Game of Thrones: Season 2 – Memorable Lines

Episode 1: The North Remembers

Tyrion (to his sister, Cersei): You love your children.  It’s your one redeeming quality- that and your  cheekbones.

Aiden Gillen as Littlefinger
Lord Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish (Aiden Gillen) threatened by palace guards at Cersei’s command

Baelish (after telling a not-so-subtle tale to the queen): Knowledge is power.

Cersei: Power is power.

Michelle Fairley as Catalyn Stark
Lady Catelyn Stark (Michelle Fairley) meets with King Renly Baratheon in Highgarden

Catelyn: There’s a king in every corner now.

Jack Gleeson as Joffrey
King Joffrey Baratheon (Jack Gleeson) gets slapped by his mother, Cersei

Joffrey (to his mother, Cersei, after she slaps him): What you just did is punishable by death.  You will never did it again.  Never. 

Jeor Mormont (to Jon): You want to lead one day? Then learn how to follow.

Episode 2: The Night Lands

Janos Slynt: (angrily) Are you drunk?  I won’t have my honor questioned by an imp!
Tyrion: I’m not questioning your honor, Ser Janos.  I’m denying its existence.

John Bradley as Sam and Hannah Murray as Gilly
Samwell Tarly (John Bradley) befriends Gilly (Hannah Murray), one of Krastor’s daughters/wives

Sam (to Jon re: Gilly): I can’t steal her.  She’s a person, not a… goat.

Liam Cunningham as Davos and Lucian Msamati as Salladhor Sam
Ser Davos Seaworth, “The Onion Knight” (Liam Cunningham), forms an alliance with charming smuggler, Salladhor Sam (Lucian Msamati)

Salladhor Sam (to Mattos, Davos’ son): I’ve been all over the world, my boy, and everywhere I go people tell me about the “true gods.”  They all think they found the right one.

Episode 3: What is Dead May Never Die

Ser Loras and Brienne of Tarth after their fight
Ser Loras Tyrell, the “Knight of the Flowers” (Finn Jones), & Brienne of Tarth (Gwendolyn Christie) after their fight- she won

Margaery Tyrell: Loras!  Highgarden!
[Loras knocks his opponent’s shield away, then the flail. The other knight charges at  Loras, grabs him by the waist and knocks him to the ground.  The crowd boos in disapproval.  Loras’ opponent opens his visor and holds a dagger near his unprotected face.]
Loras Tyrell: I yield!  I yield!
[Margaery sits down, disappointed at her brother’s defeat. The winning knight stands and sheathes the dagger.  Loras stands and quickly moves away from his opponent.]
Renly Baratheon: [claps his hands] Well fought! Approach.
[Loras removes his helmet. His opponent approaches Renly and bows.]
Renly: Rise. Remove your helm.
[The knight rises and removes the helmet.  Catelyn and the rest of the crowd are surprised to see it is a woman.]
Renly: You are all your father promised and more, my lady. I’ve seen Ser Loras bested once or twice, but… never quite in that fashion.
[Loras is visibly annoyed to hear that.]
Margaery: Now, now, my love.  My brother fought valiantly for you.
[Renly smiles at his queen.]
Renly: That he did, my queen.  But there can be only one champion!  Brienne of Tarth, you may ask anything of me you desire.  If it is within my power, it is yours.
Brienne: [bows gracefully] Your Grace, I ask the honor of a place in your Kingsguard.
[The crowd gasps, for this is unprecedented request.]
Loras: [quietly] What?
Brienne: I will be one of your seven, pledge my life to yours, and keep you safe from all harm.
[After long moment of silence, Renly answers:]
Renly: Done!  Rise, Brienne of the Kingsguard.
[Renly claps his hands, and Margaery joins him.  The crowd applauds, but rather feebly.  Brienne stands.]

Varys (to Tyrion): 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.

Episode 4: Garden of Bones

Tyrion: What kind of knight beats a helpless girl?
Meryn Trant: The kind who serves his king, Imp!
Bronn: Careful now.  We don’t want to get blood all over your pretty white cloak.
Tyrion: Someone get the girl something to cover herself with.
[Sandor Clegane (The Hound) gives Sansa his cloak.]
Tyrion: (to Joffrey) She’s to be your queen. Have you no regard for her honor?
Joffrey: I’m punishing her.
Tyrion: For what crimes?  She’s not fighting her brother’s battle, you halfwit.
Joffrey: You can’t talk to me like that.  The king can do as he likes!
Tyrion: The mad king did as he liked.  Has your uncle Jaime ever told you what happened to him?
Meryn: No one threatens His Grace in the presence of the Kingsguard!
Tyrion: I’m not threatening the king, Ser. I’m educating my nephew.
[to Bronn]
Tyrion: Bronn, the next time the Ser Meryn speaks, kill him.
[Back to Ser Meryn]
Tyrion: That was a threat.  See the difference?

Renly meets with Stannis
King Renly (Gethin Anthony) meets with King Stannis (Stephen Dillane), his older brother

Melisandre (very seriously): You should kneel before your brother [Stannis].  He’s the Lord’s chosen- born amidst salt and smoke.
Renly (amused): “Born amidst salt and smoke.”  Is he a ham?

Episode 5: The Ghost of Harrenhal

Harrenhal (reputed to be haunted)

Tyrion (to Bronn): The king is a lost cause.  It’s the rest of us that I’m worried about now.

Episode 6: The Old Gods and the New

The royal entourage on the streets of King's Landing
The royal entourage on the streets of King’s Landing

Tyrion (to Joffrey): We’ve had vicious kings and we’ve had idiot kings, but I don’t know if we’ve ever been cursed with a vicious idiot boy king!

King of the North, Robb Stark plans war strategy
The King of the North, Robb Stark (Richard Madden), plans war strategy

[Robb Stark receives news that Theon Greyjoy has betrayed him and seized Winterfell.]
Robb: This cannot be true.
Roose Bolton: We’ve had ravens from White Harbour, Barrowtown and the Dreadfort. I’m afraid it is true.
Robb: Why? Why would Theon…?
Bolton: Because the Greyjoys are treasonous whores.
Robb: My brothers…
Bolton: We’ve heard nothing of them… but Rodrik Cassel is dead.
Catelyn: [angrily] I told you- never trust a Greyjoy!
Robb: I must go north at once.
[Robb stands and starts to walk out of the tent.  Roose Bolton approaches him.]
Bolton: There’s still a war to win, Your Grace!
Robb: [angrily] How can I call myself “King” if I can’t hold my own castle?  How can I ask men to follow me if…?
Bolton: [firmly] You are a king!  And that means you don’t have to do everything yourself.
Catelyn: Let me go and talk to Theon.
Robb: There will be no talk.  He will die for this!
Bolton: Theon holds the castle with a skeleton crew.  Let me send word to my bastard at the Dreadfort; he can raise a few hundred men and retake Winterfell before the new moon.  We have the Lannisters on the run; if you march all the way back north now, you’ll lose what you gained.  My boy would be honored to bring you Prince Theon’s head.
Robb: Tell your son Bran and Rickon’s safety is paramount.  And Theon… I want him brought to me alive.  I want to look him in the eye and ask him “Why?”… and then I will take his head myself!

Episode 7: A Man Without Honor

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

Arya: Visenya Targaryen was a great warrior.  She had a Valyrian steel sword she called “Dark Sister.”
Lord Tywin Lannister: Hm.  She’s a heroine of yours, I take it.  Aren’t most girls more interested in the pretty maidens from the songs?  Jonquil, with flowers in her hair?
Arya: Most girls are idiots.

Theon Greyjoy at Winterfell
The Prince of the Iron Islands, Theon Greyjoy (Alfie Allen), takes over his former home, Winterfell

Theon: It’s better to be cruel than weak.

Ser Jaime Lannister re-captured by Stark allies
“The Kingslayer,” Jaime Lannister (Nicolaj Coster-Waldau), is re-captured by Stark allies

Jaime Lannister: I was sixteen once.  I also had to replace someone’s squire on short notice.
Alton Lannister [a distant cousin]: Which knight was it?
Jaime: Barristan Selmy.  The fight against the kingswood outlaws, before your time.
Alton: What was he like?
Jaime: He was a painter.  A painter who only used red.

Episode 8: The Prince of Winterfell

Tyrion (to Cersei): I will hurt you for this.  A day will come when you think you  are safe and happy, and your joy will turn to ashes in your mouth.  And you will  know the debt is paid.

Conleth Hill as as Varys and Peter Dinklage as Tyrion
Lord Varys (Conleth Hill) & Lord Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) discuss war strategy

Varys (to Tyrion): You’re quite good at being Hand, you know. Jon Arryn and Ned Stark were  good men, honorable men. But they disdained the game and those who play it. You  enjoy the game. And you play it well.

Jerome Flynn as Bronn and Peter Dinklage as Tyrion
Bronn (Jerome Flynn), bluntly tells his employer/friend, Tyrion (Peter Dinklage), that books won’t help him win a war

Bronn (nodding to an axe in Tyrion’s hand): Do you know how to use that?
Tyrion: I chopped wood once.  No, actually, I watched my brother chop wood.

Episode 9: Blackwater

Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark and Sibel Kekilli as Shae)
Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) & her handmaiden Shae (Sibel Kekilli) watch King Joffrey Baratheon, palace guards, & other men leave for war

Shae: Some of those boys will never come back.
Sansa: Joffrey will.  The worst  ones always live.

Tyrion (shouting encouragment to the Lannister troops): Those are brave men knocking at our door.  Let’s go kill them!

Episode 10: Valar Morghulis

Maester Luwin (to Theon): You’re not the man you’re pretending to be.

Catelyn (to Robb re: her marriage to Ned): Love didn’t just happen to us.  We built it slowly over the years, stone by stone.  For you, for your brothers and sisters, for all of us.  It’s not as exciting as secret passion in the woods, but it is stronger.  It lasts longer.

Cersei (Lena Headey) drinks and (bitterly) educates Sansa on the realities of being a queen
Cersei (Lena Headey) drinks and (bitterly) educates Sansa on the realities of being a queen

Cersei (to Sansa): …but this is Stannis Baratheon.  I’d have a better chance seducing his horse.

Varys (to Tyrion): There are many who know that without you, this city faced certain defeat.  The King won’t give you any honors, the histories won’t mention you, but we will not forget.

Tyrion (to Shae): I do belong here. These bad people are what I’m good at, out-talking them, out-thinking them.  It’s what I am.  And I like it.  I like it more than anything I’ve ever done.

One thought on “Game of Thrones: Season 2 – Memorable Lines

  1. […] Lord Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish (Aiden Gillen) brings Sansa a bit of news about her mother and little sister, Arya.  He says that he can help her escape- soon.  Lady Sansa (Sophie Turner) is still part of the royal court (much to her dismay), though King Joffrey (Jack Gleeson) has chosen Lady Margaery Tyrell (Natalie Dormer from The Tudors) as his future wife/queen.  The Tyrells of Highgarden joined with Lord Tywin’s army to defeat Lord Stannis’ army (end of Season 2.) […]


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