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Here are the 12 most popular 'Game of Thrones' phrases



The last episode of “Game of Thrones” season six airs Sunday, and we are hyped.

As we prepare for more gore and drama, we’ve compiled the 12 most popular “Game of Thrones” phrases from the original book series, “A Song of Ice and Fire.”

To collect the data, IBM researcher Vinith Misra fed IBM’s Watson all five books in the series — totaling over 5,000 pages. Then Watson analyzed the text to determine which phrases are used the most.

The word limit was capped at seven, so at times we fleshed out the full quote for clarity.

Scroll down to see which phrases are repeated the most.

12. “Queen of the Andals, and the Rhoynar and the First Men.”
 
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Daynerys has, erm, quite a few titles. But apparently this one comes up more than the others in the book series. By the end of the fifth novel, “A Dance With Dragons,” this is her full title:

Daenerys Stormborn, the Unburnt, Queen of Meereen, Queen of the Andals and the Rhoynar and the First Men, Khaleesi of Great Grass Sea, Breaker of Shackles and Mother of Dragons.

11. “She’s been f—ing Lancel and Osmund Kettleblack…”
 
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…and probably Moon Boy for all I know!”

This line won’t make much sense to show-only fans, but in the book series it’s a cutting revelation Jaime Lannister repeats in his head over and over.

When Jaime frees Tyrion from his cell, the two wind up having a falling out before parting ways. Knowing it will hurt Jaime, Tyrion decides to reveal to his older brother that Cersei has been unfaithful. She slept with her cousin Lancel, and a character named Osmund Kettleblack. Moon Boy is a court jester in King’s Landing, so Tyrion throws him in the mix just for fun.

10. “I am the fire that burns against the cold.”
 
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Watson picked up on the fact that the solemn Night’s Watch vows are repeated often throughout the series. Here’s the full speech:

Night gathers, and now my watch begins. It shall not end until my death.
I shall take no wife, hold no lands, father no children.
I shall wear no crowns and win no glory. I shall live and die at my post.
I am the sword in the darkness. I am the watcher on the walls.
I am the fire that burns against the cold, the light that brings the dawn, the horn that wakes the sleepers, the shield that guards the realms of men.
I pledge my life and honor to the Night’s Watch, for this night and all the nights to come.

9. “Lord of the Eyrie and Defender of the Vale.”

This phrase is part of the titled bestowed on the head of House Arryn, like Robert Arryn (remember, Sweetrobin) after his father Jon died. In the show, Robert is called Robin, and Littlefinger’s scheming has helped to make him the acting Lord of the Eyrie while Robin is trained to lead.

8. “All black and brown, and covered with hair.”
 

This is a fun one! It shows just how popular the song “The Bear and the Maiden Fair” is throughout the seven kingdoms.

This is just one line of the song that describes the story of a bear who saves a maiden at a fair. In the series, Brienne of Tarth actually winds up in a fighting pit with a bear, before Jaime comes to her rescue.

7. “Raff the Sweetling, Ser Ilyn, Ser Meryn.”
 
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Just three of the eleven names on Arya’s hit list. Raff the Sweetling is another book-only character that show watchers might not recognize, but Ilyn Payne and Meryn Trant were both included in the TV adaptation. In the show the list is simply: Joffrey, Cersei, Ilyn Payne and The Hound.

6. “First of His Name, King of the Andals and the First Men, Lord of the Seven Kingdoms, and Protector of the Realm.”
 
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Similar to Daenerys’ lengthy name, this is the ceremonial title bestowed on the ruler of the Seven Kingdoms. We heard it quite a few times when Joffrey Lannister was at the helm, and now it is applied to his younger brother Tommen.

5. “Slain during the sack of King’s Landing.”
 
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Robert’s Rebellion, which takes place years before the events in “Game of Thrones,” involved the critical “sack of King’s Landing.”

Though many people were killed in the process, the main death referenced is the slaying of King Aerys Targaryen. He was stabbed in the back by Jaime Lannister, who was a member of Aerys’ Kingsguard at the time. This murder earned Jaime the nickname of Kingslayer, and is often brought up again and again in the series.

4. “Wiped his mouth with the back of his hand.”

Okay, we know Dany isn’t a “he,” but she sure looks in need of a mouth-wiping.

Watson’s inclusion of this phrase points more to George R.R. Martin’s repetitive use of the description. Clearly there are a lot of men in Westeros who are fond of using the backs of their hands instead of napkins.

3. “A Lannister always pays his debts.”

This line has been used so many times, it’s essentially the motto of the family. The Lannisters live firmly by this rule when it comes to both favors and betrayals.

2. “The night is dark and full of terrors.”

A popular phrase used by Melisandre, the Red Woman, when praying to the Lord of Light or advising Stannis Baratheon. She also repeats
it frequently when burning people alive, which is unpleasant, to say the least.

1. “Winter is coming.”
 
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Do you really need an explanation for this one?

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