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  • Gambit Pileup: The eponymous game of thrones.
  • Gaydar: Jaime claims to have known that Renly was a "tulip" from the moment the boy first arrived at court.
  • Get Out: Littlefinger is told this a number of times when he's perceived as the slimeball he is.
  • Get Thee to a Nunnery: Heaven knows if this is intentional, but Ygritte's "You know nothing, Jon Sno-oh-oh! when he's going down on her in that cavern goes from "extremely funny" to "absolutely hilarious" when you remember that "nothing" is Elizabethan slang for "exterior ladyparts." (Much Ado About Nothing is titled based in part on this pun.) Yes, it would appear that Jon Snow does know "nothing."
  • Glowing Eyelights of Undeath: The White Walkers' eyes glow a frosty blue.
  • Gondor Calls for Aid: The Night's Watch implores the realm to help them stand up against the White Walker's march on the Wall. Stannis answers.
  • Gone Horribly Right:
    • Dany tries to convince Drogo to help her retake the Seven Kingdoms for their son, and after she's nearly assassinated while pregnant, he agrees... and announces this with a long speech in which he explains his plans to basically Rape, Pillage, and Burn the entire continent. Dany's later aversion to the same tactics used merely to pay for transport show that she has no taste for Dothraki brutality.
    • Cersei doing everything in her power to ensure Joffrey sat on the Iron Throne. Needless to say, most of Westeros has her to thank for the reign of King Joffrey.
    • Astapor slavers creating the Unsullied. Daenerys frees them and turns them against their former masters.
  • The Good Chancellor:
    • Ned Stark, who tries to get King Robert to do the right thing, and mitigate the damage whenever his advice is ignored. His predecessor Jon Arryn was generally agreed to have given the kingdom "17 good years" but he also struggled to reign in King Robert's heavy spending.
    • Tywin Lannister's backstory. He served for twenty years as Hand of the King to Aerys II Targaryen, the Mad King, in what was considered the one of the most stable and prosperous period Westeros had experienced since Aegon's Landing. Things went truly south after Tywin was dismissed. He later takes the position again in Season 3. Although he's the only man who can curtail his grandson's sadistic whims, he's also the one man keeping him on the throne in the first place.
    • Tyrion serves as Joffrey's much needed counterbalance in Season 2. In no small part, the Lannister banner is sustained thanks to Tyrion's brief but brilliant stint as acting Hand of the King. Varys even commends Tyrion on his reign noting that compared to Jon and Ned who were "good men, honorable men" but "disdained the game", Tyrion is a brilliant administrator who is able to stare down Joffrey's cruelty, subvert Cersei's incompetence and take the necessary preparations to safeguard the city from an inevitable siege.
    • Davos serves as this to Stannis Baratheon, which helps counterbalance the influence Melisandre has on him.
  • Good Is Not Dumb: Ned Stark's advice is often dismissed as just being Honor Before Reason, but there are often very good reasons for his choices.
    • He doesn't back Renly's bid for the throne, but Renly is a bureaucrat with no combat experience in a situation that will require winning a war. Sure enough, Renly does nothing but divide the forces against the Lannisters. He also does not have a right to be king at the time, and you can't kick Joffrey off the throne because he's not the rightful king and replace him with someone else who isn't the rightful king.
    • He tries to broker a compromise with Cersei Lannister: she needs to go into exile before he tells Robert that she's been cheating on him with her brother and none of the children are Robert's. But as the daughter of the richest, most powerful man in the realm and the sister/lover of an infamous warrior who already killed one king, letting Robert bludgeon her to death in a fit of rage really isn't a wise move either.
    • His only really dumb move is trusting Littlefinger despite repeated instructions by Littlefinger himself that that is really not a good idea. This makes him more of a Horrible Judge of Character.
  • The Good King: Subverted. Many characters aspire to be good kings, but playing the game of thrones always seems to force them into making dishonorable choices or putting them in Morton's Forks where they cannot help but cause something bad to happen.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars:
    • Jon has some photogenic talon scars over one eye, befitting his status as a sympathetic action hero.
    • Tyrion receives a slash scar across one eye and down his cheek. It's downplayed from the source material for practical reasons as well as to keep Tyrion looking sympathetic.
    • The Thenns are characterized by their bald heads and faces covered in scary, ornamental scars, making them look Obviously Evil.
  • Good Vs Good: Catelyn tries to avoid this by proposing to Stannis and Renly that they join forces against the Lannisters. She fails.
  • Gory Discretion Shot: Averted constantly and inverted in-universe. People (especially the Stark children) are sometimes forced to witness beheadings and other things they'd rather look away from. Played straight for Ned Stark's execution when the camera cuts away for dramatic effect before any blood is visible.
  • Government in Exile:
    • The Targaryens, at least in their opinion.
    • Stannis sees himself as this.
  • Grammar Nazi:
    • Stannis Baratheon, who corrects Davos Seaworth on the usage of "less" versus "fewer" when Davos is talking about his own severed fingers. Overlaps with You Make Me Sic, as it was Stannis who cut them off.
    • Tyrion corrects Cersei's word usage several times.
  • Grande Dame: Lady Olenna Tyrell.
  • Gray Eyes: Unlike his book counterpart, Stannis on the show has gray eyes, which reflect his cold and strong-willed personality.
  • Great Offscreen War: A few, including the Greyjoy Rebellion and the Targaryen Conquest, but the most important is the war sixteen years ago in which Robert Baratheon overthrew the Mad King and drove the former royal family into exile.
  • Grim Up North: The North is colder, harsher and less populated than the South. North of the Wall is even worse.
  • Groin Attack:
    • Brienne drives her sword through the crotch of a murdering rapist Northerner in "Valar Morghulis."
    • In "The Bear and the Maiden Fair", Ramsay castrates Theon.
    • In "Second Sons":
      • Melisandre puts a leech on Gendry's groin to extract his royal blood. When the leech is removed, he screams like mad.
      • After Joffrey tries to sexually abuse Sansa one time too many, Tyrion tells him that if he does it again, Joff will have to fuck Margaery with a wooden cock.

  • Hand Wave: In the books, Jaime grabs Cleos Frey's sword before his swordfight with Brienne. Cleos was written out of the show, so Brienne carries two swords and Jaime steals one of them. Jaime notes, "I never understood why some knights carry two swords," as a handwave for why Brienne has an extra sword for him to steal.
  • Handsome Lech: Theon Greyjoy has a tendency to pursue any women he think will have him up to and including his sister, until he finds out.
  • Hands-On Approach: Margaery prompts Joffrey to show her how to use a crossbow as a means of flirting with him.
  • Happily Married: Ned and Catelyn Stark seem to be genuinely in love in a world where most marriages (including their own) are arranged for political reasons. Khal Drogo and Daenerys also form a surprising bond.
  • Hate Sink: While a great many characters are morally ambiguous or downright evil, a few particularly dastardly villains are made just to be hated:
    • Joffrey, the spoiled and psychopathic brat of a king, has scene after scene dedicated to plumbing the depths of his sadism, usually at either Sansa or Tyrion's expense.
    • Walder Frey, who betrays and murders most of the Stark household, and then gloats about it afterwards.
    • Ramsay Snow, who manages to make Theon sympathetic by being so much more monstrous.
  • Heir Club for Men: All the noble families thus far seen practise male-preferential primogeniture inheritance: the oldest son inherits, but if there are no suitable male heirs, a daughter can make do. The Iron Throne, however, can only go to a man according to Septa Mordane. If a king only has daughters, his closest male relative will sit the throne instead. In spite of this, Stannis names his only offspring, his daughter, as his heir, though it's unclear if he expects her to inherit his claim to the throne or simply his seat at Dragonstone.
  • Held Gaze: Doreah spells its importance out for Dany. Very clearly.
  • Helmets Are Hardly Heroic:
    • No one in the Night's Watch wears a helmet, despite the freezing conditions. Qhorin and Will at least wear hats.
    • Robb in both the Battle of the Whispering Wood and the Battle of Oxcross.
    • When they meet Stannis in "Garden of Bones," Loras is the only member of Renly's Kingsguard who doesn't wear a helm.
    • Brienne wears her helmet for her Samus Is a Girl introduction and during the parley between Renly and Stannis, but never after.
    • During "Blackwater," none of the main characters wear helmets, not even Stannis (who is leading the siege) or the Hound {who has been established to have a badass helmet). Tyrion does don one early on when he leads the counterattack and only removes it when he thinks they've won. Nevertheless, he fights with his visor open. George R.R. Martin comments on this at some length in his DVD Commentary of the episode, since he took pains to avert the trope in the novels and describes himself as a long-time advocate of "put on your helmet, knights."
    • Members of the Kingsguard and Goldcloaks are Faceless Mooks, but important/sympathetic characters will either ditch their helmets after their first appearance or will not wear them at all. For instance, the villainous Janos Slynt does appear without a helmet (because he's a significant character), but he is shown wearing one. In contrast, his more sympathetic replacement, Bronn, forgoes the outfit because he thinks it impede his fighting.
    • The Unsullied are Faceless Mooks for whom Individuality Is Illegal (or was, before they were freed). When Grey Worm is made general, he removes his helmet and keeps it off after that (also indicative that he's a significant character and not an extra).
  • The Hero: In a series infamous for its moral ambiguity, there are several characters (Davos, Ned, Brienne) who are genuinely heroic, and a few who, though a bit more cynical, fit the mold for classic fantasy heroes:
    • Robb Stark, King in the North, is fighting for Northern independence and justice for the death of his father. He's noble, honorable, kind, charismatic, and a natural leader, though not without his flaws.
    • Daenerys Targaryen, the exiled queen, fights for the throne that she believes is rightfully hers. She is also kindhearted and fights for the freedom of those who have had it taken from them, though her actions against the 'evil' people she comes across is harsh, to say the least. Like Robb, she is attractive, charismatic, intelligent, and a natural leader.
    • Stannis Baratheon serves as a deconstruction. He has the natural Baratheon genes, and is a just, dutiful man, along with being the rightful king of the Seven Kingdoms. Unfortunately, his staunch commitment to duty and utter lack of charisma make him come across as cold at best and villainous at worst. Despite apparently being The Chosen One, he has far fewer followers than any other claimant, and Melisandre's influence, along with his multiple setbacks, have left him an insecure shell of a man struggling to pick up the pieces.
    • Lord Beric Dondarrion, leader of the Brotherhood Without Banners is a subversion. He's one of the more altruistic characters in the show and is fighting for the smallfolk. However, he's also a devoted servant of the Lord of Light, and is willing to do anything in service to him, including selling an innocent bastard boy to be sacrificed.
  • Heroic BSOD: Catelyn, after Robb is killed. After an initial scream, she just stands there staring into nothing until her throat is cut.
  • Heroic Seductress:
    • Margery Tyrell. She's sexy and she knows it. And what does she do with her sexiness? Keeps Joffrey from being too cruel.
    • Shae counts to some extent, being Tyrion's main emotional support.
    • Ros is likewise skilled at using sex to get information. She feeds said information to Varys, who uses it to keep Sansa away from Littlefinger. This gets her killed.
    • Of Dany's many achievements, convincing an enemy general to assassinate his two co-generals and grant her control of his army, simply by being the sexiest woman he's ever met, is pretty close to this.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: Quite a number of people consider themselves to be this, including Jaime, Tyrion and Stannis.
  • Heel Face Door Slam: Theon seems to catch a break from the universe deservedly shitting on him when one of his captors helps him escape the prison where he was being tortured after the fall of Winterfell. He talks to the captor about how he made all the wrong choices in the previous season. It seems like he is being set up for a possible redemption, until it's revealed that the captor has led him right back to the prison to be tortured yet again, and takes the credit for tracking him down.
  • High-Pressure Blood: In "The Rains of Castamere", the various Slashed Throats the characters get spew far more blood than they should.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard:
  • Hollywood Old: Walder Frey, who is at least 90, is played by a 70-year-old actor. Given how much more spry he is in the series than in the books, you'd think it was an Age Lift, but he specifically mentions his age in his first scene.
  • Honor Before Reason:
    • Ned Stark is a man bound by honor to do the "right" thing.
      • In "A Golden Crown," he all but declares war on the Lannisters for committing horrific atrocities against serfs, even though this could cause a civil war with the Lannisters pitted against his own house.
      • In "You Win or You Die," he refuses to make the first strike at the Lannisters within King's Landing, even though this could grant them time to plan a strike of their own. He also rejects Littlefinger and Renly's underhanded, but eminently sensible plans.
    • Stannis, despite his much smaller forces, refuses to make peace with either Renly or Robb to take down Joffrey and the Lannisters. Admittedly, he does have Melisandre on his side, but he doesn't find out how useful she will be until later.
    • Jaime is called 'Kingslayer' as an insult for both metaphorically and literally stabbing the Mad King Aerys in the back. Even characters like Robert, Ned and Stannis who wouldn't have hesitated to kill the Mad King themselves if they'd had the chance, look down on him for it.
  • Hope Spot: Notoriously.
    • In Season 1, Ned Stark is set to be sent to the Night's Watch by the Lannisters, where he'll live on in exile with Jon Snow. Then Joffrey has him executed.
    • In Season 2, Renly, who has, by far, the largest military force in the War of Five Kings, agrees to an alliance with Robb Stark, planning to "end this war in a fortnight." Not thirty seconds later, he's stabbed through the heart.
    • In Season 3, Robb, after suffering multiple setbacks during the war, is about to receive additional forces from Lord Walder Frey with which to attack Casterly Rock and, unknown to him, is about to be reunited with his little sister Arya. Along with that, his wife is now pregnant and his mother is finally starting to warm up to her. Then Walder Frey has Robb, his wife, his mother, and nearly all of his bannermen butchered, with Arya bearing witness to a good portion of it.
  • Hotter and Sexier: Compared to the books. This is an HBO show, after all.
  • Hufflepuff House: Dorne is one of the original Seven Kingdoms, but has yet to play a greater role in show other than having a young princess sent there.
  • Hulk Speak: Mord, Lysa Arryn's jailer.
    Mord: "Dwarf man making noise!"
  • Humanoid Abomination: The White Walkers
  • Hurricane of Euphemisms: Part of Tyrion's "confession" to Lysa Arryn in "A Golden Crown."
    Tyrion: "When I was twelve, I milked my eel into a pot of turtle stew. I flogged the one-eyed snake, I skinned my sausage, I made the bald man cry!"
  • Hypothetical Fight Debate: One episode in the second season has two redshirts having a humorous debate regarding who is the best knight in the realm, and their discussion is a Fandom Nod to debates that fans of A Song of Ice and Fire have had.

  • I Am X, Son of Y: A fairly standard introduction, at least among Dothraki and Mountain Clans. Particularly noteworthy are Drogo son of Bharbo, Shagga son of Dolf, Timett son of Timett, Chella daughter of Cheyk and Bronn son of " wouldn't know him."
  • Idiot Ball: The Astapori sell their entire elite slave army to Dany, leaving themselves totally defenseless when she turns that army right around and attacks them. It gets handwaved away by the idea that the Astapori were blinded by greed with the prospect of dragons, who have a history of defeating substantial armies.
  • If You're So Evil, Eat This Kitten: The wildlings demand that Jon Snow kill the horse trader they've captured in "The Rains of Castamere". He can't do it, thus proving he's a Fake Defector.
  • I Let Gwen Stacy Die: There was absolutely nothing Brienne could do to defend her beloved king against Melisandre's black magic, but she nevertheless feels horrible that she couldn't save Renly.
  • I'll Take That as a Compliment: Tyrion has turned this into a way of living, and encourages others to do so by... well, insulting them.
    • In "Winter is Coming"—
      Tyrion: You're Ned Stark's bastard, aren't you?... Did I offend you? Sorry. You are the bastard, though."
      Jon: "Lord "Eddard Stark is my father..."
      Tyrion: "And Lady Stark is not your mother. Making you... the bastard. Let me give you some advice, bastard: never forget what you are. The rest of the world will not. Wear it like armor, and it can never be used to hurt you."
      Jon: "What the hell do you know about being a bastard?"
      Tyrion: "All dwarves are bastards in their fathers' eyes."
    • In "Cripples, Bastards and Broken Things"—
      Tyrion: "With the right horse and saddle even a cripple can ride."
      Bran: "I'm not a cripple!"
      Tyrion: "Then I'm not a dwarf! My father will rejoice to hear it."
    • He brings the hill tribes so under his sway that "The Halfman" and "Little Lion" become something of Affectionate Nicknames for him. The former is even used as a Battle Cry.
  • I'm a Humanitarian:
    • Subverted in "Mhysa". Ramsay Snow has Theon's cock severed in the previous episode and sits down before his terrified prisoner to calmly eat a long piece of roasted meat. The character has already proven himself so psychopathic that few would doubt that he'd actually devour a man's penis in front of him, but Ramsay confirms that he was just messing with him and it's really pork.
    • Played straight with the Thenns in "Two Swords", who meet up with Tormund and Ygritte and proceed to roast a human forearm.
  • Imminent Danger Clue: In the final scene of "The Rains of Castamere," Catelyn notices three of these. First, someone bars the doors. Second, the musicians begin playing a song whose key, content, and especially subject matter (though this version is an instrumental) are inappropriate for the setting. The final, threat-confirming clue is the reveal that Lord Bolton is wearing chainmail under his clothes.
  • Implied Death Threat
    Cersei: You're just a soldier, aren't you? You take your orders and you carry on. I suppose it makes sense. Your older brother was trained to lead and you were trained to follow.
    Lord Eddard: I was also trained to kill my enemies, your Grace.
    Cersei: As was I.
  • Important Haircut:
    • Dothraki warriors shave their heads when defeated in combat. We don't see the ritual take place, but in the case of Drogo its absence proclaims his prowess.
    • Yoren cuts Arya's hair to enable her to pass for a Night's Watch recruit, which marks the beginning of a drastic change in her life.
  • Inadequate Inheritor:
    • Sam's father considered him this, which is how he ended up in the Night's Watch.
    • Lord Tywin views Tyrion as a celestial condemnation and openly tells his youngest son that lawful heir or not, neither gods nor men would make Tyrion inherit Casterly Rock.
    • This is Renly's justification as to why he should take the throne rather than Stannis.
  • Inappropriate Hunger:
    • The Tickler casually munches on some fruit while overseeing brutal torture.
    • Played for Black Comedy when the Hound kills several Frey soldiers, then helps himself to their meal.
    • Sandor threatens a group of Lannister soldiers by drinking their ale and demanding their chicken. After fighting them, he rides away chomping on chicken.
  • Incompatible Orientation:
    • Brienne is in love with Renly, and she refuses to believe the foul rumours surrounding him and Loras. Renly is unable to consummate his marriage with Margaery in spite of her accommodating efforts.
    • Sansa has harboured a crush on Loras since the Tourney of the Hand, and it grows when she is betrothed to him. Loras is somewhat awkward while conversing with Sansa in "The Climb," but he does seem to genuinely want to help her escape King's Landing through their marriage and give her a better life in Highgarden.
  • Incorruptible Pure Pureness: The Tyrells work hard to appear this way to the smallfolk in King's Landing.
  • Informed Attractiveness:
    • Sansa is constantly referred to as the most beautiful, as is Cersei.
    • Loras is regarded as one of the most attractive men in the Seven Kingdoms.
    • Renly is acknowledged as being very handsome.
    • We're shown through various characters' expressions that Edmure's bride is much more attractive than the rest of the Frey girls.
  • In-Series Nickname: Sandor "the Hound" Clegane, Gregor "the Mountain" Clegane, Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish, Varys "the Spider", Tyrion "the Imp"/"Halfman" Lannister, Ser Loras "the Knight of Flowers" Tyrell, Jaime "Kingslayer" Lannister, Brienne "the Beauty" Tarth, Ser Davos "the Onion Knight" Seaworth, Lady Melisandre "the Red Woman", Brynden "the Blackfish" Tully, Robb "the Young Wolf" Stark, Jon "Greatjon" Umber.
  • Interrupted Intimacy:
    • The last scene of the first episode. With horrific and long-reaching consequences.
    • Played for Laughs when Jaime Lannister walks in on his brother at a brothel in Winterfell and tells him to hurry up, then proceeds to send in more prostitutes in order to hurry him up.
    • In the beginning of Season 3, when Podrick Payne comes to summon Bronn at Tyrion's behest. Bronn is... extremely reluctant to leave.
    • Tyrion and Bronn bursting in on Pycelle in Season 2.
  • In the Back: How Jaime Lannister offed the Mad King, making his Bodyguard Betrayal twice as dishonorable. Ned rubs it in Jaime's face despite having had family members personally tortured to death by the King, showing how people in Westeros see this kind of thing. Jaime later clarifies to Brienne that it's only because Aerys tried to run away from him at the time.
  • In the Blood:
    • With most families in the show, the similarities could be argued to be a result of nurture rather than nature, but Viserys' insanity is quite clearly inherited from the "Mad King" Aerys, most likely as a result of generations of inbreeding.
    • Robert Baratheon mentions that he favoured wielding a war hammer in battle. The first time we see his bastard son Gendry, who is an armourer's apprentice, guess what he's working with.
  • I Owe You My Life: The Knight of Flowers says this word-for-word to the Hound after Sandor saves him from the Mountain, and Loras decides to repay the debt by forfeiting the final round of the joust and giving the championship title (plus the substantial award money) to the Hound.
  • Ironic Echo:
    • In "Winter Is Coming" Ned Stark establishes what sort of man he is by sentencing and beheading an outlaw himself, eschewing an executioner. In "Baelor" he is beheaded, by an executioner, with his own sword.
    • In "The Bear and the Maiden Fair", Jaime offers a sarcastic platitude to Roose Bolton: "Tell Robb Stark I'm sorry I couldn't make his uncle's wedding. The Lannisters send their regards." In "The Rains of Castamere", Roose uses this line as a Pre-Mortem One-Liner before sticking a knife in Robb's heart.
    • In "Two Swords" Arya recites back at Pollivar exactly what he said to Lommy Greenhands before killing him, before she herself kills him in the same way
  • Ironic Nickname: Brienne the Beauty is actually ugly. Or at least, she's supposed to be.
  • It Was Here, I Swear: A circular array of Wildling corpses killed by the White Walkers in the premiere. We later find out that they got up and walked away.
  • Insult of Endearment: "You know nothing, Jon Snow."
  • Instant Messenger Pigeon: Messenger ravens arrive at their destination across the continent in the matter of a scene or two. The show often skips substantial periods of time for pacing's sake.
  • Instant Seduction: It doesn't take long for Loras to be seduced by Olyvar. Justified, since the spy is presumably one of Littlefinger's prostitutes, and therefore quite experienced at this, plus Loras hasn't been physically intimate with anyone since Renly's death.
  • Is That What They're Calling It Now?:
    • In "What Is Dead May Never Die," Renly tells Brienne that he will "pray alone" in his tent. In his next scene, Renly is making out with Loras, his "object of worship," so to speak.
    • In "Kissed by Fire," Olyvar tells Loras, "I should like to see you spar with a proper partner, ser." They end up "sparring" in Loras' bed shortly afterwards.

  • Jerkass Gods:
    • Cersei says (quoting her father Tywin), "Gods have no mercy. That's why they're gods."
    • Tyrion says, "The Lord of Light wants his enemies burnt. The Drowned God wants his enemies drowned. Why are all the gods such vicious cunts? Where is the god of tits and wine?"
  • Jerkass Has a Point:
    • Alliser Thorne treats the recruits of the Night's Watch with cruelty. He later tells Jon and Sam that his company was stuck in the land beyond the Wall for over six months during the last winter, even resorting to cannibalism of their fallen comrades at the end. Given how terrible the winters are, his comments on how strong someone has to be to serve the Watch may be valid.
    • Jaime Lannister argues that due to the inherently contradictory nature of the oaths sworn by knights, everyone becomes an oathbreaker eventually (e.g. if your father hates the king and you've sworn to obey both).
    • The Spice King is rude and condescending, but when Daenerys tries to get him to lend her some of his ships to get to Westeros, he makes some very good points: namely, that she's far too confident in both her ability to retake Westeros and her belief that the people actually want her back.
    • The worst thing about Tywin's storms of insults is that he is very often right. Whether it is calling Jaime a glorified bodyguard lacking ambition, Cersei not nearly as smart as she thinks she is, or Tyrion a fool for his drinking and whoring. The irony that Tywin as a father is responsible for most of these failings is lost on him.
  • The Jester: Subverted. We see a minstrel singing a jaw-droppingly insulting Bawdy Song about Robert and Cersei in front of Joffrey's entire court, at the end of which Joffrey laughs and applauds. If the minstrel's terrified expression and quavering voice didn't clue you in, Joffrey's offering him the choice between keeping his fingers or his tongue is the final hint that he's actually on trial.
  • Jousting Lance: The Mountain kills Ser Hugh of the Vale with one. He is also said to have done the same to Beric Dondarrion.

  • Kick the Dog:
    • Joffrey kicks the dog in virtually every scene in which he appears.
      Tyrion: Killed a few puppies today?
    • In Polliver's Establishing Character Moment, he stabs a wounded captive child in the throat rather than carry him.
    • Lord Tywin goes out of his way in his harsh mistreatment of Tyrion, admittedly his most competent kin or underling.
    • The Good Masters of Meereen crucify 163 slave children in retaliation for Dany's liberation of Astapor and Yunkai.
  • Killed Off for Real: Pyat Pree, the warlock of Qarth. He escaped death once before due to his duplication magic. When Dany's dragons burn him alive however, he doesn't return and is killed permanently.
  • Kill It with Fire:
    • Seems to be the only way to get rid of those who were touched by the White Walkers.
    • Basically the modus operandi of House Targaryen. Aegon I and his sisters used dragons to conquer six of the Seven Kingdoms, which included melting the castle of Harrenhal. Joffrey also speaks of Aerion "Brighflame" Targaryen who died from drinking wildfire. Fire was also Mad King Aerys' favored method of execution, and his daughter Daenerys uses fire to kill Mirri Maz Duur, Pyat Pree, and Kraznys mo Nakloz and many other slavers of Astapor.
    • In "Blackwater" Tyrion uses wildfire to kill half of Stannis' entire fleet!
  • Kissing Cousins: After Jaime goes off to war, Cersei starts getting her incest fix with her cousin Lancel. While cousin relationships are considered much more acceptable in the society (Cersei's parents were one, for instance) than more closely related ones, Cersei certainly seems to have a disturbing habit of shaking the family tree when looking for a bed partner. According to the books, this is because Lancel physically resembles a young Jaime. In Season 2 Tyrion uses this knowledge to blackmail Lancel into reporting to him about Cersei's activities, as neither Jaime or Joffrey would be happy with Lancel's affections toward her.
  • Knight in Shining Armor:
    • Jaime Lannister looks exactly like this, but is generally reviled as a kingslayer and oathbreaker. He's also a rather self-centered Blood Knight rather than a hero. When his physical state degrades, however, he actually starts living up to the trope.
    • Loras Tyrell also looks the part and, apart from some Combat Pragmatism, comes closer to actually acting like it. Unfortunately for his Fangirls (at least those of the non-yaoi persuasion), though, he's gay. Tywin notes that Loras takes his vows seriously.
    • Barristan Selmy arguably fits this trope the best.
    • If it weren't for the sexism of Westerosi society, Brienne of Tarth would be considered one as well.
  • Knight in Sour Armor: Brienne and Loras become this after Renly is slain. It's even shown symbolically with the latter, as the Knight of Flowers' once spotless suit of armour (which practically made him look like a walking mirror in Season 1) is now somewhat tarnished.
  • Kukris Are Kool: Bronn has one strapped to the small of his back, which he puts to good use on occasion.

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