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Jon Snow (Character)
from "Game of Thrones" (2011)

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"Game of Thrones: Cripples, Bastards, and Broken Things (#1.4)" (2011)
[Thorne walks in on Jon and Sam horsing around in the mess hall]
Alliser Thorne: Enjoying yourselves?
[Jon and Sam quickly get back to work]
Alliser Thorne: You look cold, boys.
Samwell Tarly: It is a bit nippy.
Alliser Thorne: Bit nippy, yeah. By the fire, indoors... it's still summer. Do you boys even remember the last winter? How long has it been now? What, ten years?
Jon Snow: I remember.
Alliser Thorne: Was it uncomfortable at Winterfell? Were there days when you just couldn't get warm, never mind how many fires your servants built?
Jon Snow: I build my own fires.
Alliser Thorne: That's admirable. I spent six months out there, beyond the Wall, during the last winter. Supposed to be a two-week mission. We heard a rumor Mance Rayder was planning to attack Eastwatch, so we went out to look for some of his men, capture them, gather some knowledge. The Wildlings who fight for Mance Rayder are hard men... harder than you'll ever be. They know their country better than we do. They knew there was a storm coming in. So they hid in their caves and waited for it to pass... and we got caught in the open. Wind so strong, it yanked hundred-foot trees straight from the ground, roots and all. If you took your gloves off to find your cock to have a piss, you lost a finger to the frost. And all in darkness.
[pause]
Alliser Thorne: You don't know cold. Neither of you do. The horses died first. Didn't have enough to feed them, to keep them warm. Eating the horses was easy... but later, when we started to fall... that wasn't easy.
[Thorne walks over to Sam, who starts shuddering]
Alliser Thorne: We should've had a couple of boys like you along, shouldn't we? Soft, fat boys like you. We'd have lasted a fortnight on you, and still have bones left over for soup. Soon we'll have new recruits, and you lot will be passed along to the Lord Commander for assignment. And they will call you "men of the Night's Watch," but you'd be fools to believe it. You're boys, still. And come the winter, you will die... like flies.

Pypar: Where have you been?
Jon Snow: Watch duty with Sam.
Pypar: Ah, Prince Porkchop. Where is he?
Jon Snow: He wasn't hungry.
Pypar: Impossible!
Jon Snow: That's enough. Sam's no different from the rest of us. There was no place for him in the world, so he's come here. We're not gonna hurt him in the training yard anymore. Never again, no matter what Thorne says. He's our brother now, and we're going to protect him.
Rast: You ARE in love, Lord Snow. You girls can do as you please. But if Thorne puts me up against Lady Piggy, I'm gonna slice me off a side of bacon.

[Jon is standing watch atop the Wall when Sam walks over]
Samwell Tarly: Hello. Ser Alliser said I'm to be your new watch partner. I should warn you, I don't see all that well.
Jon Snow: Come stand by the fire. It's warmer.
Samwell Tarly: No, that's all right, I'm fine.
Jon Snow: You're not. You're freezing.
Samwell Tarly: [walks over to the fire and peers over the edge of the Wall] I don't like high places.
Jon Snow: You can't fight... you can't see... you're afraid of heights and almost everything else, probably.
[pause]
Jon Snow: What are you doing here, Sam?
Samwell Tarly: On the morning of my eighteenth nameday, my father came to me. "You're almost a man now," he said, "but you are not worthy of my land and title. Tomorrow you're going to take the black, forsake all claim to your inheritance, and start north. If you do not," he said, "then we'll have a hunt, and somewhere in these woods your horse will stumble, and you'll be thrown from your saddle to die. Or so I'll tell your mother. Nothing would please me more."
[pause]
Samwell Tarly: Ser Alliser's going to make me fight again tomorrow, isn't he?
Jon Snow: Yes, he is.
Samwell Tarly: [groans] I'm not going to get any better, you know.
Jon Snow: Well, you can't get any worse.
[they both start laughing]

Samwell Tarly: I know for a fact that some of the officers go to that brothel in Mole's Town.
Jon Snow: I wouldn't doubt it.
Samwell Tarly: Don't you think it's a little bit unfair? Making us take our vows while they sneak off for a little Sally on the side?
Jon Snow: Sally on the side?
Samwell Tarly: It's silly, isn't it? What, *we* can't defend the Wall unless we're celibate? It's absurd.
Jon Snow: I didn't think you'd be so upset about it.
Samwell Tarly: Why not? Because I'm fat?
Jon Snow: No.
Samwell Tarly: But I like girls just as much as you do. They might not like me as much. I've never... been with one. You've probably had hundreds.
Jon Snow: No. As a matter of fact, I'm the same as you.
Samwell Tarly: Yeah. Yeah, I... I find that hard to believe.
Jon Snow: I came very close once. I was alone in a room with a naked girl, but...
Samwell Tarly: Didn't know where to put it?
Jon Snow: I know where to put it.
Samwell Tarly: Was she... old and ugly?
Jon Snow: Young and gorgeous. A whore named Ros.
Samwell Tarly: What color hair?
Jon Snow: Red.
Samwell Tarly: Oh, I like red hair. And her... her um.
[Sam places his hands on his chest]
Jon Snow: You don't want to know.
Samwell Tarly: What, that good?
Jon Snow: Better.

Samwell Tarly: So why exactly did you not make love to Ros with the perfect...?
Jon Snow: What's my name?
Samwell Tarly: Jon Snow.
Jon Snow: And why is my surname Snow?
Samwell Tarly: Because... you're a bastard from the North.
Jon Snow: I never met my mother. My father wouldn't even tell me her name. I don't know if she's living or dead. I don't know if she's a noblewoman or a fisherman's wife... or a whore. So I sat there in the brothel as Ros took off her clothes. But I couldn't do it. Because all I could think was what if I got her pregnant and she had a child, another bastard named Snow? It's not a good life for a child.
Samwell Tarly: So... you *didn't* know where to put it?


"Game of Thrones: The Watchers on the Wall (#4.9)" (2014)
Ygritte: [as she's dying] Jon Snow.
Jon Snow: Oh shit. Don't talk.
Ygritte: Do you remember that cave? We should have stayed in that cave.
Jon Snow: We'll go back there.
Ygritte: You know nothing, Jon Snow.
[She dies]

Tormund Giantsbane: I should have thrown you from the top of the Wall, boy!
Jon Snow: Aye. You should have.

Alliser Thorne: You can say it if you like. We should've sealed the tunnel while we had the chance. Like you suggested.
Jon Snow: It was a difficult decision either way, ser.
[pause]
Alliser Thorne: Do you know what leadership means, Lord Snow? It means that the person in charge gets second-guessed by every clever little twat with a mouth. But if he starts second-guessing himself, that's the end. For him... for the clever little twats... for everyone. This is not the end, not for us. Not if you lot do your duty for however long it takes to beat them back. And then you get to go on hating me, and I get to go on wishing your wildling whore had finished the job.

Janos Slynt: The bars of those gates are 4 inches of cold hard rolled steel.
Jon Snow: Those are giants riding mammoths down there!


"Game of Thrones: The Kingsroad (#1.2)" (2011)
Jon Snow: Why do you read so much?
Tyrion Lannister: Look at me and tell me what you see.
Jon Snow: Is this a trick?
Tyrion Lannister: What you see is a dwarf. If I had been born a peasant, they might have left me out in the woods to die. Alas, I was born a Lannister of Casterly Rock. Things are expected of me. My father was the Hand of the King for twenty years.
Jon Snow: Until your brother killed that king.
Tyrion Lannister: ...Yes. Until my brother killed him. Life is full of these little ironies. My sister married the new king, and my repulsive nephew will be king after him. I must do my part for the honor of my house; wouldn't you agree? But how? Well, my brother has his sword, and I have my mind. And a mind needs books like a sword needs a whetstone. That's why I read so much, Jon Snow.

Jaime Lannister: Let me thank you ahead of time for guarding us all from the perils beyond the wall: Wildlings and White Walkers and whatnot.
[Jaime offers handshake. Jon shakes his hand, but Jaime does not let go of Jon's hand, as if testing his strength]
Jaime Lannister: We're grateful for there are good and strong men like you protecting us.
[Jaime pats on Jon's shoulder, finally releases his hand and starts walking away]
Jon Snow: We've guarded the kingdoms for 8,000 years.
[Jaime stops and turns back to Jon, with expression of surprise]
Jaime Lannister: Is it "we" already? Have you taken your vows then?
Jon Snow: Soon enough.
Jaime Lannister: Give my regards to the Night's Watch. I'm sure it will be thrilling to serve in such an elite force. And it not... it's only for life.

Jon Snow: First lesson: stick 'em with the pointy end.
Arya Stark: I know which end to use.

[Jaime finds Jon at the blacksmith's forge, examining Arya's sword]
Jaime Lannister: A sword for the Wall?
Jon Snow: I already have one.
Jaime Lannister: Good man. Have you swung it yet?
Jon Snow: Of course I have.
Jaime Lannister: At someone, I mean.
[Jon doesn't answer]
Jaime Lannister: It's a strange thing, first time you cut a man. You realize we're nothing but sacks of meat and blood, and some bone to keep it all standing.
[pause]
Jaime Lannister: Let me thank you ahead of time for guarding us all from the perils beyond the Wall. Wildlings and white walkers and whatnot. We're grateful to have good, strong men like you protecting us.
Jon Snow: We've guarded the Kingdoms for eight thousand years.
Jaime Lannister: Is it "we" already? Have you taken your vows, then?
Jon Snow: Soon enough.
Jaime Lannister: Give my regards to the Night's Watch. I'm sure it will be thrilling to serve in such an elite force. And if not...
[he smiles and shrugs]
Jaime Lannister: ... it's only for life.


"Game of Thrones: Oathbreaker (#6.3)" (2016)
Eddison Tollett: Your eyes are still brown. Is that still you in there?
Jon Snow: I think so. Hold off on burning my body for now.
Eddison Tollett: That's funny. You sure that's still you in there?

Tormund Giantsbane: They think you're some kind of god. The man that return from the dead.
Jon Snow: I'm not a god.
Tormund Giantsbane: I know that. I saw your pecker. What kind god had a pecker that small?

[Jon hands over his black cloak to Eddison]
Eddison Tollett: What do you want me to do with this?
Jon Snow: Wear it. Burn it. Whatever you want. You have Castle Black.
[Jon walks away]
Jon Snow: My watch is ended.

Davos Seaworth: You clean up as much of the shit as you can.
Jon Snow: I don't know how to do that. I thought I did, but... I failed.
Davos Seaworth: Good. Now go fail again.


"Game of Thrones: High Sparrow (#5.3)" (2015)
Jon Snow: I heard it was best to keep your enemies close.
Stannis Baratheon: Whoever said that didn't have many enemies.

Jon Snow: Lord Janos, I'm giving you command of Greyguard.
Janos Slynt: Greyguard is a ruin.
Jon Snow: Yes, the Fort is in a sorry state, restore it as best you can. First Builder Yarwick can spare 10...
Janos Slynt: [interrupting] I was charged with the defence of King's Landing when you were still soiling your swaddling clothes. Keep your ruin!
[other Night's Watch members jeer at Janos]
Samwell Tarly: Alright, alright! That's enough of that!
[jeering stops]
Jon Snow: You mistake me, my lord. That was a command, not an offer. Pack your arms and armour, say your farewells, and ride for Greyguard.
Janos Slynt: [stands, scowling] I will not go off to meekly freeze and die. Give it to one of the fools who cast a stone for you! I will not have it! Do you hear me, boy? I will not have it!
Jon Snow: Are you refusing to obey my order?
Janos Slynt: [long, tense silence] You can take your order, and stick it up your bastard ass!
[shocked murmurs from the Night's Watch]
Jon Snow: [coldly] Take Lord Janos outside. Olly, bring me my sword.
[the Night's Watch begin filing out of the mess hall into the courtyard. Two men grab Lord Janos and drag him outside]
Janos Slynt: [struggling to escape] You cannot do this! Get your hands off me! Stop, all of you! If the boy thinks he can frighten me, he's mistaken, yes, very mistaken! Disgrace! I have friends in the Capital, you'll see!
[Janos is forced to kneel onto a chopping block]
Jon Snow: [steps onto the gallows, and unsheathes Longclaw] If you have any last words, my lord, now's the time.
Janos Slynt: [terrified] I was wrong! You're the Lord Commander, we all serve you! I'm sorry, not only for this, but for all I've done and said! I was wrong!
Jon Snow: [raises Longclaw to behead Janos]
Janos Slynt: My lord, please! Mercy, mercy!
Jon Snow: [hesitates]
Janos Slynt: I'll go, I will!
[starts weeping]
Janos Slynt: Please, I'm afraid! I've always been afraid!
[breaks down sobbing]
Jon Snow: [glares angrily, beheads Lord Janos Slynt]

Stannis Baratheon: You have many enemies in Castle Black. Have you considered sending Alliser Thorne elsewhere? Give him command of Eastwatch-by-the-Sea.
Jon Snow: I heard it was best to keep your enemies close.
Stannis Baratheon: Whoever said that didn't have many enemies.


"Game of Thrones: The Climb (#3.6)" (2013)
Ygritte: Don't ever betray me.
Jon Snow: I won't.

Jon Snow: [stares up at the Wall] Have you ever climbed it before?
Ygritte: No. But Tormund's done it half a hundred times.
[Jon continues staring]
Ygritte: You're afraid.
Jon Snow: Aren't you?
Ygritte: Aye. Oh, it's a long way up and a long way down, but... I've waited my whole life to see the world from up there.

Ygritte: Here, sit down. Brought a pair for you.
[Ygritte tosses Jon a pair of crampons]
Ygritte: They're too big for you, but they're good.
Jon Snow: You kill someone for them?
Ygritte: Nah. I didn't kill him. But I bet his balls are still bruised.
[Jon laughs]
Ygritte: He wasn't good to me the way you're good to me. Well, he didn't do that thing you do with your tongue.
Jon Snow: [lowers his voice nervously] Yeah, can we not talk about that here?
Ygritte: [playfully imitates him] "Can we not talk about that here?" Oh, I'm Jon Snow. I've killed dead men and Qhorin Halfhand, but I'm scared of naked girls!"
Jon Snow: Did I seem scared the other day?
Ygritte: You were trembling like a leaf.
Jon Snow: Only in the beginning.
[Ygritte chuckles]
Ygritte: Only in the beginning. You're a proper lover, Jon Snow. And don't worry. Your secret's safe with me.
Jon Snow: What secret?
Ygritte: Do you think I'm as dumb as all those girls in silk dresses you knew growing up?
[Jon chuckles and starts tying on his crampons]
Ygritte: You're loyal. And you're brave. You didn't stop being a crow the day you walked into Mance Rayder's tent.
[Jon freezes]
Ygritte: But I'm your woman now, Jon Snow. You're going to be loyal to your woman. The Night's Watch don't care if you live or die. Mance Rayder don't care if I live or die. We're just soldiers in their armies, and there's plenty more to carry on if we go down. But it's you and me that matters to me and you. Don't ever betray me.
[Jon hesitates, then looks at her]
Jon Snow: I won't.
Ygritte: Because I'll cut your pretty cock right off and wear it round me neck.


"Game of Thrones: Fire and Blood (#1.10)" (2011)
Jeor Mormont: Honor made you leave, and honor brought you back.
Jon Snow: My friends brought me back.
Jeor Mormont: I didn't say it was *your* honor.

Jeor Mormont: When dead men, and worse, come hunting for us in the night, do you think it matters who sits the Iron Throne?
Jon Snow: No.
Jeor Mormont: Good. Because I want you and your wolf with us when we ride beyond the Wall tomorrow.
Jon Snow: Beyond the Wall?
Jeor Mormont: I will not sit meekly by and wait for the snows. I mean to find out what's happening. The Night's Watch will ride in force against the wildlings, the White Walkers, and whatever else is out there. And we will find Benjen Stark, alive or dead. I will command them myself. So I will ask you once, Lord Snow, are you a brother of the Night's Watch, or a bastard boy who wants to play at war?


"Game of Thrones: Winter Is Coming (#1.1)" (2011)
Tyrion Lannister: Let me tell you something, 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 Snow: What the hell do you know about being a bastard?
Tyrion Lannister: All dwarfs are bastards in their father's eyes.

Will: [to Ned, just before his execution] I know I broke my oath. I know I'm a deserter. I should've gone back to the Wall and warned them, but... I saw what I saw. I saw the White Walkers. People need to know. If you can get word to my family... tell 'em I'm no coward. Tell 'em I'm sorry.
[Ned pauses, then nods. The guards force Will onto the chopping block and Ned draws his sword]
Will: Forgive me, lord.
Eddard Stark: In the name of Robert of the House Baratheon, the First of His Name...
Jon Snow: [aside, to Bran] Don't look away. Father will know if you do.
Eddard Stark: ...Lord of the Seven Kingdoms, and Protector of the Realm, I, Eddard of the House Stark, Lord of Winterfell and Warden of the North, sentence you to die.
[Ned decaptitates Will]
Jon Snow: [to Bran] You did well.


"Game of Thrones: The Rains of Castamere (#3.9)" (2013)
[realizing that Jon is still loyal to the Night's Watch, Tormund orders his men to kill him. At Tormund's command, the Wildlings charge at Jon. Before Ygritte can shoot, Jon knocks her to the ground. Orell and several more Wildlings attack Jon. Tormund charges at Ygritte before she can reach her bow. Jon kills one of the Wildlings. Tormund grabs Ygritte]
Tormund Giantsbane: He's one of them.
Ygritte: [struggles to get free] No!
Tormund Giantsbane: Do you hear me?
[Ygritte bites Tormund's hand. He shrieks in pain and releases her, but immediately grabs her again]
Tormund Giantsbane: You're not gonna die for one of them.
[inside the tower, Jojen urges Bran to warg into Summer]
Jojen Reed: Do it. They'll find us if you don't.
[Osha, Rickon and Meera look at Bran. Finally he does as Jojen says. He concentrates, breathing heavily, his eyes become blank as he wargs into Summer. Jon is still fighting with several Wildlings. Suddenly, Summer and Shaggydog intervene, attacking and killing two of the Wildlings. Jon continues fighting with Orell. He evades Orell's sword and stabs him fatally. Orell gasps in agony]
Jon Snow: [taunting] You were right the whole time.
[although Orell is mortally injured, he tries to cheat death by warging into the mind of his eagle. He concentrates, his eyes become blank. As Jon stands over Orell's dead human body, Orell's consciousness is controlling the eagle. The eagle attacks Jon, claws at his face with his talons, trying to pluck his eyes. Jon barely manages to fight it off. He stands, blood runs across his face, runs to the horses, mounts one horse and rides away before Tormund and Ygritte can stop him. Ygritte looks after Jon, with mixed expression of anger and pain]

Orell: [returns from scouting a nearby hut] Only one old man and eight good horses.
Tormund Giantsbane: [to Jon] What's one old man doing with eight horses?
Jon Snow: He breeds them for the Watch.
Ygritte: How does he keep folks from stealing 'em?
Jon Snow: The Watch protects him.
Orell: Not today, they don't. He's selling horses. He's got some gold in there.
Tormund Giantsbane: And proper steel.
Orell: Let's carve him up.
Jon Snow: We just take the horses and go. The old man's no threat.
Orell: [to Tormund] I keep telling you.
Ygritte: He's an old man. A spear through the heart's a better way to die than coughing up your last with no one but your horses to hear.
Jon Snow: The Watch might send a few men looking for a horse thief. They'll send a lot more to hunt down murderers.
Tormund Giantsbane: I hope so. Killing crows in their castle is tough. Killing them out here in the open, that's what we do.


"Game of Thrones: The Pointy End (#1.8)" (2011)
[Jon, Sam and more of the Night's Watch look how the corpses of Othor and Jafer are being burnt]
Samwell Tarly: They were touched by White Walkers. That's why they came back. That's why their eyes turned blue. Only fire will stop them.
[everyone stare at Sam]
Jon Snow: How do you know that?
Samwell Tarly: I read about it in a book... a very old book in Maester Aemon's library.
Jon Snow: What else did the book say?
Samwell Tarly: The White Walkers sleep beneath the ice for thousands of years. And when they wake up...
Pypar: And when they wake up... what?
Samwell Tarly: [hesitates] I hope the Wall is high enough.
[they look at the Wall]

[Sam, Jon, Bowen Marsh and more of the Night's Watch bring to Castle Black two corpses they found beyond the Wall. Jeor Mormont approaches and examines the corpses]
Jeor Mormont: It's Othor, without a doubt.
Bowen Marsh: The other one is Jafer Flowers, My Lord, less the hand the wolf tore off.
Jeor Mormont: Any sign of Benjen or the rest of his party?
[Marsh shakes hid head. Sam bends over the corpses]
Jon Snow: Just these two, My Lord. Been dead awhile, I'd say.
Samwell Tarly: The smell.
[Marsh bends over the corpses and sniffs them]
Bowen Marsh: What smell?
Samwell Tarly: [shrugs and shakes his head] There is none. If they'd be dead for a long time, wouldn't there be rot?
[Mormont looks at Sam intently]
Jon Snow: We should burn them.
Bowen Marsh: Snow's not wrong, My Lord. Fire will do for them. The Wildling way.
Jeor Mormont: I want Maester Aemon to examine them first.
[Mormont turns to Sam]
Jeor Mormont: You may be a coward, Tarly, but you're not stupid.
[Sam smiles shyly]
Jeor Mormont: Get them inside.


"Game of Thrones: Dark Wings, Dark Words (#3.2)" (2013)
[Jon and Mance come upon Ygritte and Tormund, who are watching Orell's eagle as Orell himself sits on the ground in a trance]
Tormund Giantsbane: Shouldn't be long now.
Jon Snow: What's wrong with him?
Mance Rayder: He's a warg. He can enter the mind of animals, see through their eyes. He's scouting for us.
Ygritte: [to Jon] What, you've never met a warg?
Mance Rayder: Orell!
[Orell wakes from his trance]
Mance Rayder: Where were you this time?
Orell: The Fist of the First Men.
Mance Rayder: What did you see?
[Orell looks at Jon and chuckles humorlessly]
Orell: Dead crows.

Mance Rayder: Was it hard for you to kill the Halfhand?
Jon Snow: Yes.
Mance Rayder: You liked him? I like you, but if you're playing us false, it won't be hard for me to kill you. I've got wildling blood in my veins. These are my people.
Jon Snow: I understand.
Mance Rayder: Well, how could you understand?
Jon Snow: You want to protect your people.
Mance Rayder: Do you know what it takes to unite ninety clans, half of whom want to massacre the other half for one insult or another? They speak seven different languages in my army. The Thenns hate the Hornfoots. The Hornfoots hate the ice-river clans. Everyone hates the cave people. So, you know how I got moon-worshippers and cannibals and giants to march together in the same army?
Jon Snow: No.
Mance Rayder: I told them we were all going to die if we don't get south. Because that's the truth.


"Game of Thrones: Battle of the Bastards (#6.9)" (2016)
Jon Snow: [to Ramsay] Thousands of men don't need to die. Only one of us. Let's end this the old way. You against me.

Jon Snow: [to Melisandre] If I do, if I fall... don't bring me back.


"Game of Thrones: The Bear and the Maiden Fair (#3.7)" (2013)
Jon Snow: Ygritte, you won't win. I know your people are brave, no one denies that.
Ygritte: You know nothing, Jon...
Jon Snow: Six times in last thousand years a King Beyond the Wall has attacked the Kingdoms. Six times they failed.
Ygritte: And how do you know that?
Jon Snow: Every boy in the North knows it. We grow up learning it. Where the battles were fought. The names of the heroes. Who died where. Six times you've invaded and six times you've failed. The seventh will be the same.
Ygritte: Mance is different.
Jon Snow: You don't have the discipline. You don't have the training. You're army is no army. You don't know how to fight together.
Ygritte: You don't know that.
Jon Snow: I do. I know it. If you attack the Wall, you'll die. All of you.
Ygritte: All of us. You're mine as I'm yours. If we die, we die. But first, we'll live.
Jon Snow: Yes, first we'll live.

Ygritte: Is that a palace?
Jon Snow: It's a windmill.
Ygritte: Windmill...


"Game of Thrones: Baelor (#1.9)" (2011)
Maester Aemon: Tell me, did you ever wonder why the men of the Night's Watch take no wives and father no children?
Jon Snow: No.
Maester Aemon: So they will not love. Love is the death of duty. If the day should ever come when your lord father was forced to choose between honor on the one hand and those he loves on the other, what would he do?
Jon Snow: He... He would do whatever was right. No matter what.
Maester Aemon: Then Lord Stark is one man in 10,000. Most of us are not so strong. What is honor compared to a woman's love? And what is duty against the feel of a newborn son in your arms? Or a brother's smile?
Jon Snow: Sam told you.
Maester Aemon: We're all human. Oh, we all do our duty when there's no cost to it. Honor comes easy then. Yet sooner or later in every man's life there comes a day when it's not easy. A day when he must choose.
Jon Snow: And this is my day? Is that what you are saying?
Maester Aemon: Oh, it hurts, boy, Oh, yes. I know.
Jon Snow: You do not know! No one knows. I may be a bastard, but he is my father and Robb is my brother!
Maester Aemon: [chuckles] The gods were cruel when they saw fit to test my vows. They waited till I was old. What could I do when the ravens brought news from the South? The ruin of my House, the death of my family? I was helpless, blind, frail. But when I heard they had killed my brother's son, and his poor son, and the children. Even the little children!
Jon Snow: Who are you?
Maester Aemon: My father was Maekar, the First of his Name. My brother Aegon reigned after him, when I had refused the throne, and he was followed by his son Aerys, whom they called the Mad King.
Jon Snow: You're Aemon Targaryen.
Maester Aemon: I am a master of the Citadel, bound in service to Castle Black and the Night's Watch. I will not tell you... to stay or go. You must make that choice yourself, and live with it for the rest of your days. As I have.


"Game of Thrones: Lord Snow (#1.3)" (2011)
Benjen Stark: We've been receiving disturbing reports.
Jon Snow: What kind of reports?
Benjen Stark: The kind I don't want to believe.


"Game of Thrones: The Children (#4.10)" (2014)
Mance Rayder: One of our giants went into your tunnel and never came out again. Mag the Mighty.
Jon Snow: He's dead. He killed my friend, Grenn.
Mance Rayder: He was their king. The last of a blood line that stretches back before the First Men.
Jon Snow: Grenn came from a farm.
Mance Rayder: [raises cup for a toast] Mag and Grenn.
Jon Snow: [raises cup in response] Grenn and Mag.
[both drink]


"Game of Thrones: The Ghost of Harrenhal (#2.5)" (2012)
[the lookouts have spotted the Halfhand's scouting party]
Jon Snow: It's Qhorin Halfhand.
Eddison Tollett: [unenthusiastically] Aye. We'll live another day. Hurrah.


"Game of Thrones: The Winds of Winter (#6.10)" (2016)
Sansa Stark: Jon, a raven came from the Citadel. A white raven. Winter is here.
Jon Snow: Well father always promised, didn't he?


"Game of Thrones: The House of Black and White (#5.2)" (2015)
Jon Snow: I swore a vow to the Night's Watch. If I don't take my own word seriously what sort of "Lord of Winterfell" would I be?


"Game of Thrones: You Win or You Die (#1.7)" (2011)
Jon Snow: [recites the vow of the Night's Watch] Hear my words, and bear witness to my vow: night gathers and now my watch begins. It shall not end until my death. I shall take no wife, hold no lands, father no children. I shall wear no crowns and win no glory. I shall live and die at my post. I am the sword in the darkness. I am the watcher on the walls. I am the shield that guards the realm of men. I pledge my life and honor to the Night's Watch, for this night and all the nights to come.


"Game of Thrones: Book of the Stranger (#6.4)" (2016)
Man of the Night's Watch: A letter for the lord commander.
Jon Snow: I'm not the lord commander anymore.
[Reads letter]
Jon Snow: To the traitor and bastard Jon Snow, You allowed thousands of wildlings past the wall, you have betrayed your own kind, you have betrayed the North. Winterfell is mine, bastard, come and see. Your brother Rickon is in my dungeon, his direwolf's skin is on my floor, come and see. I want my bride back. Send her to me, bastard, and I won't trouble you or your wildling lovers. Keep her from me and I will ride north and slaughter every wildling, man, woman and babe living under your protection. You will watch as I skin them living. You...
[stops]
Sansa Stark: Go on.
Jon Snow: Just more of the same.
Sansa Stark: You will watch as my soldiers take turns raping your sister. You will watch as my dogs devour your wild little brother. Then I will spoon your eyes from their sockets and let my dogs do the rest, come and see. Ramsay Bolton, Lord of Winterfell and warden of the North


"Game of Thrones: Mhysa (#3.10)" (2013)
[Jon stops on the way to Castle Black. He drinks from a small pool. Suddenly he hears a noise from behind, turns around and sees Ygritte pointing an arrow at him. Jon stands]
Jon Snow: Ygritte, you know I didn't have a choice. You always knew who I was, what I am. I have to go home now. I know you won't hurt me.
Ygritte: You know nothing, Jon Snow.
Jon Snow: [chuckles sadly] I do know some things. I know I love you.
[Ygritte whimpers]
Jon Snow: I know you love me. I have to go home now.
[Jon turns back to the horse. Ygritte shoots. The arrow hits Jon in the back. He falls, groans painfully. Ygritte reloads her bow. Jon struggles to his feet, approaches the horse and mounts it. Ygritte shoots again at Jon, hitting his right thigh. Jon shrieks in pain. Ygritte reloads. Jon rides away. Ygritte shoots a third arrow, hitting Jon's back. Jon shrieks in pain, but does not fall. Ygritte's eyes are filled with tears]


"Game of Thrones: Two Swords (#4.1)" (2014)
Jon Snow: Have you ever been beyond the Wall, sir?
Janos Slynt: I commanded the City Watch of King's Landing, boy.
Jon Snow: And now you're here. Must not have been very good at your job.