Game of Thrones Quote: "What is Dead May Never Die"

June 14, 2023

Despite the ups and downs Game of Thrones has gone through in its six years on the air, it's still one of the most beloved TV series out there. The book and TV writers who created the show, based on George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire books, are masters at creating memorable lines of dialog that get repeated endlessly. But just because they're quotable doesn't mean those lines always make sense.

One such line is "What is dead may never die," a common saying among the Ironborn, who follow a god called the Drowned God. The saying is part of a call-and-response prayer that the Iron Islanders exchange with each other. It essentially means that anyone who drowns can be revived, and it only makes them “harder and stronger.” However, some people take the phrase literally when they use it to describe someone who was resurrected after being killed, which can lead to some pretty confusing situations.


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