If the man that played Ser Gregor “The Mountain” Clegane on HBO’s Game of Thrones should know anything, it’s that second chances count for a lot. Actor Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson isn’t just the towering zombie bodyguard for Westeros’ most intimidating queen - he’s a real-life strongman who, after coming in second place year after year, finally won the annual World’s Strongest Man competition in Manila this weekend. But it’s not like we didn’t know he had it in him.
Since 2014, Björnsson has been runner-up to various other strongmen in the competition, but this was the actor’s year. Two days of physical feats (like loading huge Atlas stones and pulling a truck) ended with The Mountain claiming a victory that also set a strongman record: nobody had won the titles of World's Strongest Man, Europe's Strongest Man, and the Arnold Strongman all in the same year, according to Bleacher Report.
Here’s Björnsson’s post on Instagram documenting his victorious pose atop the podium with his trophy:
The huge athlete (look how small second and third place look in comparison) will bring the title of World’s Strongest man back to the battle between kingdoms (and the White Walkers) when the final season of Game of Thrones returns in 2019.