Dame Diana Rigg starred as Lady Olenna Tyrell, AKA the Queen of Thorns, in HBO's "Game of Thrones."

Best Olenna Tyrell Quotes to Remember (and use)

The realm just lost its Queen of Thorns. 

Award-winning British actress Diana Rigg, who most recently played the role of Lady Olenna Tyrell in HBO’s Game of Thrones, died of cancer at the age of 82 on Sept. 10. It’s a tragic time for Rigg’s family, friends, and former colleagues. 


Rigg was also famous for her roles in the James Bond film On Her Majesty’s Secret Service and The Painted Veil and in the television series The Avengers and Victoria.

As a tribute to Diana Rigg and her role in Game of Thrones, we’ve compiled a list of the best Olenna Tyrell quotes.

Here are the best Olenna Tyrell quotes:

Warning: Spoilers ahead for all of Game of Thrones.

All-purpose Olenna Tyrell quotes you can use IRL:


“Put the pen down, dear. We both know you’re not writing anything.”

A great, sassy quote.

“Do shut up, dear.”

It speaks for itself. 😉 

“You can smell the shit from five miles away.”

This quote can be both literal and figurative. Perfect, right?!

“Get some rest, dear. You look appalling.”

Out with the niceties. Honesty is the best policy after all.

Best disses and insults from Olenna Tyrell:


“He really was a cunt, wasn’t he?”

Ok, I admit this wasn’t so much a diss but really just a comment about the pure evil that was Joffrey Baratheon. 

“A sword swallower through and through.”


“Not now, Mace. Lord Tywin and I are speaking.” 

It’s always funny to hear a sassy AF mother disregard her only son in Westeros.

“Margaery is the Queen. You are not the Queen because you are not married to the King. I do appreciate these things can get a bit confusing in your family.”


“I was told you were drunk, impertinent, and thoroughly debauched. You can imagine my disappointment at finding nothing by a browbeaten bookkeeper.”

Not even Tyrion, Master of Insults, could muster a comeback to that.

“Yes, all Lannisters are lions, and when a Tyrell breaks wind, it smells just like a rose.”

Sarcasm at its best. Don’t you love it when she disses any of the Lannisters?

Best motivational Olenna Tyrell quotes:


“The lords of Westeros are sheep. Are you a sheep? No. You’re a dragon. Be a dragon. Be a dragon.”

Ahh, the epic meeting and teaming up of Daenarys Targaryen and Olenna Tyrell… Olenna was the mentor (however brief that period was) that Daenarys needed when she first came to Westeros. 

“I’ve known a great many clever men. I’ve outlived them all. You know why? I ignored them.”

Screw the patriarchy!

Olenna Tyrell’s greatest (and last) words:


“Tell Cersei. I want her to know it was me.” 

The single most memorable line from Olenna was the final confession she made to Jaime Lannister just before drinking a vial of poison. She owned that line. It wasn’t enough to have killed Joffrey; she needed Cersei to know it was her who caused the suffering. 

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