Game of Thrones is the most-watched fictional show based on a novel called A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin. The show is an American drama released in April 2011 and the last season ended in May 2019. The franchise’s new series, House of the Dragon, has recently concluded. If you’ve meant to catch up, check out this infographic of the Targaryen family tree to better understand who the different characters are.
The show consists of 73 episodes and eight seasons. There are many legendary knights and warriors in the Game of Thrones. We all have our favorites, but we will discuss the top 15 best sworders who made an appearance on the show and lasted longer in the show with solid characters. Let’s start with the second son.
Top 15 fighters in Game of Thrones
1. Ned Stark
Ned Stark was the king of the northland, representing the house of Winterfell, the first best swordsman shown in the first season. He was a man of honor, and we saw him in very few scenes of swordplay before he died in the first season. The best scene shown of neds was shown in combat with Jaime Lannister when he was about to kill the kingslayer and had the guard interfere in between.
2. Syrio Forel
The master of Arya Stark, the youngest daughter of Ned Stark. Syrio taught Arya the ways of the warriors. He was famous for his “water dancing” style, which was unbeatable and dangerous. He protected Arya against an array of soldiers with just a wooden blade.
3. Tormund Gaintbane
Tormund is shown as a wildling who serves as one of Mance Rayder’s top generals. He has lived in the worst conditions in the north; he fights aggressively and does not care about anything but killing the enemy. He is shown as an angry, violent man.
4. Stannis Baratheon
Stannis was the first man who could protect the castle walls by scaling them. He fought bravely in the battle of blackwaters with great efforts against the enemy but could not win, wronging the prophecy of Melisande.
He was known for his striking personality in the show with a terrible sense of humor. He had excellent swordplay skills and pledged to fight with the team who could pay him more money. By winning against ser Vardis Egan was a sign of his knighthood. He also fought in a combat trial and freed Tyrion Lannister. Most of his swordplay was shown in teaching kingslayer Jaime Lannister to fight with his left hand.
6. Jorah Mormont
Jorah Mormont is a character who fights with all his heart and soul and believes in the rightful
leader. He bravely fought against the Dothrakis and cut him down to protect the Khaleesi’s honor.
7. Jon Snow
Jonn snow is known as one of the best fighters in Westeros with Valaryrian steel(longclaw). He showed his bravery and leadership qualities in collecting wildlings and the northern army to fight against white walkers. He proves a better fighter compared to both of his brothers. From the start, he is shown to train for a fight and then later fights to win over his land from white walkers and the Amary in the south.
8. The Hound
He is known as a dangerous and fearless fighter in the show. Sandor Clegane, “The Hound”, shows his loyalty when he abandons his post as King Joffrey’s guard, where he is depicted as the more demented character. He loves to kill his enemy and leaves nobody in mercy. He protects Arya stark and is shown to fight bravely against the Brienne of Tarth.
9. Jaime Lannister
Jaime Lannister, also known as king slayer, has many monologues about his bravery and cunning personality. He has a inherent talent for swordplay. After suffering a lot and losing his left hand, he beats Brienne of Tarth. Later, he learns to fight with his left hand and tries to earn glory in the show.
10. Khal Drogo
The leader of the Dothraki horde, he rules the land in Westeros with a daunting attitude and violence in his nature. His fighting spirit comes with rage to deteriorate the enemy. He fights to win every battle and is one of the most powerful leaders in Game of Thrones. He would have significantly impacted the weaker South sections if he had not died.
11. Brienne of Tarth
A good character who is also a knight and swears to protect the Starks. She is one of the great fighters and fulfills the duty of being a knight by winning over The Hound (one of the best fights in the show). She is a courageous fighter who joins the Stark army and fights for Sansa.
12. The Mountain
The Mountain (Gregor Clegane) is twice more powerful as his brother, The Hound (Sandor Clegane). They both have much indifference from childhood, which explains the scar on the Hound’s face and fear of fire. The mountain is known as the undead and fearless, one of the top fighters in Westeros.
13. Gray Worm
An absolute professional fighter. He is unsullied and is trained to be a fighter from a young age. He has the power to resist any physical pain. He fulfills all the demands of Aryans and dragons with uttermost sincerity. He is a proud winner in every fight and never lets down the Khaleesi honor.
14. Ser Arthur Dayne
In the episode “The Tower of Joy,” he kills the army of ned stark and is referred to as the morning star. He was the most feared swordsman in the south. With the help of Bran and a three-legged raven, he was beaten with a backstabbing knife of Howland Reed.
15. Arya Stark
One of the legendary fighters in Game of Thrones proves her worth by fighting cleverly and bravely using her experience and passion for swordplay.
She masters all the techniques, from water dance to faceless men. She fights for rights. She takes revenge on all the people who killed her family members. She is the sword in the dark. And the number one on the list of fighters of Game of Thrones.
Game of Thrones has become an escape for the current generation from their chaotic daily life. A fictional story that gets everyone on their toes and excited for what twist it will bring next. Certainly, the creators, actors, and producers have put in a lot of sweat and blood to make this a breathtaking experience for all its viewers.