The Hound vs Robert Baratheon: Who Would Win in a Fight?

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Fans have been wondering which of these two brilliant fighters would have the upper hand in a duel.

George R. R. Martin's world is filled with intrigue, corruption and back-stabbing, and fans have always enjoyed watching highly intelligent people scheme and manipulate others to get closer to the Iron Throne, with characters like Littlefinger and Lord Varys being despised and admired at the same time.

But Westeros isn't just about Machiavellian schemers; it's also a place of gifted fighters and noble knights. After all, this is fantasy! It's a shame that one of the finest sworders ever to grace the Seven kingdoms was neither noble nor kind.

If Sandor Clegane, known as the Hound, and Robert Baratheon met in a duel, who would win? That's the question fans have been pondering over on Reddit recently. Of course, the two champions would be going against each other in their prime, as it would be unfair to pit an old and out-of-shape Robert against the fierce Hound at the peak of the latter's form.

It may seem surprising that Robert got picked for this hypothetical showdown as viewers only ever saw an older version of him in the series, one that could hardly even lift a sword, let alone wield one in battle.

But in his prime, Robert was a force to be reckoned with, seeing how he liberated Westeros from the Targaryens using brain and brawn in equal measure. Robert became a legendary warrior by killing Prince Rhaegar Targaryen, considered his generation's finest swordsman.

Sandor is equally good in battle, but Robert has a lot more experience, and if he were to use his trademark war hammer, it could give him an edge over Sandor's sword.

Fans believe that Sandor could only win if he wore Robert down, but then again if Robert were to guess what Sandor was up to, he would never let that happen: Robert is a cunning warrior; it wasn't just chance alone that allowed him to lead the rebellion and become king.

During the events of Game of Thrones, the time of knights is over, and the decline in swordsmanship skills has affected even great fighters like Sandor. Robert has a proven track record in battle, and some fans believe his vast experience would allow him to prevail in a hypothetical one-on-one with Sandor.