Watchers on the Wall Awards: Funniest Scene

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For a bloody and depressing show, Game of Thrones has always had a great sense of humor and so it was easy to come up with nominees for Funniest Scene of Season 4. Fans submitted dozens of preliminary round nominees, and with the first round of polling results, we’ve narrowed it down to the five best.

Now, the final winner of the Watchers on the Wall Award for Funniest Scene will be chosen by you. The nominees are:

The Hound and Polliver talk chicken.



Jaime gets fitted for a new golden hand and waves.

The Hound & Arya arrive in the Vale and Arya reacts to Lysa’s death in an unexpected manner.

Hot Pie refuses to give up on the gravy.

Arya and the Hound talk Lommies and the naming of swords.

You have one vote in the final round! The poll will be open for 48 hours, until 10/6/14, at 1:00PM Eastern Time.

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    1. “Arya and the Hound talk Lommies and the naming of swords”, otherwise known as “What the fuck’s a Lommy?”. I get the difference between this award for Funniest Scene and the one for Funniest Quote, but honestly they may be a little bit too similar anyway.

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    2. Would be the chicken scene but nominated that for at least two otehr awards. Going to go with Jaime’s golden wave. Was a bit unexpected and I think Nikoli and Jaime deserve something for a solid season and making the most of everything he was given…that wasn’t a great deal this year compared to others. Also shows that a bit of the snarky, dark-humoured Jaime is coming back after his hand loss.

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    3. Wow, well I obviously am in the minority here; I’m going to leave this one to the hundreds who think everything the Hound does is the most hilarious thing in this season. Each of those scenes made me smile, but funniest scene? I think not. Closest I’d come would be Sam talking about the Night Watch vows, or Lysa and Littlefingers wedding night. But there it is.

      And I agree – there is too much similarity between best quote and best scene, but Ill let the mods hash that out…

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    4. Luka Nieto,
      ash,

      I’m having difficulty separating the two categories as well. Then again, I have been trying to understand the difference between “Song of the Year” and “Record of the Year” at the Grammys for decades.

      More chickens, please.

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    5. I don’t really understand the confusion. A quote is typically one or a few sentences, part of a scene. A scene is an ENTIRE scene.

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    6. I would like people to think about the following before voting: is what I vote for really funny, or is it awesome badassery instead? In my book those are two very different things…

      Funny: Jaime’s golden hand wave, Hot Pie’s gravy
      Badassery: The Hound’s chickens
      Somewhere in between: Cunts and Lommies, Arya’s manic laugh.

      Since Hot Pie’s scene lacked somewhat in good comedy timing, I voted for Jamie’s comedy gold.

      Suggestion: for future seasons, I would merge “funniest quote” with “funniest scene”, and add a separate “Badassery Award”.

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    7. Sue the Fury:
      I don’t really understand the confusion. A quote is typically one or a few sentences, part of a scene. A scene is an ENTIRE scene.

      Doesn’t the overlap bother you then? I swear, if the Hound wins in three different categories with his chicken story, I’m gonna eat every fucking chicken I ever lay my eyes on ever again!

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    8. Tar Kidho: Doesn’t the overlap bother you then? I swear, if the Hound wins in three different categories with his chicken story, I’m gonna eat every fucking chicken I ever lay my eyes on ever again!

      Who gives a shit?

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    9. jentario:
      Tar Kidho,

      If anything, Funniest Quote and Best Quote can be combined. We can keep Funniest Scene, since that’s still necessary.

      No, they can’t, since the best quote does not have to be funny. There are probably more serious best quotes than funny best quotes, considering the fact that the show is definitely not comedy.

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    10. Annara Snow: No, they can’t, since the best quote does not have to be funny. There are probably more serious best quotes than funny best quotes, considering the fact that the show is definitely not comedy.

      I was just gonna write that. Thanks.

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    11. jentario:
      Annara Snow,

      I was saying to eliminate Funniest Quote, not Best Quote. The two overlapped quite a bit anyway (thanks to the Hound).

      Ok, I see what you meant now. I’m not sure I agree with it though, since the “funny” quotes usually stick longer in people’s memories than the dramatic quotes. And since GoT is mostly a drama show, I’d like to see the best drama lines awarded every year as well… [edit: yeah, ok, there is the best drama scene already anyway… maybe just one “quote” category would indeed be enough]

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    12. Honestly, probably the part that I found most “funny” was that Ironborn commander, Kenning, and his interaction with Theon Greyjoy. It was a classic encounter between a “craven” and a “hard man”, with all the archetypal intensity hanging in the air between them. I find psychological stuff like that amusing. Also, when Kenning says, “Theon Greyjoy… or whoever the fuck you are!” the power and sort of incongruity of the line just made me crack up, even though no doubt it was supposed to be a “serious” scene (I thought Theon’s torture scenes in season 3 were funny too, but not because of the torture – mainly just Iwan Rheon’s intense characterisation). I was a little stoned at the time too, so…
      As far as stuff that was actually intended to be humourous, Stannis’ sassy “they don’t have enough men between them to raid a pantry”. Spot-on delivery as always by Dillane. Also, “I hate a good many things, but I suffer them all the same.” – brilliantly concise encapsulation of Stannis’ attitude!
      Also, all the stuff with Brienne and Pod is golden!

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    13. jentario:
      Tar Kidho,

      Then at the very least change Best Quote to Best Dramatic Quote.

      While you wrote this I was writing an ‘addendum’ to my previous post… Anyway, maybe next year we should have a vote about the different categories we want to vote for, like that the Awards can remain entirely free of controversy 🙂

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    14. While I guess it wouldn’t really count as a scene, for me, the single funniest moment of the season was when Jaime ‘gifted’ Pod to Brienne, and he’s just standing there with that stupid grin on his face. Love it.

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    15. Well I have to vote for Jaime and here’s why:
      my Dad and I are huge fans, I’m sullied and he’s not but I introduced him to GoT and he became a fan too, the only problem is he doesn’t understand more than a few words of english. So I watch every new episode once to learn all important dialogue and then we both watch it together so that I can provide him with translations or what the characters talk about in between scenes etc.
      But Jaime’s hand wave was a moment that needed no words and we both burst out into laughter simultaneously… 🙂

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    16. Theon Baratheon:
      Of course, I voted for chicken. The Hound is gonna get every fucking award in this room.

      hahaha! very funny 🙂
      Yes, every f-ing chicken is the funniest, but I’m Jaime’s girl so I have to go with the quiet sarcasm of Jaime

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    17. I also thought Stannis’ pantry line was good too. Kinda unexpected from him and it made me chuckle. But I voted for The Hound and chicken of course! 🙂

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    18. God that was difficult!
      Ended up going for the Lommy/cunts scene but I still don’t know why I voted for that one rather than for Arya’s laugh are Hot Pie’s gravy.

      You
      cannot
      give
      up
      on
      the
      gravy

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    19. minty:
      Well I have to vote for Jaime and here’s why:my Dad and I are huge fans, I’m sullied and he’s not but I introduced him to GoT and he became a fan too, the only problem is he doesn’t understand more than a few words of english. So I watch every new episode once to learn all important dialogue and then we both watch it together so that I can provide him with translations or what the characters talk about in between scenes etc.
      But Jaime’s hand wave was a moment that needed no words and we both burst out into laughter simultaneously…

      Your story made me smile, minty. Thanks.

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    20. minty,

      Isn’t it beautiful when parent and child bond over a mix of betrayal, sex, violence, and a splash of comedy? 🙂 Sorry, just kidding, it was actually very nice to read your story!

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    21. Had to go with Jaime and his golden wave, esp cause it’s the only one that made me laugh just thinking about it, without watching the video. I also loved the exhange between Cersei and Jaime: Cersei ‘I spent a week with the goldsmiths getting all the details rigt’. Jaime ‘Days?’. Cersei ‘the better part of an afternoon’.

      My second fave would be Hot Pie’s cameo and the gravy bit. One of the most sentimental parts of s4 for me was knowing that Hot Pie has been working on improving his wolf bread all this time….

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    22. I voted for the chickens in the prelims, and initially was intending to vote for them now, but when I think about it the scene isn’t really that funny (to me). Sure, there was a funny quote or two (and I did vote for it as my favourite funny quote), but it isn’t really a funny scene.

      In fact, to be honest I would only say two of the scenes are actually that funny, and perhaps one questionable one. The thing is the other two probably have a funnier quote in them, which helps to boost their popularity. It’s quite funny because it is these two ‘unfunny’ scenes that I voted for in the prelims, probably using this logic.

      Anyhow, I also voted for Hot Pie in the prelims, and I’m going for him now, as that was funny throughout the whole scene, and didn’t have just one or two funny quotes. Of the five I think it’s between Hot Pie and the chickens, so hopefully this wins, as the chickens will walk funniest quote.

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    23. I already voted for every fucking chicken in at least one award so I’ll go with Jaime’s hand waving which is pure gold. ( ;D )

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    24. Hodor’s Bastard:
      Luka Nieto,
      ash,

      I’m having difficulty separating the two categories as well. Then again,I have been trying to understand the difference between “Song of the Year” and “Record of the Year” at the Grammys for decades.

      More chickens, please.

      Song of the Year is a songwriting award and it goes to the songwriter, not the artist.

      Record of the Year is a performance award and goes to the Artist & the Producers.

      It’s a subtle difference but not unlike the thin line between Best Picture and Best Director these days.

      I voted for Hot Pie & his gravy.

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    25. I totally forgot about hot pie! but I still voted for chickens for like the 8th time.

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    26. Arya edged out Hot Pie, because as much as I loooooooved it, in comedy timing is everything, and the best comes from tragedy. So Arya BAHAHAing after hearing of her aunt’s death=perfect.

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    27. minty,

      yeah I still look uncomfortably away during sex scenes and thankfully my Dad hasn’t asked for translations of any ‘dialogue’ ye

      sometimes, no words are necessary, in any language 🙂

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    28. Jaime’s hand wave actually made me burst laughing out loud before my screen. So yeah. I did not like the Hot Pie scenes, actually, unlike the internet memes that sprang from it (Queen Hot Pie First of His Name, anyone?)

      I am still at a loss as to how anyone could find Arya’s hysterical laugh funny

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    29. This was an easy one for me. It’s got to be Arya’s laugh when she finds out that her Aunt Lysa Arryn is dead. To such an awful collection of tragic circumstances as have befallen someone as young as Arya Stark, laughter was the best way to counteract the addition to yet another one.

      It is such a genuine and heartfelt laugh, and Maisie delivers it soo efectively, you cannot help but genuinely pull for her and her character!

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    30. I laughed before Arya Did. It’s Schadenfreude in away. I mean everything is fucked for her and then she finds out the somebody else is dead. It’s laugh or cry and it’s funny and poignant.

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    31. I did a random check in on the Bowen Marsh actor just because it was weird that he didn’t appear in one of the last two episodes. Last time it said he was doing 3 episodes, now in the actual tab it says he filmed 4 episodes (though he’s still marked under the same directors). Could this be a sign that he updates his CV as he films for the show and that he could yet be in one of the last two episodes to “for the Watch” shit up? 4 episodes seems like a bit much for just a featured extra in the background.

      http://www.spotlight.com/5890-6726-2412

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    32. I went with Jaime’s hand in the end – Rory McCann’s timing is good but the chicken/Lomy scenes were so linked in with Arya becoming yet more dark, that I couldn’t really appreciate them as humorous.

      Off-topic, there’s a re-run of a “Morse” episode – not unusual on ITV3 in the UK – on in the background as I type. There is a very young and handsome Sean Bean (I think pre-Sharpe) featuring. Not so very strange of itself but he is acting with a “posh” British accent – he usually goes with his default northern accent. About a week ago I saw an interview with Al Capone from “Boardwalk Empire”. I had not realised he is played by an actor from Liverpool, who in real life sounds like he comes from Liverpool. It sounds alright to me, but how good his American accent is I cannot really judge not being American (and people who think there are too many British actors getting parts on American TV, please don’t blame me, blame the people who cast “Boardwalk Empire”).

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    33. I don’t get those complaining about both funniest quote and funniest scene being included as separate awards. Yes, it is likely that a lot of the time the funniest quote will be in the funniest scene but it is not a given, by any means.

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    34. That’s sad, only one of the scenes I find funny made it to the finals.

      Hot pie and gravy all the way, the rest aren’t all that much funny as they are dramatic (or, in case of Jaime, just small additions to the scenes).

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    35. Tar Kidho:
      I would like people to think about the following before voting: is what I vote for really funny, or is it awesome badassery instead? In my book those are two very different things…

      Funny: Jaime’s golden hand wave, Hot Pie’s gravy
      Badassery: The Hound’s chickens
      Somewhere in between: Cunts and Lommies, Arya’s manic laugh.

      Since Hot Pie’s scene lacked somewhat in good comedy timing, I voted for Jamie’s comedy gold.

      Suggestion: for future seasons, I would merge “funniest quote” with “funniest scene”, and add a separate “Badassery Award”.

      I agree with this.

      I voted for Jamie’s golden hand, which made me chuckle, but I voted for it because the bear Tormund never fucked and Oberyn’s “Hi!” didn’t make the list.

      I’d vote for the chicken scene for the Badassery award.

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    36. Voted for Lommies and the naming of the swords.

      I’d have voted for the Oberyn scene with Tyrion & Bronn, when they meet. That intro scene was funny and had some witty exchange Bronn with RV. Also when the Dornish Prince says we need more girls, Bronn nods yes, Tyrion no. The camera shows both in sync yet opposite reactions. Made me laugh out loud.

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    37. Went with Jaimes hand wave.

      Arya’s laugh gave me shivers. Poor girl.

      For the remainder of my reasoning: see Tar Kidho’s post Annara Snow quoted 2 posts above this one. Lazyness be a virtue.

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    38. The Chicken Scene…or more specifically, the part of the scene where the hound is on his back with that guys sword against his throat, but he manages to turn things around and to stab the guy in the face with his own sword, not once, not twice, but three fucking times. In my brain, I was screaming “Why are you hitting yourself?!!? WHY ARE YOU HITTING YOURSELF??!!”

      ~Faded

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    39. Funniest scene was the apparition of Rorge in 4×07, by far.
      I was laughing my ass off but not in a good way, the fuq was that ???

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