“When you play the Game of Thrones, you win or you die.” The once and future queen of Westeros, Cersei Lannister, famously spoke these words to Ned Stark shortly before the honorable lord’s own death. Ned’s problem was, of course, that he was a nice guy living in a world of savages. The multi-front wars, the dueling claims to the throne, the ever-impending threat of an all-out zombie invasion—these conditions breed brutal, ruthless people that are as dangerous in the bedchambers as they are on the battlefield.
Thankfully for us viewers, the depraved and dismal landscape of Game of Thrones also makes for some hilariously inappropriate memes involving the show’s savage AF characters. Forced into a deadly game with no end in sight, these unwitting players take merciless measures to ensure their own survival, from feeding spouses to ravenous dogs, to fighting the undead, to friend-zoning enamored subjects. Read on to see what happens when this collection of lords, ladies and lunatics stop being polite, and start getting savage!
15 Who let the dogs out?
Westeros has a way of turning even the nicest of people into pure and utter savages. Case in point: Sansa Stark. Once upon a time, Sansa was the sweet, shy daughter of a loving, respected family. She wanted what all good girls want: to make her mother happy and to marry a prince. Except, unlike most girls, she actually was betrothed to a prince. But, that was the summer. And, just as the Starks have been predicting, winter is definitely here.
Skip forward several seasons, a handful of murders and a few arranged marriages to psychopaths, and we have Sansa 2.0: a cynical, world-weary young woman who’s not afraid to speak her mind or exact painful retribution. This meme recalls Sansa’s gory revenge on her estranged husband, Ramsay Bolton. After torturing Sansa for months and murdering her younger brother in battle, Ramsay finally gets a taste of his own medicine when his young bride feeds him to his beloved dogs in a twist of brutal irony. Sansa’s cold-blooded murder of Ramsay marks her complete transformation from innocent maid to 100% savage AF.
14 Drinking buddies
The family that drinks together...sinks together? House Lannister may have fallen on hard times as of late, but the littlest Lannister and his steely sister will always share at least one special bond: their love of fine Dornish wine.
Tyrion Lannister’s self-congratulatory claim that he “drinks and knows things” was a highlight of Season 6 and served as endless fodder for hilarious memes. However, it seems that Cersei has once again one-upped her wine-sipping sibling. While Tyrion prides himself on his witty turns of phrase, Cersei, by contrast, proved herself as a woman of fierce action and ruthless ambition with her fiery plot to mercilessly blow up her enemies—along with the entirety of King’s Landing, if need be. As much as we enjoy Tyrion’s clever quips, in the end, we fear Cersei’s deadly thirst for power even more.
13 Little girl, big attitude
Let’s get one thing out of the way: We’re huge fans of Lyanna Mormont. Since first appearing in Season 6, the little Lady of Bear Island has become quite the force to reckon with. From savagely dismissing Sansa Stark, to bravely pledging her allegiance to Jon Snow, to throwing some serious shade toward Ramsay Bolton during a tense pre-battle standoff, the diminutive leader of the fierce Bear Islanders has shown leadership skills and wisdom well beyond her years—prompting many fans to call for her (extremely unlikely) ascension to the Iron Throne.
In this meme, Lyanna’s scene-stealing stink eye (originally given to Ramsay) is here repurposed to frighten off the most frightening of all villains, himself: the Night King. So far an unstoppable force and a source of unfathomable terror for all who cross his path, the icy king of the White Walkers and the Wights only needs one look at this tough-as-nails preteen to reconsider his cold-hearted plans for conquest. All options considered, maybe an eternity spent in endless winter north of the Wall isn’t so bad, after all.
12 Got shrinkage?
To say that the Wildlings are a blunt people would be a gross understatement, and we’re all well-aware of their long history of problems with authority (anyone remember Mance Rayder?), so we hope that Jon Snow didn’t take Tormund Giantsbane’s off-color comments on the size of his “pecker” to heart.
Whether you chalk up Jon Snow’s less-than-godlike manhood to shrinkage or some deficiency in the otherwise impeccable Stark gene, perhaps Tormund’s irreverent ribbing is exactly the sort of impertinence that the newly-crowned King in the North needs. After rising from the dead and soon after ascending to the throne, Jon Snow is a living legend to his men; however, his friend and mentor, Tormund, is more than happy to remind him that he is, in fact, only human.
11 Get in the zone
Let’s face it: You don’t rise out of relative obscurity in exile to become the most powerful woman in Essos by being nice. Queen Daenerys I Targaryen may be petite, but her oversized ambition and unbreakable will have brought entire empires to their knees. Which makes watching poor Jorah Mormont’s feeble attempts at winning her affection seem kind of sad.
That’s not to say that she doesn’t care for him. He’s a nice guy, and he’s done so much for her, and he’s her dearest friend, and...well you see where this is going. It’s just that she’s a 10 and he’s like 60. What else is there to say? If you mess with the Queen of Dragons, you’re bound to get burned.
10 And the Father of the Year Award goes to...
Stannis Baratheon was never much of a fan favorite; in fact, the rightful heir to the Iron Throne has trouble even mustering up an army of his own. We can’t say we’re surprised—the Lord of Dragonstone is a known sourpuss with a penchant for burning naysayers at the stake.
With that being said, Stannis isn’t without his believers. There’s the ever-loyal Ser Davos, the always-questionable Melisandre, and perhaps most significantly, his young daughter, Shireen. Despite being struck with a disfiguring case of greyscale as an infant, Shireen is an evident favorite of the eldest Baratheon—that is, until he burns her alive at the bidding of Melisandre. Driven by an insatiable hunger for power and egged on by the beguiling Red Priestess, Stannis ultimately seals his own fate with this horrific act of desperation. In the aftermath, Stannis is left with half his forces, no wife, no chance of defeating Ramsay Bolton and absolutely no Father’s Day gifts.
9 Have a sense of humor
As the leader of the Unsullied and a trusted member of Daenerys Targaryen’s inner circle, Grey Worm is one of the deadliest warriors in Essos. He’s also been known to butcher a joke or two with his gravely serious demeanor. However, he really kills it (see what we did there??) with this little bit of black humor.
While we hate to see jokes made at others’ expenses, we have to say, this surprise slaying of the loathsome slavers, Belicho and Razdal, is oddly satisfying. It’s like a pair of middle school bullies picking on the nerdy teacher’s pet who has secretly been taking karate since the first grade. Grey Worm may not talk a big game, but he more than makes up with it his lightning fast sword work, killer instinct and not-so-killer jokes.
8 Born to be Wildling
If we learned anything from Tormund Giantsbane’s interactions with Jon Snow, it’s that Wildlings have no problem knocking their Southern neighbors down a few rungs. And while Ygritte, Jon’s auburn-haired love interest, may look sweet, she’s known throughout the Free Folk army for throwing verbal daggers as sharp as any arrow in her quiver.
This meme hilariously imagines a deeply hurt Sansa Stark and Margaery Tyrell crying over Ygritte’s exaggerated impression of a Southern lady. We wouldn’t say that Sansa and Margaery are helpless maids by any means (ahem, both were betrothed to diabolical problem child Joffrey), but we have to hand it to Ygritte for fighting the patriarchy and proving that she can wear bearskins, kill Crows and still seduce the most eligible bachelor in Westeros.
7 Give him a hand
We wouldn’t make the mistake of calling Ser Davos the smartest man in Westeros—this is, after all, the guy who allowed Stannis Baratheon to chop off his fingers as punishment for smuggling in the vegetables that saved his troops during Robert’s Rebellion. Nevertheless, Davos is a man who tells it like it is, and for that, we commend him.
Let’s face it: No one likes banks. The lines are long, the decor is dreary and there’s always that faint scent of industrial-strength cleaner wafting through the air. The Iron Bank of Braavos ups the ante even higher with its stable of smug, thoroughly unlikable bankers who love denying loans to lords with unmasked pleasure. Which is why it’s great to imagine Davos—that straight-talking knight from Flea Bottom—giving them the finger. Alas, if only he had one to give!
6 Talk about a cold shoulder
We’re gonna go out on a limb and say that Tormund Giantsbane isn’t one who takes too kindly to rejection. As a veteran war chief, seasoned pillager and the de facto leader of the Wildling troops after Mance Rayder’s death, Tormund has spent a lifetime taking what he wants. Oh yeah, and he also loves to boast about the time he bedded a female bear.
However, Brienne of Tarth seems less than impressed by the Wildling warrior when the pair first meet at Castle Black. As a fiercely loyal knight, Brienne is well-versed in the ways of chivalry, but she has no problem throwing some shade Tormund’s way when he gets a little too eager. And given Brienne’s formidable size and strength, this is one instance when no definitely means no.
5 The original savage
No stranger to court intrigue and high-stakes verbal warfare, Lady Olenna Tyrell is also known as the Queen of Thorns for her stinging barbs and witticisms. And make no mistake, Lady Olenna is not some babbling grandma complaining about her too-hot soup. This is the woman who plotted Joffrey’s death, married off her granddaughter to not one but two kings, and put Cersei in her place like a naughty little girl. So when she tells you to shut up, you better shut up.
Tyene Sand, the vengeful daughter of the deceased Oberyn Martell, learns this the hard way when she tries to interject into a conversation between the elder Tyrell and her mother, Ellaria. The young woman smartly takes heed—this is one matriarch who definitely means business.
4 Small but deadly
A standout moment from Season 1, this conversation between Arya Stark and her father, Ned, now seems eerily prophetic. After traveling the known world for six seasons, spurned on only by her thirst for revenge, Arya is decidedly not a lady, and there’s certainly nothing playful about her deadly sword-handling skills.
Boasting an ever-growing kill list and a morbidly poetic sense of irony (anyone else remember the time she murdered Walder Frey’s sons and served them to the ageing lord for dinner?), Arya is among the most dangerous people in Westeros—and she isn’t even old enough to vote. Now that she’s back on her home turf and the Stark family is firmly on the rebound, we can’t wait to see what further acts of savagery Arya commits in coming seasons.
3 The king we love to hate
What’s more savage than a boy king who beheads his intended’s father, shoots prostitutes with crossbows and publicly humiliates his dwarf uncle? Easy. Unabashedly cheering on the agonizing, painful death of said child monarch on his own wedding day in front of his horrified mother and father. That’s right, we are all savage AF—because we can all admit how deliciously gratifying it was to watch this little monster choke until he turned blue.
Right up there with Damien in The Omen, Macaulay Culkin’s murderous young villain in The Good Son, and Kimmy Gibbler in Full House, King Joffrey Baratheon will forever be remembered as part of that elite class of Kids We Want To See Dead. It takes a lot (hopefully) for decent human beings to wish for the brutal death of an adolescent, so for that, Joffrey, we commend you.
2 Family ties
That awkward moment when your crush hits on you by asking if you’re related to him. Yep, leave it to the twisted minds behind of Game of Thrones to think that one up. While Jaime Lannister may no longer be the backstabbing Kingslayer of seasons past, some habits die hard—like, you know, sleeping with members of your immediate family.
The Lannisters have a long history of keeping things in the family: Tywin Lannister married his cousin long before his children, Jaime and Cersei, started fooling around behind Robert Baratheon’s back. Much more than a lustful expression of illicit love, the Lannister version of incest seems driven by a belief that their house is better than all others. So when Jaime asks Brienne if she’s a Lannister, that’s a loaded question—and it’s also savage AF.
1 Killer instinct
If it takes a savage to know a savage, then Game of Thrones author and creator George R.R. Martin is 100% savage AF. Forget Tywin, forget Cersei...heck, you can even forget the Night King. The most dangerous player in this deadly game is the author himself. Next time you see this nice-looking old man on TV talking about his love of elves and magic and maps, remember: this is the mind that thought up the Red Wedding and the Battle of Blackwater.
This meme playfully pokes fun at Martin’s penchant for killing off his characters, naming him an even better assassin than brutal murderers like Bron, the Hound and the ever-mysterious Jaqen H’ghar. In Martin’s world, no one is safe—not even fan favorites like Ned Stark, Hodor and Oberyn Martell. While it may not make him any more popular amongst Game of Thrones fans, it most definitely makes him savage AF.