Best Game of Thrones quotes of all time, from Sandor Clegane to Tormund's most memorable quips

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It is no wonder Game of Thrones has become one of the most loved quoted TV shows of the decade; the characters, and the unbelievably pithy prose that seems to pour out of them, were created to entertain the literary masses.

Frustrated by a few failed attempts at TV pilots and screenplays, George R.R. Martin (the author of the book series which inspired HBO's super-successful adaptation) set out to write a fantasy epic of uncompromised imagination and wordplay. 

Since Winter has indeed arrived, why not dive into the best of the series' most memorable quotes and quips as the final season sadly comes to and.

Tyrion Lannister

You look a lot better brooding than I do. You make me feel I’m failing at brooding over failing.

Season 7, Episode 3

Tyrion complains about Jon's (admittedly excellent) brooding skills after the pair are reunited at Dragonstone.

The powerful have always preyed on the powerless, that's how they became powerful in the first place. 

Season 5, Episode 1

Tyrion’s cynicism and understanding of power is one of the qualities that mark him out as an important advisor for Daenerys Targaryen.

We’ll come out behind them and f—- them in their arses. 

Season 2, Episode 9

Everyone’s favourite half-man valiantly delivers his rousing speech at the Battle of Blackwater (not that he got any credit for his heroics).

It’s not easy being drunk all the time. Everyone would do it if it were easy. 

Season 3, Episode 10

Tyrion is well known for his witty comebacks Credit: HBO/HBO

Tyrion knows where his strengths lie.

Grand Maester Pycelle made the same joke. You must be proud to be as funny as a man whose balls brush his knees.

Season 3, Episode 1

Tyrion always has a witty comeback for his big sister Cersei.

You love your children. It’s your one redeeming quality. That, and your cheekbones.

Season 2, Episode 1

Tyrion offers a rare compliment to sister Cersei.

Drinking and lust, no man can match me in these things. I am the god of tits and wine.

Season 3, Episode 8

All praise the god of tits and wine.

My brother has his sword, and I have my mind. And a mind needs books like a sword needs a whetstone. That's why I read so much.

Season 1, Episode 2

 Let me give you some advice, bastard. Never forget what you are, the rest of the world will not. Wear it like armour and it can never be used to hurt you.  

Season 1, Episode 1

Dwarf Tyrion offers some sage words of advice for the bastard Jon Snow.

Tyrion Lannister: A wise man once said a true history of the world is a history of great conversations in elegant rooms.

Missandei: Who said this?

Tyrion Lannister: Me, just now.

Season 6, Episode 3

Joffrey Baratheon:If I tell the Hound to cut you in half, he'll do it without a second thought.

Tyrion Lannister: That would make me the quarter-man. Just doesn't have the same ring to it.

Season 2, Episode 9

Tyrion offers reassurance to Varys as they approach Winterfell together. 

“You should consider yourself lucky … at least your balls won’t freeze off.”

Season 8, Episode 1

Sansa: “None of us can do anything. That’s the truth. That’s the most heroic thing we can do now: look the truth in the face” 

Tyrion: “Maybe we should have stayed married" 

Sansa: “You were the best of them" 

Tyrion: “What a terrifying thought”

Season 8, Episode 3

She’s a girl who walked into a fire with three stones and walked out with three dragons. How could she not believe in destiny?

Season 8, Episode 4

Trying to convince Varys not to turn against Queen Daenerys in favour of “war hero” and rightful heir Jon Snow.

Tyrion: “Tens of thousands of innocent lives for one not particularly innocent dwarf. Seems like a fair trade. If it weren’t for you, I never would have survived my childhood.” -

Jaime: “You would have.” 

Tyrion: “You were the only one who didn’t treat me like a monster. You were all I had.

Tyrion's last words to his brother Jaime, setting him free to reunite with Cersei.

Season 8, Episode 5

Tormund Giantsbane 

Fan favourite Tormund made fans' hearts melt when he confessed his love for Brienne of Tarth Credit: HBO

Happy s----ing

Season 6, Episode 9

Tormund's perfect response to Davos's admission that he spends the night before a battle wandering far away from camp so nobody can hear him emptying his bowels

Tormund:  I have a beauty waiting for me back at Winterfell. Yellow hair. Blue eyes. Tallest woman you've ever seen, almost as tall as you!

The Hound: Brienne of Tarth? You're with f------ Brienne of Tarth?

Tormund: Well, not with her. Not yet. But I see the way she looks at me.

The Hound: How does she look at you? Like she wants to carve you up and eat your leather

Tormund:  You do know her!

The Hound: We've met.

Tormund:I want to make babies with her. Think of them. Great big monsters! They'd conquer the world!'

Season 7, Episode 6

Edd: Stay back, he's got blue eyes!

Tormund: I've always had blue eyes!

Season 8, Episode 1

Edd worries that Tormund has turned into a White Walker, but Tormund is quick to correct him.

I killed a giant when I was 10, then I clambered right into bed with his wife. When she woke up, you know what she did? Suckled me at her teat for three months. Thought I was her baby. That's how I got so strong. Giant's milk.

Season 8, Episode 2

Tormund trying to intimidate Jaime, or entice Brienne, or just make what he thinks is polite conversation.

Davos Seaworth

Davos Seaworth speaks wise words Credit: HBO

Nothing f--ks you harder than time

Season 7, Episode 5

Truer words were never spoken by Davos Seaworth.

If we don't put aside our enmities and band together, we will die. And then it doesn't matter whose skeleton sits on the Iron Throne.

Season 7, episode 3

Ser Davos grows frustrated with Daenerys's insistence that Jon help her defeat Cersei before she help him in the North.

A good heart? [teasing] I've noticed you staring at her good heart.​ 

Season 7, Episode 5

Davos teases Jon about his growing affections for Daenerys, whom neither of them yet know is his aunt.

 

Wasn't sure I'd find you. Thought you might still be rowing.

Season 7, Episode 5

Ser Davos makes a joke the rest of the internet have been giddily sharing for the past four years.

I think mothers and fathers made up the gods because they wanted their children to sleep through the night. 

Season 3, Episode 8

Davos, to Tyrion and Varys, thinking towards the future. 

A proposal is what I’m proposing. On the off-chance that we survive the Night King, what if the Seven Kingdoms for once in their whole shit history we ruled by a just woman and an honorable man?

Season 8, Episode 1

Cersei Lannister

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When you play the Game of Thrones, you win or you die. 

Season 1, Episode 7

Cersei warns Ned Stark off getting too involved in court machinations after he reveals he knows about her incestuous relationship with twin brother Jaime.

I told you no one walks away from me.

Season 7, Episode 7

Except they do. Cersei Lannister finally went too far and nearly ordered Ser Gregor to kill Jamie, who challenged her on her duplicitous plans to turn on new ally Daenerys Targaryen. After the tense standoff Jamie, didn't hang around and finally left his sister.

 

Dead men, dragons, and dragon queens... whatever stands in our way, we will defeat it.

Season 7, Episode 5

Cersei doubled down on her delusion that she and Jamie can defeat their enemies

If you ever call me sister again, I’ll have you strangled in your sleep. 

Season 3, Episode 8

Cersei doesn’t take well to upstart Margaery Tyrrell’s overfamiliarity.

That's disappointing. I was told the Golden Company had elephants.

Season 8, Episode 1

Olenna Tyrell 

Olenna always has wise words for her grandchildren Credit: HBO

Olenna: How will you do it? With that sword? That was Joffrey's sword wasn't it? Not that he ever used it. What did he call it?

Jaime:Widow's Wail.

Olenna:He really was a c--- wasn't he?

Season 7, Episode 3

Olenna's tongue retained its famous sharpness right to the very end.

I’ve known a great many clever men. I’ve outlived them all. Do you know why? I ignored them.

Season 7, Episode 2

Olenna counsels Daenerys not to pay too much attention to Tyrion.

The world is overflowing with horrible things, but they’re all a tray of cakes next to death.

Season 4, Episode 3

The Queen of Thornes imparts some wisdom to her granddaughter Margaery.

Cersei LannisterAh yes, the famously tart-tongued Queen of Thorns.

Olenna TyrellAnd the famous tart, Queen Cersei.

Season 3, Episode 4

Cersei may have finally met her match in Lady Olenna Tyrell, matriarch of one of the wealthiest families in Westeros.

Lord Varys

Lord Varys' best quotes Credit: HBO

Petyr Baelish: Tell me... does someone somewhere keep your balls in a little box? I've often wondered.

Lord Varys: Do you know I have no idea where they are? And we had been so close.

Season 1, Episode 5

The verbal sparring between brothel-owner Littlefinger and eunuch Lord Varys has always been sharp.

Power resides where men believe it resides. It's a trick. A shadow on the wall. And a very small man can cast a very large shadow. 

Season 2, Episode 3

Lord Varys reassures Tyrion that he could play a bigger role in the rule of Westeros.

Lord Varys: You have your father's instincts for politics and you have compassion.

Tyrion Lannister: Compassion. Yes. I killed my lover with my bare hands and I shot my own father with a crossbow.

Lord Varys: I never said you were perfect.

Season 5, Episode 1

They say that every time a Targaryen is born, the gods toss a coin and the world holds its breath. 

Season 8, Episode 5

Varys to Jon, foreshadowing Daenerys' ultimate descent into madness.

Bronn

 

Bronn's best quotes Credit: HBO

Fair enough. But don't go looking for me to bend the knee and "m'lord" you every time you take a s---. I'm not your toady and I'm not your friend.

Season 1

Bronn set the tone for his and Tyrion’s relationship early on after coming to his aid at the Eyrie.

Listen to me, c---: till I get what I'm owed, a dragon doesn't get to kill you. You don't get to kill you! Only I get to kill you!

Season 7, Episode 5

Bronn gives Jaime a ticking off for putting his own life in threat of dragon fire.

Oberyn Martell

Oberyn Martell  Credit: HBO

It is rare to meet a Lannister who shares my enthusiasm for dead Lannisters.

Season 4, Episode 7

This is not the day I die

Season 4, Episode 7

….oh yes it is. The Red Viper reassured his paramour Ellaria Sand and Tyrion that he would defeat The Mountain in combat — little did he know, he was about to suffer one of the most gruesome deaths in television history.

The Hound (aka Sandor Clegane)

The Hound

You're s--- at dying, you know that?

Season 6, Episode 8

The Hound came back from the dead in style, exacting bloody revenge on the Brothers Without Banners who murdered his pacifist friends. This line was delivered just as he sunk his axe into a blubbering thug's skull.

You think you’re fooling anyone with that top knot?

Season 7, Episode 1

Sandor Clegane reminds Thoros of Myr that he's balding

Arya Stark: Lots of people name their swords

The Hound: Lots of c----s

Season 4, Episode 1

Arya Stark and her captor was one of the most funny and endearing pairings in Game of Thrones.

Arya Stark: What are you doing up here? When was the last time you fought for anyone but yourself?

The Hound:I fought for you, didn't I?

Season 8, Episode 2

Arya and The Hound having probably the most emotional scene they'll ever get.

I hope you're not about to give a sermon, because if you are the Lord of Light's gonna wonder why he brought you back 19 times just for you to die when I chuck you over this f------ wall.

Season 8, Episode 2

The Hound has had quite enough of Beric's preaching.

Sansa: Why do you let people call you a dog? You won't let anyone call you a knight.

Sandor: I like dogs better than knights... A hound will die for you, but never lie to you. And he'll look you straight in the face.

Sandor Clegane explaining why he's called The Hound.

 

Season 8, episode 5

The Hound when he comes face to face with brother Gregor Clegane in battle.

Yes that's you, that's what you've always been

Clearly in reference to The Mountain/Ser Robert Strong's appearance of a monster.

Arya Stark

Ayra Stark Credit: HBO

I was never going to be as good a lady as you. So I had to be something else. I never could have survived what you survived

Season 7, Episode 7

It took years and an unbearable amount of trauma, but Sansa and Arya finally sisters united together. 

Hot Pie: You've been making pies?

Arya Stark: One or two.

Season 7, Episode 2

Arys recalls her past baking feats (and some very specific meat fillings)

 

Leave one wolf alive, and the sheep are never safe.​

Season 7, Episode 1

The many-faced Stark impersonates Walder Frey, then reminds the men of his house that they should have finished the job at the Red Wedding - shortly before killing them all.

Stick ‘em with the pointy end

Season 1, Episode 2

Arya gets her first lesson in sword fighting, and her very own sword, from her big brother Jon. 

Most girls are idiots

Season 2 Episode 7

Arya’s retort when Tywin Lannister tells her most girls are interested in songs about pretty maidens.

I'm not the Red Woman. Take your own bloody pants off

Season 8, Episode 2

Arya adds a touch of romance to her first time having sex.

Sansa: “I don’t know how to use it”

Arya: “Stick ’em with the pointy end”

Season 8, Episode 3

The micro assassin handing her sister a weapon to use in the Battle of Winterfell.

“I’m not a Lady, I never have been. That’s not me.”

Season 8, Episode 4

Responding to Gendry when he asks her to marry him and become Lady of Storm’s End.

Jon: “She’s everyone’s queen now”

Arya: “Try telling Sansa that"

Season 8, Episode 6

Jon and Arya have a brief discussion after Daenerys burns much of King's Landing, and its civilians, to the ground

Sansa Stark

Lady of Winterfell

Thank you for all your many lessons, Lord Baelish. I will never forget them

Season 7, Episode 7

The student surpassed the master; Sansa and Arya's trap worked Littlefinger gets his bloody comeuppance 

Winterfell didn't just fall into our hands. We took it back, and the Mormonts and the Hornwoods and the wildings and the Vale. All of us, working together. Now, I'm sure cutting off heads is very satisfying, but that's not the way you get people to work together

Season 7, Episode 5

Sansa gives Arya a lesson in realpolitik.

No need to seize the last word, Lord Baelish. I’ll assume it was something clever.

Season 7, Episode 1

After defending Littlefinger to Brienne, Sansa makes it clear to him that she won't be pushed around

You're going to die tomorrow, Lord Bolton. Sleep well 

Season 6, Episode 9

Sansa stares down her psychotic 'husband' on the battlefield and issues a threat - which she makes good on the following day.  

Petyr Baelish

Peter Baelish best quotes Credit: HBO

My sweet, silly wife. I have only loved one woman, only one, my entire life. Your sister.

Season 4, Episode 7

Baelish says this to his wife, Lysa, right before pushing her to her Moon Door death.

Chaos isn’t a pit. Chaos is a ladder. Many who try to climb it fail and never get to try again. The fall breaks them. And some are given a chance to climb, they cling to the real or the gods or love. Only the ladder is real. The climb is all there is. 

Season 3, Episode 6

Littlefinger schools fellow schemer Varys on the facts of life in typically understated fashion.

Bran Stark

Bran Stark Credit: HBO

Petyr 'Littlefinger' Baelish [to Bran Stark]: To go through all of that and make your way home again only to find such chaos in the world again, I can only imagine.

Bran Stark: Chaos is a ladder.

Season 7, Episode 4

Littlefinger attempts to sweet talk the newly arrived Bran, who uses his own words in an exchange with Varys back in season 3 to show he isn't buying his act. 

The things we do for love.

Season 8, Episode 2

Calling back to to Jaime's nonchalant explanation before pushing Bran out the tower window in the series premiere.

Lyanna Mormont

I may be small. I may be a girl, but I won't be knitting by the fire while I have men fight for me.

Season 7, Episode 1

The toughest pre-teen in Westeros tells Jon Snow she's prepared to fight - as if he needed reminding

Why do you think I came all this way?

Season 8, Episode 6

Bran to Tyrion, after the sole surviving Lannister asked if he would rule the Seven Kingdoms.

Ygritte

Ygritte and Jon Snow's romance made for some emotional scenes Credit: HBO

 

You know nothing Jon Snow

Season 4, Episode 9

Ygritte said this so often to her lover that it became one of Game of Thrones’ most memorable catchphrases, but the most poignant time she delivered it was as she lay dying in Jon Snow’s arms. 

Jon Snow

Jon Snow Credit: HBO

There is only one war that matters: the great war... and it is here

Season 7, Episode 7

With the capture of a wight Jon Snow gave the gathered entourages a taste of the horrors invading Westeros.

I never thought that dragons would exist again. No one did. The people who follow you know that you made something impossible happen. Maybe that helps them believe that you can make other impossible things happen. Build a world that's different from the shit one they've always known. But if you use them...

[Jon nods towards dragons flying overhead]

Jon Snow:...to melt castles and burn cities, you're not different. You're just more of the same.

Season 7, Episode 4

Jon Snow's blunt analysis of how Daenerys should proceed going forward in her war to reclaim the Iron Throne .

Everything before the word ‘but’ is horseshit

Season 7, Episode 1

Jon and Arya's long-awaited reunion. 

Jon Snow: “How did you sneak up on me?”

Arya Stark: “How did you survive a knife through the heart?” 

Jon Snow: “I didn’t" 

Season 8, Episode 1

To his lover/aunt Daenerys, after his first ride on Rhaegal.

You've complete ruined horses for me.

Season 8, Episode 1

Daenerys Targaryen

Mother of Dragons Credit: HBO

 The next time you raise a hand to me will be the last time you have hands. 

Season 1, Episode 4

Daenerys finally stands up to her cruel and domineering older brother Viserys.

Daenerys: “He’s the second man in my life I can say that about”

Sansa: “Who was the first?”

Daenerys: “Someone taller”

Season 8, Episode 2

The Mother of Dragons professes her love for Jon Snow.

We have won the great war. Now we will win the last war. We will rip her out, root and stem.

Season 8, Episode 4

Daenerys, looking forward to the battle she hopes will take the Iron Throne from Cersei. 

She trusted you to spread secrets that would destroy your Queen, and you did not let her down.” 

Speaking to Tyrion about his relationship with Sansa, after learning she told him of Jon's true parentage.

Season 8, Episode 5

Beric Dondarrion 

Beric Dondarrion Credit: HBO

Death is the enemy. The first enemy and the last. The enemy always wins, and we still need to fight him

Season 7, Episode 6

Jon gained some much needed closure from his return to life from a fellow resurrected comrade.

 

Ramsay Bolton

Ramsay Bolton best quotes Credit: HBO

My mother taught me not to throw stones at cripples... but my father taught me: aim for their head! 

Season 3, Episode 10

Ramsay imparts some of the Bolton parenting secrets as he tortures Theon Greyjoy.

If you think this has a happy ending, you haven’t been paying attention

Season 3, Episode 6

Ramsay sums up Game of Thrones in a nutshell.

Ramsay Bolton (formerly Snow): Let's play a game! Which body part do you need the least? 

Theon Greyjoy: Please... 

Ramsay: "Please" isn't a body part. 

Season 3, Episode 6

Sadistic Bolton bastard turned heir Ramsay had a "playful" sense of humour...but his idea of a fun game definitely wasn't for everyone.

Tywin Lannister

Tywin Lannister Credit: HBO

 

You are an ill-made, spiteful little creature full of envy, lust and low cunning and to teach me humility, the gods have condemned me to watch you waddle about wearing that proud lion that was my father's sigil and his father's before him. But neither gods nor men will ever compel me to let you turn Casterly Rock into your whorehouse. 

Season 3, Episode 1

Some fatherly words from Tywin to his son Tyrion, with love.

A lion doesn’t concern himself with the opinions of a sheep.

Season 1, Episode 7

Salladhor Saan

Salladhor Saan Credit: HBO

You Westerosi are funny people. A man chops off your fingers and you fall in love with him. I'll sail with you, Davos Seaworth. You're the most honest smuggler I ever met. Make me rich.

Season 2, Episode 2

Pirate Salladhor Saan could never quite get his head around Davos Seaworth’s unwavering loyalty to Stannis Baratheon.

Jaime Lannister

Jaime Lannister Credit: HBO

The things I do for love.

Season 1, Episode 1

This was the moment viewers realised Game of Thrones was unlike any other TV show. After young Bran Stark spotted twincestuous couple Cersei and Jaime Lannister in the act, Jaime decides to solve the problem by pushing Bran from the Broken Tower.

I once pushed a boy out of a window and crippled him for life because of Cersei. I strangled my cousin with my own bare hands because of Cersei. I would murder every woman and child for her. She’s hateful and so am I.  

Season 8, Episode 4

Speaking to Brienne after she discovers him preparing to leave for King's Landing in the middle of the night.

Brienne of Tarth

Brienne of Tarth

We have never had a conversation this long without you insulting me.

Season 8, Episode 2

Brienne is, understandably, wary of Jaime suddenly being nice to her.

Roose Bolton

Roose Bolton Credit: HBO

The Lannisters send their regards. 

Season 3, Episode 9

Roose Bolton gives Robb Stark the most brutal of send offs at the Red Wedding.

Dolorous Edd

Edd of the Night's Watch

Samwell Tarly, Slayer of White Walkers, Lover of Ladies. As if we need anymore signs the world was ending.

Season 8, Episode 2

Edd to Sam and Jon as they contemplate the White Walker threat.

Margaery Tyrell

Margaery Tyrell Credit: HBO

Petyr Baelish: Do you want to be a queen?

Margaery Tyrell:No. I want to be the queen

Season 2, Episode 5

Margaery established herself as a woman with goals from her earliest appearances in Game of Thrones.

Syrio Forel 

Syrio Forel Credit: HBO

 

There is only one god and his name is Death, and there is only one thing we say to Death: "Not today".