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Valar Dohaeris: Ranking the Strongest Warriors in Game of Thrones (Final)

It’s been a long road, but we’re finally here. The end of the road for Westeros.

So here we are, at the end of our weeks long ranking of the strongest warriors in all of Westeros, and the end of Game of Thrones as a whole. While George RR Martin did warn us that the ending would be bittersweet, we didn’t think it would be because the writing was going to be bad. Yeah, the last few episodes have landed pretty hard with crowds, but that doesn’t make us any less excited for this week’s series finale. Will Jon take the Iron Throne? Will Dany get away with her war crimes without any comeuppance? Will Bran ever actually do something of value?

While we’ll find all of that out on Sunday, we’re here to find out who the strongest fighter on the show actually is. This is the top 10 deadliest men and women of the series, each one of which is terrifying and dangerous in their own right. Who came out on top?  Well let’s take a walk through the biggest badasses in the 7 kingdoms to discover who is the greatest warrior on Game of Thrones!

Of course, we start with the honorable mentions.

She’s killed more than a few glasses of wine.

Honorable mention: Cersei Lannister

Though her only personal kill is technically the offscreen poisoning death of Tyene Sand, Cersei is responsible for some of the gnarliest and most well coordinated murders in the series. Whether it’s her political maneuvering stirring conflict between rival houses, or her network of spies loading the Sept of Baelor to the gills with wildfire, Ms. Lannister – to quote the WWE’s Victoria – ‘aint the lady to mess with. Still, this is a list of warriors, and Cersei would never lower herself to swing a sword of her own. Unlike…

Dany’s not afraid to get her hands dirty…well, ashy.

Honorable mention: Daenerys Targaryen

The newly minted Mad Queen is another character more deeply rooted in the politics of the series. Unlike Cersei, however, Dany has no such compunction about getting her hands dirty. Whether it’s riding atop Drogon or fending off the undead with a sword in hand, this dragon queen is not afraid to mix it up. Clearly she’s not shy about collateral damage either, as the series’ penultimate episode proved Dany doesn’t care who gets hurt en route to her ultimate goal. She’s super fierce and possesses terrifying levels of determination, but when it comes down to it, Daenerys Targaryen may be a conqueror but she’s no fighter.

“My wife did what?”

  1. Khal Drogo

Now we’re getting to the real badasses, and there are none on the show who look more badass than Dany’s dead husband – and the namesake for her largest dragon – Khal Drogo. A massive mountain of a man and a warrior who died having never tasted defeat, Aquaman here is a fierce fighter who has felled men with his Arakh, dual daggers, his bare hands and a steely gaze. If he were a bit smarter and didn’t revel in the wounds and scars of his past battles he may have actually led his khalasar across the narrow sea alongside his Khaleesi. As is, he went out before his time, and can’t make it past the 10-spot.

“My aunt did what?”

  1. Jon Snow

Yep, Aegon Friggin Targaryen is only 9th on this list, and if we’re honest, a lot of that is due to plot armor. Don’t get us wrong, Jon’s proven himself pretty handy with a Valyrian steel sword, but to say that most of his victories are the result of blind luck wouldn’t be wrong. Whether he’s being resurrected by a red priestess who happens to be chilling out on the Wall or winning the Battle of the Bastards due to the timely intervention of his (half) sister, Jon’s the kind of guy who rushes into danger without thinking and it’s cost him a lot over the years. That he’s still alive at the end of the show is almost entirely due to his being Azor Ahai, though his fighting skills don’t hurt.

If Inigo Montaya was less a fencer and more of a ninja…

  1. Oberyn Martell

There are few fighters on the show with as much panache and style as the Red Viper, Oberyn Martell. A master with both poison AND a spear, the Dornish prince is a stick-and-move fighter, one whose quick movements, juking and parrying help keep him a step ahead of his foes and make him a terror on the battlefield. Sadly, like so many people on this list, Oberyn’s a guy whose biggest fault is his own arrogance. Confidence is a great thing to have heading into a scrap, but when you’ve got someone like The Mountain on the ground, maybe just take the win. Double tap, man. It’s rule #2. Still, one-on-one, there are few people who are getting the best of Oberyn Martell.

“I came here to protect Stark women and chew bubblegum, and I’m alllll out of bubblegum!”

  1. Ser Brienne of Tarth

The newest knight in the 7 kingdoms, Ser Brienne of Tarth is one of the strongest and quickest fighters in all of Westeros. Shown to hold her own against fearsome warriors like the Hound or Jaime Lannister, Brienne is an adept swordswoman whose power game is in rare company. She loses some points for an archaic, knightly fighting style that is too slow to match up with sneakier warriors, but her stocky build and heavy armor make up a lot of ground and give her enough leeway to get past some of the more dangerous people on this list. Still, Brienne’s a tough one, who continuously puts her life on the line to ensure the safety of the innocent…well her charges at least. As far as bodyguards, though, you could definitely do worse than Ser Brienne of Tarth.

The face of death isn’t always so pleasant.

  1. Arya Stark

I know some will say it’s controversial to have the savior of humanity this low on the list, but Arya Stark’s training with the Faceless Men has made her one the deadliest people in the Song of Ice and Fire. Arya is the ultimate assassin, nimble and quick, capable of felling even seemingly invincible opponents and baring little compunction about getting her hands dirty. She’s not afraid to do whatever it takes to score the kill. While it’s true last week’s episode seemed to imply that she may have moved past her all-encompassing lust for revenge, you’re kidding yourself if you don’t think homegirl’s got a certain dragon queen in her sights. With her greatest strength being in subterfuge, she may just knock Dany off her newly won throne.

For the right price, he may top this list.

  1. Ser Bronn of the Blackwater

While brute strength or dazzling speed can make one a fearsome fighter, there’s something to be said about being a more clever combatant. Ser Bronn of the Blackwater is the slickest, most unscrupulous and trickiest person on this list, and that snide set of skills puts him makes him insanely dangerous. Nowhere was this clearer than in his star-making turn as the imp-saver, where he danced around Ser Vardis Egen, making quick work of the Knight of the Vale and using his own environment against him. It’s that adaptability that makes him one of the greatest fighter’s on the show. Not bound by duty or honor, Bronn’s the ideal sellsword, which is both a strength and a weakness. Not fighting FOR something does weaken his resolve just a bit, but with his back against the wall, there may be none better than my man Bronn.

To be clear, we’re talking two-handed Jaime here.

  1. Jaime Lannister

Though he’s spent most of his time on the show as a forced lefty, Jaime Lannister is undoubtedly one of the greatest warriors in all of Essos. It was a two-handed Jaime who brought peace to Westeros by killing the Mad King before he had a chance to burn King’s Landing to the ground. In the years since, Jaime has been a steady hand on the King’s Guard, protecting Robert Baratheon from…not much if I’m honest. Sure he dominated a duel with Ned Stark and managed to cut down 10 North men before being captured in the Whispering Wood. Even after losing a hand, Jaime proved to be no slouch with a sword, and though he was certainly past his prime when he eventually returned to King’s Landing, at his peak, dude was a beast on the battlefield.

  1. Sandor “The Hound” Clegane

Speaking of beasts, The Hound is 6’6″, 200+ pounds of muscle, hair and a nihilistic attitude that makes him a crappy travel companion, but one hell of a force with a sword. Whether he’s disemboweling would be rapists in King’s Landing, hacking through Stannis’ men, or tearing through the Brotherhood without Banners, there’s little stopping Sandor Clegane from killing his prey. His disfigurement at the hands of his older brother has driven Sandor to become one of the most ruthless and violent men in all of Westeros. Yeah, he’s a bit of a baby when it comes to fire, but his victories over a flaming sword-wielding Beric Dondarion and his brother in the recent Clegane bowl, show that when it boils down to it, Sandor Clegane can get the job done.

Seen here in happier days. What with his natural skin color and firmly connected head.

  1. Ser Gregor “The Mountain” Clegane

Barring the Night King and the Dragons, Ser Gregor Clegane is the biggest monster on Game of Thrones and it’s not even close. Standing 6’9″ and weighing more than400 pounds, the man is a literal Mountain of muscle bent on hurting you and everyone you care about. While we talked about Bronn having no real moral code, Ser Gregor is pure evil. He will gleefully slaughter anything and anyone in his path, whether they’re swinging a sword or an innocent farm hand. Dude even kills horses in a single swing. The man is so strong that he even managed to (brutally) murder Oberyn Martell while bleeding out and poisoned. You’d think that his death would be enough to stay his hand, but oh no, Ser Gregor was brought back to life to serve as a sort of zombie Darth Vader for the past few seasons, eventually culminating in a bloody battle to the death with his brother. Still, whether alive or dead, no one is quite as terrifying and dangerous as the Mountain who rides…well except maybe:

There could only ever be one…

  1. Ser Arthur Dayne

The morning star, the greatest swordsman of all time, the strongest fighter in Westeros, Ser Arthur Dayne was inhuman. With a single blade in hand, he could take down any one on this list, but give him TWO and he may run the board all at once. Known as the Morning Star, all of Westeros knew full well that Dayne was the pinnacle of battle prowess, and though he only showed up for one scene in the show, he did not disappoint. Taking on Ned Stark, Howland Reed and a number of Baratheon banner men, Dayne single handedly killed 5 men in a 7-on-1 scrap, and it would have been a full 7 if it weren’t for the Crannogman’s duplicitous back stabbing. Still, Ser Arthur made short work of some of the finest knights of his day – and if you read some of the side stories in the A Song of the Ice and Fire extended universe his body count becomes even more impressive.  While we never got to see Arthur take on most of the names on this list, there’s not a man, woman or child who could stand against him – the strongest warrior in Westeros.

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And that’ll do it for our list. Do you think we got it right? Probably not! SO sound off in the comments and let us know who YOU think is the strongest warrior in all of Game of Thrones?

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