Game of Thrones Respect Threads #4: Bronn

With season 7 coming soon, and after finishing a CaV using Bronn, now's the perfect time for this one.

Ser Bronn of the Blackwater:

Bronn was a sellsword, a common man whose background still remains unknown, and likely not very interesting. He happened to be in the right place at the right time and blend into the story by accompanying Catelyn Stark's party that was headed to the Eyrie, in order to put Tyrion Lannister on trial for his alleged crimes.

Bronn, who took a liking to Tyrion, decided to fight for him in the trial instead. He became Tyrion's close friend and companion, and accompanied him all the way back to King's Landing, acting as his personal bodyguard, and later being appointed as Lord Commander of the City Watch ("The Gold Cloaks"). He took a crucial part in the Battle of the Blackwater which earned him knighthood and the title "Ser Bronn of the Blackwater".

While Bronn is basically a nobody, and he is actually one of the few important characters in the story who are not highborn, he played a very important role in many major turn-points of the plot. He has demonstrated that his fighting prowess can rival that of any highborn lord, and that he is a man to be reckoned with.

In the series, Bronn is portrayed by the actor Jerome Flynn.

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Skill:

Bronn is an extremely skilled fighter. What sets him apart from most of the other fighters in the show is his tendency to fight dirty. He has no honor whatsoever and he will do whatever it takes to win. His mind is as sharp as his sword, which makes him extremely formidable.

In Bronn's first on-screen fight, he and the rest of Lady Catelyn's party are ambushed by a large group of the Clansmen of the Vale. A harsh battle begins, in which Bronn displays some very impressive moves:

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Bronn is then seen killing another of the Clansmen, thus ending the fight (he most probably killed more off-screen). The only survivors are Catelyn, Tyrion, Ser Rodrik Cassel and of course Bronn:

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Bronn duels Ser Vardis Egen, the champion that Lady Lysa Arryn chose to represent her in Tyrion's trial by combat. Vardis was heavily armored from head to toe and carried a large shield, while Bronn was wearing only hard-leather and carrying no shield. He parried, dodged and evaded all of Vardis's attacks to make him wear himself out:

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He won of course:

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Tyrion, Bronn and Shae play a drinking game (pretty much their own version of "Never Have I Ever"), in which it is revealed that Bronn was north of the Wall (the purpose of it is unknown, but it's safe to assume that it involved some fighting with all the Wildlings and whatnot):

Shae asks Bronn what brought him there, to which he simply replies
Shae asks Bronn what brought him there, to which he simply replies "Work". Pretty obscure, but I have a theory that Bronn is a Night's Watch deserter.

After the Battle of the Green Fork, Bronn's sword is covered with his enemies' blood (and his face too), however he himself remained unscathed:

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Tyrion appoints Bronn as the new commander of the City Watch, after dismissing its former commander, Lord Janos Slynt:

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In the Battle of the Blackwater, Bronn plays a crucial part when he ignites the Wildfire that destroys most of King Stannis's fleet. He does that by firing a flaming arrow at the Wildfire from a great distance. Very good accuracy feat:

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When Sandor Clegane sees a burning man charging at him in the Battle of the Blackwater, his pyrophobia kicks in and he freezes in place. Bronn saves him at the last moment by head-shotting the man with an arrow. Again, very good accuracy:

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Right after that, two soldiers from Stannis's army charge at Bronn. He kills them both with only his knife in 4 seconds:

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Tyrion asks Bronn to fight for him against Gregor Clegane in his trial by combat, and Bronn deems it plausible that he could beat the Mountain in a duel, thanks to his skill and speed:

But he doesn't go for it, because even the smallest mistake could be fatal.
But he doesn't go for it, because even the smallest mistake could be fatal.

Bronn is chosen by Tyrion and Jaime to train Jaime in fighting with his left hand:

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Bronn travels with Jaime to Dorne in order to rescue Princess Myrcella. On their way to Sunspear, they encounter four Dornish mounted warriors, who surround them and tell them to put their weapons on the ground. Bronn puts his sword away, but throws his knife at the man in front of him. It was an underhand throw (far harder to execute than a regular throw), yet it caught the man right at the apple of his throat. Great accuracy feat:

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Bronn then disposes of the others as well. He shows some great skill and speed when reacting to horses in full gallop charging right at him:

He could have killed the rider but he left him for Jaime to kill just for sport. Bronn essentially solo'd all 4 riders in this fight.
He could have killed the rider but he left him for Jaime to kill just for sport. Bronn essentially solo'd all 4 riders in this fight.

Bronn and Jaime finally reach their destination, where they fight against the Sand Snakes - bastard daughters of The Red Viper himself, who are extremely dangerous fighters, trained by their father. Bronn fights two of them - Nymeria and Tyene - at the same time, and matches them:

This fight was cut short when Doran Martell's guards interrupted and imprisoned Bronn and the Sand Snakes (not Jaime though). In this fight, Bronn was hit only once, on his forearm, by one of Tyene's daggers. It would have been just a harmless flesh wound, if not for the poison that coated Tyene's blade. Bronn nearly died from poisoning later when they were in the dungeon, but Tyene gave him the antidote.
This fight was cut short when Doran Martell's guards interrupted and imprisoned Bronn and the Sand Snakes (not Jaime though). In this fight, Bronn was hit only once, on his forearm, by one of Tyene's daggers. It would have been just a harmless flesh wound, if not for the poison that coated Tyene's blade. Bronn nearly died from poisoning later when they were in the dungeon, but Tyene gave him the antidote.

Bronn hears the approaching Dothraki horde over a very large distance, before anyone else in the Lannister army does:

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Bronn snipes Drogon's shoulder with a Scorpion bolt:

It was his second try. The first bolt went really damn close though.
It was his second try. The first bolt went really damn close though.

After regaining his balance, Drogon lands on the ground, and Jaime Lannister sees Daenerys climb off his back and try to dislodge the Scorpion bolt from his shoulder. Jaime decides to charge forward with a spear to try and kill Daenerys, but Drogon sees him in the last moment. A split second before Drogon turns Jaime into a chicken McNugget, Bronn rides in, jumps off his own horse and tackles Jaime away into the lriver:

RIP horses...
RIP horses...

Strength:

While Bronn's strength is not superhuman or anything, it is still very impressive and easy to miss.

In their duel, Bronn and Vardis wrestle for a while when Vardis tries to push Bronn down the Moon Door. Vardis was wearing full steel plate armor, which means he had an extra 30 kilograms or so on him, and yet he barely managed to move Bronn, and Bronn even shoved him away eventually:

For comparison, 30 kilograms is the difference between the
For comparison, 30 kilograms is the difference between the "Lightweight" and "Heavyweight" categories in boxing. This is actually a great feat.

Bronn knocks out Prince Trystane Martell with one punch. He punched him with his left hand (his off-hand) which makes this more impressive, and in addition he was literally inches away from the prince so he had very little swing:

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Not super impressive, but the draw weight of a medieval longbow is around 50 kilograms, give or take (depends on the bow itself of course):

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This one is not so much of a strength feat, but more of an endurance feat. Prince Trystane agrees to pardon Bronn under one condition - Bronn must take a hit to the face from Areo Hotah. Areo Hotah is 1.95 meters of solid muscle, and Bronn immediately recovered from that elbow:

Bronn didn't know that it was coming, and there's an old saying in boxing that says
Bronn didn't know that it was coming, and there's an old saying in boxing that says "The punch you don't see coming is the punch that hurts the most".

After saving Jaime from Drogon and tackling him onto the river, Bronn carried him all the way from the bottom of the river back to dry land:

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Personality:

Well... he's an ass.

When Bronn dueled Ser Vardis, he made his dirty fighting style very evident. He even went so far as to use a bystander as a human shield and throw him at Vardis:

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Bronn never shies away from a fight (except for that thing with the Mountain lol). When he and Tyrion were ambushed by Mountain Clansmen, and it was just the two of them completely surrounded, Bronn was ready for a fight instead of trying to run or begging for mercy:

They didn't fight in the end though.
They didn't fight in the end though.

Bronn was not afraid of even Sandor Clegane:

They didn't fight either.
They didn't fight either.

Or of 2 knights of the Kingsguard:

...and neither did they.
...and neither did they.

Bronn holds knights in contempt. He is a lot like the Hound in that regard:

That specific remark was regarding Ser Meryn Trant beating up Sansa Stark.
That specific remark was regarding Ser Meryn Trant beating up Sansa Stark.

Bronn makes his dirty tactics evident once more when sparring with Jaime:

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In a later training session, when Jaime starts to get better, Bronn literally takes away Jaime's fake hand and uses it to strike him:

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Bronn teaches Podrick Payne the secrets of being an ass:

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Bronn has many "personality" moments, but most of them are either him being a scumbag or just some wisecracks.

Epic quotes by Bronn:

To Tyrion:

There's no cure for being a c*nt."

To Lysa Arryn, after killing Vardis:

Lysa: "You don't fight with honor!"

Bronn: "No... but he did."

To Podrick, regarding the knights of the Kingsguard:

"Look at these two shining warriors... Ser Taryn Mant, and, eh... Ser Whoisit of Whocares."

To Meryn Trant:

"Careful now, we don't wanna get blood all over your pretty white cloak."

To Tyrion:

"I'm a sellsword, I sell my sword. I don't lend it out to friends as a favor."

To Tyrion:

"Now go drink until you feel like you did the right thing."

To Tyrion:

"You waste your time trying to get people to love you, you'll end up the most popular dead man in town."

To Oberyn Martell:

Oberyn: "Who are you, his hired killer?"

Bronn: "It started that way, aye. Now I'm a knight."

Oberyn: "How did that come to pass?"

Bronn: "I killed the right people, I suppose."

To Jaime:

Bronn: "You promised me a lordship and a castle and a highborn beauty for a wife."

Jaime: "And you'll get all three. A Lannister always pays..."

Bronn: "Don't say it. Don't f***ing say it."

Fights:

Bronn is a very fun character to watch. He's witty and funny and he always brings some light-hearted humor to the general grimness of the show, and of course - his fight scenes are awesome. I really hope to see him having some great fights in season 7.

Hope you enjoyed the read!

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