The 20 Best GIFs From ‘Game Of Thrones’ Season 3

Words, words are wind, to quote Stannis Baratheon, but GIFs, they are eternal. They neither come nor go; they are always here, there, everywhere, in two days, twenty months, two hundred years, there Hot Pie will be, giving Arya a loaf of bread in the shape of direwolf, as consistent as the sun rising in the east, setting in the west, and always twirling, twirling, TWIRLING toward freedom.

OK, I may have mixed references near the end there, but the point remains: GIFS. I’ve enjoyed putting together of GIF of Thrones recaps every Monday for the past few months (and thank you all for the lively comments; next year, we’ll have a system in place where so much scrolling won’t be involved), so today, I wanted to take a look back at some of my favorite season three GIFs, from “Valar Dohaeris” to “Mhysa” and everything in-between.

While most everyone else had a miserable season three, Sam’s life actually improved. In episode one, he had one job to do, and he couldn’t even do THAT. By season’s end, he was shacking up with Cassie from Skins, writing letters for a blind Maester…indoors, and he became the first human to kill a White Walker in thousands of years. By the end of season four, he’ll be King Samwell Tarly, Slayer of Evils, Lord of Westeros, Eater of Lions.

Not nearly enough Bronn (not Bran, but Bronn) this year. But while he may not have had that much action, the action he did GET clearly spoke to him, as a human and a sex demon.

Of all the scenes from the season three trailer HBO released that had use soiling ourselves in excitement last winter, this moment is the one I remember the best. It’s Tyrion and Cersei at their best: clever, snippy, and with a clear sense of begrudging respect for the other. As brother and sister, they’re constant rivals for father’s attention, but as adversaries, they know they’re well watched (at least that’s what Cersei’s tells herself).

I saw a direwolf with a Rickon near his paw
Walking through the streets of Westeros in the rain
He was looking for a place called North of the Wall
Gonna get a big dish of rabbit brain

Direwolves of Winterfell!

I hate myself for how much I relate to Joffrey right now. NEXT.

Or, the GIF that launched a thousand hand memes, each funnier than the last.

If the people in charge of picking Emmy categories ever FINALLY open my fan mail (they’re not written in blood, I swear, just very dark red ink), they’d read my 37-point thesis on why Best Eye Roll is more important than any dumb directing or makeup category. Maybe they’re just afraid Cersei would win EVERY year? Yeah, that’s probably it.

No, no you are not, which is why you pull off that jeans-and-dress look so masterfully, Dany. Good job.

Most of Game of Thrones BIG moments involve something bad happening (see: Blackwater, Ned Stark losing his head, Jaime losing his hand, the Red Wedding, etc.). I think that’s why everyone reacted so F*CK YEAH to Dany’s sacking of Astapor — there was no moral ambiguity; it was just a good person enacting harm on evil people. It’s good the show doesn’t do more of this — then everyone would either be Protagonist or Antagonist, leaving no room for characters like Tyrion who’s a decent person with a terrible last name — and when it does happen, it usually concerns Dany. Another reason why people liked “Watch Is Ended” so much: *fireballs* *explosions* *DRAGONS*


Later that night, Arya wrote, “And I’m your lady and you are my man” in her dream journal, before realizing she’s better than quoting Celine Dion. She throws the journal in a fire and then stabs some guy in the neck with her pen.

It’s stunning that no one made a parody of Weezer’s “My Name is Jonas” about this scene.

The Northerners apparently know something about going south.

Oh, Queen of Thorns. She wasn’t in the final two episodes of the season, so it’s easy to forget just how many choice scenes she had this year. Which is to say, all of them. All of her scenes are noteworthy. Who else would have the stones to ask Tywin Lannister if he ever, y’know, explored FleaBOTTOM? Joffrey is a lucky man. Not only is he wedding Margaery, he’s also getting the best grandma ever. I hate him so much.

I want this GIF on my tombstone.

“On next week’s Game of Thrones: Bron and Tyrion perform a Who’s on First style routine called Who’s the God of Tits and Wine? SPOILER: it ends with them (and guest star Podrick) plastered on top of a pile of naked women.”

Just look at the way Peter Dinklage enunciates the word “c*ck,” the way he puts his mouth around it, so to speak. If ever there was a single line reading that should be submitted during awards season, it’s this one.

NOPE. Not going through this again.

Um…that’s not much better.

Perfect. Happy Hodor to all, and to all a good Hodor.