Whenever a season of Game of Thrones ends, fans of the hit HBO TV show can barely handle the wait until the next season begins. The show, based on the fantasy book series A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin, takes viewers on a roller coaster ride into a fantasy world with ridiculously long winters, kingdoms, battles, magic and dragons. The people of Game of Thrones live in a culture that resembles our Middle Ages and employs a harsh realism that some have called too graphic and insensitive for television. Regardless, the show has become more popular than it was expected to be at first, and with each finale, fans wait breathlessly for the next season. These GoT memes will help to make the wait a little more bearable by easing your boredom, making you laugh and maybe, just maybe getting you through the day.
15 Because choosing the perfect avocado is serious business
Daenerys Targaryen’s dragons might be one of the coolest aspects of the show. Who wouldn’t love to have their own pet dragons? Finding those dragons might have been one of the luckiest moments for Daenerys. Well, someone thought that the dragon eggs sort of look like avocados, and trying to pick the perfect avocado for something as serious as your salad or homemade guacamole dip happens to be serious business. Choose the wrong avocado, and your gauc will be gross. Yuck. According to the California Avocado Commission, the perfect avocado will be firm when you apply pressure yet still yield under your fingertips. And when you do find that ideal avocado, the look on your face will be almost exactly the look on Daenerys’ face when she’d discovered the dragon eggs.
14 All your debts have been paid
The motto for the House of Lannister is that they always pay their debts. This can mean anything from literally paying back debts that are owed to getting revenge on their enemies. The MasterCard commercial theme of the past used to give an example of how other people spend money and then say, “For everything else, there’s MasterCard.” The slogan represented that the credit card was for the real people and their real purchases. Placing Tyrion Lannister in this fictional MasterCard advertisement makes it an epic meme when you want to pit two mottos against one another AND reference your favorite show. Someone saying you owe them money? This is the perfect meme to send them. Of course, don’t send the meme to your creditors or bill collectors. That would be bad—really bad.
13 Because dating is a battlefield all its own
Khal Drogo, a handsome and fierce chieftain who married the gorgeous Daenerys Targaryen, would definitely be one where you’d swipe right. So, there you are waiting to meet up with this hot warrior dude when the other guy, who’s arguably still attractive but somehow less impressive, shows up instead. Say, what? Why’s he look so different from his photo? People have learned how to take the best selfies of themselves; and with photo editing apps, they can make themselves look way better online than they do in person. Of course, there are other times when people just catfish others just for kicks. Dating in a digital age is its own kind of battlefield, and it’s one we can engage in now that Game of Thrones won’t be coming back until the summer.
12 It ain't easy bein' impish
Tyrion Lannister might the youngest and the shortest of the Lannister children, but he’s powerful and conniving in his right. Because of his stature, he’s always having to prove himself to people who think he can’t do things, but hey, he’s also highly intelligent and knows his way around the kingdom. People call him the Imp, but not exactly in the nicest way. It might be meant as an insult, but who’s the one living it up as royalty? Being accused of murder didn’t really even stop him. Tyrion fights for his place in the world and doesn’t give up. His life is definitely not easy and trying to hold a kingdom together that keeps falling apart with so much fighting and outside influences means that he’d have to be one tough person to take on all of this. And then there’s all of his vices: women and alcohol. Totally impin’ it all right.
11 Talk about some epic skincare routine
You know those weird advertisements that sometimes pop up underneath the articles you read online and promise to make you look 20 years younger instantly or help you to lose weight and look like a supermodel by sundown? Those ads pull random photos from the internet and this could be how this meme got started. Melisandre, the Red Woman, is the classic, super-old, witchy hag who makes herself appear young and beautiful through magical means. The Before photo is what Melisandre actually looks like, while the After photo shows her how she makes everyone thinks she looks like. Now, if a face cream existed that pulled that sort of magic, dermatologists would definitely fear her! They’d be out of a job with a miracle cure like that! Talk about an epic feat of beautiful proportions.
10 Not your average walking dead
Pitting The Walking Dead against Game of Thrones became a meme sensation all on its own. In The Walking Dead, the dead who are walking are your normal, run-of-the-mill zombies. They used to be humans who got infected with a zombie virus, died and came back to eat people’s brains. Not exactly a piece of cake to fight off, but zombies are nothing compared to the White Walkers in Game of Thrones. White Walkers wield the power of snow and ice, are stronger than human beings and they have the power to raise and then enslave the dead. You can’t just shoot these dudes in the head and call it a day either. They can only be killed using sharp weapons forged from dragonglass or Valyrian steel, which aren’t easy to come by.
9 If GoT were played like the Game of Life
If the Game of Thrones were a board game, it would be completely inappropriate for the whole family to play. You might roll the die and land on a square that says you’re sleeping with your sibling or having to murder your best friend. Not exactly the stuff for Family Night. Finding dragon eggs and fighting for your kingdom, on the other hand, might be really cool. Game of Thrones as a drinking board game could be fun. You’d take a drink every time a favorite character is killed off, or even brutally harmed in some way. Think of how fast you’d get drunk! It would be a good idea to have paramedics on standby if you tried this game, though. And well, we don’t recommend it. Spare your liver.
Nothing gets us rolling like two memes for the price of one! Remember the “ermahgerd” viral meme with that nerdy-looking girl holding a bunch of books or albums? This is the Game of Thrones version. The face says it all. It’s a very goofy expression, the kind that’s the result of capturing a photo at just the right moment when someone is talking. And of course, Daenerys Targaryen needs to know where her dragons are. Instead of a cat lady, she’s a dragon lady. Taking care of three dragons isn’t easy, nor is being considered the Mother of Dragons. But if you live in a brutal world with warring kingdoms and tons of infighting, having a few dragons on your side can come in handy. So, yeah, where TF are my dragons?
7 Hoping that your favorite character will still be there next season (or even next episode)
The dark realism of the Game of Thrones can make the show hard to watch. Characters die in vicious ways, or have absolutely horrid things happen to them. Sometimes, it seems like no one can get a break on that show. The real Middle Ages weren’t a picnic either, and perhaps the show captures that harshness in an arguably historically accurate manner. But it also means that you can start really liking some hapless character, only for them to die in the same episode that they were introduced. Or they’ll die in the very next episode. They won’t have an easy, natural death, either. You’ll have to watch them suffer torture and unimaginable horrors before they die. Over time, you learn to become a professional at grieving the loss of your favorite characters, because what else are you supposed to do?
6 Led by the ultimate guide
One of the biggest jokes made about the show happens to be Jorah Mormont’s unrequited love for Daenerys Targaryen, who looks young enough to be his daughter (seriously, man). She’s gorgeous and strong and has dragons, so we understand the attraction. But she just isn’t interested in him like that. So, he’s considered to be “friend zoned.” What is friend zoning? Apparently, it’s this belief that your crush is required to like you back. When they don’t, they’ve placed you into suspended animation to torture you for eternity when all you should’ve done is either confess your feelings for them and accept that they’re not into you or move TF on already. At any rate, Jorah seems to be the expert at being in this mythical friend zone, and he can show you around if you insist on joining him.
5 Because an epic wedding should be a happy, no-death occasion
In other shows, weddings tend to be a happy occasion. Two people who are madly in love get married, the end. This is not the case in Game of Thrones. Marriages are not love unions; instead, they’re political contracts. Consent rarely factors into them, and the women tend to get the brunt of the brutality. While this is an accurate depiction of some marriages throughout history, especially in the Middle Ages, it can be rather jarring when you first begin watching the show. Will someone die at the wedding? You can never be sure. But you can be certain that the nuptials won’t come without some pain. It’s probably not even a REAL Game of Thrones wedding ceremony if someone doesn’t die by the end of it!
4 If internet giants had their own houses on GoT
The kingdoms in Game of Thrones belong to different families, or Houses. In a sense, the internet is ruled by various factions as well, and someone reimagined the internet through the lens of GoT to come up with coats of arms for different internet giants. Google is the biggest, most popular search engine around. It’s been so successful that it’s even become a verb that means searching online. Google prides itself on “feeling lucky” in getting the search results you need. Facebook has become a necessary evil for many of us, and it’s the one place where you can “friend” someone you totally hate just so you can hate-scroll their photos and keep tabs on your exes. Twitter has been known to attract as many trolls as it does smart people, and good old Wikipedia can help you understand something complex as you waste hours on end researching things that don’t really matter. So accurate.
3 Well, that's one way to look at it
One thing we all learn when watching the Game of Thrones is to NEVER GET ATTACHED. As soon as someone becomes your favorite character, it’s off with their heads. Margaery Tyrell showed kindness when she visited an orphanage and her servants passed out bread and toys. Kindness such as that would have been rare in the kind of brutal world in which the GoT characters live, and it would have also been seen as a weakness. Margaery was killed off by season six. While some of the main female characters survive from season to season, Margaery’s character wasn’t allowed to go on much longer. She died in a very Medieval way—by fire. The skeleton looks a bit charred. Gawd, this meme took a really dark turn.
2 What it feels like waiting for the new season
As we come to the end of our GoT meme adventure, let’s take a moment to realize how long we have to wait until the next season of Game of Thrones starts again. Life tends to be about waiting for that special something. Netflix has solved many of our struggles with waiting and introduced a binge-watching culture that can’t wait for the next episode to air. It’s torture. So, we sit and stare at the walls. We look at memes and share our favorite GIFs with our GoT BFFs. Yes, it can be a process of healing, learning how to be patient, until the new season arrives, but it is one that we must work toward. Patience, as they say, truly is a virtue. But whoever said that never got hooked on the Game of Thrones, now did they?
1 In the meantime, you can make new friends
Game of Thrones happens to be one of those TV shows that no one can “sort of” like. The truth is, you either love this show or absolutely hate it. Those who love it will feed their addiction whenever it’s on. And finding those special persons who also share your intense love for Game of Thrones can really make your day. It can be a great icebreaker when you go out. Just walk up to someone and say, “Do you watch Game of Thrones?” If they say yes, then you know that they’re someone you can have a heated conversation with about the drama unfolding within each episode. You’ll always have something to talk about! While the world waits until the next season drops, it is time to go forth and find these other GoT fans, uniting as one front and sharing your devotion to a really addicting TV show.