Amidst all the political intrigue, epic battles, and incestuous sexy-time, the incredibly clever dialogue on Game of Thrones is sometimes overshadowed.
So, as season four of GoT begins to draw to a close, we figured it would be a good time to reminisce on the most scathing insults to spring from the minds of author George R.R. Martin and showrunners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff.
In case you're unaware, folks in Westeros don't always get along, and when they're not disemboweling each other with swords they're firing off equally cutting put-downs.
Naturally, many of the highest caliber disses issue forth from the mouth of the sharp-tongued imp, Tyrion Lannister.
Conversations between Tyrion and his malevolent sister Cersei play out like a sort of master class in medieval insult comedy. We guess when you've hated someone for your entire life, you've got plenty of time to think of wicked ways to knock them down a peg.
But it's not just the Lannisters who cut their opponents down with words as well as swords.
GoT is so loaded with witty wordplay that even minor characters like Brynden Tully get to sneak in an amusing jab or two before they inevitably die a horrific death.
So jump into the gallery above to enjoy some of the most brilliant barbs from the first 4 seasons of GoT. Just be warned that using them on friends and co-workers can result in retribution that'll make you envy Theon Greyjoy.
Don't forget to watch Game of Thrones online at TV Fanatic to relive every contemptuous exchange, and check out how different the actors look in real life: