Proof That Game Of Thrones Is Officially Funny

How can a person describe a show as vast, as sprawling, and as downright epic as Game of Thrones? In the past, the series has been consistently bloody, violent, and prone to large battle scenes featuring giants and axes. It's bursting with characters, and plunges you into family histories you'd need a graduate degree in George R. R. Martin studies to understand completely. Since Game of Thrones is an HBO show, it's always been racy and exciting, pushing the limits of what could be featured on TV. (Except, you know, it's not TV; it's HBO.)
Game of Thrones is all these things: Bloody and compelling and explicit and very, very earnest. As of Season 7, however, we can add another adjective to this litany of descriptors. Game of Thrones is officially funny. After many seasons of torturing viewers with Red Weddings and devastating plot twists, it seems the writers are cutting us an often self-referential break. Now, we can expect to laugh at least once per episode, amid the gasps and cringes.
Let's commemorate every bit of levity featured on this season of Game of Thrones. If not for these jokes, the show might be too heavy to bear.
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Sam has a job worse than being Joffrey's Hand of the King.
Season 7, Episode 1

The Joke: In a sequence that goes on, and on, and on, Sam is shown emptying the Citadel's chamber pots, and filling other bowls with soup. The soup and the filth are the same color and make the same sound when hitting the bowl.

Why It's Funny: The sequence is spliced together so we can empathize with the grotesque, gag-inducing monotony of Sam's day.
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Euron's bold marriage proposal.
Season 7, Episode 1

The Joke: Extending both his arms, Euron says that he has "two good hands" to offer Cersei. Jaime is stunned by the audaciousness.

Why It's Funny: Everyone knows that Cersei and Jaime, her brother, have carried on a lifelong affair. In Season 3, Jaime had his hand chopped off by a sellsword of House Bolton. This is clearly a dig at Jaime.
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Arya tells the truth, and no one believes her.
Season 7, Episode 1

The Joke: Arya tells a group of young Lannister soldiers that she's going to King's Landing to kill the Queen. After a beat of silence, everyone laughs, including Ed Sheeran.

Why It's Funny: While we know Arya to be a ruthless assassin, she still presents as a young girl. Sansa is equally slow to believe that her sister has spent the last few years methodically ticking off victims from a hit list.
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Daenerys tweaks her title.
Season 7, Episode 2

The Joke: Melisandre arrives to Dragonstone, bearing a prophecy of the Prince that was Promised. Daenerys thinks it's too bad that she's a princess. Missandei, who has a degree in linguistics, clearly, chimes in: "Your grace, forgive me, but your translation is not quite accurate. That noun has no gender in High Valyrian, so the proper translation for that prophecy would be, "The Prince, Or Princess, Who Was Promised will bring the dawn."

Tyrion says, "Doesn't really roll off the tongue, does it."

Daenerys responds, "No, but I like it better."

Why It's Funny: Viewers have long debated whether Jon or Daenerys is the chosen one. Daenerys is as happy as we are to know she's totally in the running.
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Arya and Hot Pie bond over baking.
Season 7, Episode 2

The Joke: Arya runs into her former travel companion, Hot Pie. He offers his secret for baking good pies — browning butter first. Arya says she didn't know that. Hot Pie remarks incredulously, "You've been baking pies?" She responds offhandedly, "One or two."

Why It's Funny: Hot Pie assumes that she's been baking in the interim, but we know she's referring to the instance in which she killed Walder Frey's two sons, baked them into pies, and fed the pies to Walder Frey.
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Jon Snow & Daenerys' first meeting.
Season 7, Episode 3

The Joke: Missandei says, "You are in the presence of Daenerys Stormborn of House Targaryen. Rightful heir of the Iron Throne. Rightful Queen of the Andals and the First Men. Protector of the Seven Kingdoms. The Mother of Dragons. The Khaleesi of the Great Garass Sea. The Unburnt. The Breaker of Chains."

Davos responds with, "This is Jon Snow." Long pause in which Jon and Davos exchange glances. "He's King in the North."

Why It's Funny: Two heads of the three-headed dragon meet – and then butt heads. Daenerys' pretensions and string of lofty titles contrast greatly with Jon Snow's straightforward introduction. There's hardly been a moment more reminiscent of their personalities and their relationships with their closest advisors.

Tyrion's face during Missandei's introduction is also golden. He's almost embarrassed.
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Euron continues to torment Jaime.
Season 7, Episode 3

The Joke: After successfully intercepting Daenery's fleets, Euron returns to King's Landing to collect his prize. He inquires about Cersei's sexual preferences. When Euron asks Jaime whether she likes "a finger in the bum," Jaime looks like he's going to vomit.

Why It's Funny: Is it funny, really, or is it just cruel? Euron Greyjoy is far bolder and more audacious than any other character on Game of Thrones. Watching him blatantly stir up trouble is a thrill.
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Is Sam a prodigy, or just good at reading books?
Season 7, Episode 3

The Joke: Sam goes against the Archmaester's instructions and performs the unheard of feat of curing greyscale. When the Archmaester asks him how he succeeded, Sam responded, "I read the books and followed the instructions."

Why It's Funny: Sam is good at life. He done two impossible things: Killed a White Walker and cured Greyscale. More people should listen to him.
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Olenna gets in a few barbs before going down.
Season 7, Episode 3

The Joke: During her final confrontation with Jaime, a unflappable Olenna manages to sneak in two hefty jabs.

The first: Jaime says haughtily, "There are always lessons in failure." Without missing a beat, Olenna says, "Yes. You must be very wise by now."

The second: Olenna inquires whether Jaime is carrying Joffrey's Valyrian steel sword. "What did he call it?" she asks. Jaime squirms and says, "Widow's Wail." In the line of the century, Olenna tells Joffrey's father, "He really was a c***, wasn't he?"

Why It's Funny: Even with death looming, Olenna remains the wittiest character on the show. Not only does she see past people's exterior masks, she has just the words to jab at their weaknesses. Jaime never achieved greatness; he's known for killing the king, having an affair with his twin, and unleashing a monster.
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Jon and Tyrion have a brooding competition.
Season 7, Episode 3

The Joke: Tyrion walks to a cliff in Dragonstone. Jon had the same idea, and is already there. Tyrion says, "I came here to brood over my failure to predict the Greyjoy attack. You're making it difficult. You look a lot better brooding than I do. You make me feel as though I'm failing at brooding over failure."

Why It's Funny: Game of Throne is getting too self-aware for its own good. Ever since Heathcliff cried for Cathy on the moors, characters go to cliffs to brood. Tyrion seems aware of the trope.
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The reason why Tryion knows the architecture of Casterly Rock.
Season 7, Episode 3

The Joke: Casterly Rock is virtually impregnable. Luckily, Tyrion was put in charge of the sewers. In addition to designing the entire sewer system, Tyrion built a secret passageway in order to sneak in prostitutes. The Unsullied are able to sneak in through Casterly Rock by way of Tyrion's door.

Why It's Funny: An adolescent Tyrion lounging around in a love den carved in the side of a mountain is quite an image.
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Archmaester Ebrose is a cold, hard maester.
Season 7, Episode 3

The Joke: Sam's expecting a parade, or at least a congratulations, for managing to cure Jorah's greyscale. Instead, in a classic McGonagall move, the Archmaester tells Sam he should feel lucky he's not being expelled from the Citadel, and puts him to work copying scrolls. He tells Sam, "Be careful of the papermites. They like flesh as well."

Why It's Funny: From his father to Archmaester Ebrose, Sam is surrounded by authority figures completely unable to express kindness or words of affirmation. No wonder Sam has trouble paying attention to Gilly when she's in the middle of telling him something very, very important about Prince Rhaegar.
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Bronn finds out Dickon's name.
Season 7, Episode 4

The Joke: Bronn and Jaime ride up to Dickon. Bronn initially thinks his name is Rickon; Dickon corrects him, and Bronn immediately starts laughing.

Why It's Funny: Rick, Dick; Rickon, Dickon. It's funny.
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Sansa and Arya reunite and see how the time has passed.
Season 7, Episode 4

The Joke: Sansa knows where her sister must've gone after she evades the Winterfell guards: The crypts. She finds Arya standing before their father's statue. Sansa says, "You shouldn't have run from the guards."

Arya responds, "I didn't run. You need better guards."

Why It's Funny: Sansa has absolutely no idea what a lethal assassin her sister has become. She's no longer a rule follower.
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Davos corrects Jon's grammar.
Season 7, Episode 4

The Joke: While walking towards the beach with Davos, Jon asks, "How many men do we have in the North? Ten thousand? Less?" Davos mutters, "Fewer."

Why It's Funny: Stannis Baratheon's redeeming quality was his relentless grammar policing. While Davos was ultimately disappointed in Stannis, he picked up that one habit, and used it here with Jon.
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Davos and Tyrion have the world's most awkward exchange.
Season 7, Episode 5

The Joke: Davos and Tyrion arrive to King's Landing. Tyrion remarks that the last time he was there, he killed his father with a crossbow. Davos immediately bounces back, saying, "The last time I was here, you killed my son with wildfire."

Why It's Funny: This is funnier for the viewer than it is for the characters, who are burdened with trauma and grief. For the viewers, it's gratifying to see characters remark on events that we've witnessed, versus ones like Robert's Rebellion, which went on prior to the start of Game of Thrones.
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Jon and Gendry are eager to recreate their fathers' adventures.
Season 7, Episode 5

The Joke: Jon and Gendry immediately size each other up in comparison to their fathers. "You're a lot leaner," says Jon. Gendry retorts, "You're a lot shorter." They immediately become friends.

Why It's Funny: Jon and Gendry are the bastard sons of Ned Stark (well, not technically) and Robert Baratheon. Jon recalls his father's stories about his adventures with Robert Baratheon. By going North with Robert Baratheon's son, Jon is recreating these stories.
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Even the wildlings keep up with King's Landing gossip.
Season 7, Episode 5

The Joke: Jon tells Tormund about his plan to collect a wight from the North. He asks, "You need to convince the one with the dragons, or the one who fucks her brother?"

Why It's Funny: Though Cersei and Jaime took pains to keep their affair a secret in the past — including pushing Bran from a tower window — Cersei has abandoned all those efforts.
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