey), who has connived her way into power without thinking twice about the cost. She had her husband, King Robert Baratheon, killed so her son could take the throne in season one. Then last season she gathered her enemies in one place and killed them all by blowing up a church. That horrific act drove her son, King Tommen, to suicide, after which she took the Iron Throne for herself. So if it came down to a battle between Cersei and the Night King, it’s hard to say who’s more cold-blooded.
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