For four seasons of Game of Thrones, Lady Olenna Tyrell's witticisms and insight delighted viewers. No one was safe from her sharp tongue, not Cersei Lannister, not Sansa Stark, and not even her own son. These 13 Lady Olenna GoT one-liners prove that she's the best character on the HBO series, no questions asked. All hail the Queen of Thorns. That's not a name anyone is making up off of the top of their head, mind you; the "Queen of Thorns" is how she was known to Westeros. It's a genius name, really. Her barbed wit and terminal displeasure — when combined with her house's sigil, a blooming flower — helped spread Lady Olenna's reputation beyond the walls of Highgarden.
The Tyrell family were known to be Westeros' social climbers, a fact that Lady Olenna neither refuted nor enjoyed. As a result, the Queen of Thorns was dangerously underestimated by her allies and foes alike. Fiercely loyal to her family — long after she was the last Tyrell standing — Lady Olenna was iconic. She served looks and she did not mince words. She also murdered Joffrey. Whoa, girl!
So, here, celebrate the 13 best Lady Olenna one-liners. One quick tip: Practicing your best eye rolls as you read will only heighten your appreciation. Minor Game of Thrones spoilers are ahead.
1. "Enjoy the food I paid for"
Lady Olenna was not only the Queen of Thorns, but the Queen of Absolute Savagery as well. No person was safe from her wrath, no highborn free from her roasting. The elder Tyrell dropped this particular nugget at Joffrey's wedding, as she groused about not having the time to enjoy the extravagant meal her family's money purchased. She never missed an opportunity to sass a Lannister. Or anyone else, really.
2. "I wonder if you're the worst person I've ever met"
Who could drop such an acid remark in casual conversation? The Queen of Thorns could. She delivers this one so off-handedly, one almost wonders whether she actually was thinking out loud.
3. "That famous tart, Queen Cersei"
This speaks for itself, though it's worth noting that Cersei once referred to Olenna's beloved granddaughter as "The smirking wh*re from Highgarden," so. Eye for an eye?
4. "Not now, Mace"
"Not now, Mace, I'm speaking with Lord Tywin," is literally how the Queen of Thorns once snapped at her son, who was a adult and a member of the King's Council at the time. Even so, the grown-ups were speaking. Lady Olenna never did love Mace.
5. "You look like an angry little boy"
The Sand Snakes, Dorne's infamous band of young women assassins born out of wedlock to Oberyn Martell, were a fearsome bunch. Except, of course, to the Queen of Thorns. She dropped all kinds of "Who are you?"-type comments to them, including pretending not to know their names, but carping that one looked like an "angry little boy" was delightfully offensive to the hotheaded girls. "You, shut up dear." "Anything from you? No? Good." And that's how she talks when she's in mourning!
6. "You look appalling"
Well, that's one way to tell someone to take a nap.
7. "A sword-swallower..."
The elegant, stately, regal, legendary Olenna Tyrell makes a passing comment about her nephew's nighttime proclivities.
8. "I congratulate you upon your restraint"
Everything the Queen of Thorns said was perfect. Just everything. This particular false congratulations was offered to Lord Tywin, after he begrudgingly told her that no, he had never been involved romantically with another man.
9. "As if men needed more reasons to fear marriage"
Presented without context. Or, for some context: Here, Lady Olenna offered her thoughts on the death of Robb Stark, who was indeed murdered at his uncle's wedding. Later, Olenna would arrange for the murder of Joffrey's at his. Arya Stark could only dream of playing such a murderous long game.
10. "When a Tyrell farts..."
Being a woman of Highgarden, the ancestral seat of House Tyrell, and having a grandson known as the Knight of Flowers lends itself to plenty of floral wordplay. "When a Tyrell farts, it smells like a rose," is the verbal equivalent of an eyeroll. Don't B.S. a B.S.-er, folks.
11. "That shoeless zealot!"
The High Sparrow was the chief antagonist of Season 6, infecting King's Landing with his newly emboldened Faith Militant. Some saw him as the height of piousness. Others — a.k.a., The Queen of Thorns — saw him for who he really was; a shoeless zealot, drunk with power.
12. "You didn't think I'd let you marry that beast?"
"So sorry about your royal wedding, darling, but also, I murdered the king-slash-your-betrothed, and I did it for you, you are welcome, would you like some cake?" That doesn't flow as nicely as that speech the Queen of Thorns did give to granddaughter Margaery. How did she not know her grandmother was responsible, honestly?
13. "I want her to know it was me"
"Tell Cersei I want her to know it was me," are the last lines uttered by this exemplary human being. All at once, she confesses to murder, reveals to Jaime that she's always known Joffrey was his son with his twin sister, and makes him think twice about the kindly way he's chosen to kill her. Cersei did, however, explode Olenna's son, granddaughter, and grandson, effectively wiping out the historic Tyrell name. With her poisoning of Joffrey at his wedding, though, Olenna did cast the first stone. Either way, imagine going out like that? With your last breath, doing the ultimate harm to your enemy. Thorns indeed.
The late Lady Olenna low-key ruled Westeros with her gentle appearance and acidic wit. Fans will forever miss the Queen of Thorns, even if they never quite understood her outfits. Good luck in the afterlife, Lady Olenna. Let's hope Cersei does find out it was you.