20 of our favorite Tyrion Lannister moments because we’re going to miss him

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1. S1E1: “Never forget what you are.”

During the very first episode of Game of Thrones, Tyrion offers some sound advice to a young Jon Snow. He refers to Jon as a bastard, a surefire way to get the boy to stalk off in a sour mood. But unlike every other lord on the show, Tyrion isn’t swinging the word around as an insult.

“Never forget what you are,” he tells Jon. “The rest of the world will not. Wear it like armor, and it can never be used to hurt you.” Of course, the words just anger Jon further. He demands to know what Tyrion could possibly know about being a bastard.

“All dwarves are bastards in their fathers’ eyes,” Tyrion answers. It’s a sympathetic moment for both characters, forging a connection between them that lasts well through the seventh season.

2. S1E2: Tyrion slaps Joffrey (the first time).

Many of Tyrion’s earlier scenes involve him putting down Joffrey. And really, what Game of Thrones fan doesn’t love watching Joffrey suffer?

Following Bran’s near-fatal fall, Tyrion demands that Joffrey pay his respects to Lord and Lady Stark. Joffrey refuses, stating that Bran means “nothing to him” and that he “can’t stand the wailing of women.” Tyrion’s admirable response to this is to slap Joffrey across the face.

In proper Draco Malfoy fashion, Joffrey cries out that he’ll tell his mother. Tyrion merely slaps him a few more times for good measure. And in lieu of everything Joffrey does later in the show, this scene is a good one to look back on.