with that Dragon’s House Winning big at the Golden Tomato Awards, Ryan Condale’s Game of Thrones the prequel has been a huge success. Season 1 of the HBO fantasy epic managed to deliver the politically driven storylines the original show was known for. He was also known for his sheer brutality, and has certainly continued in the background.
The franchise has spawned some fierce warriors; From the Clegane brothers to Jaime Lannister and Daemon Targaryen, fans have been spoiled.
1 Ser Brienne of Tarth (Glendoline Christie) ‘Game of Thrones’
Brienne was introduced as the first female member of Renly Baratheon’s Kingsguard. After Renly’s death, Brienne became Stark’s loyal servant.
Christie’s portrayal of Brienne became a wonderful feminist icon, and a great role model for young girls. His highlight as a fighter was his victory over The Hound (Rory McCann)and survived the Battle of Winterfell in season 8. The moment he was knighted was an absolute highlight for last season.
2 Khal Drogo (Jason Momoa) ‘Game of Thrones’
Drogo was introduced as a Dothraki leader before his arranged marriage to Daenerys Targaryen. (Emilia Clarke) eventually it started to become more romantic. Drogo’s story ended when his wife forced him to end his suffering.
With Momoa’s departure at the end of Season 1, it’s been easy to forget just how brutal her character was. As a warrior, he not only made himself the leader of the Dothraki, but won a battle to the death despite a massive chest wound. Although he ultimately contributed to his death, Drogo was clearly evil.
3 Ser Criston Cole (Fabien Frenkel) ‘House of the Dragon’
Cole was originally a member of the Kingsguard, and sworn protector of Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen (Milly Alcock). Eventually his influence increased as he became Lord Commander.
Cole was one of the most fascinating characters to watch in the first season Dragon House, partly because of Frenkel’s excellent performance. Although much of his brutality is yet to come, Cole quickly demonstrated his ability after defeating Daemon Targaryen. His cold nature leads him to kill Joffrey Lonmouth mercilessly in a fit of jealousy.
4 Ser Gregor (The Mountain) Clegane (Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson) ‘Game of Thrones’
Gregor was very famous for his mercilessly violent nature. After being reduced to a zombie-like state, he finally met his brother Sandor.
Although he was far from a warrior in the elegant sense, you couldn’t find anyone as brutal and violent as Gregor. This was proven when Oberyn murdered Prince Martell (Pedro Pascal That was by far one of the hardest scenes to watch in the entire show. He became even more evil after being resurrected before his actual death.
5 Ser Barristan Selmy (Ian McEIhinney) ‘Game of Thrones’
Ser Barristan began the show as a respected member of Robert Baratheon’s Kingsguard. After being wrongfully abandoned, his story leads him to protect Daenerys before she dies.
Ser Barristan deserves a spot on this list for fame alone. Although he was far from imposing physically, his skills as a warrior were almost indisputable. He almost single-handedly defeated the Sons of the Harpy as an old man. However, since the character was used more in the source material, the show’s version deserved more screen time.
6 Jon Snow (Kit Harrington) ‘Game of Thrones’
Originally known as Ned Stark (Sean Bean) bastard son, Snow beat the odds to become Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch. His story ended when he betrayed Daenerys before returning to the Night’s Watch.
It was pretty tragic how badly Snow’s story ended at the end of season 8. However, it is important to remember how well his character developed from an outsider to a true leader. His reputation as a fierce warrior was solidified after he risked his life to help save the Wildlings against the White Walkers. It only went up from there.
7 “House of the Dragon” by Daemon Targaryen (Matt Smith)
Daemon was introduced as the hot-tempered younger brother of King Viserys (Paddy Considine). After her brother’s death, she eventually fell for Viserys’ eldest daughter, Princess Rhaenyra.
Daemon definitely deserves a spot on the list, although there is still a lot of unexplored potential. Daemon’s brutality was emphasized in War of the Stepstones. He also murdered Vaelon Velaryon without hesitation.
8 Robert Baratheon (Mark Addy) ‘Game of Thrones’
Baratheon began the show as the seventeenth ruler of the Seven Kingdoms. After a drunken hunt, a wild boar was the catalyst behind his death.
The warrior days of the Baratheons were certainly behind them when the main show began. However, from what we heard about his antics during his war stories, he was a great warrior. Although the story about the young boy Tarly was comedy gold, it proved that he was once a fearless warrior who was respected by all. Discussions have started now or not Paddy Considine’s Viserys or Baratheon was the best king.
9 Ser Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) ‘Game of Thrones’
Jaime started the show as the antagonist; a very skilled warrior who created a lot of tension between the Starks and the Lannisters. After losing his hand, and developing a bond with Brienne, he almost completely redeemed himself.
Jaime began his run on the show as the most skilled swordsman, effortlessly beating Ned. He then showed his adaptability after losing his hand, which forced him to fight differently. He also survived the Battle of Winterfell, and “almost” managed to completely complete his savior ark. His evil deeds must also be considered, as he nearly killed Bran Stark.
10 Sandor (The Hound) Clegane (Rory McCann) ‘Game of Thrones’
The Hound served as King Joffrey’s loyal guard before leaving his post at the Battle of the Blackwater. He then began a new affiliation with the Starks, before his desire for revenge led to his death.
The Hound was one of the most underrated characters in the entire show, with a great performance Rory McCann. Not only was he physically imposing, but he was also excellent with a sword. He even managed to beat his brother with one eye. As a fierce warrior, he was able to redeem his past deeds by devoting his life to others as the show progressed. It was also great meme material.
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