A Warning to Others: TV Characters Who Display Their Enemies' Bodies

'The Walking Dead,' 'Game of Thrones,' and More

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Pretty much any movie or miniseries that's set in the Middle Ages is bound to feature a castle adorned with heads on spikes. Displaying the bodies of one's enemies is a pretty barbaric practice, but that didn't stop TV shows. From period dramas to gritty, post-apocalyptic dramas, all of these TV shows included characters who are obsessed with displaying the corpses of their enemies.

King Ferrante of Naples, "The Borgias"

One of the most disturbing images from the first season of "The Borgias" is King Ferrante's macabre banquet tableau. In a special chamber, the King has gathered the desiccated corpses of his enemies and arranged them in an homage to The Last Supper. The creepiest part is Alfonso's admission that his father is still looking for just the right enemy to take the place of Judas in his tableau.

The Governor, "The Walking Dead"

The Governor is, without question, the creepiest enemy that Rick and his gang have ever had to deal with. The Governor has a disturbing habit of keeping the severed heads of his enemies in a giant fish tank, which he likes to gaze upon at the end of a hard day. You know, when he's not brushing the hair of his zombiefied daughter. Both human heads and zombie heads end up in this creepy aquarium.

Joffrey, "Game of Thrones"

In one memorable scene, Joffrey takes Sansa Stark out onto the ramparts to see the head of her father on a pike. Judging from the number of other heads out there, it's a common practice for people to preserve the heads of their enemies this way -- at least in this part of the Kingdom. The Lannisters are also known for this practice.

The Caesars, "Rome"

In this historical drama, many enemies of the Caesars are killed and displayed after their death. Julius Caesar executes the man who is thought to have been Pompey's killer and has his body displayed. Later in the series, the remains of both Marc Antony and Cleopatra are displayed as a warning to those who would go against Augustus Caesar. Their remains are incorporated into a massive parade held by the victorious Augustus.

Rassilon, "Doctor Who"

In the special story "The Five Doctors," Rassilon has a very special way of displaying the bodies of potential enemies. Any Time Lord who tries to claim the prize of "true immortality" is given exactly what they want, but with a heavy dose of irony. The "immortality" they receive is the dubious honor of becoming a living, yet frozen, decoration on Rassilon's tomb.
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