WiCnet Season One Awards: Best Monologue
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WiCnet Season One Awards

The time for this week’s Season One Award vote is upon us. Up for deliberation this time around is Game of Thrones season one’s Best Monologue. There are several worthy contenders in the poll below. And no doubt you will let us know that a few of them are unworthy as well. Either way, these are the 5 nominees that we have chosen. You disagree? Good, tell us so in the comments. But be sure to vote first!


UPDATE: Maybe a little late, but I found YouTube vids of 4 of the 5 nominees (Littlefinger’s monologue isn’t on there, for obvious reasons).

Alliser Thorne – You Don’t Know Cold
Maester Aemon – Honor
Drogo – A Gift to Rhaego
Old Nan – Fear is for the Winter


150 Comments

  1. SA_Avenger
    Posted August 26, 2011 at 5:01 pm | Permalink

    Old Nan, gave me shivers…I also liked Drogo speech for that matter but Old Nan was just setting the tone for the serie in early episodes

  2. Sim
    Posted August 26, 2011 at 5:02 pm | Permalink

    I think I know who is winning this one …

  3. kerning
    Posted August 26, 2011 at 5:03 pm | Permalink

    There’s a reason that sound bite was used so often in promos–it rocks, was spine-chilling, and was perfectly delivered! No competition.

  4. edo
    Posted August 26, 2011 at 5:04 pm | Permalink

    Maester ” BAMF” Aemon, that’s who!

  5. Snark
    Posted August 26, 2011 at 5:05 pm | Permalink

    Peter Vaughan. He totally nailed that scene. Simply marvelous.

  6. Johan Sporre
    Posted August 26, 2011 at 5:07 pm | Permalink

    “when the white walkers move through the woods”…

  7. Tom Hilton
    Posted August 26, 2011 at 5:08 pm | Permalink

    This is a much tougher vote than most previous polls, but I do have to go with Old Nan’s monologue. Spine-chilling indeed…and alas, Margaret George won’t be around for another shot at WiCNet glory. :-(

  8. Adrian
    Posted August 26, 2011 at 5:15 pm | Permalink

    Very hard poll. Tough choice between Old Nan and Maester Aemon for me.

    Gonna have to go with Margaret John’s delivery, though. :)

  9. Epic-itty
    Posted August 26, 2011 at 5:16 pm | Permalink

    LF: Imma fuck them.

    Full tilt

  10. Josh Parker
    Posted August 26, 2011 at 5:18 pm | Permalink

    Old Nan’s speech, unquestionably. Still gives me chills.

  11. Mirri Maz
    Posted August 26, 2011 at 5:20 pm | Permalink

    Old Nan of course…

    How are you guys going to reveal the results once everything is done?

  12. Tenesmus
    Posted August 26, 2011 at 5:21 pm | Permalink

    Old Nan was just lyrical. All were great, but Old Nan’s just had something more than words.

  13. Ingemar Svensson
    Posted August 26, 2011 at 5:25 pm | Permalink

    This one:

    Zhey jalan atthirari anni. Hash azisi?
    Jora Andahli, okki zhille hrazef fin allayafa shafka drogikhoon anni. Me shafki.
    Anha asshilak jin azh shafkea haji rekoon et shafka.
    Ma rizhaan anni, vezh fin asaja rhaesheseres, maan anha valloshak azh akka.
    Maan anha vazhak jin ador shiqethi finaan neva ave maisi mae. Anha vazhak maan Rhaeshis Andahli. Anha, zhey Drogo, atak jin.
    Anha vidrik khalasares anni jim, finaan nakhoe rhaesheser, majin adothrak hrazef ido yomme Havazzhifi Kazga ven et vo khal avvos. Anha vaddrivak mahrazhis fini ondee khogar shiqethi ma vohharak okrenegwin mori.
    Anha aqorisok chiories mori, vazzafrok yal mori, ma afichak vojjor samva Vaesaan Dothrak. Ki jini anha astak asqoy, anha, Drogo ki Bharbosi.
    Ki jini anha astak asqoy hatif Maisi Krazaaji kash shieraki vitihiri asavvasoon. Asavvasoon! Asavvasoon!

  14. Lala
    Posted August 26, 2011 at 5:26 pm | Permalink

    This one is tough! Can’t decide between Maester Aemon, Drogo, and Old Nan. But since Old Nan is unfortunately dead and Drogo is still young… I’ll go with “the children! even the children!”

  15. KayDeeSee
    Posted August 26, 2011 at 5:27 pm | Permalink

    “When the sun hides for years, and children are born and live and die all in darkness.”

  16. andrea
    Posted August 26, 2011 at 5:27 pm | Permalink

    Old Nan. Her monologue and her broken voice drew me into the series and then into the books. I must thank the old lady.
    But…
    Peter Vaughan was amazing! Great acting chops. Great!
    So… This is a tough one.
    I think someone said it before: Aemon will have more opportunities so I´ll go with Old Nan.

  17. Nimble Dick
    Posted August 26, 2011 at 5:31 pm | Permalink

    WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA……………………….

    The old man is a Targaryen?

    Old man: “Quit the Bitching Jon Show”
    Jon: “You dont understand”
    Old man: “Yes i do”
    Jon: “How?”
    Old Man: “I am a Targaryen, BITCH”
    Jon: “Oh, i guess you do”
    Old Man: “Ya I do.”

  18. Obsidian
    Posted August 26, 2011 at 5:36 pm | Permalink

    It was a tough choice between Old Nan and Maester Aemon…but I went with the one that raised the hairs on the back of my neck.

    Margaret John.

  19. Astalnar
    Posted August 26, 2011 at 5:46 pm | Permalink

    Putting Old Nan among all those youngsters. No real competition for her. Pure winner Old Nan.

  20. John-Michael Lelievre
    Posted August 26, 2011 at 5:49 pm | Permalink

    I’m going with Alliser Thorne, that speech he gave really made me like that character. Shame the conversation between Jaime and Catelyn isn’t there, though I suppose it’s not really a monologue : /

    “There are no men like me, only me.”

  21. Hear Me Roar
    Posted August 26, 2011 at 6:02 pm | Permalink

    Owen Teale for me, though all of them are great. This award series really makes me realize how much good there is in the series. We’re blessed.

  22. Dreamlife
    Posted August 26, 2011 at 6:03 pm | Permalink

    I v0ted for Jason Momoa because none of the other scenes mentioned really had any affect on me. I had heard the Old Nan story so many times from previews that it didn’t really stand out to me when it actually aired in context.

    I’m surprised no Ned, Dany, or Robb monologues were included. Or what about Osha’s story about what she was running from? That was delivered brilliantly and served to really drive home how scary it is beyond the Wall.

  23. Momma
    Posted August 26, 2011 at 6:07 pm | Permalink

    My vote is for Maester Aemon. It was at that point in the show I knew I had to read the books. It was the first time in the show that I felt the need to know more about a character!

    I loved Old Nan’s speech though. Old Nan has turned out to be right about a lot of things!

  24. Grant Gould
    Posted August 26, 2011 at 6:08 pm | Permalink

    I was torn between Aemon and Drogo… I went with Drogo. That was just such a great, powerful scene, and Momoa deserves huge kudos for it. :)

  25. Tar Kidho
    Posted August 26, 2011 at 6:21 pm | Permalink

    This one was between Old Nan and the Khal for me, but weighing them up against each other, I think even Drogo would have gotten the shivers had he heard Old Nan’s speach, whereas she would have simply shrugged off the power of that summer warrior’s voice. Old Nan +1!

  26. Clob
    Posted August 26, 2011 at 6:23 pm | Permalink

    Old Nan.
    Yep, nearly word for word from the book and she did it wonderfully. It was one of the first moments that separated this show from the other wanna-be’s. Fantastic!
    The other choices are good as well.
    I’d also like to bring up LC Mormont’s dialogue at the end of episode 10 to Jon and as the Night’s Watch head down under.

  27. Justin Walsh
    Posted August 26, 2011 at 6:24 pm | Permalink

    I voted for Jason Momoa. Wish Ned’s “You think my life is some precious thing to me? That I would trade my life for a few years? …I grew up with soldiers. I learned how to die a long time ago.”

  28. Zack
    Posted August 26, 2011 at 6:29 pm | Permalink

    Tough choice for me here, though I have to say, Phil, you chose some excellent contenders.

    I guess it’s between Alliser and Drogo. Both of those were just incredible monologues. I’ll give my vote to Drogo because Momoa had to do his in a fake language, and yet it’s unforgettable even so. But Teale made Alliser Thorne one of my favorite surprises of the adaptation, and that particular monologue did a lot of the job to that end.

    Next up would be Old Nan, who was quite wonderful too :)

  29. Clob
    Posted August 26, 2011 at 6:33 pm | Permalink

    You know, looking at these choices along with knowing there are others that are just as good, it’s a nice little reminder, or indicator if you will, of why the show is so good. When you have a series that has so many powerful monologues as this it’s really a treat.

  30. Elena Amici
    Posted August 26, 2011 at 6:34 pm | Permalink

    sorry, old nan. i had to vote thorne. I LOVE the man

  31. Delta1212
    Posted August 26, 2011 at 6:40 pm | Permalink

    There were so many great monologues in this season. I came in thinking “Old Nan, easily” and then started reading. “Maester Aemon, oh my god that was great” and then “Drogo, the best monologue ever delivered in a made up language” and I wound up being just so impressed with the whole season.

    Still voted Margaret John. Still gives me chills.

  32. GaR
    Posted August 26, 2011 at 6:44 pm | Permalink

    Old Nan’s “Oh my sweet summer child” speech was the most amazing monologue I’ve seen on any show. Creeped me right the fuck out.

    Maester Aemon’s “The gods were cruel” speech was almost as good and probably the second most amazing monologue I did ever see.

    Khal Drogo comes in third for me. The Dothraki hakarage was badass. Momoa knocked it out of the park. If not for two amazing talented veteran actors leveraging their experience and gravitas (and their speeches being in English), he’d've taken it out.

  33. Bono
    Posted August 26, 2011 at 6:46 pm | Permalink

    Oh blast I don’t now really what to choose

  34. SugarVampire
    Posted August 26, 2011 at 6:46 pm | Permalink

    Tough, tough decision.

    1. I love the content of littlefinger’s “Just fuck them” speech, but the delivery are wanting, too awkward and jarring.
    2. Aemon’s speech from the book is good, but I am not moved.
    3. Old Nan’s is great in the promo, but lost its punch in the actual scene. Without the rest about the wandering hero and CotF, it is just a scary tale without much significance.
    4. Alister Thorne’s is moving and surprising, gave the role much needed additional dimension.
    5. However, Drogo’s is transformational. Before that, Drogo seemed detached, just someone has power. After Jason Mamoa’s fisting pumping, fire dacing performance, one can see his charisma, passion and determination, truly a leader of a warrior tribe. Too bad the screenplay in Conan wasted Jason’s talent. My vote is for Drogo.

  35. Sing
    Posted August 26, 2011 at 6:47 pm | Permalink

    How can I see the results?

  36. Clob
    Posted August 26, 2011 at 6:52 pm | Permalink

    While I didn’t vote for it, Drogo’s gift to Rhaego was fantastic. Most of it was Momoa, but part of it was their decision to create the Dothraki language and how great it turned out. His voice however just intensified and rocked that language. I actually used this very scene with the youtube link on another forum to rebut a few comments from the unknowing about Momoa’s abilities when speaking of the Conan movie.

  37. Hawk
    Posted August 26, 2011 at 6:59 pm | Permalink

    Drogo’s monologue made my heart stop beating for a few minutes… I liked Old Nan’s monologue, but I feel like she’s kind of getting the sympathy vote here

  38. Hawk
    Posted August 26, 2011 at 7:00 pm | Permalink

    And my second choice would be Thorne…

  39. Lex
    Posted August 26, 2011 at 7:02 pm | Permalink

    Another VERY difficult question!

    I chose Maester Aemon, because I just loved everything about that scene. But part of me wants to vote for Old Nan (another fav scene!) and part of me wants to vote for Drogo (his best scene!). Argh.

  40. educatedpony
    Posted August 26, 2011 at 7:12 pm | Permalink

    i chose drogo, that scene was amazing, but was surprised to see that charles dance’s speech to jaime while dressing the elk wasn’t on here.

  41. Irene
    Posted August 26, 2011 at 7:19 pm | Permalink

    Awwhh, that was difficult. I really, really loved Old nan but at the end I chose Littlefinger. I did’nt like the scene but the monologue was great!

  42. GaR
    Posted August 26, 2011 at 7:26 pm | Permalink

    educatedpony,

    Good call; Dance has been consistently excellent.

  43. shadallion
    Posted August 26, 2011 at 7:28 pm | Permalink

    Khal Drogo’s speech was the single greatest moment in the entire first season.

    Both Maester Aemon and Old Nan were also outstanding in there monologues as well.

  44. Bro
    Posted August 26, 2011 at 7:34 pm | Permalink

    Oh ho, this is defo a tough one! I boiled it down to Old Nan, Ser Aliser and Drogo. But in the end I had to choose Old Nan. When I first heard that monologue, it just screamed perfection. Eerily wonderful stuff.

  45. Athelstan
    Posted August 26, 2011 at 7:37 pm | Permalink

    Maester Aemon won my vote. Peter Vaughan certainly knows his craft. Here is a question for the hardcore out there, what would a maesters forge the acting link from his chain out of?

  46. Bro
    Posted August 26, 2011 at 7:38 pm | Permalink

    Hawk:
    Drogo’s monologue made my heart stop beating for a few minutes… I liked Old Nan’s monologue, but I feel like she’s kind of getting the sympathy vote here

    No one needs sympathy when they’re not in the land of the living anymore. People are voting for her monologue because it damn good. It was used in the first promo for Christ’s sake! And before some overly sensitive person jumps down my throat, I don’t mean any disrespect.

  47. Michelle
    Posted August 26, 2011 at 7:44 pm | Permalink

    I went with Old Nan. I still get chills every time I watch it. But Maester Aemon was a VERY close second.

    I wish Robb’s “Victory does not make us conquerors” had been included!

  48. Tyrion's Scar
    Posted August 26, 2011 at 8:12 pm | Permalink

    Really hard choice between Drogo and Old Nan. IMO ‘I’m not going to fight them …’ should be in the best line category. Maybe I will flip a coin.

  49. Clinton
    Posted August 26, 2011 at 8:14 pm | Permalink

    Drogo FTW! One of the best scenes all season. That was so well-delivered. WE’RE COMING FOR YOUUUUUU!!!!!! Wicked stuff…

  50. KG
    Posted August 26, 2011 at 8:31 pm | Permalink

    Margaret John in a walk – we should all go out with such a shining example of our talent preserved for all time.

  51. AC
    Posted August 26, 2011 at 8:33 pm | Permalink

    Old nan was great, that’s for sure. She was my runner up. If I was any younger (I’m 21-ish) I would pee in my bed…

    Third place goes to Momoa, his speech is so awesome that even mother Teresa would put up a fist in the air…

    fourth place; Little finger, even though the whole scene was kind of disrupted by the girl on girl action, which is kind of strange since I usually don’t frown upon that kind of action, but is was too much, to weird….

    First place and the best monologue goes to….AEMON!!!
    What can I say..he nailed it, every time I watch that scene I get shivers in my spine. It is one of the most underrated scenes I think. But one of my favourites of the whole series.

    Allistor Thorne isn’t even worth mentioning. I really don’t see why it’s even on the list…sorry

  52. Last Remaining Stark
    Posted August 26, 2011 at 8:58 pm | Permalink

    Alliser Thorne is a douche, but I liked his speech.

  53. GaR
    Posted August 26, 2011 at 9:05 pm | Permalink

    Athelstan:
    Here is a question for the hardcore out there, what would a maesters forge the acting link from his chain out of?

    I strongly doubt that mummery is taught at the Citadel.

  54. Rose
    Posted August 26, 2011 at 9:24 pm | Permalink

    Whoa, Robert’s first kill monologue isn’t here? Tragic.

  55. Rose
    Posted August 26, 2011 at 9:26 pm | Permalink

    Also, everyone all “abloo bloo people are only voting for Old Nan because her actress died, Drogo deserves it.” I hated Drogo’s speech, why am I getting pumped about rape and murder? The Dothraki are only a step above Gregor Clegane and I’m so glad they never rode on Westeros. I think you need testosterone to make this speech appealing because it super turned me off despite being fairly well delivered by Jason Mamoa.

  56. White Walker Warg
    Posted August 26, 2011 at 9:39 pm | Permalink

    1. Aemon. I didn’t read the books until after the first season, but this was the scene that I decided I had to do so.
    2. Nan. Thankfully I didn’t see the promo. I work Sunday nights so I always use DVR for HBO shows. I know which shows to watch without HBO’s spoilery promos. They’re almost as bad the as “Next week on…..”. Don’t watch those either. It also took me from wondering if Bran dies after the first ep, to realizing he is a much bigger character in the overall story than I originally perceived.
    3. Drogo. While the Dothraki language is BADASS, it took away from this scene, because of the subtitles. It woulda been worse in English, but still.
    4. Petyr. Too different from the book, and the only scene where I couldn’t tell the difference between Littlefinger and Mayor Carcetti from ‘The Wire’.
    1,000,005. Thorne. Any three words any character said the whole season would rank above this asshole. Heh.

  57. White Walker Warg
    Posted August 26, 2011 at 9:42 pm | Permalink

    GaR,

    Re: Mummers and Maesters. Agreed. Maybe if the Apprentice spent a year abroad in Braavos as an exchange student, this would enter his syllabus. But I’m sure one of the Maester’s links represents being able to deceive, since they all seem to be capable of that!

  58. Drogolover
    Posted August 26, 2011 at 9:52 pm | Permalink

    Hands down the winner has to be Drogo’s speech! Not only could speaking in a new fake language be extremely difficult, but Jason put so much emotion & energy into that speech, I felt like I was going to fight in the war with him. Even Emilia has said in interviews, that she herself was mesmerized by Jason as Drogo during that scene. Drogo was basically mute for most of the season; but when he finally spoke, I felt tremors.
    “Khal Drogo” proved Jason Momoa has come a long way from “Baywatch”!!

  59. Art
    Posted August 26, 2011 at 10:10 pm | Permalink

    Owen Teale gets my vote. That monologue gave Thorne some much-needed depth and really drove home what it is to be a man of the Night’s Watch. Plus, Owen absolutely killed it.

  60. Grujah
    Posted August 26, 2011 at 10:18 pm | Permalink

    Drogo hands down. Many great scenes (well, all were great) and many missed, but when I saw the title I knew my vote will go to Drogo.

  61. Grujah
    Posted August 26, 2011 at 10:26 pm | Permalink

    Also loved “Next time you raise your hand on me will be the last time you’ll be having hands”. “…And if your troubled when fighting happens, more trouble for you”…. god knows how many.

  62. John-Michael Lelievre
    Posted August 26, 2011 at 11:11 pm | Permalink

    Athelstan: Maester Aemon won my vote. Peter Vaughan certainly knows his craft. Here is a question for the hardcore out there, what would a maesters forge the acting link from his chain out of?

    Fools Gold, ahahaha

  63. neknekenken
    Posted August 26, 2011 at 11:50 pm | Permalink

    It’s tough choosing between Master Aemon and Drogo, but I went with Drogos’ monologue. Watching that scene made me tremble… in a good way.

  64. The Instrumentalist
    Posted August 26, 2011 at 11:56 pm | Permalink

    Athelstan,

    I don’t think they teach mummery at the Citadel, LOL :3

  65. Annathema Backstrom
    Posted August 27, 2011 at 12:49 am | Permalink

    Maester Aemon! I voted for Margaret for best support actress though. But how Peter Vaughan transmited his hate and indignation for Rhaegar’s children murder of was really impressive

  66. Raphael
    Posted August 27, 2011 at 12:52 am | Permalink

    I must add another monologue which was missing, and was the best i think…
    King Robert speek of his first kill:

    “he kept runing at me, this fool high land lad, think he could end the rebelion with a swing of his sword.
    I knocked him down with an hummer! gods i was strong then!!! caved in his braceplate, pprobably shouterd every rib he had. I stood over him, hummer in the air, right before i pulled it down he shouted ‘WAIT! WAIT!!!’
    They never tell you how they all shit themeselves, they dont putt that part in their songs…”

  67. knowsomething
    Posted August 27, 2011 at 1:19 am | Permalink

    Rose:
    Also, everyone all “abloo bloo people are only voting for Old Nan because her actress died, Drogo deserves it.” I hated Drogo’s speech, why am I getting pumped about rape and murder? The Dothraki are only a step above Gregor Clegane and I’m so glad they never rode on Westeros. I think you need testosterone to make this speech appealing because it super turned me off despite being fairly well delivered by Jason Mamoa.

    Well, I’m a woman and while I don’t really like Drago as a character precisely for the reasons you outlined, I must admit I felt kind of thrilled after that speech because of all the effed up things that were happening in Westeros. Yeah, I never thought I’d feel that way in a speech that talks about murdering and raping people. They just mess with my mind like that.

    I voted for Old Nan, because that was just an awesome speech and really set the mood for the danger to come.

  68. Jambo
    Posted August 27, 2011 at 1:27 am | Permalink

    I went with Drogo for this one – this scene was one that was far better than the book version for me. Maybe it was just because of the way it was delivered in Dothraki, I’m not sure, but it just gives me chills every time.

    Ser Alliser’s was a close 2nd though.

  69. Funkysylvanelf
    Posted August 27, 2011 at 1:33 am | Permalink

    I went with Peter Vaughan because he may be blind, but he made me read again!!!

  70. Jo
    Posted August 27, 2011 at 1:37 am | Permalink

    Maester Aemon….gives me chills every time I hear it.

  71. Icebird
    Posted August 27, 2011 at 2:11 am | Permalink

    Difficult choice for me… 50/50 between Maester Aemon and Khal Drogo.

    Aemon’s scene is one of my all time favorite moments in the book series and he’s one of my favorite characters.

    Drogo’s is arguably one of his best scene in the entire season.

    I voted for Aemon but I might regret it just a tad… They’re both amazing.

  72. sjwenings
    Posted August 27, 2011 at 2:40 am | Permalink

    All were great, actually. And theres several more great monologues from first season.

    Instead of thinking too much, I just chose the one that left the biggest impression on me.

    So Drogo, it is.

  73. Burgos
    Posted August 27, 2011 at 2:44 am | Permalink

    Nan, Drogo, Aamon… Too hard of a choice lol.

  74. loco73
    Posted August 27, 2011 at 3:33 am | Permalink

    I liked Drogo’s fierceness in his monologue, and Maester Aemon’s was soo poignant, but Old Nan just takes the cake…her voice, what she says and how she says it, just gets to the essence of the whole story and also puts things into perspective. While everyone is out for his or her own interests, there are larger dangers and threats looming over everything…it gives me chills everytime I listen to her! Fabulous!

    So Nan it is! RIP

  75. Tom Hazel
    Posted August 27, 2011 at 3:47 am | Permalink

    Whoa! Whoa! Whoa!
    Where is Robert’s bit about Lyanna with Cersei?

    “You want to know the worst part? I can’t even remember what she looks like…And the Seven Kingdoms couldn’t fill the hole she left behind…”

    Come to think of it, that’s more dialogue with another character…

    With what’s there? Drogo sent shivers down my spine… :D

  76. Athelstan
    Posted August 27, 2011 at 4:12 am | Permalink

    GaR,

    I know – only joking!

  77. selmy4king
    Posted August 27, 2011 at 4:15 am | Permalink

    This was a tough one. While Old Nan’s delivery was spine chilling, Maester Aemon’s was simply amazing. You could feel the emotion in every word he carried. Plus the actress who played Nan is gone. I like to think if Aemon wins this award it’d put a smile on his wrinkled face. :D

    Of course I must point out the lack of Ser Barristan in this. His scene in the throne room was profound!

  78. Ryan
    Posted August 27, 2011 at 4:17 am | Permalink

    Went with Drogo – while although Old Nan’s and Maester Aemon’s were powerful, I just felt that at the time of Drogo’s speech, after “crowning” Viserys, that the speech fit in well. I remember when I watched it for the first time how pumped up it made me feel, and I really did believe he would go to Westeros and hand them a tall glass of Dothraki. Then episode 10 came along. And then I read the books. :(

  79. Batman
    Posted August 27, 2011 at 4:38 am | Permalink

    1. Petyr: I am not going to fight them. I’m going to f**k them. He’s the guy, the greatest player of the Game of Thrones, and every time I watch this I get overly excited again…
    2. Old Nan, surely. I think she’s gonna win this one. Gives me a chill.
    3. Tywin Lannister skinning the stag. Sure, first half of the scene is a dialogue, but Jaime remains quiet towards the end, and Tywin is just badass.
    Drogo’s speech was good, but actually, guys: it was more than close to overacting.

  80. GrzebykK
    Posted August 27, 2011 at 4:57 am | Permalink

    That’s tough one. The toughest maybe.
    Old Nan’s speech showed pure spirit of the series and books as well. It was her trailer I loved the most. My friends after seeing it became ASoIaF men.
    Maester Aemon’s speech turned all Jon Snow’s problems into nothing. We could truly see how hard is to be Targaryen in non-Targaryen world. Truly sad.
    Khal Drogo’s speech nailed the episode. I wasn’t Drogo’s fan before. But after that, till his death, I was.
    So, knowing that Old Nan wins, I can vote for Drogo:
    3. Maester Aemon.
    2. Old Nan.
    1. Khal Drogo!

  81. Sawyer
    Posted August 27, 2011 at 6:07 am | Permalink

    Voted for Drogo, best war speech ever.

    Though, I really loved Viserys’ monologue about Targaryens and dragons while “having a bath” with Dorea.

  82. Critical Geek
    Posted August 27, 2011 at 6:12 am | Permalink

    Aliser Thorne – You could see him reliving the moment he lost his self respect.
    Aemon – you could see the regret appear, and then disappear into resolve.
    Old Nan – spine chilling delivery
    Khal Drogo – testosterone pumping pure awesomeness that…hit the line. didn’t cross it, but didn’t avoid it either. You know what line I’m talking about.
    Littlefinger: Love the actor, love the character. Hate the screenwriting of his character. This monologue was no exception.

    People feeling weird about getting pumped up about a speech that went overboard about rape and pillage at it’s end should remind themselves that this show made them feel good about domestic violence (say another word and I’ll honor you again), hitting children (everyone’s favorite Joffrey smackdown GIF), and fratricide (he was no dragon). Truely, Game of Thrones is about the Greatest story of forbidden love ever told, and the lengths the two of them had to go to make it happen. >:)

  83. Steve
    Posted August 27, 2011 at 6:20 am | Permalink

    That’s the hardest one so far… but I’m with Khal Drogo!

  84. Steve Hugh Westenra
    Posted August 27, 2011 at 7:00 am | Permalink

    Another for Margaret John! Maester Aemon was a close second, but I’m going to be a contrarian and say the others didn’t impress me that much. I can’t remember the Owen Teale one (which I’m sure was good, but I take the fact that I don’t remember it as a sign not to vote for it) and Khal Drogo’s speech, while well-done, was an easy one to pull off, I think. I don’t think it was a challenging sort of monologue.

  85. Ser Jean-Ralphio
    Posted August 27, 2011 at 8:07 am | Permalink

    It won’t win because a) it was ruined for a lot of people by Ros and her friend’s moaning, and b) it wasn’t in the book so the purist are outraged, but I’m definetly going with Aidan Gillen on this one, the lines were great, the delivery pitch perfect, and I actually thinks new material like that (as well as LF and Varys’ scenes) for the series are very welcome.

  86. Wildling
    Posted August 27, 2011 at 8:42 am | Permalink

    Oh damn.
    I loved most of them, though I thought Aidan Gillen was like a piece of wood in his, sorry as I am cuz he did the rest bloody brilliant, but that scene … I don’t know. He lost a bit of his coolness in that one, that coolness which he had in all his others.
    Old Nan… srsly, I know it by heart by now. Master Aemon did a great job, too, Thorne as well. And Drogo was bloody brilliant. Shit. Don’t know if I’m gonna vote at all for this one. I mean, of course I will, but, shit. I think I’m going for Jason Momoa, but I’ll have to think bout that again.

  87. Jessica C.
    Posted August 27, 2011 at 9:06 am | Permalink

    Maester Aemon’s speech.

    It was one of my favorite scenes from the book. I had many of the same feelings watching it that I had when I first read it. It hit all the marks it was suppose to for me.

  88. Knurk
    Posted August 27, 2011 at 9:41 am | Permalink

    Every week I think: next week it cannot impossibly be any harder than last week, but again we have a category in which I can hardly choose. But I did it anyway, Owen Teale: than one came out of the blue and gave me goosebumps on places I didn’t know I could have goosebumps. Utter brilliance. All these polls are reminding me of how bad I want this show on blu-ray ASAP.

  89. Kathy
    Posted August 27, 2011 at 10:37 am | Permalink

    I wish some of these quote votes had audio links. As I am reading the other books too, sometimes specific lines get lost in the jumble and to hear it again would refresh my memory.

  90. JohnQ
    Posted August 27, 2011 at 1:56 pm | Permalink

    I say LF. For a casual viewer of the show, you realize in that scene something not just important to the past by to the immediate present. Why is this guy talking about f***ing the Starks? Why is he so insistent that the two women in the room play their roles convincingly? Just how much of the game of thrones is Littlefinger responsible for–and is he the true master of it? When I first saw it (before I read the book), that speech was a revelation.

  91. Phil
    Posted August 27, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Permalink

    Old Nan by a country mile.

  92. userj
    Posted August 27, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Permalink

    Thorne’s was the best.

    Old Nan’s was also awesome.

    Aemon’s was a little… disappointing somehow. I love that scene in the books, and not nearly as much in the show.

    Littlefinger’s was fine but the moaning and ass finger banging was really distracting and embarassing.

    Drogo’s monologue I’ve always thought was very cheesy *ducks*

  93. Justin
    Posted August 27, 2011 at 3:08 pm | Permalink

    I actually just watched the Targaryen scene last night (HBO on Demand), and I’ve got to go with that one.

  94. Blort
    Posted August 27, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Permalink

    While the others are great, Jason Momoa’s monologue was convincingly delivered in an entirely made-up language.

  95. Chris Dobson
    Posted August 27, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Permalink

    Oooh, really tough choice between the Khal’s speech and Old Nan’s tales of winter… but in the end I went for the Khal, although I think I might be the only one . If Old Nan wins, well deserved, although I’m rooting for Drogo.

  96. White Walker Warg
    Posted August 27, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Permalink

    Ser Jean-Ralphio:
    It won’t win because a) it was ruined for a lot of people by Ros and her friend’s moaning, and b) it wasn’t in the book so the purist are outraged, but I’m definetly going with Aidan Gillen on this one, the lines were great, the delivery pitch perfect, and I actually thinks new material like that (as well as LF and Varys’ scenes) for the series are very welcome.

    Ser Jean-Ralphio? Thrones mixed with Parks and Rec. Brilliant!

  97. Matt Dobson
    Posted August 27, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Permalink

    Old Nan’s monologue worked brilliantly in the trailers but didn’t have as much impact in the actual show as Drogo’s. It really got me excited for what was to come, even though I knew he wasn’t far from an undeserved death.

  98. andrea
    Posted August 27, 2011 at 4:37 pm | Permalink

    JohnQ: Just how much of the game of thrones is Littlefinger responsible for–and is he the true master of it?

    I thought the same thing when I saw that scene but didn´t like the sexual allegory. It was too much… to the point of distracting from the real heart of the conflict but I see what you mean.

  99. persephone88
    Posted August 27, 2011 at 5:00 pm | Permalink

    Drogo for the win! Jason Momoa rocked that speech, and Drogo SHOULD have been over the top there – he is so silent and stoic much of the rest of the time.

    Old Nan was darn good, and I am sorry that Margaret Johns won’t be around because she did have a spooky delivery.

    I’m not sure what exactly, but I have not liked Aemon on the show as much as in the books – he seemed frailer and somehow gentler to me in the books, and certainly much older. But I think it was more the filming of his monologue that didn’t sit quite as right with me, than his delivery.

    I had problems with Littlefinger’s monologue from the start. Thought it was preposterous that he would spill so much personal stuff to two whores working for him – he keeps things much closer to the vest than that. Gillen’s delivery was fine, other than the “distraction” in the background, but the whole idea of it and the setting was too over the top for me.

    Loved Thorne’s speech and Owen nailed it, but it was a shade too reminiscent of Quint’s Indianapolis speech in Jaws for me to give it the top spot – but not that was not the fault of the actor at all.

  100. Lord Two Feathers
    Posted August 27, 2011 at 5:56 pm | Permalink

    Raphael: Raphael

    Posted August 27, 2011 at 12:52 am | Permalink

    I must add another monologue which was missing, and was the best i think…
    King Robert speek of his first kill:
    “he kept runing at me, this fool high land lad, think he could end the rebelion with a swing of his sword.
    I knocked him down with an hummer

    In this scene king Robert was played by Arnie………LOL!…………Sorry Raph. , no offence intended.

  101. Liadan
    Posted August 27, 2011 at 5:56 pm | Permalink

    Old Nan’s monologue gets my vote. I can remember the other speeches listed in the category but I remember Old Nan’s tone and accent best by far. Very memorable and the line carries an air of significance to it, setting up the anticipation of what winter means in Westeros. Someone here mentioned that the line is repeated in promos so it’s easy to remember but I think I’ve only seen one promo for the show.

  102. Lord Two Feathers
    Posted August 27, 2011 at 6:01 pm | Permalink

    Oh yeah the vote. 1. Old Nan, for shiver factor. 2. Drogo, great delivery of a very challanging dialog.

  103. Ed
    Posted August 27, 2011 at 6:08 pm | Permalink

    This. I honestly cannot fathom voting for any other. But everybody has different tastes, i guess.

    shadallion:
    Khal Drogo’s speech was the single greatest moment in the entire first season.

  104. JD
    Posted August 27, 2011 at 8:19 pm | Permalink

    Drogo. He sold every word . . . in a language that is native to no one! Like Ed, I found this one to be no contest.

  105. lorinheller
    Posted August 27, 2011 at 10:52 pm | Permalink

    Old Nan’s speech was perfection.

  106. DawnWielder
    Posted August 28, 2011 at 1:16 am | Permalink

    Peter Vaughan is a total G

  107. Cersei's Maidenhead
    Posted August 28, 2011 at 2:42 am | Permalink

    Old Nan’s story actually terrified me, Khal Drogo’s speech got my blood and fists pumping but it was Maester Aemon reliving the hardest decision of his life that completely blew me away. The pain in his voice when he says “even the little children” is so real and full of hatred that you have to feel for the man. Have to give this one to Peter Vaughan.

  108. sid
    Posted August 28, 2011 at 2:53 am | Permalink

    Knock him down with a hummer? WTF? LMAO! The link would be quicksilver. My favorite monolog? Hodor!

  109. Vered
    Posted August 28, 2011 at 3:12 am | Permalink

    Old Nan get’s my vote too. The first moment I heard that speech I had shivers. That one was what set the pase for me.
    I get why a lot would think Drogo’s should win… but honestly never liked him all that much…. and just speech was just a bunch of frat-boy hitting it off for me.
    Ameon’s speech never sat well with me. The comparison between his situation and Jon’s was just off for me and that put the all speech out of it’s place for me….
    And littlefinger’s was just…. well let’s just say he wouldn’t have made my cut for top momologue. Robert’s about his first kill would have. And Tywin’s speech with Jamie.

    Anyway…. Old Nan’s gets mune. ;-)

  110. Tar Kidho
    Posted August 28, 2011 at 3:29 am | Permalink

    Sawyer: Though, I really loved Viserys’ monologue about Targaryens and dragons while “having a bath” with Dorea.

    Loved that scene as well – best added scene of the entire season! – but I wouldn’t call it a monologue as Doreah played an important role in it.

    Steve Hugh Westenra: I can’t remember the Owen Teale one (which I’m sure was good, but I take the fact that I don’t remember it as a sign not to vote for it)

    Similar here, although my memories are slightly different. The Old Nan and Drogo speeches I can still hear clearly inside my head, whereas the others sort of have faded by now…

  111. Katerina
    Posted August 28, 2011 at 6:07 am | Permalink

    I totally go for Petyr Baelish. Simply awesome, gorgeous, perfectly played. Yeah, Old Nan gave me the shivers and Allister sounded pretty cool, but Petyr is my one and only when it comes to brilliant lines.

  112. Udi
    Posted August 28, 2011 at 6:39 am | Permalink
  113. Udi
    Posted August 28, 2011 at 6:42 am | Permalink

    persephone88,

    Agree with all that you posted. 100%

  114. Jordan Healey
    Posted August 28, 2011 at 8:04 am | Permalink

    Owen Teale’s monologue was a nice surprise

  115. David Dufweke
    Posted August 28, 2011 at 9:22 am | Permalink

    I’m totally for Jason Momoa’s speech. It was so exciting, and so well performed, even despite the fact that he spoke in Dothraki. Giving that performance in a language no one of the audience understands is marvellous for me.

    Drogo gets this one. Hands down. Though, Aemon was a good runner-up.

  116. Nowitzki
    Posted August 28, 2011 at 9:33 am | Permalink

    The easiest pick so far – Old Nan ! Not that others were bad, especially Drogo, but the Nan’s monologue cannot be described by words. 10/ 10

  117. jaybe
    Posted August 28, 2011 at 10:22 am | Permalink

    I also found Jason monologe a little cheesy… It was like an elvish translation of a Manowar’s song. In any case it was really impressive in screen.

    Littlefinger’s one maybe was inside the wrong situation. I prefer his dialogues.

    But the other three … they nailed it. Old Nan tales becoming alive and the amused face of Bran; Aemon, talking in a way only a Maester and a Targarien could; and Thorne, a character I hated from the books … and I loved him since that monologue.

  118. Mirax
    Posted August 28, 2011 at 10:37 am | Permalink

    I had to choose Aemon. I enjoyed the other speeches, but just thinking about the emotion behind Aemon’s speech to Jon has me nearly tearing up. I had always read his part in the book more as sad and maybe exhausted after the life he’s lived, so hearing the rage behind the words just really struck me.

  119. latebird
    Posted August 28, 2011 at 10:42 am | Permalink

    Maester Aemon’s monologe. It was like a window into the past of which we all want to know more.

  120. Ed
    Posted August 28, 2011 at 10:54 am | Permalink

    Heh… I don’t agree with you, but that was hella funny! :)

    jaybe:
    I also found Jason monologe a little cheesy… It was like an elvish translation of a Manowar’s song. In any case it was really impressive in screen.

  121. Alexander Dubrovsky
    Posted August 28, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Permalink

    Ed:
    Heh…I don’t agree with you, but that was hella funny!:)

    True, nothing bad with Manowar’s songs :)

  122. Chai
    Posted August 28, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Permalink

    I voted for Maester Aemon, because at the time, I haven’t read the book and found his revelation as a Targaryen very compelling. His voice just seemed to carry the weight of hundreds of years.

    Osha’s monologue on what’s beyond the Wall was also great.

  123. Dan
    Posted August 28, 2011 at 6:13 pm | Permalink

    1. Old Nan: gives me the chills.
    2. Khal Drogo: keep on replaying this one.
    3. Thorne: Loved the end of his dialogue.

  124. Nagga's Kin
    Posted August 28, 2011 at 6:24 pm | Permalink

    Nan FTW. It is known.

  125. Emma
    Posted August 28, 2011 at 9:05 pm | Permalink

    Old Nan.

    Obviously.

  126. Jole Hehe
    Posted August 29, 2011 at 2:08 am | Permalink

    I was reaching for my sword (which I don’t have) after Drogo’s speech! Brilliant!

  127. Joe Van Winkle
    Posted August 29, 2011 at 2:15 am | Permalink

    what??? no tyrion love? his confession was the best!!!!!!!!!!

  128. Kid
    Posted August 29, 2011 at 4:33 am | Permalink

    Damn! I’m stuck between Old Nan and Aemon! Both was most dramatic monologues!

    Aaaaand.. OK, Aemon.

    Although, Robert’s words “Do you think it’s the honour that keeps piece? The only thing that keeps peace is fear, fear and blood!”. I know it’s not a monologue, but words were just fantastic.

  129. PanchoFrancisco
    Posted August 29, 2011 at 5:19 am | Permalink

    I vote for King Robert’s speech about the Tully boy!….That stupid booooy….

  130. selmy4king
    Posted August 29, 2011 at 8:33 am | Permalink

    PanchoFrancisco,

    *Tarly, as in one of craven Sam’s ancestors ;). The Tully’s and Baratheon’s were allies during the rebellion.

  131. JimmyShakerDay
    Posted August 29, 2011 at 11:42 am | Permalink

    Robert Baratheon’s “Absentee King” speech given to Cersei – Best lines spoken so far in GoT. It shuts Cersei up and shows off the fact that Robert is still smarter than everyone thinks.

    Since it’s not a choice, I’ll pick the old bat, Old Nan.

  132. Blackfish Blues
    Posted August 29, 2011 at 1:08 pm | Permalink

    I, too, feel like Old Nan will win. If she doesn’t, I’ll feel guilty.

    My ranking:

    5. LF. What did he say again?

    4. Drogo. I’ll admit I’m too encumbered by a modern outlook and personal phobias to really like it. I must say the show did not make me “feel good” about any of the other things Critical Geek listed-

    3. Old Nan. As someone pointed out, the actual monologue made less an impression on me than the voice in the trailer.

    2. Thorne. He’s an a$$hole but his story had me listening.

    1. Aemon. He conjured up a whole world of legend, while being badass.

  133. Epic the wonderful
    Posted August 29, 2011 at 1:27 pm | Permalink

    Raphael: I knocked him down with an hummer! gods i was strong then!!

    Yikes, a hummer? That’s pretty gross though maybe not by GoT standards.

  134. Snake_Pliskan
    Posted August 29, 2011 at 2:00 pm | Permalink

    Old Nan…….she nailed that scene and made it really play much stronger than I recall feeling when reading it.

  135. Snake_Pliskan
    Posted August 29, 2011 at 2:01 pm | Permalink

    Joe Van Winkle: o tyrion love? his confession was the best!!!!!!!!!!

    He’s already going to win the best comedy poll with his confession. :-)

  136. six30two
    Posted August 29, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Permalink

    Tar Kidho:
    This one was between Old Nan and the Khal for me, but weighing them up against each other, I think even Drogo would have gotten the shivers had he heard Old Nan’s speach, whereas she would have simply shrugged off the power of that summer warrior’s voice. Old Nan +1!

    LOL @ Drogo comment. Genius post.

    I vote for old nan as well.
    “Kings froze to death in their castles same as the shepherds in their huts. And women smothered their babies rather than see them starve…”

    Chilling.

  137. PanchoFrancisco
    Posted August 29, 2011 at 3:18 pm | Permalink

    Whoopsies on the tarly /Tully! Its been all this talk of making chum out of trout! Thanks for catching that, no pun intended :D
    selmy4king,

  138. nina
    Posted August 29, 2011 at 5:59 pm | Permalink

    SA_Avenger,
    Exactly

  139. SwordOfTheMorning
    Posted August 29, 2011 at 7:59 pm | Permalink

    Ingemar Svensson:
    This one:

    Zhey jalan atthirari anni. Hash azisi?
    Jora Andahli, okki zhille hrazef fin allayafa shafka drogikhoon anni. Me shafki.
    Anha asshilak jin azh shafkea haji rekoon et shafka.
    Ma rizhaan anni, vezh fin asaja rhaesheseres,maan anha valloshak azh akka.
    Maan anha vazhak jin ador shiqethi finaan neva ave maisi mae. Anha vazhak maan Rhaeshis Andahli. Anha, zhey Drogo, atak jin.
    Anha vidrik khalasares anni jim, finaan nakhoe rhaesheser, majin adothrak hrazef ido yomme Havazzhifi Kazga ven et vo khal avvos. Anha vaddrivak mahrazhis fini ondee khogar shiqethi ma vohharak okrenegwin mori.
    Anha aqorisok chiories mori, vazzafrok yal mori, ma afichak vojjor samva Vaesaan Dothrak. Ki jini anha astak asqoy, anha, Drogo ki Bharbosi.
    Ki jini anha astak asqoy hatif Maisi Krazaaji kash shieraki vitihiri asavvasoon. Asavvasoon! Asavvasoon!

    Well said.

  140. Epic knows nothing
    Posted August 29, 2011 at 8:19 pm | Permalink

    SwordOfTheMorning,

    Damn, when will Google get savvy and add Dothraki to their translating engine?

  141. lisko
    Posted August 30, 2011 at 9:15 am | Permalink

    This was a tough one. Went with Old Nan’s story, it was chilling to the bone: “And women smothered their babies, rather than see them starve. And wept. And felt the tears freeze on their cheeks.”

    Khal Drogo’s promise and Alliser Thorne’s story were almost as good.

  142. the goat
    Posted August 31, 2011 at 9:21 am | Permalink

    All amazing! “Milking the eel,” didn’t even make it, that’s how strong the list is!

  143. Claudia
    Posted September 1, 2011 at 7:43 pm | Permalink

    Drogo’s…

    Old Nan’s is good, really good, really creepy but…
    Jason Momoa makes us feel the very barbarian in him in his monologue without uttering a single English word, and that… Well, that ! That has to count for something, goddamn it !

  144. Winter Is Coming
    Posted September 2, 2011 at 9:01 am | Permalink

    Maybe a little late, but I found YouTube vids of 4 of the 5 nominees (Littlefinger’s monologue isn’t on there, for obvious reasons).

    Alliser Thorne – You Don’t Know Cold
    Maester Aemon – Honor
    Old Nan – Fear is for the Winter
    Drogo – A Gift to Rhaego

  145. Tar Kidho
    Posted September 2, 2011 at 9:46 am | Permalink

    Winter Is Coming,

    Maybe a tad late yes, I’m already waiting impatiently for today’s new award category!

    (And I stick with my initial idea: the best monologue should be the one that one remembers most vividly. Nice collection of monologue videos though!)

  146. spacechampion
    Posted September 2, 2011 at 11:26 am | Permalink

    WIC, I find it odd that you have a polling widget at the bottom of this page for a different question from months ago, yet you don’t have a widget for the current question. So the method of counting the votes… fingers and toes, is it?

  147. Winter Is Coming
    Posted September 2, 2011 at 11:57 am | Permalink

    spacechampion:
    WIC, I find it odd that you have a polling widget at the bottom of this page for a different question from months ago, yet you don’t have a widget for the current question.So the method of counting the votes…fingers and toes, is it?

    Huh? The poll is embedded within the post…

  148. shadallion
    Posted September 2, 2011 at 5:19 pm | Permalink

    Who won?

  149. spacechampion
    Posted September 3, 2011 at 11:32 am | Permalink

    Winter Is Coming: Huh? The poll is embedded within the post…

    Oops, sorry! I don’t have javascript enabled for just anything, so it doesn’t appear for me unless i give it permission.

  150. Tar Kidho
    Posted September 3, 2011 at 11:48 am | Permalink

    shadallion:
    Who won?

    That’ll be revealed all at once, I assume like in a ‘real’ Award Ceremony… (Winter once said it would be announced in an exciting way, so maybe some live internet broadcasting?? Just hoping ;-)

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