HBO's Game of Thrones is one of the most-watched shows on TV. Since April of 2011, viewers have been tuning on Sunday nights to see what will happen next in the wide world of Westeros and beyond. The show takes place across an epic series of diverse landscapes, and focuses on the trials and tribulations of its lengthy list of characters. There are seemingly endless plots and subplots that play out in ways that fans all over the world can really relate to.
In other words, this show is perfect for meme-making! That's right. Because it's one of the most popular shows in history, it's also one of the most meme'd shows ever. You better believe there have been tons of meme-able moments over the last six seasons, too!
In fact, here are 16 of the most hilarious GOT memes to ever grace the internet. Enjoy.
(Warning: Contains Spoilers!)
16 Margaery Tyrell Has Poor Taste In Men, To Say The Least.
Well, in all fairness, it's not as if she actually chose her husbands herself. That's right, this is Game of Thrones-land, where your spouse is normally chosen for you. Sure, you can go the "true love" route when it comes to marriage in the Seven Kingdoms, but if you do, chances are, it won't end well. In fact, you'll likely end up being locked in a wedding hall while you and your family are stabbed to death, like Robb Stark in the infamous "Red Wedding" scene.
As for Margaery, she's been pawned off more times than a used iPod. First, she was forced to marry Renly Baratheon, who was actually a sweetheart! It's just too bad he preferred men and was dead by Season 2. Then, she switched sides and married Joffrey Baratheon (Lannister), who was evil incarnate. He was killed off, as well. Finally, she married sweet, little Tommen Baratheon (Lannister) and he wasn't killed off at all. He commit suicide instead! So what did poor Margaery get for all her failed-marriage troubles? She was blown up in a massive wildfire explosion. Welcome to Game of Thrones, people...
15 That Moment You Realize Your Sister Would Make A Better King Than You.
Theon has been through the ringer. After betraying Robb Stark, he decided to take over Winterfell for himself, but was promptly captured by the sadistic Ramsay Bolton. After he escaped, with a few less *clears throat* body parts intact, he rode home to the Iron Islands. After Theon's father was killed, he was next in line to be king of his people.
However, he refused the offer in support of his own sister, who he felt would make a better "king." That's right, long before Hilary Clinton ran for President, a woman named Yara Greyjoy (or Asha Greyjoy, as she's known in the book series) nearly became king of a male-dominated society. Unfortunately, her male opponent, shady as he was, won the election in the end. Regardless, Theon was the original "I'm With Her" advocate, and for that, we commend him.
14 The Most Common Theme Of GOT Weddings? Death!
This GOT pun is a ton of fun. That rhymed, so you know it's true. So, you know how they always say, "it's not a wedding until someone is murdered?" Well, okay, that actually only applies to weddings in Game of Thrones. In the Seven Kingdoms, most weddings involve one or more cases of violent, unexpected death. It's not pretty, but that's the way it tends to go in author George R.R. Martin's world.
King Joffrey, for example, was enjoying his wedding to Margaery Tyrell but then promptly choked to death on some poisoned wine (hence the "choked up" pun). Classic! In all fairness, if anyone deserved to die at his wedding, it was this sniveling little weasel. Still, weddings are supposed to be joyous affairs, they're not supposed to double as funerals.
13 Safety First, You Guys.
If you missed the epic fight scene from episode 8 of season 4, between Oberyn Martell (pictured above) and Sir Gregor "The Mountain" Clegane, you missed a good one. The fight provided viewers with some high-quality, David-versus-Goliath-type action. Unfortunately, it also ended in one of the most violent and gruesome scenes in show history.
Just when we thought the good guy (Oberyn) was about to prevail over the towering "Mountain," things took a turn for the worse. Sadly, Oberyn got cocky and "the Mountain" took advantage by exploding his skull like an oversized grape with his bare hands. As disgusting as it was to watch someone's brains shoot out of their eyeballs, at least it was a teachable moment. That's right, kids -- ALWAYS wear your helmets!
12 Knowing All Your Debts Have Been Paid Off: Priceless.
Say what you will about the Lannisters -- at least they're fiscally responsible. If credit scores existed in the Seven Kingdoms, let's just say the Lannisters would have no problem taking out a loan. For generations, their family has been rich, influential and powerful, and much of their success has stemmed from their willingness to pay off their debts. They may be terrible people in just about every other facet of life, but hey, at least they're not cheap.
That's right, just as it is in the real world, in Game of Thrones, the ones with the most money tend to be the most powerful. Tyrion Lannister, for example, would likely have been killed many times over if it weren't for his willingness to offer payment in exchange for his life. Some people call it: "Lannister Privilege."
11 Fans Got Pretty "Heated" After Watching This Episode.
Okay, this is a good one! Granted, children being burnt alive is NO LAUGHING MATTER, but GOT is fiction and this meme is just pure gold. In this especially f***ed episode, sweet little Shireen Baratheon meets her fate in the worst possible way. In an act of sheer desperation, Stannis Baratheon decides to "sacrifice" his own daughter to the God of Light.
According to the Red Woman, Melisandre, the only way to make this sacrifice is by burning his daughter and her "king's blood" at the stake. To make matters worse, the so-called "sacrifice" doesn't even work for Stannis, as he's killed in battle not long after this gruesome scene. And you thought YOUR parents were jerks? Just remember, the next time your mom or dad are making your life miserable, consider yourself lucky, because it could be worse. MUCH worse.
10 There's Nothing Natural About "Natural Causes" In GOT.
Making it to old-age in Game of Thrones is a serious accomplishment. In a world where most people are either stabbed, hunted down, poisoned or beheaded before their 50th birthday, dying of natural causes is actually a blessing. Maester Aemon, pictured above, is one of those lucky souls.
The wise, old Maester was said to be over 100 years old by the time he passed away peacefully. The actual actor, Peter Vaughan, who played Maester Aemon, died in real life, too, at the age of 94. For that reason, it was a sad, somber and surreal moment when his character met his fate in season 5. R.I.P. Maester Aemon (Peter Vaughan).
"AND NOW HIS WATCH HAS ENDED..."
9 Compared to Cersei, All Your Sins Are Child's Play.
You may remember, in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, princess Leia gives a little smooch to Luke Skywalker in order to make Han Solo jealous. Hah! That's child's play compared to Cersei! As if premature death, violence and excessive nudity weren't enough, another controversial theme in Game of Thrones is habitual incest.
This incest is particularly displayed through the relationship between Jamie Lannister and his sister, Cersei. In fact, many of the shows key plot points are the results of the pair's twisted sins. For instance, when little Bran Stark caught the pair having sex, Jamie shoved him from the tower window, causing paralysis and a major shift in Bran's plot line (traveling North, the Three-Eyed Raven, telepathy, etc). Their incest also created one of the show's most notorious antagonists, the former King Joffrey.
8 It's Important To Know Your Role In Life.
While one of these great men told his enemies to "Say my name," the other one simply said his name a whole lot. This epic meme is a crossover of two all-time great television characters from two all-time great television shows. It's also a combination of two great door references that sum up the culmination of each character's respective journey from their humble beginnings.
Think about it. While Walter White, A.K.A. "Heisenberg," fulfilled his purpose when he realized who he really was (the bad guy/"the one who knocks"). Meanwhile, Hodor's purpose on Game of Thrones was finally revealed when he scarified himself to "hold the door" for Bran and Meera so they could survive. Say what you will about Heisenberg and Hodor -- at least they knew who they were, and at least they went down fighting like badasses!
7 Some "Relationships" Are More Complicated Than Others.
Facebook is pretty straightforward about its rules. No posting pictures that contain graphic violence or nudity, and no being in a relationship with your sibling. That shouldn't be too much to ask for, but apparently it is. What kind of social site would allow someone to be in a relationship with their own sister? Maybe Farmers.com? Sorry, Farmers.com, that was a low-blow.
For anyone that knows GOT, they know that Jamie and Cersei share the strangest, most inadvisable relationship on TV. They're both rich, good-looking and powerful. They could both have anyone they want in Westeros, but no. This goldie-locked bro and sis only want each other. It's pretty gross, and super unhealthy, but hey, you love who you love, right? Ew, no. Not okay.
6 When Your Boss Assigns You An Impossible Task.
That sure is a lot of ships considering a critical lack of wood. Oh, internet, this is why we love you. Anything can be turned into a meme these days, including this man's absurd request that his people essentially perform witchcraft to build 1000 ships when there are no trees to be found. Wait, maybe that really is what he wanted. After all, certain types of magic do exist in Game of Thrones.
Anyway, for those who don't remember, the man pictured above is actually Euron Greyjoy, who is uncle to Theon and Yara Greyjoy. He wants ships, and he wants them fast, so he can begin his rise to power. That is all well and good, but maybe he should address the serious "lack-of-trees" situation first. All joking aside, though, it will be interesting to see where the show's writers take this whole "Euron/Iron Islands" storyline. We'll have to wait and see!
5 Hodor: The Michael Jordan Of Door-Holding.
It really is true. He did his one and only job, and he did it damn well. As previously mentioned (Meme #8), Hodor fulfilled his Game of Thrones destiny. Ever since this gentle giant's mind was infiltrated by Bran's "Third Eye," his fate was sealed. That's right, it was Bran who unknowingly and unwittingly influenced Hodor's destiny from life as a farmhand, to world-champion door-holder. Poor Hodor, he never stood a chance!
Though the whole time-travelling, door-holding, seizure-inducing mindfuck was a bit confusing, the result was clear. From that moment, Hodor would never speak another word aside from "Hodor," short for "Hold the door." Then, when it came time for him to do his job and hold the door, boy, he held the shit out of that door! Sadly, he lost his life in the process, but we all know he's holding doors for angels in the next life now. R.I.P. Hodor.
4 "Just When I thought I Was Out, They Pull Me Back In!" - The JonFather.
In the epic tale of The Godfather, protagonist Michael Corleone had to learn that it's hard to get out of the game once you're in it. Even if you do get out, you often get roped back in. Such was the case for Jon Snow when the Red Lady brought him back from the dead in Season 6. His re-birth inspired the meme you see before you, as well as the word: "YOLT."
Admittedly, it doesn't quite roll off the tongue as well as "YOLO," but for Jon Snow, it's true; You Only Live Twice. You may have known it was coming, but admit it, you're mind was still blown when Jon took that first gasp as a man, reborn. It was one of the most epic moments in GOT history, without a doubt, so naturally some memes were made in its honor.
3 The Starks Have Endured More Split-Ups Than Taylor Swift.
After watching the very first episode of GOT, fans thought it would be a big-budget fantasy show about a nice family and the cheeky shenanigans they'd get into. Well, it didn't take long for fans to realize, this wasn't that type of show. The "big budget fantasy show" part is accurate, but not the rest. By the end of Season 1, nearly all members of the Stark family are heading in different directions.
The only ones to stick together, at least for a short time, are Bran and Rickon, and Robb and Catelyn. Sadly, we all know how that turned out. Since then, the Starks have either died or been completely without another Stark's company. Only just recently did Lady Sansa and Lord Commander Snow reunite at Castle Black, but technically Jon isn't a true stark, he's a Snow. Actually, technically he's half-Stark/half-Targaryen, but that's a whole separate debacle.
2 What A Perfect Opportunity For A Spinoff Series!
There are only two seasons of Game of Thrones remaining. Admit it, we're all going to need a spinoff to hold us over once GOT ends. That's where the meme pictured above comes into place. Admit it, you would totally watch a show starring these three great characters. Not to mention, the title is pretty perfect!
It would be an ideal cast, too, because they each bring something unique to the table. Tyrion is the wise-cracking, hard-drinking lovable goof. Good ol' Jorah Mormont is the responsible one; the voice of reason. Meanwhile, Daario is the handsome, smooth-talking ladies' man. Come on, that'd be a perfect dynamic for a spinoff series! Sure, the naming rights to Two and a Half Men are probably taken, and that's unfortunate, but other than that, it's perfect.
1 Like A Diamond In The Rough.
That's right, Khaleesi. You poke, prod and squeeze that dragon egg to make sure it's perfect before you take it home! Don't worry if other people are watching you feel up a piece of produce, even though you might not even wind up eating it. Seriously, though, we've all been there, right? This is a serious dilemma many of us go through on a weekly basis. Right...?
Like raising baby dragons, finding the right avocado at the grocery store is hard work. It takes great care and a watchful eye to get it right. Alright, maybe it's not that serious, but that's how things are for Daenerys Stormborn, Breaker of Chains and Mother of Dragons. Fun Fact: This is actually one of the first GOT memes to ever grace the internet, and it's still one of the best!