The excitement throughout the realm is palpable: HBO’s pop-culture phenomenon ‘Game of Thrones‘ returns with its fourth season on April 6. We love absolutely everything about the series based on George R.R. Martin’s ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ — especially the hot guys! It would take a Dothraki horde to keep us from tuning in next Sunday to drool over all the handsome men in Westeros and beyond. It wasn’t easy deciding which characters would make our list of Top 10 ‘Game of Thrones’ Hunks, especially because we didn’t limit it to the living. Because this show has such a high body count — and our picks could be gone not only before the end of this season but before the end of this sentence (!) — we included men alive, dead and otherwise. Just no Others.
There are so many ‘GoT’ hotties we had to make some serious cuts to some serious studs (something this show is particularly good at). The ruggedly handsome Ned Stark (Sean Bean) was one shower shy of heading it up. The studly Renly Baratheon (Gethin Anthony) got knocked off prematurely, by a guy who hasn’t even appeared on screen yet. And while Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) is totally our favorite character too, he’s simply a nose short of making this list.
Check out our list of the Top 10 ‘Game of Thrones’ Hunks, ranked in order of hotness — because after all, winter is coming! (Vote for your favorite in the poll below — if we’ve somehow missed your man completely, let us know in the comments.)