There are tons of memorable quotes from game of Thrones who helped make the series an icon. There are inspiring lines, badass lines, and even the occasional hilarious lines. But certain quotes from the series speak to the main characters in very profound ways.
Regardless of how fans think of where the likes of Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen ended up, they were complex characters with diverse personalities. But despite their many layers, fans can find certain quotes that perfectly define the essence of these characters.
10 Littlefinger: “Chaos is a ladder.”
Littlefinger was a lord of minor status when the series began, but grew in power as the show progressed. It became clear that he was a more successful puppeteer than anyone else on the show and could even be blamed for starting the war.
In one of the show’s most famous monologues, Littlefinger revealed his strategy for success. He saw the chaos as an opportunity for someone like him to rise to new heights despite the damage it caused around him.
9 Stannis Baratheon: “Carry on, do your duty.”
Stannis Baratheon wasn’t the most popular leader in the War of the Five Kings. However, he did not necessarily want to be king either, but saw it as his sworn duty as the rightful heir to the Iron Throne. And he was ready to do unspeakable things to meet his legal responsibilities.
Fans might admire and condemn Stannis for this rigid belief. Even when Brienne tried to execute him for the murder of his brother, Stannis accepted it as something she had to do. His last words indicated that duty was most important to him.
8th Ned Stark: “But I grew up with soldiers. I learned how to die a long time ago.”
Although many fans loved Ned Stark for his honorable manner, they also saw him as someone whose bad choices led to his death. When confronted by Varys and told to save his own life by confessing to treason, Ned insisted that he had long been ready to die.
This was a sad way to sum up Ned’s journey, as he was doomed the moment he left the north. He was a soldier brought into a world of politicians, schemers and devious men. The only thing he could do was die.
7th Sansa Stark: “I’m learning slowly, that’s true. But I’m learning.”
Given that she ended the series as one of the most popular characters, it’s amazing to see how frustrating Sansa Stark was on season one of Game of Thrones. She was a little girl who thought the world was like the love stories she had been told and was faced with harsh reality.
But every terrible thing that happened to Sansa informed her, and she gradually became one of the brightest characters. When she finally outsmarted Littlefinger at his own game, she admitted it had taken a while, but she learned everything that way.
6th Jaime Lannister: “The things I do for love.”
There were times when Jaime Lannister was heroic and sometimes he was evil. This strange contrast within his character can best be explained by his relationship with Cersei. In the very first episode, Jaime Bran pushed Stark out of a window “out of love” after the Lannister siblings were caught together.
Although it seemed like something bad for the bad guy at the moment, it actually addressed all of Jaime’s motivations. He did terrible things and gave up his honor to Cersei despite seeing what kind of person she is. In the end, he was even ready to die for love.
5 Cersei Lannister: “I choose violence.”
While Cersei Lannister was certainly a villain, there were moments when it was hard not to promote her a bit. She often found herself in a corner that seemed to come to an end, but she always managed to fight her way out.
When the Faith Militant came to arrest her, she was warned to walk quietly, otherwise there would be violence. Cersei chose violence back then and it was always her answer when someone challenged her.
4th Jon Snow: “Love is the death of duty.”
While Ned Stark wasn’t Jon Snow’s real father, many of his lessons rubbed off on him, including how to act properly no matter how hard it was. After joining the Night’s Watch, Jon was warned by Maester Aemon that his responsibilities would often collide with his heart.
In fact, it has in many cases. Choosing to stay by the wall instead of joining Robb’s army, he was forced to leave Ygritte and return to the Night’s Watch. In the end, it was those words that Jon used to justify killing Daenerys in order to protect the realm.
3 Arya Stark: “Hold it with the pointed end.”
When he gave her her first sword, Jon Snow gave Arya her first lesson, which was to simply stab her enemies with the pointy end. This was the first of many lessons Arya would learn on her path to becoming a deadly warrior.
With each of Arya’s brutal killings, she became more efficient as a murderer and it became easier for her to take her own life. Eventually she gave Sansa the same advice, proving that she saw killing as easy as sticking the pointy end.
2 Daenerys Targaryen: “I will not stop the wheel. I will break the wheel.”
The ending of Daenerys Targaryen is still one of the most controversial storylines in the series. But while the turnaround might have been hasty, it suited the established character.
Daenerys always saw herself as a heroine and someone who would do good in the world. She referred to the homes of Westeros as a wheel that crushes all people as it rolls over everything. And instead of stopping the wheel, she would break it. For Daenerys, her journey to make the world a better place has always been about destroying the present world.
1 Tyrion Lannister: “I drink and I know things.”
From the start of the show until it ended, Tyrion Lannister was a fan favorite character. He was a very easy to like character because he was often the smartest person in the room, but also the funniest person in the room.
He had spent his entire life being treated like a depraved being who spent his days drinking. But while he was enjoying wine, that didn’t change the fact that he always had a plan or a clever solution. Saying he drank and knew things summed up the character’s intelligence and fun in a very confident way.
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