With the final season premiere of HBO’s Game of Thrones coming up on April 14, fans will finally find out the ultimate fates of some of their favorite characters from Jon Snow to Daenerys Targaryen. But Game of Thrones isn’t just about the drama. There is a lot of comedy in the fantasy land of Westeros. From endless imp jokes to countless double entendres, you’ll laugh as much as you’ll cry or wince. We’re interested in the lighter side of George R.R. Martin’s world, so here are our top nine picks for the funniest Game Of Thrones characters!
Funniest Game of Thrones Characters
Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage)
Tyrion is our GoT go-to for hilarious one-liners and boozy mischief. As he puts it: “I am the god of tits and wine.” There are his fan wish fulfillment moments like when he gave the tyrant Joffrey the slape he deserves in Season One for some much-needed comic relief.
He’s also the master of humorously noting what everyone watching the show is thinking, like the time he pointed out the fact that Jon Snow is endlessly pouting: “You look a lot better brooding than I do. You make it look like I’m failing at brooding.”
Lord Varys (Conleth Hill) and Littlefinger (Aidan Gillen)
We’re offering Varys and Littlefinger as a combo package because their comedic brilliance resides in their whip-smart banter. Don’t blink or you might miss one of their burns. They’re like the Smothers Brothers of the realm. Take their most famous interaction before the iron throne:
Varys: “I must be one of the few men in the city who does not want to be king.”
Littlefinger: “You must be one of the few men in this city who isn’t a man.”
Varys: “You can do better than that.”
Bronn (Jerome Flynn)
If you’re looking for savage insults and blistering one-liners, look no further than Bronn, Jamie Lannister’s sellsword. There are so many characters on Game of Thrones who wax poetic, and then there’s Bronn’s brutally efficient life advice: “There’s no cure for being a cunt.” Ain’t it the truth?
And don’t even think of paying him a compliment, as Jaime Lannister made the mistake of doing.
Jaime Lannister: “You have better instincts than any officer in the Lannister army.”
Bronn: “That’s like saying I have a bigger cock than anyone in the Unsullied army.”
Tormund Giantsbane (Kristofer Hivju)
Tormund is a Wildling leader from the fictional continent of Westeros, best known for his bawdy humor, wild red hair and beard, and his unrequited love for Brienne of Tarth. His lusty staring quickly went viral as a meme.
The Free Folk leader also has a novel take on staying warm in the cold: “You have to keep moving, that’s the secret. Walking’s good, fighting’s better, fucking’s best.”
Sandor Clegane AKA The Hound (Rory McCann)
The Hound is probably the closest thing to a roastmaster that we have in Game of Thrones. Maybe getting half his face melted off imbued him with some perspective. Whatever the case, we are now blessed with The Hound’s wickedly blunt observations, like his summary of the entire monarchical system: “Fuck the Kingsguard. Fuck the city. Fuck the King.” Well said!
Arya Stark (Maisie Williams)
Arya Stark is definitely one of the most badass characters on the show, but she also injects a dark whit into a lot of her scenes. Maybe we’re nervously laughing, but Arya definitely cracked us up more than once during the series, whether she’s undercutting her sister Sansa by asking, “Do I have to call you Lady Stark now?” or methodically listing aloud the names of her enemies she intends to kill in revenge.
Are we laughing because it’s funny or scary? Maybe both!
Memorable moment: “My father is Hand of the King. I am not a boy, I am Arya Stark of Winterfell and if you lay a hand on me my father will have both of your heads on spikes. Now, are you going to let me by, or do I have to smack you on the ear to help you with your hearing?”
Samwell Tarly (John Bradley)
Of all the characters in George R.R. Martin’s world, Sam is probably the most relatable because he’s such a trainwreck. When he isn’t messing up, he’s utterly flustered by the prospect of fighting and manual labor. All he wants to do is read his books and maybe have sex one day and yet he ends up having to scrub shit-stained toilets instead. For a time, he lives vicariously through Jon Snow, believing second-hand gossip is the closest he’ll ever get to fornication. Sam asks Jon atop the Wall about Ygritte: “How big were her feet?” At Jon’s annoyance, Sam clarifies: “We’re all going to die a lot sooner than I’d planned. You’re the closest I’ll ever get to knowing.”
Lady Olenna (Diana Rigg)
We were first introduced to Lady Olenna in Season Five when she opened the window of her carriage and got a whiff of King’s Landing. Her thoughts were not kind: “You can smell the shit from five miles away.” And her assessment of the Lannisters did not improve from there. She may not have always been kind, but she was always funny. When dragging Cersei for her, err, interesting family dynamic, she says, “Margaery is the Queen. You are not the Queen because you are not married to the King. I do appreciate these things can get a bit confusing in your family.”
The final season of Game of Thrones is no doubt going to be an emotional rollercoaster, but shout-out to the characters who have given us a little break from all the drama and killing, however brief, to laugh. Game of Thrones Season Eight debuts April 14 at 9:00 p.m. ET on HBO.