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The Most Memorable Last Words of Game of Thrones Characters 

Robert DeSalvo
Updated November 5, 2019 8.7k votes 853 voters 115.2k views 52 items

List Rules Upvote the most memorable last words uttered by GoT characters just before they died.

Game of Thrones fans knew it wasn't wise to become too attached to their favorite characters. Over the course of the hit HBO show based on George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire book series of books, Game of Thrones proved time and time again that major characters could shockingly be dispatched without much warning. Fortunately, the many Game of Thrones deaths lead to some excellent, and occasionally poignant, Game of Thrones quotes, as GoT characters utter their last words.

Before a character shuffles off this mortal coil (or do they?!?!?), sometimes he or she says something profound, silly, inspiring, desperate, or tragic. Do you remember what Joffrey's last words were before he choked on poison? What about Robb Stark's last utterance? Or how about Tywin Lannister's last words to his son, Tyrion, who he accused of murdering Joffrey?

Scroll through some of the most memorable deaths in Game of Thrones history and reread the characters' final words. Which parting phrases do you think are the most memorable, telling, and worthy of being last words? Vote up the most memorable and infamous last words said by the many fallen heroes and villains of the Six Kingdoms and the North.

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Syrio Forel is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Memorable Last Words of Game of Thrones Characters
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"What do we say to the god of death?"

After fighting off four Lannister guardsman to protect Arya Stark, Syrio Forel refuses to flee with her and hearkens back to a previous lesson. Arya responds, "Not today" and makes her escape, leaving Syrio to duke it out with the guards. Were these really his last words? So far! But only time will tell if Syrio is really dead.
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Ygritte is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Memorable Last Words of Game of Thrones Characters
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"You know nothing, Jon Snow."

After being mortally wounded during the fight for Castle Black, Ygritte lies dying in the arms of her former lover Jon Snow. Jon tries to assure her that they will be alright and will return to the cave where they made love. But as Ygritte reminds him, he knows nothing.
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Olenna Tyrell Dies With A Drink In Her Hand
Olenna Tyrell is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Memorable Last Words of Game of Thrones Characters
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"I'd hate to die like your son. Clawing at my neck, foam and bile spilling from my mouth. Eyes blood red, skin purple. Must've been horrible for you, as a Kingsguard, as a father. It was horrible enough for me, a shocking scene. Not at all what I intended. You see, I'd never seen the poison work before. Tell Cersei. I want her to know it was me."

The Queen of Thornes is cornered in her castle in Highgarden. Jaime Lannister offers her poison as a more dignified way out, but Olenna, always scrappy, gets the last word in. With her dying breath, she reveals how she orchestrated the death of the vile Joffrey Baratheon.

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Hodor is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Memorable Last Words of Game of Thrones Characters
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"Hold the door!"

Bran's loyal companion Hodor dies while holding back hordes of wights, giving Bran and Meera time to escape. At the same time, Bran is warging into Hodor's past self, Wylis. That causes Wylis to suffer a seizure and begin repeating the phrase "Hold the door!" – the phrase that eventually becomes his new name, Hodor.

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