40 Best 'Game of Thrones' Characters – Ranked and Updated

From Arya to Yara, the Night King to the Mother of Dragons, we count down the 'Game's best and worst players

Sandor 'The Hound' Clegane
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16. Sandor 'The Hound' Clegane

He's not the most terrifying killing machine in the Lannisters' employ, or even in his own family; that would be his truly insane and gigantic older brother the Mountain, a.k.a. the guy who burned half his face off. But he's got a penchant for protecting children like Sansa and Arya (when he's not killing children, that is), and he slices through the system's hypocrisy like a sword through a would-be rapist's midsection. He's both as fierce and as vulnerable as his namesake – and now, after getting left for dead by Brienne and Arya and returning to the fight as a member of the do-gooding Brotherhood, we'll see which side of his personality wins out.

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