Out of our love for HBO’s hit series Game of Thrones, we are going to present a combat situation in a style that is remotely similar to Spike’s show Deadliest Warrior. Over the next few weeks, we will be presenting a new situation with two new characters coming sword-to-sword in an effort to prove who’s the better fighter. In George R. R. Martin’s cutthroat world, people are slow to trust and quick to draw a blade, making the people of Westeros skilled combatants(for the most part). In this week’s edition, we’ll be taking a look at a theoretical fight between two of Westeros’ finest brawlers, Brienne of Tarth and Sandor Clegane(more commonly known as The Hound.)
This week’s situation: Brienne is walking through a clearing in the woods and comes across Sandor Clegane. Recognizing him as an enemy, she draws her sword as he draws his. Who will win?
Formerly of King Renly’s guard, Brienne of Tarth is now in the service of Lady Catelyn Stark and has recently been charged with escorting Jaimie Lannister to King’s Landing. On more than one occasion, she has had to defend Jaimie against numerous enemies and, as of Season 3, has even had to face him in one-on-one combat. Each time, she has proven herself worthy to wield a blade, even overpowering Jaimie in a fight to the death. Being able to hold her own against Jaimie Lannister, one of the best fighters in Westeros, is no small feat, and just goes to show what a determined fighter she is. She can fight well against multiple opponents, which she proves in Renly’s tent when she is wrongly accused of murdering him and kills several men who vow to avenge him. Given these numerous advantages, Brienne would be a tough opponent for anyone to beat.
Like any fighter, she has several disadvantages that balance out her strong points. For one, she wears clunky, showy armor that might slow her down against a quicker opponent, such as Bronn or Jaimie. For another, she glows with pride, which could lead to her underestimating her enemy. It’s this pride and perceived invincibility that could lead to her downfall against a formidable opponent like Clegane.
Like Brienne, Sandor is an incredibly skilled fighter. A lot of that is credited to his size, which is larger than most men. But not only is he big, he’s fast and strong. In the second season, he saves Sansa from being raped, brutally killing her aggressors without remorse. A fight between Brienne and Clegane could best be described as an unstoppable force meets an immovable object, with Clegane obviously being the latter. His brutality and enormous size are invaluable in almost any fight in Westeros, where being hesitant or merciful won’t get you very far at all.
Let’s face it. Despite his strengths, Clegane is basically missing half of his face. This could be fatal in a fight with a skilled fighter like Brienne, who would probably use his huge blind spot against him. In addition to that, he is usually inebriated, making his movements erratic and slow. These are all crippling disadvantages, making his long-term survival look unlikely.
Both characters are skilled in the combat department, but judging from Clegane’s numerous disadvantages and bad habits, the fight would go to Brienne. She has been consistently deadly in the fights we’ve seen her in so far, and it is unlikely that Clegane would last long in a fight with Jaimie. However, a fight between these two powerhouses would be a close call no matter how you slice it, but Brienne still has her entire face, and Clegane does not.