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HBO original drama Game of Thrones drops S8E2 tonight.

#GameofThrones is based on a series of novels A Song of Ice and Fire.

rottentomatoes: 94%

metacritic: 80

imdb: 9.5

emmys: 47 wins

golden globes: 1 win

SAG awards: 7 wins

***SPOILERS AHEAD***



Daenerys Targaryen, Game of Thrones, HBO, Home Box Office Inc., HBO Entertainment, Warner Bros. Television Distribution, Television 360, Grok! Television, Generator Entertainment, Startling Television, Bighead Littlehead, Emilia ClarkeDaenerys Targaryen

Daenerys Targaryen heads north to combat an impending army of wights outside of Winterfell, Westeros.


OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES

3 nominations: 2013, 2015, 2016

Daenerys Targaryen, Game of Thrones, HBO, Home Box Office Inc., HBO Entertainment, Warner Bros. Television Distribution, Television 360, Grok! Television, Generator Entertainment, Startling Television, Bighead Littlehead, Emilia Clarke“Thank you for inviting us into your home, Lady Stark.  The North is beautiful as your brother claimed, as are you.” — Daenerys Targaryen

“Whatever they want.” — Daenerys Targaryen

“Your sister doesn’t like me.  She doesn’t need to be my friend… but I am her queen.  If she can’t respect me… how many today?  The dragons are barely eating.  They don’t like the North.  Go on.  Nobody does.  Until they ride a dragon.  Then I’ve enjoyed your company, Jon Snow.  Whatever you can.  We could stay a thousand years… no one would find us.  So keep your queen warm.  Don’t be afraid.” — Daenerys Targaryen

“So you’re the man?  The one who saved Ser Jorah when no one else could.  I’ll have to make some changes in the Citadel when I take my throne.  A great service merits a great reward.  Well, there must be something I could give you.  For what crime?  From the Citadel?  Not Randyll Tarly?  I offered to let him retain his lands and titles if he bent the knee.  He refused.  Your brother stood with your father.  Of course.” — Daenerys Targaryen


Jon Snow, Game of Thrones, HBO, Home Box Office Inc., HBO Entertainment, Warner Bros. Television Distribution, Television 360, Grok! Television, Generator Entertainment, Startling Television, Bighead Littlehead, Kit HarringtonJon Snow

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES

1 nomination: 2016

“I warned you.  Northerners don’t much trust outsiders.” — Jon Snow

“Look at you.  You’re a man.  Where’s Arya?  Queen Daenerys of House Targaryen.  My sister, Sansa Stark, the Lady of Winterfell.  We need to send ravens to the Night’s Watch as well.  There’s no sense manning the castles anymore.  We make our stand here.  It’s not important.  You did, my lady.  It was the honor of my life.  I’ll always be grateful for your faith.  But when I left Winterfell, I told you we need allies or we will die.  I have brought those allies home to fight alongside us.  I had a choice, keep my crown or protect the North.  I chose the North.” — Jon Snow

“How did you sneak up on me?  I didn’t.  You still have it.  Have you ever used it?  Jealous?  Where were you before?  I could’ve used your help with Sansa.  Sansa thinks she’s smarter than everyone.  Now you’re defending her?  You?  Yeah.  I’m her family too.” — Jon Snow

“She doesn’t know you.  If it makes you feel any better, she didn’t like me either when we were growing up.  What’s the matter?  What’s wrong with them?  I don’t know how to ride a dragon.  What if he doesn’t want me to?  What do I hold onto?  Aah!  You’ve completely ruined horses for me.  We’d be pretty old.  It’s cold up here for a southern girl.” — Jon Snow

“‘House Glover will stand behind House Stark as we have for a thousand years.’  Isn’t that what he said?  I told you we needed allies.  I never wanted a crown.  All I wanted was to protect the North.  I brought two armies home with me, two dragons.  Do you think we can beat the Army of the Dead without her?  I fought them, Sansa.  Twice.  You want to worry about who holds what title, I’m telling you it doesn’t matter.  Without her, we don’t stand a chance.  Do you have any faith in me at all?  She’ll be a good queen.  For all of us.  She’s not her father.” — Jon Snow

“Sam?  Were you hiding from me?  What are you doing in Winterfell?  Or did you read every book in the Citadel already?  What’s wrong?  Gilly?  Is she all right?  Little Sam?  Know what?  I’m so sorry.  We need to end this war.  Well, I’v executed men who disobeyed me.  I wasn’t a king.  I gave up my crown, Sam.  I bent the knee.  I’m not King in the North anymore.  What are you talking about?  My father was the most honorable man I ever met.  You’re saying he lied to me all my life.  Daenerys is our queen.  That’s treason.” — Jon Snow


Sansa Stark, Game of Thrones, HBO, Home Box Office Inc., HBO Entertainment, Warner Bros. Television Distribution, Television 360, Grok! Television, Generator Entertainment, Startling Television, Bighead Littlehead, Sophie TurnerSansa Stark

“Lurking somewhere.  Winterfell is yours, Your Grace.” — Sansa Stark

“As soon as we heard about the Wall, I called all our banners to retreat to Winterfell.  Lord Umber… when can we expect your people to arrive?  You’ll have as many as we can spare.  Hurry back to Last Hearth and bring your people here.  May I ask, how are we meant to feed the greatest army the world has ever seen.  While I ensured our stores would last through winter, I didn’t account for Dothraki, Unsullied and two full-grown dragons.  What do dragons eat, anyway?” — Sansa Stark

“So does Hand of the Queen.  Depending on the queen, I suppose.  It had its moments.  Apologies for leaving like that.  We both survived.  Cersei told you her army was coming north to fight for you?  And you believed her?  I used to think you were the cleverest man alive.” — Sansa Stark

“Come in.  Lord Glover wishes us good fortune, but he’s staying in Deepwood Motte with this men.  ‘I will stand behind Jon Snow,’ he said.  ‘The King in the North.’  You didn’t tell me you were going to abandon your crown.  And a Targaryen queen. You know I do.  No, she’s much prettier.  Did you bend the knee to save the North or because you love her?” — Sansa Stark


Arya Stark, Game of Thrones, HBO, Home Box Office Inc., HBO Entertainment, Warner Bros. Television Distribution, Television 360, Grok! Television, Generator Entertainment, Startling Television, Bighead Littlehead, Maisie WilliamsArya Stark

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES

1 nomination: 2016

“You used to be taller.  How did you survive a knife through the heart?  Needle.  Once or twice.  Valyrian steel.  Too heavy for me.  She doesn’t like your queen, does she?  She’s the smartest person I’ve ever met.  I’m defending our family.  So is she.  Don’t forget that.” — Arya Stark

“Leave him be.  First I robbed you.  That was a nice ax you made for him.  You’ve gotten better.  Thanks.  So do you.  Stay lose to that forge, then.  Don’t call me that.  Here’s my wish.  Can you make it?  Can you make it or not?  You don’t know any other rich girls.” — Arya Stark


Samwell Tarly, Game of Thrones, HBO, Home Box Office Inc., HBO Entertainment, Warner Bros. Television Distribution, Television 360, Grok! Television, Generator Entertainment, Startling Television, Bighead Littlehead, John BradleySamwell Tarly

“Oh!  Um… which man am I, Your Grace?  Oh, it’s my honor to serve you, Your Grace.  If it’s not too much trouble, I could use a pardon.  Um– I borrowed a few books from the Citadel.  And also a sword.  From my family.  It’s been in House Tarly for generations.  It would’ve been mine anyway, eventually, but my father had other ideas.  You know him?  Well… at least I’ll be allowed home again, now that my brother’s the lord.  Hm.  Thank you, Your Grace.  For telling me.  And m–  may I…?  What are you doing out here?  No, no.  You’re his brother.  Shouldn’t you tell him?” — Samwell Tarly

“I’m sorry, I know I’m not supposed to be down here.  Of course not.  She’s good.  Don’t you know?  Daenerys… she executed my father and brother.  They were her prisoners.  She didn’t tell you.  Would you have done it?  You’ve also spared men.  Thousands of wildlings when they refused to kneel.  But you were.  You’ve always been.  I’m not talking about the King in the North.  I’m talking about the King of the bloody Seven Kingdoms.  Bran and I worked it out.  I had a High Septon’s diary.  Bran had… whatever Bran has.  Your mother… was Lyanna Stark.  And your father… your real father was Rhaegar Targaryen.  You’ve never been a bastard.  You’re Aegon Targaryen, true heir to the Iron Throne.  I’m sorry, I know it’s a lot to take in.  No.  Your father– well, Ned Stark.  He promised your mother he’d always protect you.  And he did.  Robert would have murdered you if he knew.  You’re the true king.  Aegon Targaryen, Sixth of His Name, Protector of the Realm, all of it.  She shouldn’t be.  It’s the truth.  You gave up your crown to save your people.  Would she do the same?” — Samwell Tarly


Ser Jorah Mormont, Game of Thrones, HBO, Home Box Office Inc., HBO Entertainment, Warner Bros. Television Distribution, Television 360, Grok! Television, Generator Entertainment, Startling Television, Bighead Littlehead, Sir Iain GlenSer Jorah Mormont

“They could, they just wouldn’t.” — Ser Jorah Mormont


Bran Stark

“Almost.  We don’t have time for all this.  The Night King has your dragon.  He’s one of them now.  The Wall has fallen, the dead march south.” — Bran Stark

“Waiting, for an old friend.  It’s time to tell Jon the truth.  I’m not his brother.  He trusts you more than anyone.  Now’s the time.” — Bran Stark


Tyrion Lannister, Game of Thrones, HBO, Home Box Office Inc., HBO Entertainment, Warner Bros. Television Distribution, Television 360, Grok! Television, Generator Entertainment, Startling Television, Bighead Littlehead, Peter DinklageTyrion Lannister

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES

3 wins: 2011, 2016, 2018

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

1 nomination: 2012

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series

5 nominations: 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018

“You should consider yourself lucky.  At least your balls won’t freeze off.  Because I have balls, and you don’t.” — Tyrion Lannister

“If anyone survives the war to come, we’ll have Jon Snow to thank.  He risked his life to show us the threat is real.  Thanks to his courage, we have brought with us the greatest army the world has ever seen.  We have brought two full-grown dragons.  And soon, the Lannister army will ride north to join our cause.  I know, I know, our people haven’t been friends in the past.  But we must fight together now… or die.” — Tyrion Lannister

“The Lady of Winterfell.  Has a nice ring to it.  Last time we spoke was at Joffrey’s wedding.  Miserable affair.  Yes, it was a bit hard to explain why my wife fled moments after the king’s murder.  Many underestimated you.  Most of them are dead now.  I’m sure you weren’t thrilled to hear the Lannister army’s marching north.  You have every right to be fearful of my sister.  No one fears her more than I do.  But I promise, you’ll be safe– she did.  She has something to live for now.  I believe she wants to survive.” — Tyrion Lannister

“One of the better sigils.  Beats an onion, anyway.  And our queen is grateful.  I sense that you’re leading to a proposal.  They do make a handsome couple.  I’m not that old.  Not as old as him.  Our queen respects the wisdom of age.  What is that?” — Tyrion Lannister


Ser Davos Seaworth, Game of Thrones, HBO, Home Box Office Inc., HBO Entertainment, Warner Bros. Television Distribution, Television 360, Grok! Television, Generator Entertainment, Startling Television, Bighead Littlehead, Liam CunninghamSer Davos Seaworth

“Can’t argue with that. Not so long ago the Starks and Karstarks were slaughtering each other on the battlefield.  Jon Snow brought peace to the houses.  Her gratitude is lovely, but that’s not my point.  The Northmen are loyal to Jon Snow, not to her.  They don’t know her.  The Free Folk don’t know her.  I’ve been up here a while, and I’m telling you, they’re stubborn as goats.  You want their loyalty, you have to earn it.  A proposal is what I’m proposing.  On the off chance that we survive the Night King, what if the Seven Kingdoms, for once in their whole shit history, were ruled by a just woman and an honorable man?” — Ser Davos Seaworth


Yara Greyjoy, Game of Thrones, HBO, Home Box Office Inc., HBO Entertainment, Warner Bros. Television Distribution, Television 360, Grok! Television, Generator Entertainment, Startling Television, Bighead Littlehead, Gemma WhelanYara Greyjoy

“Why don’t you just get it over with and kill me.  Are we in King’s Landing?  You picked the losing side.” — Yara Greyjoy

“Euron can’t defend the Iron Islands, not if he’s in King’s Landing with all his men and his ships.  We can take our home back.  Daenerys will need somewhere to retreat if they can’t hold the North.  Somewhere the dead can’t go.  You want to go to Winterfell.  To fight for the Starks.  Go.  What is dead may never die.  But kill the bastards anyway.” — Yara Greyjoy


Euron Greyjoy, Game of Thrones, HBO, Home Box Office Inc., HBO Entertainment, Warner Bros. Television Distribution, Television 360, Grok! Television, Generator Entertainment, Startling Television, Bighead Littlehead, Pilou AsbækEuron Greyjoy

“But we’re family.  The last Greyjoy’s left in the world.  The last ones with balls anyway.  If I kill you… who can I talk to?  Hmm?  I’ve got a crew full of mutes.  It gets lonely at sea.  Mm.  Then I’ll sail the Iron Fleet somewhere else.  But first I’m gonna fuck the queen.” — Euron Greyjoy

“They cheated at dice.  Or maybe I cheated.  Someone cheated.  They weren’t good fighters.  You won’t miss them.  Am I most welcome here?  Good.  As a true friend and an honored guest… I was hoping we could talk in private.  Wars sometimes last years.  How?  I’ve given her justice, an army and the Iron Fleet, and yet she gives me no sign of affection.  My heart is nearly broken.  They were lesser men.” — Euron Greyjoy

“So… how do I compare to the fat king?  Are you offended?  And the Kingslayer?  Life is boring.  Do I please the queen?  I’m going to put a prince in your belly.” — Euron Greyjoy


Cersei Lannister, Game of Thrones, HBO, Home Box Office Inc., HBO Entertainment, Warner Bros. Television Distribution, Television 360, Grok! Television, Generator Entertainment, Startling Television, Bighead Littlehead, Lena HeadeyCersei Lannister

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES

4 nominations: 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

1 nomination: 2017

“Good.” — Cersei Lannister

“Twenty-thousand men, is it?  Horses?  And elephants?  That’s disappointing.  I was told the Golden Company had elephants.  In any event, you are most welcome here in King’s Landing, Captain Strickland.  You are a true friend of the crown and an honored guest.  After the war.  That was our agreement.  You want a whore, buy one.  You want a queen… earn her.  You’re insolent.  I’ve executed men for less.” — Cersei Lannister

“I wanted those elephants.  You’re insulting my late husband?  Robert had a different whore every night, but he still didn’t know his way around a woman’s body.  You enjoy risking your neck, don’t you?  You’re not boring, I’ll give you that.  You might be the most arrogant man I’ve ever met.  I like that.  But now I want to be alone.” — Cersei Lannister


Maester Qyburn

“Your Grace, I’m afraid I bring terrible news.  The dead have broken through the Wall.” — Maester Qyburn

“Ser Bronn of the Blackwater.  Apologies for the interruption, but the queen did urge me to hurry.  Poor girl.  The pox will take her within the year.  The queen’s brothers made promises to you and broke them.  Her Grace wants to rectify their mistake.  That was Ser Jaime’s doing, not hers.  When Queen Cersei wants something, she pays in advance and in gold.  Several chests of it, in fact.  Waiting for you in a wagon just outside.  She has other plans for the Targaryen girl.  Our queen’s brothers are unlikely to survive their Northern adventures.  But in the event that they do… she has a keen sense of poetic justice.  When the Citadel expelled me, I thought I would die poor and alone, but in exchange for my service, Queen Cersei made me her Hand.  What would she do for the man who rids her of her treasonous brothers?” — Maester Qyburn


Theon Greyjoy

“Daenerys went north.  You’re my queen.  I go where you command.  What is dead may never die.” — Theon Greyjoy


Captain Strickland, Game of Thrones, HBO, Home Box Office Inc., HBO Entertainment, Warner Bros. Television Distribution, Television 360, Grok! Television, Generator Entertainment, Startling Television, Bighead Littlehead, Marc ReissmanCaptain Harry Strickland

“Yes, Your Grace.  A few died in transit.  Two thousand.  Uh, no elephants, Your Grace.  They are excellent beasts, Your Grace, but not well-suited to long sea voyages.  We look forward to fighting on your behalf, Your Grace.” — Captain Strickland


Ser Bronn of the Blackwater

“I am the only man you ever met who shot a dragon.  Nearly killed it.  All right, can we stop talking about the fucking dragons now?  You’re kidding me.  Sorry, ladies.  Another time perhaps.  Which girl?  She one gave me a castle and a wife, then rectified me right out of them.  So she wants to murder someone, but she can’t send her soldiers.  If it’s the Dragon Queen she’s after… yeah, well, good luck with that.  That fucking family.” — Ser Bronn of the Blackwater


Sandor Clegane, Game of Thrones, HBO, Home Box Office Inc., HBO Entertainment, Warner Bros. Television Distribution, Television 360, Grok! Television, Generator Entertainment, Startling Television, Bighead Littlehead, Rory McCannSandor Clegane

“You’re saying you’re good, is that it?  You know who makes weapons for the wildlings?  Cripples and cocksuckers.  Which one are you?  I heard you were here.  You left me to die.  You’re a cold little bitch, aren’t you?  Guess that’s why you’re still alive.” — Sandor Clegane


Lord Varys, Game of Thrones, HBO, Home Box Office Inc., HBO Entertainment, Warner Bros. Television Distribution, Television 360, Grok! Television, Generator Entertainment, Startling Television, Bighead Littlehead, Conleth HillLord Varys

“You take great offense at dwarf jokes, but love telling eunuch jokes.  Why is that?” — Lord Varys

“The Karstarks.  You overestimate our influence.  Jon and Daenerys don’t want to listen to lonely old men.  Of course she does.  Respect is how the young keep us at a distance, so we don’t remind them of an unpleasant truth.  Nothing lasts.” — Lord Varys


Gendry

“Hey, careful, lads.  We need every last bit of it.  Are these the last of the wagons?  All right, let’s get it all to the forges.” — Gendry

“It isn’t easy making a blade that big with dragonglass.  I’m just saying it’s a tricky material to– yeah, thanks.  So have you.  I mean, you look good.  It’s not a bad place to grow up, if it wasn’t so cold.  Is that a command, Lady Stark?  As you wish, milady.  What do you need something like this for?  You already have a sword.  What’s that?  It’s Valyrian steel.  I always knew you were just another rich girl.” — Gendry


Eddison Tollett, Game of Thrones, HBO, Home Box Office Inc., HBO Entertainment, Warner Bros. Television Distribution, Television 360, Grok! Television, Generator Entertainment, Startling Television, Bighead Littlehead, Ben CromptonEddison Tollett

“Stay back, he’s got blue eyes!  The Umber boy.  We rode down from Castle Black.  We can double up on the horses.” — Eddison Tollett


Tormund Gianstbane, Game of Thrones, HBO, Home Box Office Inc., HBO Entertainment, Warner Bros. Television Distribution, Television 360, Grok! Television, Generator Entertainment, Startling Television, Bighead Littlehead, Kristofer HivjuTormund Giantsbane

“I’ve always had blue eyes!  His army’s between us and Winterfell.  We’re on foot.  If the horses last, we’ll get there before the dead.  We just have to hope the Night King doesn’t come first.” — Tormund Giantsbane


Beric Dondarrion, Game of Thrones, HBO, Home Box Office Inc., HBO Entertainment, Warner Bros. Television Distribution, Television 360, Grok! Television, Generator Entertainment, Startling Television, Bighead Littlehead, Richard DormerBeric Dondarrion

“Did you find anyone?  It’s a message.  From the Night King.” — Beric Dondarrion


Lord Umber

“We need more horses and wagons, if it please my lady.  And my lord.  And my queen.  Sorry.” — Lord Umber


Lyanna Stark

“‘Your Grace.’  But you’re not.  Are you?  You left Winterfell a king and came back a– I’m not sure what you are now.  A lord?  Nothing at all?  Not important?  We named you King in the North.” — Lyanna Stark


Dothraki Rider

“Only eighteen goats and eleven sheep.” — Dothraki Rider

Winterfell dude

“At once, Your Grace.” — Winterfell dude

Other Winterfell dude

“Sorry ’bout that.  Aye.” — Other Winterfell dude

Dirah

“I hear the dragon burnt up a thousand Lannister men.  Archie, was it?  Tall handsome William?  They said what’s left of him could fit in a wine glass.  Did you?  The ginger?  How does he sleep with no eyelids?” — Dirah

Craya

“Burnt up some of my favorite boys.  And William.  Yeah, tall handsome William.  That boy Eddie… that’s him.  Came back with his face burnt right off.  He’s got no eyelids now.  You ever get lonely, I am partial to older gentlemen.” — Craya

Marei

“That’s brave.” — Marei

Wolkan

“Welcome back, my lady.  If you’d follow me…” — Wolkan


Iron Fleetsman #1, Game of Thrones, HBO, Home Box Office Inc., HBO Entertainment, Warner Bros. Television Distribution, Television 360, Grok! Television, Generator Entertainment, Startling Television, Bighead Littlehead, Rob McElhenneyRob McElhenney


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Finding the words to write this post has left me overwhelmed with how much I want to say but how small words feel in comparison to what this show and Dany have meant to me. The mother of dragons chapter has taken up the whole of my adult life. This woman has taken up the whole of my heart. I’ve sweated in the blaze of dragon fire, shed many tears at those who left our family early, and wrung my brain dry trying to do Khaleesi and the masterful words, actions (and names) I was given, justice. Game of Thrones has shaped me as a woman, as an actor and as a human being. I just wish my darling dad was here now to see how far we’ve flown. But to you, dear kind magical fans, I owe you so much thanks, for your steady gaze at what we’ve made and what I’ve done with a character that was already in the hearts of many before I slipped on the platinum wig of dreams. Without you there is no us. And now our watch has ended. @gameofthrones @hbo #love #motherofdragonsoverandout

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