The striking and heart-pounding battles in Game of Thrones were not only fought with clanging swords, but many of them were also fought with sharp tongues. Remember that Cersei and Little Finger’s tense ‘power is power’ exchange? That’s one outstanding proof that this hit TV series is more than just a game of thrones (literal backstabbing and other gruesome violence)—it’s a puzzle, a game of words.
When Varys and Little Finger are not throwing grenades of words at each other, Tyrion is busy planting wittily fruitful and funny words that have grown to become some of the most popular sayings from the show. You can apply these one-liners to various spheres of life: love, betrayal, work, money, partying, politics and so on.
Here’s a sum up of the most popular Game of Thrones quotes:
“Winter is coming” (motto of House Stark)
The Starks do know how to sling this statement to make impact. Being in the Northern part of Westeros, winter hits them the hardest and so when they say “winter is coming,” it is sometimes a warning to stay vigilant and make plans ahead of winter. However, the phrase is often used figuratively to mean stay prepared for any approaching unpleasant or evil circumstances.
Is sitting for exams unpleasant for you? Imitate the somber look of the Starks and say “winter is coming” to your fellow students.
“You know nothing, Jon Snow.” (Ygritte)
While it doesn’t seem like there’s an underlying meaning to these words that Ygritte repeatedly says to Jon Snow, the audience held on to those words as they were the last words Ygritte uttered to Jon Snow before she died. And Jon Snow did prove a number of times on the show that he is ignorant of what Ygritte accuses him of.
“The man who passes the sentence should swing the sword” (Ned Stark)
The noble Ned who GOT writers didn’t allow get past season 1 before honoring him with a dishonorable death did leave some wise sayings behind. After killing the stray Nightwatch in view of his young son Bran, he made sure Bran who is new to the ways of Winterfell and the world as a whole understood why he did it. “The man who passes the sentence should swing the sword,” he said to Bran.
“The things I do for love.” (Jaimie Lannister)
These words that Jaimie said just before he gave Bran the shove that crippled him for life came back to haunt him in Season 8. Jaimie left King’s Landing for his enemies’ territory, Winterfell to join forces with the living and defeat the army of the dead. But the lords of Winterfell were definitely not about to welcome him with open arms. Bran was among those who were to decide his fate and Bran had only six words for him “the things I do for love.”
“Never forget what you are. The rest of the world will not. Wear it like armor, and it can never be used to hurt you.” (Tyrion Lannister)
Tyrion Lannister, the second son of one of the most powerful men in Westoros didn’t have the advantage of height and knightly strength like his brother. But he did possess something that has seen him survive many hurdles all the way from season 1 to 8—his intelligence and wit.
Still new to the Nightswatch and feeling sore about the treatment he was receiving from the mean Master-at-arms, Jon Snow was yapping about not being called a bastard. And Tyrion who was present at the time handed him this insightful statement.
“That’s what I do: I drink and I know things.”(Tyrion Lannister)
Tyrion should be named the king of quotes. This quote is just one of his many humorous and striking popular quotes from Game of Thrones. You can’t win Tyrion at a game of words. He is a dwarf who drinks a lot and anyone who tries to use any of those attributes against him soon discovers that he is impenetrable.
“A lion doesn’t concern himself with the opinions of a sheep” (Tywin Lannister)
Tywin Lannister’s words to his son and heir, Jaimie Lannister after Jaimie—replying his father’s question, said the rumors flying around about him and Cersei does bother him.
“When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die.” (Cersei Lannister)
These stark words from Cersei Lannister to Ned Stark spelt doom for Ned Stark. Ned Stark had just discovered the truth about Cersei’s children—they are not heir to the throne because they all came from Jaimie Lannister’s loins instead of King Robert’s. And Ned as noble as ever brought his findings to Cersei, asking her to run away with her kids.
“When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die” was the response Ned got from Cersei. Not long after, Cersei showed she was a badass at playing the game.
“There is only one god, and His name is Death. And there is only one thing we say to death: ‘not today’” (Syrio Forel)
Just before Arya went after the Night King and sent him to oblivion, Melisandre (the woman in red) refreshed Arya’s memory with the words of Syrio Forel, the man who trained her in King’s Landing. “What do you say to the god of death?” Melisandre asked her. “Not today,” Arya replied.
“If you think this has a happy ending, you haven’t been paying attention.”
It seemed perfect to wrap up the list of quotes from the unpredictable hit show with the words of the evil royal bastard, Ramsay Bolton. There’s no happy ending in Game of Thrones. If you think there is, you haven’t been paying attention.