Gabbing Game of Thrones: 20 Best Lines from the Show (Spoilers)

We are days away from the final season of Game of Thrones; one of the greatest shows of all-time!  In preparation for the season premiere on April 14th, we are looking back at the first seven seasons and making lists about…everything!

Today, we are looking at the show’s very best lines…

Here we go!

20 Best Lines from the Show

20.  “Hodor!

Who said it:  Hodor expressing….well….anything…

Why it was great:  Hodor…

19.  “Night gathers, and now my watch begins. It shall not end until my death. I shall take no wife, hold no lands, father no children. I shall wear no crowns and win no glory. I shall live and die at my post. I am the sword in the darkness. I am the watcher on the walls. I am the shield that guards the realms of men. I pledge my life and honor to the Night’s Watch, for this night and all the nights to come.”

Who said it: Oath of the Nights Watch, best used by Grenn and team before they die fighting a giant.

Why it was great:  It epitomizes the sacrifice and difficulties of a life of service.

 

18.  “Man who grants the sentence swings sword.”

Who said it: Ned Stark’s advice on justice.

Why it was great:  It captures Ned’s sense of duty and honor that would claim his life, yet inspire those who followed him.

17.  “The lion doesn’t trouble himself with the opinions of the sheep.”

Who said it: Tywin explaining HIS philosophy on life to Jamie

Why it was great:  Like Ned’s philosophy of duty, this is Tywin’s philosophy of entitlement.  It is amazing that they are enemies, right?

16.  “I saw your pecker. What kind of god would have a pecker that small?”

Who said it: Tormond to Jon when Jon admits he is not a god despite his resurrection.

Why it was great:  Now, this is Tormond’s philosophy…  GRRM borrowed heavily from medieval history for his works.  I can only assume this religious doctrine was borrowed from the writings of Saint Thomas Aquinas…

15.  “Stick em with the pointy end.”

Who said it: Jon to Arya on how to use her new sword needle.

Why it was great:  It was so charming and silly when he explained the basics of swordplay to his little sister.  Now, it seems a little foreboding…

14.  “Give me 10 good men and some climbing spikes and I’ll impregnate the bitch.”

Who said it: Bronn on overcoming the defenses of the Eyrie.

Why it was great:  Classic Bronn.  He doesn’t let obstacles, or social norms, get in his way.  It was so memorable, Tyrion quotes it later to Daenerys about the Walls of Casterley Rock.

13.  “And your joy will turn to ashes in your mouth. And you will know the debt is paid.”

Who said it: Tyrion’s awful curse of vengeance to his sister.

Why it was great:  It was pure hatred and delivered with aplomb by Peter Dinkalge.  It also came back to bite him in the ass, as it was quoted in Tyrion’s trial for the murder of Joffrey…

12.  “I have a kindness for cripples and bastards and broken things.”

Who said it: Tyrion to Bran on why he is helping him ride a horse after his injury.

Why it was great:  It was the first sign that Tyrion was going to be more than just a drunken lech.  It showed some character and was a line that caught on a bit with the fandom.

11.  “You raped her, you murdered her. You killed her children!”

Who said it: Oberyn Martell’s account of what happened to his sister and her kids, over and over, to the Mountain during their duel.

Why it was great:  This was the Game of Thrones equivalent of “Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.” Oberyn kept screaming it over and over until it ultimately cost him his life.  Brilliant television…

10.  “Hold the Door.”

Who said it:  Bran, Meera, and Hodor, over and over, until it simply becomes “Hodor.”

Why it was great:  Tell me this wasn’t a gut wrenching episode. Not only did Bran lose Hodor to a heroic sacrifice where he held the door from the dead trying to break free, Bran also learned that his time warging had triggered a mental breakdown in the past that had caused young Willis to hear “Hold the Door” from his future and simplify it to “Hodor”.  It was a very Lost moment…

9.  “And now the rains, weep oer his halls.”

Who said it: Lyrics form Rains of Castemere

Why it was greatIt was originally a Lannister song about a house in revolt that Tywin punished by killing every single member of the family and burning their castle to the ground.  Tywin is always Tywining… Later it becomes associated with his broader vengeance, playing at the Red Wedding right before the Freys and Boltons attack.

8.  “Think I’ll take two chickens.”

Who said it: The Hound before killing pretty much everyone in the Inn.

Why it was great:  In a scene that would follow with brutal violence, the Hound reveals his purest simplicity.  I am guessing Polliver wishes he’d just have given him the chickens now…

7.  “A Lannister always pays his debts/The Lannisters send their regards.”

Who said it: The first is the oft repeated family motto.  The latter, Jamie says to Roose Bolton before the Red Wedding. Roose says it to Robb as he kills him. Walder Frey repeats it later as “The Freys and Lannisters send their regards.”

Why it was great:  More Lannister nastiness. The former is not just about good credit, but also about payback. The latter has enough cache to rival the former in terms of pegging the Lannisters.  Tywin really was a sneaky and evil bastard.

6.  “Chaos isn’t a pit. Chaos is a ladder.”

Who said it: Littlefinger’s philosophy on life that eventually catches up with him.

Why it was great:  Everything in the series that happened is pretty much a result of Petyr’s schemes.  He believed that if everyone was killing each other, he would be able to climb that ladder. He was right…for a while…

5.  “I drink and I know things.”

Who said it: Tyrion on his unique skillset.

Why it was great:  Tywin has his mottos, Tyrion has his… When a line is clever enough that counterfit T-shirt shops have it for sale on Facebook before the following episode, you know its a good one.

4.  “When you play the game of Thrones you win or you die.”

Who said it: Cersei to Ned Stark with some advice he didn’t take.

Why it was great:  Like Peter Griffin, I always gasp when they say the name of the show or movie IN the show or movie.  It is the biggest acknowledgment of the great Game they are playing…

3.  “Winter is coming.”

Who said it: The oft repeated Stark motto.

Why it was great:  Unlike “A Lannister always pays his debts” this is actually the house motto of the Starks.  It isn’t just about the cold in the North, it is about being prepared for the worst and dealing with it head on. It is likely also an ancient reminder of the threats beyond the Wall.

2.  “You know nothing, Jon Snow.”

Who said it:  Ygritte’s recurring commentary on Jon’s knowledge.

Why it was great:  Probably the most famous line in the series.  It was used playfully, snarkily, and angrily as the pair’s starcrossed relationship morphs.

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1.  “Tell Cersei.  I want her to know it was me.

Who said it:  The Queen of Thorns delivering her last pricking to Jamie; admitting she killed his son Joffrey.

Why it was great:  Yeah…not as famous as some of the others, but the best moment of the series and it deserves special recognition.  What an exit to the series?  She dies, but she goes nuclear on Westeros….

Honorable Mentions:  

” Do you want to wake the dragon? ” – Visarys when he was angered by his sister.
” A Dothraki wedding without at least three deaths is considered a dull affair. ” – Ser Jorah on the violence at Daenerys’ wedding feast.
” Ser Ilyn, bring me his head! ” – Joffrey ordering Ned’ execution.
” A small man can cast a very large shadow. ” – Varys to Tyrion on his leadership.
” Why are all the gods such vicious cunts. Where are the gods of tits and wine? ” – Tyrion opining on religion.
” Everywhere in the world, they hurt little girls. ” – Cersei refuting Oberyn’s assurance her daughter is safe in Dorne.
” The battle is over. We have won. ” – Tywin to Cersei in the throne room after the Battle of Blackwater Bay.
” Jamie. My name is Jamie. ” – Jamie with Brienne in the bathhouse when she calls him Kingslayer; the beginning of his redemption arc.
” Those girls weren’t lying. You had a good sized cock. What? Noooo. Pork sausage. You think I’m some sort of savage? ” – Ramsey to Theon after castrating him.
” My name is…Reek. ” – Theon after beating beaten down.
” Mans gotta have a code… ” – The Hound on not stealing despite killing half of Westeros…
” What the fucks a Lommy? ” – The Hound wondering why Arya wants to kill Poliver.
” Lots of cunts! ” – The Hound’s opinion on life.
” There has never lived a more loyal squire ” – Tyrion to Pod when he wants to help despite incentive to betray him.
” I will be your champion. ” – Oberyn Martell to Tyrion before his trial by combat.
” I’ve always been your son. ” – Tyrion to Tywin before killing him.
” It’s a pleasure to meet you, your grace. My name is Tyrion Lannister. ” – Tyrion to Daenerys at their first meeting.

” “I’m glad the end of the world’s working out for someone” ” – Jon to Sam for getting some Wildling booty.
” Go on. Do your duty. ” – Stannis to Brienne before she executes him.

” We will never see his like again. And now his watch is ended ” – The funeral rites for a Brother of the Watch.

” I choose violence.’ ” – Cersie to Lancel Lannister and his fanatics when they say she must come with them or there will be violence.

” I hope to hear them sing it one day. ” – Bronn to Tyrion when Tyrion says they will sing songs about his victory over the Mountain should he not find a champion to fight his battle.

“Happy shitting…” Tormound to Davos the night before the Battle of the Bastards.

“Maybe it really is all cocks in the end…”  Jamie to Bronn on the importance of the male genitalia.

“There is only one war that matters. It is the Great War. And it is here.” Jon Snow to Cersei about the White Walkers.

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