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.)
10. DAARIO NAHARIS, played by Michiel Huisman
It doesn’t seem fair to include an actor who has only been seen in one trailer scene, but when it’s an actor as sexy as Huisman, all bets are off. The ‘Nashville’ star has taken over the role formerly played by Ed Skrein, for reasons none of us really know. But we’re calling it early: We’re buying what this sellsword is selling.
9. GREY WORM, played by Jacob Anderson
Those asshat slavers in Astapor robbed Grey Worm of both his bait and tackle, but that doesn’t make the leader of the Unsullied any less sexy. He might have no genitalia, but hey, that doesn’t mean the rest of us don’t. Plus, he’s awesome at following commands!
8. JAQEN H’GHAR, played by Tom Wlaschiha
A man has beautiful eyes and speaks in a soft whisper. A man is mysteriously sexy and very, very good at what he does. Last we saw, a man changed his handsome face to resemble a troll. A man will thus probably be bumped from next season’s list.
7. JORAH MORMONT, played by Iain Glen
We cannot begin to tell you how much we loathed Glen’s character on ‘Downton Abbey.’ He simply made our skin crawl. So it’s nothing short of amazing that he manages to make our bodies do something very, very different as Ser Jorah. If we were Khaleesi, we wouldn’t allow him to spend another minute in the friend zone.
6. LORAS TYRELL, played by Finn Jones
It’s not just the hair that attracts us to the knight of flowers … but, yeah, that’s a great place to start. Equally beautiful and badass, Ser Loras is as good with a lance as he is with a sword. Count us in for some sexytime swordplay!
5. GENDRY, played by Joe Dempsie
The bastard Baratheon first caught our eye when he was brazenly working shirtless near an open, blazing fire. Then he won us over forever when he got it on with Melisandre, even making us kind of like the Red Witch for a hot minute.
4. ROBB STARK, played by Richard Madden
Awr-ooooooo! The Young Wolf simply makes us heed the call of the wild. That mouth, that accent, the way his face looks so fantastic framed in fur. Damn right we’d bend our knees to the King in the North! Repeatedly.
3. KHAL DROGO, played by Jason Mamoa
He may be his khaleesi’s sun and stars, but actual celestial bodies have nothing on the Khal. We loved that Drogo was barbaric warrior who learned how to show tenderness and treat a lady right, but our favorite thing about the supersize hunk? His apparent allergy to shirts.
2. JAIME LANNISTER, played by Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
He screws his sister and pushes a little boy out of a window, among other reprehensible deeds, and we still love him? Gotta hand it to the Kingslayer, ’cause he is right: There are no men like him. Only him.
1. JON SNOW, played by Kit Harington
What lifts a know-nothing bastard to the top of this list? Have you seen his hair? His lips? His eyes? Well, we know you haven’t seen his arse, because a hobbled Harington was forced to use a butt double for that steamy scene with Ygritte in the cave. Who knows when we’ll get our next chance to see more of his skin, since Jon Snow spends a lot of time in the actual snow. But we’ll be waiting … and watching.
Who do you think is the sexiest guy on ‘GoT’? Let us know in the poll and comments below!