The Top 13 Jaw Dropping Game of Thrones One-Liners

The most savagely poignant and iconic quotes from Game of Thrones. Olenna Tyrell, we miss you already!

By AT&T Digital Media Productions editorial team 


Sex and steel may be Game of Thrones’ bread and butter (or rather, bread and salt). But for all its swordplay, the show has featured some equally cutting wordplay. Filled with wit, thoughtfulness, and compelling truths, here are our picks for the series’ best lines.

The things I do for love.”

Jaime Lannister, Season 1 Episode 1

The scene where Bran catches Cersei and Jaime *ahem* involved with each other is a significant moment for both viewers and Starks alike, the ramifications of which ripple across the remainder of the series. Right away, creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss establish Thrones as an atypical fantasy series—yep, one of the series leads just pushed a child out a window. But as Season 7 unfolds, loyalties change, and the Lannister twins’ passion seems to have cooled, for the most part. Is Jaime still the man who almost killed Bran to protect his secret? And with Bran’s Three-Eyed Raven powers making him more omniscient, will he remember that it was Jaime who pushed him?


Someday, you'll sit on the throne, and the truth will be what you make it.”

Cersei Lannister, Season 1, Episode 3

Thrones is full of lines that are significant both in the moment and for episodes, or even seasons, to come. The Queen Regent drops this gem in a talk with her son Joffrey after he lies to King Robert about a fight with Arya that leads to Sansa’s direwolf being executed. If you sit on the Iron Throne, your truth becomes the truth. Currently Queen of the Seven Kingdoms, Cersei has taken her advice to heart, as her every move benefits only her own self-interest.


"It’s hard to put a leash on a dog once you’ve put a crown on its head.”

Tyrion Lannister, Season 2, Episode 7

Perhaps Game of Thrones’ best judge of character, Tyrion was one of the first to recognize that King Joffrey was out of control and in over his head. With his trademark wit, Tyrion points out the cost of letting the monstrous Joffrey reign free. The decision, he implies, will damage the Lannister name and the realm alike.


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.”

Varys, Season 2, Episode 3

The Master of Whispers offers one of the show’s most intriguing perspectives. The true eyes and ears of Westeros and beyond, Varys dishes out wisdom gathered over years of experience as one of the Seven Kingdoms’ most secretly powerful people. Here, as he advises Tyrion how to command power as Hand of the King, he reveals the secret to much of his success: manipulating other people’s perceptions.


"Any man who must say 'I am the king' is no true king."

Tywin Lannister, Season 3, Episode 10

When Joffrey loses his temper during a small council meeting and threatens Varys, his grandfather puts him in his place in an attempt to guide his rule. As befits his character, Tywin’s dialogue is an exercise in brevity and clarity. He knows that a true ruler commands a presence that has little to do with the crown upon his head.


Yes. All men must die. But we are not men.”

Daenerys Targaryen, Season 3, Episode 3

After buying the Unsullied army in Astapor, Dany warns Missandei of the dangers they face in the coming war. In a patriarchal, feudalist society where death is inevitable (valar morghulis), Dany interprets the High Valyrian aphorism to her advantage. The moment solidifies Khaleesi as a different type of leader. Her femininity is a weapon, not a curse.


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

Littlefinger, Season 4, Episode 7

Plot twist! Littlefinger may feign alliance with everyone from House Baratheon to House Stark, but his only true loyalty is to himself. When he shockingly shoves Lysa out of the Moon Door, it shows that he’s willing to sacrifice anyone to further his ambitions. Watch your back, Sansa!


Kill the boy, and let the man be born.”

Maester Aemon, Season 5, Episode 5

When Jon Snow weighs whether or not to forge an alliance with the wildlings, he seeks the counsel of the wise Night’s Watch maester. Aemon tells Jon he needs to take bold action as Lord Commander, regardless of whether or not it will win any supporters. Though a foreshadowing of dire events to come, the maester’s more immediate implication is clear: time to man up and take ownership of your actions, Jon.


“I wonder if you're the worst person I've ever met. At a certain age, it's hard to recall. But the truly vile do stand out through the years.”

Olenna Tyrell, Season 6, Episode 7

It would be impossible to create a list of best lines and not include the Queen of Thorns. Her sharp tongue is notorious throughout the Seven Kingdoms, and if almost anyone else spoke to the Queen with this much candor, Cersei would have their tongue ripped out. Season 7 saw Lady Olenna wanting to avenge the loss of her entire family. Unfortunately, Jaime Lannister snuffed out her ambitions—though he couldn’t silence her signature wit. (More on that later).



“A girl is Arya Stark of Winterfell, and I am going home.”

Arya Stark, Season 6, Episode 8

While fans didn’t expect Arya to stay in Braavos forever, this affirmation of her identity was an important turning point. After training to become one of the Faceless Men, Arya comes to the realization that a girl is not, in fact, no one. The young wolf reclaims her sword, Needle, and picks up her journey where she left off—with quite a few names left to cross off of her list.


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

Sansa Stark, Season 7, Episode 1

More like Sansa Snark. Her willingness to stand up to her former mentor reflects Sansa’s evolution as a character, from meek and mild to confident and outspoken. Though she’s been through hell, Sansa has emerged stronger than ever, and won’t fall for Lord Baelish’s tricks any longer. As the new Lady of Winterfell, it’s time to seize her own power, without the meddling of a self-serving backstabber.


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

Olenna Tyrell, Season 7, Episode 3

Olenna’s so good at this, we had to include her twice. After Jaime Lannister smashes the Tyrell army and seizes Highgarden, the Queen of Thorns is ready to die—though not before inflicting one last prick. Jaime offers the defeated matriarch a merciful alternative to public execution. After stoically chugging his cup of poisoned wine, Olenna drops the mic and the dagger: she poisoned Joffrey at his wedding feast, and she liked it. What a way to go out.


Bonus: “Hodor.”

Hodor, multiple episodes

Hodor hodor hodor hodor hodor hodor, hodor hodor hodor: Hodor? Hodor, hodor hodor hodor hodor hodor hodor, hodor hodor hodor, hodor hodor hodor hodor. Hodor Hodor, hodor hodor hodor hodor. Hodor!


With Thrones racing towards its endgame, we hope there will still be room between the clashing swords and swooping dragons for some more great quips. Catch all the latest verbal sparring on Game of Thrones, exclusively on HBO.

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