The last honorable man left in the book, IMO.
I fear his days may be numbered, though.
I don't think he'll outlive the series but I think he'll be there for the end game. He'll die but it'll be honorably with steel in his hand defending his queen. Just like a man like Barristan Selmy deserves.
I think he dies in "final battle" though. GRRM has pounded the fact that he is one of the best knights to ever live in our head too much, everyone who had a chance at beating him is now either dead or has no reason to fight him.
Jaime - no way he could ever hope to defeat Barristan left handed
The Hound - is of the faith now he has no reason to fight him
Victarion - is begging allegiance with Dany and offering her a navy.
Areo Hotah - Dorne is more likely to be an ally than an enemy, not real sure he could defeat Selmy anyway.
Blackfish - Isn't good enough and wouldn't even try.
The latest one we saw who had a chance imo was Oberyn Martell and he is dead now of course.
No, Ser Barristan The Bold will die fighting Winter embodied in the flesh. The Others will get to him, no normal man has the ability. Not any of the ones left anyway.
This post was edited on 9/15 at 4:18 am