Game of Thrones

The 10 Best Fighters on ‘Game of Thrones’ Source:

The Game of Thrones world is so vast that in Westeros, let alone Essos, there are a variety of fighting styles and weapons that many of our favorite characters use. While we may not get to see all of the best fighters encounter each other, it begs the question—who is the strongest warrior in this world? We take a look and rank the eight best fighters from the show.

Note: These rankings are not based on the current events of the books or the show, but the characters at their strongest during the series.

10. Jon Snow

Although he’s the youngest fighter on this list, Jon Snow has proven himself to be a fearsome combatant for his age. Jon’s accomplishments are many; he’s not only proven himself to be one of the finest swordsmen in the Night’s Watch, but has slain countless enemies, including many a fearsome Wildling. But all that pales in comparison to Jon’s greatest battle accomplishment so far, which is going head-to-head with one of the Night King’s most fearsome lieutenants in the season five episode “Hardhome” and living to tell the tale. Killing a White Walker, especially one as highly skilled and terrifying as that one, is definitley no small accomplishment, but the best is sure to come for Jon as he prepares to face Ramsey Bolton’s army and the rest of the White Walkers. Source: Game of Thrones Wiki

9. Barristan Selmy

Arguably the greatest swordsman in Westeros, Barristan was a living legend. However, he only makes number eight on this list because as good as he was in his prime, he was relatively old during the start of the show. That’s not to say he wouldn’t have been able to kick some ass—after all, when he was dismissed by Joffrey as a Kingsguard, he told the other Kingsguard members that he could “cut through the five of you like carving a cake!” Such was his reputation and skill in battle that, despite serving for the Mad King, Robert Baratheon let him live and even named him his Lord Commander of the Kingsguard. It’s a shame how he ended up dying in the show. Source:

8. Brienne of Tarth

It says a lot about Brienne that appears on this list despite being a rare swordswoman. Gifted with the talent to wield a sword, Brienne has held her own in the show thanks to her incredible combat skills. She bested Loras in a duel, which allowed her to become part of Renly’s Kingsguard and also beat a wounded Hound (though not canonical). Of course, Brienne had Valyrian steel, and if the Hound was at full strength, it might have been a different outcome, but it was still an impressive defeat nonetheless. Source:

7. Bronn

It’s hard not to like Bronn, as him, Podrick and Tyrion are probably the best trio in the whole show. However, Bronn is also a skilled sell-sword, yet to lose any duel we’ve seen him in. Right from the off, when we see him at Tyrion’s trial by combat, we could tell this was a man who, while humorous, was cold and loved to kill for fun. As The Hound stated before the Battle of the Blackwater, killing is Bronn’s favorite activity. It’s also fair to say that if it wasn’t for Bronn, we might have a Game of Thrones world with Tyrion dead, as he’s saved him so many times. Source:

6. Stannis Baratheon

It might be controversial for some to have the one true King in the top five, but we really believe Stannis is up there with the best. A natural warrior who is regarded as one of the finest military commanders in all of Westeros, if there ever was a worthy fighting king in the show, it would be him. While many figures abhor Stannis for his personality or just flat out dislike him, no one can dispute that Stannis is a dangerous man and an accomplished warrior. He is praised (or feared) by the likes of Tywin Lannister, Ned Stark and Tyrion Lannister, and during the War of the Five Kings, people feared Stannis more than anyone else. After all, this is a man who held Storm’s End through a year of siege, surviving on rats and horses. Despite having half his fleet burnt at the Battle of the Blackwater, Stannis also led the charge on King’s Landing from the front, and probably would have succeeded if not for the Tyrell and Lannister forces. We wish he actually succeeded in conquering King’s Landing just so he could go face to face with Joffrey. Source:

5. Oberyn Martell

We only see the Red Viper in the fourth season, but it was clear that this Dornish man was very dangerous. Straight from the offing, Tyrion displayed to Bronn how scared he was to welcome a man who had beef with the Lannisters. Even when we meet Oberyn, we could tell from his persona and confidence that he could beat anyone he set his mind to. Plus, he also knew a lot about poison, which is always a great tool to have in your shed. Like Jaime Lannister, Oberyn was a man known for his skills in battle all over the world. With vengeance on his mind, he even nearly killed The Mountain—quite an extraordinary feat—in an impressive display with his spear. Until that one moment, of course. Why, Oberyn? Source:

4. Ser Arthur Dayne

A famed and legendary knight of House Dayne, Ser Arthur Dayne, known as the Sword of the Morning, was considered one of the most skilled and deadly knights of the Seven Kingdoms in his time. A member of the Mad King Aerys II Targaryen’s Kingsguard, Dayne was also Prince Rhaegar Targaryen’s closest friend and defended the Tower of Joy for him against Eddard Stark and his men. Although Dayne was killed at the Tower of Joy, Eddard Stark would go on to tell his son Bran that Arthur was the finest knight he ever saw and would have killed him if it wasn’t for his friend Howland Reed stabbing Dayne in the back. While this does a good job of outlining his skill as a fighter, Jaime Lannister perhaps said it best when he tells Loras Tyrell that Dayne “could have slain all five of you [Kingsguard] with his left hand while he was taking a piss with the right.” Source:

3. Sandor Clegane

Despite seeming inferior to his older brother, The Hound is still a tremendous fighter and a beast of a warrior. The personal guard of Joffrey Baratheon, he a had a mean streak similar to his brother, but was more compassionate and understanding, killing only those he had to or was ordered to. When his brother was about to kill Loras Tyrell during the Hand’s Tourney, Sandor stepped up and stopped his brother in what was a pretty even fight. And while in the show, Brienne “beat” him in a heated battle, she was fighting a starved and weak Hound. The fact of the matter is, Sandor could virtually take on anyone and would never be the underdog, especially if he was at full strength. Source:

2. Gregor Clegane

Despite various casting changes for The Mountain, he remains a top tier fighter in the Game of Thrones world. A man who towered above most fighters and was born to destroy things, Clegane had a huge mean streak about him. It’s no wonder they called him Tywin Lannister’s mad dog, as whenever he was unleashed, he’d effectively do whatever he wanted, whether it was killing, torturing, or raping. Sure, he almost lost to Oberyn, who pretty much outclassed him, but the Red Viper had vengeance on his mind and probably would have lost nine times out of 10 even if The Mountain didn’t kill Elia Martell. We all know how badass and effective Bronn is on the show, but he said it all about The Mountain when Tyrion asked him if he was scared of him: “I’d be a bloody fool if he didn’t frighten me. He’s freakish big and freakish strong, and quicker than you’d expect for a man of that size.” Source:

1. Jaime Lannister

When it all comes down to it, we believe Jaime Lannister is (or was) the strongest fighter in the Game of Thrones world. Of course, now he’s far from it, having lost his hand. But when he had both hands, he was truly the best swordsman in Westeros, and likely Essos as well. After all, everyone knew who Jaime was — they cowered in fear when Tyrion threatened that he’d call his brother. There is a reason why he was the youngest Kingsguard in history and got his first kill as a 16-year-old squire. Jaime was extremely cocky, but he was probably right when he proclaimed that only three men could beat him in a duel. While he’s going through a redemption arc in the show right now, during which he’s been pretty humbled, it certainly would have been intriguing to see him go up against the likes of Oberyn or The Mountain. Regardless, since the start of the main story, no one has been as strong or talented as the gifted son of Tywin Lannister. Source: