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GRE Vocab Wednesday: Game of Thrones

For the last four years, many have been hooked on a T.V. show that features kings, knights, villains, heroes, and even a dwarf. Unless you’ve pulled a Thoreau and gone Walden those four years, you know exactly which show I’m talking about: Game of Thrones.

Based on the popular series of books by George Martin, the show is a staple of the water cooler discourse. But what probably doesn’t enter such conversations often is the fact that George Martin–and by extension the show–wields a pretty sizeable lexicon, as you’ll see below.



There are still those in the Seven Kingdoms who call me ‘usurper’…
–Robert Baratheon to Eddard Stark, Season 1

Robert’s Rebellion is also known as the War of the Usurper – though it is generally called this by Targaryen loyalists.

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Is that what you tell yourself at night? That you’re a servant of justice? That you were avenging my father when you shoved your sword in Aerys Targaryen’s back?
–Eddard Stark to Jaime Lannister, Season 1

Jaime Lannister is known as the kingslayer for committing regicide.


We’ve had vicious kings, and we’ve had idiot kings, but I don’t think we’ve ever been cursed with a vicious idiot for a king!
–Tyrion Lannister, summarizing his nephew Joffrey Baratheon

Joffery Baratheon is a sadistic, spoiled child, and these traits are only exacerbated by his ascension to the crown.



He was no dragon. Fire cannot kill a dragon.
–Daenerys Targaryen, about her brother, Viserys Targaryen, to Ser Jorah Mormont

Much of her life has been calamitous, but it has made her strong and prepared her for the long hard road ahead.


He would see this country burn if he could be king of the ashes.
–Varys on Petyr Baelish, Season 1

Popularly known as Littlefinger, Petyr Baelish, betrays Eddard Stark and sides with the Lannisters, garnering him a reputation as a machinator.



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