Game of Thrones isn’t known for its tales of fairytale love and romance. The land of Westeros just might not be the best setting if you’re looking for a love that lasts–or doesn’t result in a bloody end. Fans across the world get to witness the unhealthiest of love stories and some even commit to their own ‘ships. Here is our list of nine terrible romances in Game of Thrones. Is your favorite ship included? (The list is in random order, so don’t jump on us too soon!)
09. Sansa Stark and The Hound
This is a ship that is very polarizing, and those who are both for it and against it tend to be very vocal. Whatever you feel about this relationship, affectionately (and sometimes jeeringly) called SanSan, you have to admit that their relationship is an interesting one.
08. Margaery Tyrell and Renley Baratheon
In the figurative game of thrones, this match was perfect: a strong queen for a beloved king. The fact that the said king was in love with the queen’s brother only seems trivial when you really think about it.
07. Roslin Frey and Edmure Tully
Poor Edmure. Not a few hours into his marriage and his short-lived happiness was quickly wiped away. This pairing deserves a slot after Edumre went through the whole process of being forced to marry Roslin, dreading how she would look, realizing she was hot, and then, well, you know the rest. We’re betting Roslin isn’t having a blast as well. (If you don’t know the rest, what the heck are you doing here? Catch up on the show right now.)
06. Stannis Baratheon and Melisandre
The shadow baby alone was enough to turn us off this pairing forever. Though they seem to at least genuinely have affection for each other, this doesn’t take away from the craziness of this pairing.
05. Sansa Stark and Loras Tyrell
After being burned by Joffrey, Sansa is convinced that the wonderful Knight of Flowers, Loras Tyrell, would be her knight in shining armor. Too bad Loras likes men!
04. Robert Baratheon and Cersei Lannister
It’s no secret that Robert and Cersei never loved each other. Sure, there was a short time where Cersei had a little hope that Robert would actually make a good husband, but that was quickly dashed away. Of course, she then made sure to get rid of any legitimate children of theirs and instead pop out her incest babies, so any pity for her is greatly diminished. Such is the life of a royal.
03. Theon Greyjoy and Everyone
Ah, Theon. Does anyone even like Theon so far? Having him go through quite the torture session is just enough to convince us that he deserves to be on this list. After scoring Ros, his own sister, and those two girls sent by the Bastard of Bolton, he deserves a pity spot at least.
02. Sansa Stark and Joffrey Baratheon
Back when Sansa was as naive as she could be, all she could dream about was a life with her prince charming, Joffrey. Finding out that said prince is hellspawn sure changes a girl’s mind though. We’re glad Sansa’s ever so slightly grown out of her ‘prince phase’. Any progress is good progress!
…and here’s a beautiful romance to throw you off. Yes, we lied about there being 9 horrible ones. You should have seen this coming!
01. Eddard Stark and Catelyn Tully
After all the horribleness (poor Sansa), here’s a healthy and loving relationship to end the list and cleanse the palate. They may not have started out great, being an ‘arranged’ marriage and all, but they rose out of that and grew to truly love one another. Typical that the only stable relationship we’re seen gets snuffed out so quickly. Ah, when will we ever learn?