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Davos Seaworth (Character)
from "Game of Thrones" (2011)

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"Game of Thrones: Mhysa (#3.10)" (2013)
[Gendry is held prisoner at Dragonstone. Davos visits him]
Gendry: So how'd you become a lord?
Davos Seaworth: Oh, that's a long story.
Gendry: Better not, then. I'm a bit busy.

[Shireen teaches Davos to read. He tries to read a scroll and mispronounces the word "night"]
Shireen Baratheon: Night.
Davos Seaworth: ...the first night of the full moon. Why is there a G in "night"?
Shireen Baratheon: I don't know, there just is.

Davos Seaworth: You ever been in a boat before?
Gendry: No.
Davos Seaworth: Do you know how to swim?
Gendry: No.
Davos Seaworth: Don't fall out!
[Gendry nods]

Davos Seaworth: If you mistrust fancy people so much, why were you in such a hurry to trust her?
Gendry: You're me. Never been with a woman. Never talked to a woman, really. And then she comes at you - big words, no clothes. What would you have done?
Davos Seaworth: She does know her way around a man's head, I'll give her that.


"Game of Thrones: The Door (#6.5)" (2016)
Davos Seaworth: I may not know the north, but I know men. They're more or less the same in any corner of the world and even the bravest of them don't want to see their wives and children skinned for a lost cause.

Davos Seaworth: I may not know the North, but I know men. They're more or less the same in any corner of the world and even the bravest of them don't want to see their wives and children skinned for a lost cause.


"Game of Thrones: Home (#6.2)" (2016)
Davos Seaworth: I've never been much of a fighter. Apologies for what you're about to see.

Melisandre: Everything I believed, the great victory I saw in the flames, all of it was a lie. You were right all along. The lord never spoke to me.
Davos Seaworth: Fuck him, then. Fuck all of them. I'm not a devout man, obviously. Seven gods, drowned gods, tree gods, it's all the same. I'm not asking the lord of light for help. I'm asking the woman who showed me that miracles exist.
Melisandre: I never had this gift.
Davos Seaworth: Have you ever tried?


"Game of Thrones: The Night Lands (#2.2)" (2012)
Ser Davos Seaworth: [to his son Matthos] You want me to have a god? Fine. Stannis is my god. He raised me up and blessed me with his trust. He gave you a future I could never have imagined. You know how to read, you'll be a knight some day. You think a fire-god commanded all of that? It was Stannis, only Stannis.

Ser Davos Seaworth: I wish I had a God, truly. I'm not mocking you, but I've seen men pray to every God there is... pray for wind, pray for rain, pray for home. None of it works.
Matthos Seaworth: But you always came home.
Ser Davos Seaworth: I wasn't praying.
Matthos Seaworth: No, but I was.


"Game of Thrones: The Laws of Gods and Men (#4.6)" (2014)
Tycho Nestoris: Welcome to the Iron Bank. Please... sit.
[Stannis, who has been kept waiting for hours, very slowly and deliberately takes a seat in front of the bankers]
Tycho Nestoris: What can we do for you, Lord Stannis?
Davos Seaworth: [still standing] This is Stannis of the House Baratheon, King of the Andals and the First Men, Lord of the Seven Kingdoms, and Protector of the Realm.
[Nestoris motions for Davos to sit; he does]
Tycho Nestoris: The Iron Throne is currently occupied by Tommen of the House Baratheon, King of the Andals and the First Men, Lord of the Seven Kingdoms, and Protector of the Realm.
Stannis Baratheon: He shares no blood with me. He is a bastard, born of incest, as was his brother before him.
Tycho Nestoris: Yes, we have heard this story.
Stannis Baratheon: It's not a story. It's the truth.
Tycho Nestoris: The king's grandfather tells a different story. A story about a jealous uncle whose attempt to usurp the throne from the rightful king cost the Seven Kingdoms dearly, in blood and gold.
Stannis Baratheon: Gold you loaned him.
Tycho Nestoris: And you feel your blood gives you a claim on our gold?
Stannis Baratheon: More than any man living.
Tycho Nestoris: Across the Narrow Sea, your books are filled with words like "usurper" and "madman" and "blood right." Here, our books are filled with numbers. We prefer the stories they tell. More plain. Less... open to interpretation. How many fighting men remain loyal to you?
Stannis Baratheon: Four thousand.
Tycho Nestoris: And how many ships do you have?
Davos Seaworth: Uh...
Tycho Nestoris: The ones still afloat, Ser Davos, not at the bottom of Blackwater Bay.
[Davos clears his throat uncomfortably]
Davos Seaworth: Thirty-two.
Tycho Nestoris: And how much wheat and barley and beef and pork do you produce on Dragonstone to feed your four thousand men on your thirty-two ships?
Stannis Baratheon: None.
Tycho Nestoris: You can see why these numbers are unlikely to add up to a happy ending... from our perspective. I'm afraid we must respectfully decline your request. But we thank you for paying us the honor of your vist.

[Stannis has just been rejected by the Iron Bank; Davos tries desperately to salvage the situation]
Davos Seaworth: My lord...
Tycho Nestoris: I'm not a lord, Ser Davos Seaworth. You would not be either, here. In Braavos, thieves are not rewarded with titles.
Davos Seaworth: Well, strictly speaking, I didn't do the thieving, that would be the pirates. I just moved what they stole from one place to another.
[Davos removes the glove from his left hand, revealing his shortened fingers]
Davos Seaworth: This is the payment that was demanded by King Stannis for my crimes. I consider it an honest accounting. He's an honest man, and he's your best chance to get back the money you've sunk into Westeros, which is a lot, I imagine. Wars are expensive.
Tycho Nestoris: The war is over.
Davos Seaworth: As long as Stannis lives, the war is NOT over. Who's the real power in King's Landing?
Tycho Nestoris: Ser Davos...
Davos Seaworth: Now, humor me.
Tycho Nestoris: Tywin Lannister.
Davos Seaworth: How old is Tywin Lannister?
Tycho Nestoris: Sixty-seven.
Davos Seaworth: Sixty-seven, and when he dies, who's in command? A half-grown boy, the product of incest? Cersei Lannister, the queen whose people despise her? Jaime Lannister, the man best known for killing the king he was sworn to protect? When Tywin's gone, who do you back?
Tycho Nestoris: That is a problem for another time.
Davos Seaworth: Begging your pardon, I think it's a problem for now. There's only one reliable leader left in Westeros: Stannis. He's got the birthright. He's in his prime. He's a tried and tested battle commander, and he doesn't just talk about paying people back, he does it.
[Davos holds up his mutilated hand again]


"Game of Thrones: Oathbreaker (#6.3)" (2016)
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.

Davos Seaworth: You were dead. And now you're not. That's completely fucking mad, seems to me. I can only imagine how it seems to you.


"Game of Thrones: Kill the Boy (#5.5)" (2015)
Bowen Marsh: Let them die. Less enemies for us.
Stannis Baratheon: [under his breath] Fewer.
Davos Seaworth: What?
Stannis Baratheon: Nothing.


"Game of Thrones: Garden of Bones (#2.4)" (2012)
Stannis Baratheon: Do your knucklebones bring you luck?
Davos Seaworth: Well, life's been good since you hacked them off, Your Grace. And it's four less fingernails to clean.
Stannis Baratheon: Fewer.
Davos Seaworth: Pardon?
Stannis Baratheon: Four FEWER fingernails to clean. Never understood why you had to wear them.
Davos Seaworth: It reminds me of where I come from and where I am now. It reminds me of your justice. It was an honest punishment, and you were good with the cleaver.
Stannis Baratheon: You were a hero and a smuggler. A good act does not wash out the bad, nor a bad the good.


"Game of Thrones: Second Sons (#3.8)" (2013)
Davos Seaworth: I think mothers and fathers made up the gods because they wanted their children to sleep through the night.


"Game of Thrones: Kissed by Fire (#3.5)" (2013)
[Shireen visits Davos at prison. She offers him a book about Aegon the Conquerer and his dragons]
Ser Davos Seaworth: My lady, I can't read the words.
Shireen Baratheon: You can't?
[Davos shakes his head sadly]
Shireen Baratheon: I'll teach you! I'll come when Bert is on duty and teach you.
Ser Davos Seaworth: No, no...
Shireen Baratheon: It's easy!
Ser Davos Seaworth: No...
Shireen Baratheon: It'll be fun!
Ser Davos Seaworth: No, we can't...
Shireen Baratheon: [smiles] Why not? What would they do, lock us in the cells?
[Davos laughs]
Ser Davos Seaworth: I wouldn't know where to start.
Shireen Baratheon: At the beginning.
[Shireen starts to teach Davos how to read]


"Game of Thrones: The North Remembers (#2.1)" (2012)
[at the Chamber of the Painted Table, Stannis dictates a letter of declaration to Matthos Seaworth. Matthos reads the draft aloud]
Matthos Seaworth: ...and I declare upon the honor of my House, that my beloved brother Robert left...
Stannis Baratheon: He wasn't "my beloved brother". I didn't love him. He didn't love me.
Ser Davos Seaworth: A harmless courtesy, your Grace.
Stannis Baratheon: A lie. Take it out.
[Matthos erases the word "beloved"]
Matthos Seaworth: ...that my brother Robert left no trueborn heirs, the boy Joffrey, the boy Tommen, and the girl Myrcella, being born of incest between Cersi Lannister and her brother Jaime Lannister. By right of birth...
Stannis Baratheon: Jaime Lannister, the Kingslayer. Call him what he is.
[Matthos adds the words "the Kingslayer". Cressen secretly slips a poison pill into his wine cup. No one notices him except Davos]
Matthos Seaworth: ...and her brother Jaime Lannister, the Kingslayer. By right of birth and blood, I do this day lay claim...
Stannis Baratheon: Make it SER Jaime Lannister the Kingslayer. Whatever else he is, the man's still a knight.
[Matthos adds the word "Ser"]
Matthos Seaworth: ...Ser Jaime Lannister the Kingslayer. By right of birth and blood, I do this day lay claim to the Iron Throne of Westeros. Let all true men declare their loyalty.
Stannis Baratheon: When Eddard Stark learnt the truth, he told only me. I'll not make the same mistake. Send copies of that letter to every corner of the realm, from the Arbor to the Wall. The time has come to choose. Let no man claim ignorance as an excuse.
Ser Davos Seaworth: Your Grace, the Lannisters are the true enemy. If, for the time being, you could make peace with your brother...
Stannis Baratheon: I'll not make peace with Renly while he calls himself king.
Ser Davos Seaworth: But many have already declared for him. Mace Tyrell, Randyll Tarly...
Melisandre: Stannis does not need to beg this lord or that lord for support, the Lord of Light stands behind him.
Ser Davos Seaworth: And how many ships has the Lord of Light got in his fleet?
Melisandre: He has no need for ships.
Ser Davos Seaworth: I'm sure he doesn't, but we do if we're going to war. If not Renly, Your Grace, join forces with Robb Stark.
Stannis Baratheon: Who'd steal the northern half of my kingdom. I've always served thieves according to their deserts, as you well know, Ser Davos. Joffrey, Renly, Robb Stark, they're all thieves. They'll bend the knee or I'll destroy them.


"Game of Thrones: Battle of the Bastards (#6.9)" (2016)
Tormund Giantsbane: I need a good drink to help me sleep the night before a fight. You want some? I have a jug of sour goat's milk stronger than any of that grape water you southern twats like sucking on.
Davos Seaworth: No, thanks. It does sound delicious, but I better keep a clear head. I can never sleep the night before a battle.
Tormund Giantsbane: So what do you do all night?
Davos Seaworth: I walk. Think and walk. Think and walk until I'm far enough away from camp so that no one can hear me shitting my guts out.
Tormund Giantsbane: [laughs] Happy shitting.


"Game of Thrones: The Gift (#5.7)" (2015)
Davos Seaworth: It's better to wait for the right time than risk everything.
Stannis Baratheon: This is the right time and I will risk everything because if I don't, we've lost. We march to victory, or we march to defeat. But we go forward. Only forward.