SPOILER ALERT: This article contains spoilers for Season 7 of Game of Thrones.
Well, that was fast. Game Of Thrones Season 7 is already complete, and Season 8 is forever away. Between the mythology of Azor Ahai, Gilly’s truth bomb, and Cersei’s cunning lies, it’s impossible not to theorize what’s next. All seven episodes of Season 7 melted Twitter for seven Sundays in a row. Now, we have plenty of time to look backward, properly mourn Viserion, and put the pieces together until Season 8 arrives.
ICYMI, our favorite characters had a lot to say. Some of Season 7’s best wisdom came from our favorite power women. Mix them with Jon Snow’s morals, Tyrion’s conscientious narration, Lady Olenna’s wit, and suddenly the entire season is one big clue as to what’s coming next in Season 8. Here are the best quotes from Season 7 sure to help us all improve our Season 8 theories, and win trivia night between now and the premiere.
Winter Is Here
Sorry not sorry, House Frey.
“When people ask you what happened here, tell them The North remembers. Tell them winter came for House Frey.” – Arya Stark
Lyanna Mormont Is Every Woman
Fighting the Great War isn’t just for boys and men.
“I don’t plan on knitting by the fire while men fight for me. I might be small, Lord Glover, and I might be a girl, but I am every bit as much a northerner as you. And I don’t need your permission to defend the north. We’ll begin training every man, woman, boy, and girl on bear island.” – Lyanna Mormont
Jon Snow is the Aegon Targaryen We Need
Jon Snow doesn’t know everything about his ancestors, but it doesn’t matter. His morals override the spoils of war, and he knows it is imperative for all of Westeros to fight together, despite the historical tension between House Stark and House Targaryen.
Jon, to Daenerys: “You’re not guilty of your father’s crimes, and I am not beholden to my ancestor’s vows. I need your help, and you need mine … because right now, you and I, and Cersei, and everyone else, we’re children playing a game screaming that the rules aren’t fair … Your Grace, everyone you know will die before winter’s over if we don’t defeat the enemy to the North … I am not your enemy; the dead are your enemy.” – Jon Snow
After the Season 7 finale, we know a lot more about Jon’s ancestors and their vows than he does. His grandfather was the Mad King, and his mother (Lyanna Stark) and father (Rhaegar Targaryen) were madly in love. Jon’s real name is Aegon Targaryen; he’s half Stark and half Targaryen, thanks to these vows:
Jon’s is still a Stark, even though he can’t call Ned Stark “daddy.” Raised in Winterfell by Starks, Jon is the most morally driven character in Game Of Thrones. Deep within the dialogue, he drops serious political science on Dany which predicts her predicament in Season 8. Can she handle her weapons of mass destruction, or will she become like their Targaryen ancestors and use her dragons to tear Westeros apart?
“I never thought that dragons would exist again. No one did. The people who follow you know that you made something impossible happen. Maybe that helps them believe that you can make other impossible things happen. Build a world that’s different from the s–t one they’ve always known. But if you use that to melt castles and burn cities, you’re not different; you’re just more of the same.” – Jon Snow
Jon Snow understands political hypocrisy, but he’s still a hero on a quest. He has a lot to learn about his lineage and spiritual identity:
O hai, Aegon Targaryen. We hope Jon finds out what the Lord Of Light wants in Season 8 when the Chosen One — Azor Ahai — is (hopefully) revealed. Either way, it remains unclear if the Lord Of Light wants him to bang his Aunt Dany. That’s ok, he did it anyway.
The Queen of Thorns Dropped the Mic More Than Once
In addition to revealing herself to Jamie Lannister as the person who killed Joffrey, Lady Olenna Tyrell changed the game completely before she died. With one short conversation with Daenerys in Season 2, Lady Olenna implies Tyrion may not be Dany’s wisest adviser.
Lady Tyrell, to Daenerys Targaryen: “Peace. Do you think that’s what we had under your father or his father? Peace never lasts, my dear. Will you take a bit of advice from an old woman? He’s a clever man, your hand. I’ve known a great many clever men. I’ve outlived them all. You know why? I ignored them. The Lords of Westeros are sheep. Are you a sheep? No. You’re a dragon. Be a dragon.” – Lady Olenna Tyrell
This conversation is more pivotal than most in Season 7, as it guides all of Dany’s future decisions — including ignoring Tyrion and Jon’s advice not to use her dragons in battle.
But That Doesn’t Mean Tyrion Doesn’t Drop Wisdom Like Science
Regardless of what Lady Olenna thought of him, Tyrion is Dany’s most trusted adviser, and we all trust him to do the best he can for Westeros. His dialogue this season serves a dual purpose: advise Dany, and drop hints at what’s in store for Westeros in Season 8 through narration and exposition. Sometimes, even an adviser needs advice, and Tyrion chose Varys:
With support from Varys, Tyrion learns to guide Dany toward becoming the best Queen she can be. He also knows she needs an heir so she can create a new world. Now that we know she and Jon did the nasty, Tyrion’s guidance becomes more a prophecy for Season 8. Will Dany find out she’s preggers so her legacy can continue?
Tyrion narrates both the history and possible future of Westeros with one simple question:
He doesn’t want Dany to use her dragons to defeat the Lannister army:
Tyrion has faith in Dany, and echoes an ongoing theme in the entire Season:
We’ll cross our fingers he’s right. If Jon is more like Ned Stark than Rhaegar Targaryen, we’re all in good shape.
Daenerys Targaryen Has Faith in Dany
Daenerys is a woman who knows who she is, and what she wants.
“I spent my life in foreign lands. So many men have tried to kill me, I don’t remember all their names. I have been sold like a broodmare. I’ve been chained and betrayed, raped, and defiled. Do you know what kept me standing through all those years in exile? Faith. Not in any gods, not in myths and legends. In myself. In Daenerys Targaryen. The world hadn’t seen a dragon in centuries until my children were born. The Dothraki hadn’t crossed the sea, any sea. They did for me. I was born to rule the seven kingdoms, and I will.” – Daenerys Targaryen
Dany’s been through it all, but is she strong enough to help the realm defeat the Night King in Season 8 and still control her penchant toward madness?
Let’s hope so, Dany. Let’s hope so. At least we can be sure of one thing: Dany will not chain her dragons up in Season 8 without a fight.
Varys Knows When To Walk Away
And he knows when to make a strong political statement. Varys appears to be on Dany’s side, but he’s been around the block and drops a hint for Season 8: he’s willing to turn on any leader who goes mad while simultaneously getting every political pundit around the world to think twice:
Varys, to Daenerys: “You wish to know where my true loyalties lie? Not with any king or queen, but with the people. The people who suffer under despots and prosper under just rule. The people whose hearts you aim to win. If you demand blind allegiance, I respect your wishes. Grey Worm can behead me, or your dragons can devour me. But if you let me live, I will serve you well. I will dedicate myself to seeing you on the Iron Throne because I choose you. Because I know the people have no better chance than you.” – Varys
Meanwhile, Ser Davos Is Ready RN
Is it time for Season 8 yet? Is it time for Season 8 yet? Is it time for Season 8 yet?
Sigh. I guess we have to wait.
Tormund’s Advice On How To Survive North Of The Wall
Tormund has spent most of his life North of the wall.
We hope he survives into Season 8 so he can stay warm in the best way, with Brienne of Tarth.
The Night King Looks Really Scary Riding A Dragon 🐉
And he has the last word, without ever saying a thing.
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While we have dozens of questions about what’s in store for our favorite heroines and heroes in Westeros, if we obsess long enough over the events of previous seasons there are plenty of clues to keep us busy. Thanks to the best quotes from Season 7, there are a new set of theories in front of us with plenty of time to figure them out.