15 best Game of Thrones warriors
Most of the great warriors of the Seven Kingdoms are of good birth. This makes sense because noble houses have money and therefore have access to the appropriate training, equipment and high protein matrices. But being highborn isn’t the only way to be a great warrior in Game of thrones. Just ask Ser (possibly Lord) Bronn.
Bronn, son of no one in particular, is one of the best fighters in Westeros because his whole life has been a long struggle for survival. He came out of nowhere of importance and soon discovered that the best way to make money was with a sword. While the country’s lords and knights view battle as an exercise in glory, Bronn sees it for what it is: dangerous, bloody, but necessary work. This mindset and a lifetime of training in the back alleys and back alleys of Westeros created a warrior’s hell. Just ask Ser Vardis Egan … that is, if his lifeless body can still hear you from the depths of the Giant’s Lance.
3. Jaime Lannister
At his height, Jaime Lannister was simply the LeBron James of the Westeros Warriors (with Ser Arthur Dayne being the Michael Jordan, of course). Tywin’s eldest son was a tournament and war prodigy, reaching the knight title at age 16 (he was even younger in the books). He rose to prominence at a ridiculously young age, and then pledged to strive for excellence into adulthood.
While the Mad King’s decision to appoint Jaime to his Kingsguard was designed to upset Lord Tywin and leave him without a suitable heir, it must be said that Jaime was still a good fit for the job. Jaime continued to stand out in the early days of The Five Kings’ War before Robb Stark successfully captured him. Of course, soon after, Jaime lost his right hand to Locke. While Jaime will always prove to be capable enough in subsequent seasons without his sword hand, he’s obviously never the same fighter. And that’s a shame for this list because it would be interesting to see how a chastened and more mature Jaime would perform as a warrior.
2. Gregor Clegane aka The Mountain
The “Gentle Giant” is a popular trope in both the fantasy and reality world. Game of thrones even has a few gentle giants with characters like Hodor and even Wun Wun. It makes intuitive sense to portray very tall individuals as meek because most people, tall, short, and in-between, are inherently good. If you were huge, wouldn’t you pay close attention to how your height affects those around you?
Well, Ser Gregor Clegane aka “The Rising Mountain” is the exact opposite of a gentle giant. Ser Gregor Clegane doesn’t have a heart of gold, he has a heart of seething volcanic hate. He’s also tall… so, so tall. The mountain represents around eight feet and 400 pounds of pure muscle in the pounds and 6’9 ”, 350 pounds in the portrayal of Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson in the series. Every square inch of him has apparently been built in a laboratory to be a formidable warrior, so this is the calling he chooses.