I thought nobody could surpass Joffrey Baratheon in the despised villain category. I can’t think of anybody I’d rather see get hit in the side of the face with a well-thrown cow pattie (as happened, deliciously, last episode). But boy — Theon Greyjoy (very convincingly played by Alfie Allen on HBO’s fabulous series Game of Thrones) is giving Joffrey a run for his money.
Theon’s got a lot of flaws. He’s a misogynist who treats every woman like a scullery maid — even his sister. For some odd reason, he has a very exalted opinion of himself, even though he hasn’t accomplished anything. He’s really kind of an idiot, too. He’s got bad teeth. And, even in a time when baths were few and far between, he always seems to be especially soiled. If you could smell him, you’d expect him to reek.
But the chief fault in this very imperfect man is his stunning ingratitude. Years ago, the Greyjoys rose up against the crown and were defeated by the Starks. Theon’s father swore an oath to the late Ned Stark — and gave Stark his young son Theon as a kind of hostage. The Starks accepted Theon, made him part of the family, and raised him with their own children. After Ned is beheaded thanks to the insufferable Joffrey Baratheon and the kingdoms go to war, does Theon help the Starks avenge Ned’s death? Nope! He goes home, sides with the squirrelly father who gave him away years ago and has made no effort to reestablish contact since, and captures Winterfell while the Starks are in the field against the true enemy. And he ineptly beheads one of the chief Stark deputies while doing so. What a tool!
In short, you’d be hard-pressed to come up with a more despicable ingrate than Theon Greyjoy. Off with his head!