10 Tallest Game Of Thrones Characters (& Actors), Ranked
The creators of Game Of Thrones have been faithful to the heights of George R. R. Martin’s characters.
Game of Thrones is a massively popular fantasy series with a large cast, including well-known actors such as Charles Dance and newcomers who made their names on the show. While Game of Thrones is known for being one of the most riveting fantasy series of the 2010s, many audiences were quick to note the number of actors who tower over their fellow cast members.
From actors just grazing the six-foot mark to the characters that stand closer to seven-foot, the showrunners of Game of Thrones have been incredibly faithful to George R. R. Martin’s descriptions of his characters. Fans were pleased with the casting of many characters, especially with the likes of Brienne of Tarth and the Mountain.
Updated by Lauren Turner on September 2, 2022: Game of Thrones is a wildly popular fantasy television show, and with the new release of the prequel series, House of the Dragon, new fans and longtime fans alike will want to know more about prevalent characters from the world of Westeros. We’ve revamped this list with even more information.
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10 Jaime Lannister
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau is 6 feet, 2 inches
Danish actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau plays one of the Lannister twins, Jaime Lannister. Coster-Waldau stands at 6′ 2″ (188cm), which is taller than many fans thought him to be. George R. R. Martin speculated that Jaime is between 6′ and 6′ 2″.
In the books, Jaime’s height is never specified, and he is instead described as a great and skilled warrior who inspires loyalty in his men. Like the other members of his family, his discerning characteristic was his blonde hair as opposed to his height.
9 Tywin Lannister
Charles Dance is 6 feet, 3 inches
British actor Charles Dance plays Tywin Lannister, the patriarch of the Lannister family and father to Jaime, Cersei, and Tyrion. Dance, like Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, is well-cast as Tywin. In the books, Tywin is frequently described as tall and imposing.
At 6′ 3″ (191cm), Tywin’s tall stature lends to his dominating presence, particularly when posed in a scene alongside his grandchildren, Tommen, Joffrey, and Myrcella. George R. R. Martin has previously said that Edward I, who was a similar height, served as inspiration for Tywin, from the loss of his wife to the way he approached royal matters.
8 Brienne Of Tarth
Gwendoline Christie is 6 feet, 3 inches
In the novels, Brienne is described as being as tall as Robert Baratheon and significantly heavier than Jaime Lannister. Considering Robert Baratheon was (in the books) noted as being around 6′ 6″ (198cm), fans were somewhat disappointed that Gwendoline Christie stands at only 6′ 3″, the same as Charles Dance.
Christie had no problem seeming taller to play Brienne, however, and the showrunners must be given credit for using optical illusions to make her seem taller than she is. While there are a few scenes with Jaime where the two seem the same height, the crew did a great job at making Brienne seem as tall as the Hound.
7 Khal Drogo
Jason Momoa is 6 feet, 4 inches
Jason Momoa was a fan favorite, from his first appearance in “Winter Is Coming” to his death at the end of Season 1 in “Fire And Blood,” though he did make a brief appearance in Season 2’s “Valar Morghulis.” Standing at 6′ 4″ (193cm), Jason Momoa is certainly one of the more imposing actors in Game of Thrones, particularly because he is muscular.
Considering Momoa’s character’s position as Khal and the clan nature of the Dothraki, this is no surprise. In the novels, Daenerys observed that Khal Drogo stood at around a head taller than every other man in the room, suggesting he may have been even taller than Momoa.
6 Brynden Tully (196cm)
Clive Russell is 6 feet, 5 inches
In Game of Thrones, Brynden Tully’s height is never specifically mentioned, though he is described as tall and lean with a hoarse voice. He is the uncle to Catelyn Stark, Edmure Tully, and Lysa Arryn, and is most often referred to as “the Blackfish.”
Not only is Brynden an accomplished warrior and longstanding knight, having served Houses Tully and Arryn, but he is also physically imposing. Actor Clive Russell stands at 6′ 5″ (196cm). His posture is powerful and graceful, reflecting the honorable nature of his character.
5 The Hound / Sandor Clegane (198cm)
Rory McCann is 6 feet, 6 inches
Rory McCann is one of the tallest cast members in Game of Thrones and plays the scarred Sandor “The Hound” Clegane. McCann is 6′ 6″ (198cm), though this is still shy of the character’s height in the books. In the novels, Sandor stands at around 6′ 8″, and weighs over 300Ibs (140kg).
Not only is Sandor’s size terrifying, but his scarred face and his despicable actions make the Hound one of the most fearsome characters in the books and the show. However, he is still not as tall as his brother and rival, Gregor “The Mountain” Clegane, who was the one to burn him when they were children.
4 The Mountain/Gregor Clegane
Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson is 6 feet, 9 inches
Gregor “The Mountain” Clegane towers over his younger brother, Sandor. Played by Icelandic actor Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson, he stands at 6′ 9″ (206cm). At the time of shooting, Björnsson weighed around 400Ibs.
While this is still a terrifying size, the Mountain in the novels is only scarier. George R. R. Martin stated that the Mountain is approximately eight feet tall and weighs over 500Ibs. It is unsurprising then that he was nicknamed the Mountain and was able to beat his brother repeatedly.
Kristian Nairn is 6 feet, 10 inches
Hodor is a beloved character who acts as Bran and Rickon’s guardian following the fall of Winterfell. After he had a seizure, Hodor developed brain damage that took away his ability to speak. He can understand complex instructions, but is only able to say the word “Hodor.” He is said to be seven feet tall, with brown hair, a beard, and a hairy body.
In Game of Thrones, Hodor is played by Kristian Nairn, who stands at 6′ 10″ (208cm). Being so tall and strong, it is very believable that Hodor is able to carry the Stark boys for miles from Winterfell and, eventually, beyond the Wall.
2 The White Walker
Ian Whyte is 7 feet, 1 inch
Ian Whyte made brief appearances as the White Walker in Game of Thrones, only appearing in Seasons 1 and 2. A former professional basketball player turned stuntman and actor, Whyte has starred in various other titles, including Prometheus and the Alien Vs. Predator film series.
Whyte stands at 7′ 1″ (216cm) and, as pictured, towers over his fellow cast and crew members. In Seasons 5 and 6, Whyte also played Wun Weg Wun Dar Wun. In Seasons 7 and 8, he played a wight giant in the Night King’s army.
1 The Giant Mag Mar Tun Doh Weg
Neil Fingleton is 7 feet, 7 inches
Fingleton played the giant Mag Mar Tun Doh Weg in Season 4 of Game of Thrones. The giant was a member of Mance Rayder’s army, known to the wildlings as “Mag the Mighty.” He died during the Battle of Castle Black in the episode “The Watchers On The Wall.” Fingleton was one of the world’s 25 tallest men, standing at 7′ 7″ (231cm) and weighing 168 kg.
Unfortunately, Fingleton passed away in 2017 due to heart complications. He had a thrilling career as an actor, starring in the likes of 47 Ronin as Golem Samurai, and as a basketball player for Holy Cross College.