Watchers on the Wall Awards: The Best Quotes of Season 7

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We’re winding down the final round of the Watchers on the Wall Awards, with just one category to go, after today. For our penultimate voting session, we’ll be celebrating the best Game of Thrones has to offer in the way of words.

We divide our Quotes categories into two, for convenience and fun’s sake. In addition to awarding the prize for the All-Around Best Quote of the year, we also present the season’s Funniest Quote with an award of its own. The top choices have been selected by our readers in the preliminary round, narrowing it down to just five in each category.

Now, to reveal our finalists!

The nominees for Funniest Quote of Season 7 are:

“This is Jon Snow. He’s King in the North.” Davos Seaworth

“I want to make babies with her. Think of them… great big monsters. They’d conquer the world.” – Tormund

Olenna: “That was Joffrey’s sword, wasn’t it? Not that he ever used it. What did he call it?” Jaime: “Widow’s Wail.” Olenna: “He really was a cunt, wasn’t he?”

“I thought you might still be rowing.” Davos Seaworth

The Hound: “How does she look at you? Like she wants to chop you up and eat your liver?” Tormund: “You do know her.”

Unsurprisingly, the flawless timing of Liam Cunningham as Davos and the banter between Tormund (Kristofer Hivju) and the Hound (Rory McCann) dominated this round, with the men joined by Olenna Tyrell’s (Diana Rigg) scathing commentary.

Moving onto the next: our finalists for the All-Around Best Quote of the season are…

“When the snows fall and the white winds blow, the lone wolf dies but the pack survives.” Sansa Stark

“Tell Cersei. I want her to know it was me.” Olenna Tyrell

“Leave one wolf alive, and the sheep are never safe.” Walder Frey/Arya Stark

“Shall we begin?” Daenerys Targaryen

“Death is the enemy- the first enemy and the last. The enemy always wins, but we still need to fight him.” Beric Dondarrion

The ladies dominate in this category, and are joined by velvet-voiced Richard Dormer sharing Beric’s wisdom. Will it be vengeance, a new beginning or a beloved book quote that takes the win here? Let’s find out! It’s time to make your two choices and vote.


Final round rules: Cast your vote for the winners in both Quote Polls. In the finals, fans have one vote to cast in each category- make sure you vote in both polls! At the end of 72 hours (Thursday 1/4/18 at 4PM EST), the quotes in each category with the most votes will be the winner! The results of the poll will be revealed during our live Watchers on the Wall Awards ceremony taking place on January 15th, 2018, at 7PM EST!

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    1. “When the snows fall and the white winds blow, the lone wolf dies but the pack survives.” Sansa Stark

      The Hound: “How does she look at you? Like she wants to chop you up and eat your liver?” Tormund: “You do know her.”

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    2. I give the All-Around Best Quote laurels to my Queen of Thorns, not because it was a particularly witty line, but because it was a final mic-drop worthy of her snarky magnificence. The echoes of it must have followed Jaime all the way home.

      As for Funniest Quote: Alas that “Fancy Lad School” didn’t make the cut! I picked Sandor and Tormund’s convo about Brienne as my consolation prize.

      Musing that, if neither of the Maid of Tarth’s two beaux makes it to the end alive, I could tolerate shipping Brienne and Sandor. They would make an especially pretty pair in the books, what with his face half-burnt and hers half-munched by Biter.

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    3. I know this quote was included as part of a longer speech that was a nominee in the “Best Speech” category we voted on a few days ago, but for me the best quote of Season 7 will always be….

      “When people ask you what happened here, tell them: The North remembers. Tell them: Winter came for House Frey.”

      – Arya Stark

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    4. Queen of Thorns mic drop.. Dame Diana Rigg scorches in her delivery.

      also since I can’t stop laughing no matter how many times I watch Davos introduce Jon Snow, that gets my vote!

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    5. Ten Bears,

      I agree! This quote also shows us the other side of the words, “Winter is Coming”. Hard times are always just around the corner, however, the Starks are just as likely to deliver them to you and yours. The North Remembers…

      Ten Bears:
      I know this quote was included as part of a longer speech that was a nominee in the “Best Speech” category we voted on a few days ago, but for me the best quote of Season 7 will always be….

      “When people ask you what happened here, tell them: The North remembers. Tell them: Winter came for House Frey.”

      – Arya Stark

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    6. mau:
      “When the snows fall and the white winds blow, the lone wolf dies but the pack survives.” Sansa Stark

      The Hound: “How does she look at you? Like she wants to chop you up and eat your liver?” Tormund: “You do know her.”

      That’s what I went with too. Sansa because I like that she’s actually quoting her father here. And the Hound and Tormund because that still makes me laugh thinking of Tormund’s wide eyed response there.

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    7. “This is Jon Snow. He’s king in the north.” -Davos

      “Leave one wolf alive and the sheep are never safe.” -Walder/Arya

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    8. Laura: That’s what I went with too.Sansa because I like that she’s actually quoting her father here.And the Hound and Tormund because that still makes me laugh thinking of Tormund’s wide eyed response there.

      Me too.
      • Sansa’s quote, for the reason you stated, and also because it echoes Arya’s preceding Ned quote (“In winter, we must protect ourselves, look after one another”), and shows that the sisters took their father’s words to heart. Besides, Sansa’s Ned quote is really poetic, and Sophie delivered it beautifully.

      • Sandor and Tormund re: Brienne, because it shows mutual respect (by Sandor) and adoration (by Tormund) for a fellow warrior. Also, because the showrunners took a brief moment from last season that elicited unexpected, wildly enthusiastic fan reaction (Tormund eyeing Brienne) and ran with it in S7. Good for them!

      I really wanted to vote for Diana Rigg/Olenna, but I thought the “wrong” line was nominated. When Jaime said something about learning from his own mistakes, Olenna’s comeback [paraphrasing] “You must be very wise by now” was a perfect dig.
      The “[Joffrey] really was a c*nt, wasn’t he” line wasn’t (as) funny. And I’ve gone on a mini-rant before, griping that gratuitously including “cock”, “no cock”, “it’s all about cocks”, etc. in dialogue doesn’t automatically make it funny. “C*nt” is no different.

      – End Re-Rant –

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    9. As much as I adore my domestic canid and his way with words, I actually voted for Davos here. Liam Cunningham’s delivery was so impeccable, and I laughed so hard both the first time and in subsequent viewings, that this is where my vote ultimately went.

      For the second one I voted for Sansa. I like them all, and was mightily tempted to give Dame Diana another vote. But Sansa’s use of Ned’s words unexpectedly got to me, not only for the beauty of Sophie Turner’s delivery but also for all they represent in terms of her character’s difficult journey towards a Stark identity.

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    10. Funniest Quote – I thought you might still be rowing

      I picked this for a combination of the commentary on the Gendry rowing memes and Liam Cunningham’s fantastic delivery. It made me laugh at the time, and in every re-watch since!

      Best all-round quote – When the snows fall and the white winds blow, the lone wolf dies but the pack survives

      Again more than one reason for the choice – firstly, I love this quote. Looking back at Ned’s book utterance of it, it spoke so much to what he had lost during Robert’s War. When Sansa says it here, it speaks so much of someone who has been forced to learn the hard way how much family truly means to them. Secondly, the delivery was beautiful.

      Thirdly, for me this quote really summed up what Jon is trying to achieve – what he has been trying to achieve since he gave his speech to the Free Folk at Hardhome. If the living are going to survive the forthcoming war, they need to work together. As a pack.

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    11. I thought you might still be rowing. Davos Seaworth

      This makes me laugh every time. Liam’s delivery- precious.

      Death is the enemy- the first enemy and the last. The enemy always wins, but we still need to fight him. Beric Dondarrion

      I got chills when I heard this. It sounded like a stubborn ass testament of how humans refuse to give up hope or even a tiny inch of their life before their time is up. I know it states the obvious, but I found it does so in a flawless way. Kudos to Richard Dormer for making it memorable.

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    12. mau:
      “When the snows fall and the white winds blow, the lone wolf dies but the pack survives.” Sansa Stark

      The Hound: “How does she look at you? Like she wants to chop you up and eat your liver?” Tormund: “You do know her.”

      +1

      For me I liked the you like cock joke better between thormund and the hound. My favorite of the season when it comes to being funny.

      The Sansa quote is one of my favorite of the show. It’s sums up the show pretty much in one sentence.

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    13. And how can it be that we haven’t have one funny quote from euron? That guy was pretty funny this season (and scary). The way he gets under Jaimes skin.

      And the famous: Rickon? Dickon.

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    14. Kevin1989,

      Agreed on both. Bronn’s comic delivery is as good as Davos’s (albeit in a different way), and I just about died when Euron said, “And here I am, with two good hands…”

      Maybe it was a cheap laugh, but it got me anyway. And it was perfect for his character.

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    15. Funniest Quote:

      Olenna: “That was Joffrey’s sword, wasn’t it? Not that he ever used it. What did he call it?” Jaime: “Widow’s Wail.” Olenna: “He really was a cunt, wasn’t he?”

      I rolled up when I heard that! Not the sort of thing one would expect to hear from Lady Olenna let alone Dame Diana Rigg! She wouldn’t have been allowed to use an expletive on TV as strong as that back in the 1960’s when she played Emma Peel in The Avengers 😀

      All-Around Best Quote:

      “When the snows fall and the white winds blow, the lone wolf dies but the pack survives.” Sansa Stark

      Others have summed up these words spoken by Ned better than me. Nothing can be further from the truth. Even more so now the NK and his Army of the Dead have breached the wall.

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    16. Wow. I honestly cant vote for funniest quote. Each of those merited a smile, but funniest? for the entire season. ? Well voters have spoken and these are the choices. Im going to bow out andhold myvote.

      Best all around quotes are good, but imho not the best. Ill pick the Olenna one but honestly I have heard these same lines over and over again and they just don’w have the power for me that they ibce had,

      Its not a big deal, this is a fantasy award about a fantasy show, but for me these choices were sad.

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    17. Firannion,

      I would rather see Brienne with the Hound than Tormund. I think they could respect and understand each other. She has that with Jaime, plus, to paraphrase Bron – they want each other. I think they love each, even if they don’t understand that yet. After so long, D &D better not kill either of them before they do understand…

      My Votes: Tormund & the Hound, and Beric.

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    18. mau,

      The Hound: “How does she look at you? Like she wants to chop you up and eat your liver?” Tormund: “You do know her.”

      Yes, this was an awesome quote.

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    19. Funniest Quote: The Hound: “How does she look at you? Like she wants to chop you up and eat your liver?” Tormund: “You do know her!”

      Close Second: “This is Jon Snow. He’s King in the North.” – Davos Seaworth

      Best All-Around Quote: “Death is the enemy- the first enemy and the last. The enemy always wins, but we still need to fight him.” – Beric Dondarrion

      This one is in the running for my favorite quote in the entire series. In a way, I see it as a thesis statement for the entire show. I’ve gushed extensively about that entire scene between Jon and Beric more times than I can remember.

      Close Second: “When the snows fall and the white winds blow, the lone wolf dies but the pack survives.” – Sansa Stark

      And this is right behind it. I absolutely adore that scene with Arya and Sansa on the battlements of Winterfell. I just watched “The Dragon and the Wolf” again for about the twelfth time during the HBO marathon this weekend, and I got choked up again.

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    20. Sansa – Lone wolf dies, Pack survives.
      Close Close second- Dondarian _ Death is the Enemy.
      And if Arya’s quote’s were here I be screwed, I vote team Stark, Mophie’s for the win.

      Funny : It was Tormunds – I want to make babies, big monsters…
      Second Tormund and the Hound. So you do know her.

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    21. Jared,

      ”I absolutely adore that scene with Arya and Sansa on the battlements of Winterfell. I just watched “The Dragon and the Wolf” again for about the twelfth time during the HBO marathon this weekend, and I got choked up again.”
      ——

      Me too! It’s beautifully photographed and well-written. (I only wish the audience had been privy to the sisters’ realization that LF was playing them, instead of saving that reveal for a turn-the-tables fist-pump moment in e7.)

      As for the battlements scene, I can never get enough of this exchange:

      Sansa: “…You’re the strongest person I know.”
      Arya: “I believe that’s the nicest thing you’ve ever said to me.”
      Sansa: “Well, don’t get used to it. You’re still very strange and annoying.”

      It was endearing and affectionate – without being cloying.

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    22. Ten Bears,

      I am with you on this one. I didn’t find that particular comment funny at all and I’m not sure it was meant to be, it sounded rather bitter to me and I agree with you regarding ‘cocks’, that felt very off and I must admit, in an excellent episode otherwise, that bit I always fast forward. My votes went to my original choice – Davos and Sansa.

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    23. The Hound and Olenna. I’d vote for White Winds Blow if not for the caveats. In that scene it was very effective, but it’s really Ned’s and was said as a natural response to Arya’s lead-in.

      Runners up: Davos and Arya.

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    24. I actually think a little different from most of y’all. I think the Sansa quote was supposed to be “The Quote” of the show but her delivery just didn’t sell it for me. I didn’t get a sense of her assuredness when she said it.

      It lacked the proper bite or passion it required. It’s probably just a personal thing with me, but Sophie just didn’t sell it for me. Her acting often leaves me wanting… Sounded like she was just repeating a quote. Not that she was all in with it or that it came from her heart & soul. So I went with Arya’s quote of the sheep never being safe.

      For funniest, I went with Davos. All were pretty funny though. I also liked Tyrion’s “That is indeed a problem… But the more immediate problem is that We’re Fucked.” I would have chosen that for the win.

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    25. Wolfish:
      As much as I adore my domestic canid and his way with words, I actually voted for Davos here. Liam Cunningham’s delivery was so impeccable, and I laughed so hard both the first time and in subsequent viewings, that this is where my vote ultimately went.

      For the second one I voted for Sansa. I like them all, and was mightily tempted to give Dame Diana another vote. But Sansa’s use of Ned’s words unexpectedly got to me, not only for the beauty of Sophie Turner’s delivery but also for all they represent in terms of her character’s difficult journey towards a Stark identity.

      +1

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    26. For funniest quotes, I thought most of them were all corny except for both of Davos’ lines. I went with the “King in the North” one.

      For best all-around quote, none of them really stood out much at all, but I went with Beric’s because it very much sums up the attitude of the show itself. I thought the Sansa line was major cornball stuff. I probably would’ve enjoyed the line more if it was delivered with more sentiment or emotion, I don’t know. The delivery just lacked something for me.

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    27. “Death is the enemy- the first enemy and the last. The enemy always wins, but we still need to fight him.” Beric Dondarrion

      This quote is not only perfect for the show but for real life too!

      Everybody’s enemy is death… the enemy always wins but most of us do what we can everyday to tell death … “not today”

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    28. This scene with Beric Dondarrion shows how much potential there was for that character, too bad Lady Stoneheart’s plot took him away. GRRM better make that pay off in the end. Keeping Beric alive is one of the best decisions Dan and Dave made for the show.

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    29. “Nothing fucks you harder than time”

      It sounds like Davos is talking about aging, except I think that time fucked Randyll and his son when they martyred themselves, one for his queen, the other for his father and honour. If they had bent the knee to the foreign queen and waited a little bit, they’d have lived to see Cersai align with Dany to fight the Walkers…temporarily. Randyll suffered an epic time fuck.

      This is the best argument against suicide and martyrdom.

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    30. TormundsWoman:

      I got chills when I heard this. It sounded like a stubborn ass testament of how humans refuse to give up hope or even a tiny inch of their life before their time is up. I know it states the obvious, but I found it does so in a flawless way. Kudos to Richard Dormer for making it memorable.

      This! Although I love the quote symbolizing Stark solidarity and I bore my friends repeating it all the time, the stubborness of fighting the good fight no matter what impressed me too much not to vote for it!
      And, of course, Houndie&Tormund, the surprising comedy duo.

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    31. My favorite quote of season 7 was: “Chaos is a ladder”. While it is a reprise like Sansas, it was in the context a deadly thread to Littlefinger. There was filmed an additional scene Sansa consulting Bran about an unnamed topic but this was the clear and obvious punch to Littlefinger. He felt uneasy but for one time did not calculate the consequences and did not react by running or openly stopping conspiring.

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