Episode 1: The North Remembers
Tyrion (to his sister, Cersei): You love your children. It’s your one redeeming quality- that and your cheekbones.
Baelish (after telling a not-so-subtle tale to the queen): Knowledge is power.
Cersei: Power is power.
Catelyn: There’s a king in every corner now.
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.
Sam (to Jon re: Gilly): I can’t steal her. She’s a person, not a… goat.
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
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.
Tyrion: Bronn, the next time the Ser Meryn speaks, kill him.
[Back to Ser Meryn]
Tyrion: That was a threat. See the difference?
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
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
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!
[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: It’s better to be cruel than weak.
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.
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.
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
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 (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.