As the Season 6 return of “Game of Thrones” draws ever closer, fans everywhere are chatting about their favorite characters and where they left off last year. However, we all know that any conversation about a favorite character that doesn’t begin and end with Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) is just a waste of everyone’s time.
Since episode 1 of the famed HBO drama, the only redeemable member of the lion family has survived the horrors of Westeros with a smile and an endless supply of clever lines. Although he’s one of the few people in the world whose life wasn’t left hanging in the balance at the end of Season 5, he’s certainly got a lot on his plate these days, what with ruling the now free city of Meereen and being among the most wanted people in Westeros. Still, before anyone allows their confidence in Tyrion to shake, let’s remind ourselves of some of his best lines that prove he’s the best player in the game of thrones.
When He Put Cruelty In Its Place
Joffrey Baratheon (Jack Gleeson): Everyone is mine to torment! You'd do well to remember that, you little monster.
Tyrion: Oh, “monster.” Perhaps you should speak to me more softly then. Monsters are dangerous and, just now, kings are dying like flies.
When He Somehow Made Ned Stark’s (Sean Bean) Death Funny To His Daughter
Tyrion: My lady, people have been laughing at me far longer than they’ve been laughing at you. I’m the Half-Man, the Demon-Monkey, the Imp.
Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner): You’re a Lannister. I am the disgraced daughter of the traitor, Ned Stark.
Tyrion: The disgraced daughter and the demon monkey. We’re perfect for each other.
When His Alcoholism Was At Its Most Unapologetic
Tyrion: It’s not easy being drunk all the time. Everyone would do it if it were easy.
When He Helped Jon Snow (Kit Harington) With His Confidence
Tyrion: Let me tell you something, Bastard. Never forget what you are, the rest of the world will not. Wear it like armor and it can never be used to hurt you.
When He Found A Way To Compliment His Awful Sister
Tyiron: You love your children. It's your one redeeming quality - that and your cheekbones.
When He Was The Toughest Person In A Room Full Of Knights And A King
Tyiron (To Joffrey): The Mad King did as he like. Has your uncle Jaime ever told you what happened to him?
Meryn Trant: No one threatens his grace in the presence of the Kingsguard!
Tyrion: I’m not threatening the king, Ser, I’m educating my nephew. Bronn, the next time the Ser Meryn speaks, kill him. That was a threat, see the difference?
When He Did It Again At The Battle Of Blackwater
Tyrion: Those are brave men knocking at our door… Let’s go kill them!
When He Revealed His Greatest Weapon Is A Sick Burn
Cersei (Lena Headey): You’re not half as clever as you think you are.
Tyrion: Still makes me more clever than you.
When He Fired A Guy
Tyrion: I’m not questioning your honor, Lord Janos, I’m denying its existence.
When He Hit His Sister Where It Hurts
Tyrion: 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.
When Even His Self-Loathing Was Poignant
Tyrion: Are you a lord if you kill your father? I don’t imagine they revoke your nobility for killing a whore, it must happen all the time.
When He Did This For Us To Watch Forever