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"Hodor."

By Alex Heigl
Updated December 30, 2015 04:00 PM
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Game of Thrones is in a three-way tie for the most-nominated show in this current awards show season. It’s got seven nominations (tying it with Transparent and Veep) – one at the Golden Globes; three at the Screen Actors Guild Awards; two at the Writers Guild Awards; and one at the Producer’s Guild Awards.

One of the biggest problems with awards show season (as we understand it) is coming up with new ways to say “thank you,” time and again, in acceptance speech after acceptance speech. And with such a rich and deep well of material to draw from, why would you ever stray from the words George R.R. Martin has himself writ for you?

Herewith, 14 lines from Game of Thrones that would be appropriate as either part or the entirety of an awards show acceptance speech, with the appropriately formatted season and episode number from which they’re drawn.

“A madman sees what he sees.” – Eddard Stark, 1.01

“Never forget what you are. The rest of the world will not. Wear it like armor, and it can never be used to hurt you.” – Tyrion Lannister, 1.01

“Distrusting me was the wisest thing you’ve done since you climbed off your horse.” – Petyr Baelish, 1.04

“When dead men and worse come hunting you think it matters who sits on the Iron Throne?” – Jeor Mormont, 1.10

“When my dragons are grown, we will take back what was stolen from me and destroy those who have wronged me! We will lay waste to armies and burn cities to the ground! Turn us away, and we will burn you first.” – Daenerys Targaryen, 2.04

“I will hurt you for this. A day will come when you think you are safe and happy, and your joy will turn to ashes in your mouth.” – Tyrion Lannister, 2.08

“What happens when the non-existent bumps against the decrepit?” – Olenna Tyrell, 3.04

“If you think this has a happy ending, you haven’t been paying attention.” – Ramsay Bolton, 3.06

“No one cares what your father once told you.” – Cersei Lannister, 3.08

“It’s not easy being drunk all the time. If it were easy, everyone would do it.” – Tyrion Lannister, 3.10

“Hate’s as good a thing as any to keep a person going. Better than most.” – Sandor ‘The Hound’ Clegane, 4.05

“I wish I was the monster you think I am! I wish I had enough poison for the whole pack of you! I would gladly give my life to watch you all swallow it!” – Tyrion Lannister, 4.06

“The long night is coming and the dead come with it.” – Jon Snow, 5.08

“Hodor.” – Hodor, constantly