4. “I’m not questioning your honor, Lord Janos. I’m denying its existence”
Would Season 2 of Game of Thrones be as memorable as it was, without this gem by Tyrion Lannister?
As they wine and dine together, Tyrion Lannister in his incomparable way, throws a question at Janos Slynt’s honor and loyalty. The latter is obviously outraged, but that doesn’t shake Tyrion’s intent at speaking exactly what he believes in.
When considered through the psychological lens, the quote reminds us of a man who’s seen much and been through as much, that he couldn’t speak his authenticity more clearly than this.
5. “I will hurt you for this. A day will come when you think you’re safe and happy, and your joy will turn to ashes in your mouth, and you’ll know the debt is paid”
As sinister as this sounds, if you’ve watched Game of Thrones you’ll know this is from a scene that features Tyrion Lannister and his elder sister, Cersei (from Season 2, Episode 8).
Cersei, who is twin to Jaime, detests her younger brother Tyrion for various political reasons. But the one thing that is undoubtable is the blame she puts on Tyrion for their mother’s death (Joanna does while giving birth to Tyrion).
It is also believed that what Maggy, the fortune-teller, tells her, when Cersei is still a young girl, forecasting her death at the hands of “the valonqar” (valonqar in Valyrian means “little brother”), predisposes Cersei to feel a certain underlying wrath towards Tyrion.
In this scene, Cersei reveals she has in her custody a woman she thinks is Tyrion’s whore and will punish her if her son Joffery suffers on the battlefield. After Tyrion assures the woman (who is revealed to be Ros, “the red-headed whore”), he will free her, he says this to Cersei. as his own rage which he keeps tightly bound within his intellect, springs forth.
6. “Just because I pay you for your services doesn’t diminish our friendship.”
This quote proves that in Tyrion Lannister there lives a man who isn’t just about his veneer of intellectual prowess. That he also comes with a heart, which he extends to those he feels share his fate and to those that can be trusted (and don’t come with inherent malintent).
This is a memorable one that’s the result of a conversation Tyrion Lannister shares with sellsword Bronn, hailing from the kingdom of Westeros. While the two’s relationship passes through difficulty and turmoil, Bronn does realise later that standing by Tyrion would benefit everyone involved.
This quote reveals the respect Tyrion Lannister is capable of towards those who may not even match his social status.
7. “You’re in the great game now, and the great game is terrifying”
By the time Season 6 reached its finale, one thing became clear – Daenerys’s taking over the Iron Throne would be the pivot around which everything else in the Game of Thrones narrative would swivel.
This is something Tyrion says directly to Daenerys, who is anticipating her journey with her fleet to Westeros. This isn’t exactly advice, but is a forecast of things to come for Daenerys, who must then prepare herself to face all those who are clamoring for the Iron Throne.