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The Carol Awards — Game of Thrones Season 8

Welcome Lords and emotionally unstable Ladies (and no smallfolk ever, of course). Tonight is the 4th Seasonable Primetime Carol Awards, TV’s most prestigious event. You see, while other award shows try to be “fair” by allowing non-Game of Thrones nominees, we here understand that HBO’s smash hit should stand on a playing field of its own. How else could we possibly capture all the greatness the 8th and final season had to offer than to have 40 unique Golden Carols on the table in our hyper-competitive categories. Of course, the real winners tonight are the master storytellers David Benioff and Dan Weiss (D&D), without whom, none of this would be possible. No, seriously.

The Carol Awards first began when the…uniqueness of Season 5 had just aired. That’s when we knew just how competitive a Golden Carol could be. Our second Carol Awards show, hosted right here, was so dramatically satisfying that it made us want to empoweredly stab our family members in revenge (just like multiple Golden Carol-winner, Faullaria Sand). And who could forget the Season 7 Carols? Varys became the first ever three-year winner in the same category, while the newcomer Prince Ragger made a name for himself in no time.

So here we are, at last, at the final season of the show. In a very surprising twist, it seems our Good Queen Carol actually made an appearance on our TVs again too! Yet it is with a heavy heart that we report once again, this awards show is in memoriam of our favorite monarch.

Still, we must be strong, just like our namesake. Tonight is a night for celebration. You voted, and our esteemed winners are waiting to be announced. Without further ado, let’s let the Carol Awards begin!

Our awards presentations are found in the below audio track (mp3 here), and you can click to reveal the winners yourself below. And now…your MCs…Kylie, Julia, and Caroline!

Most Meta Line

  • “Cocks are important, I’m afraid.” Varys discussing the ideal ruler
  • “Why do you think I came all this way?” Bran, on being asked to become king
  • “And yet I can’t help but feel, we’re at odds with one another.” Dany to Sansa
  • “Maybe I will have that drink” Davos after listening to Tormund’s story about giant’s milk 
  • “You seem determined to despise her” Tyrion to Sansa about Dany
  • “The Night’s Watch still exists?” Jon after being told he was being exiled there
  • “Everywhere she goes, evil men die and we cheer her for it.” Tyrion to Jon about reactions to Dany
  • Bran shouting “We don’t have time for this!” when Sansa and Dany meet
And the Golden Carol goes to...

Most Emmy-worthy Line

  • “I know a killer when I see one.” Arya warning Jon about Dany, after Dany has burned down all of King’s Landing
  • “Heard you were broken in rough” Sandor, enquiring about Sansa’s rape and subsequent trauma
  • “A proposal is what I’m proposing” Davos Seaworth
  • “Then all their cocksucking grandsons can ruin the family with their cocksucking ways” Bronn to Tyrion and Jaime
  • “So much for the Breaker of Chains,” the joke Cersei said after Missandei, a slave who had been freed, was killed while wearing chains.
  • “Arya was the one who killed the Night King!” Sansa Stark
  • ” You know who makes weapons for the wildlings? Cripples and cocksuckers.” Sandor to Gendry
  • “Now, which one of you cowards shit my pants?” Tormund Giantsbane
  • “Because I have balls and you don’t.” Tyrion to Varys
And the Golden Carol goes to...

Best Dressed Award

  • Sansa’s coronation dress inspired by Cersei Lannister and Margaery Tyrell.
  • Cersei’s burgundy battle dress
  • Pod’s Kingsguard armour
  • Dany’s evil queen outfit 
  • Varys’s fur-lined coat and gloves, but no hood 
  • Royce’s breastplate and/or puffy turtleneck
  • Brienne’s heartbreak housecoat
And the Golden Carol goes to...

Most Stylish Plot Armour

  • The layer of dust that protected Arya in a burning King’s Landing
  • Jon, Dany, and the Night’s King’s matching sets of “falling off a dragon mid-air and suffering no injuries” armor
  • Jon not being roasted by Drogon after killing Dany
  • The magical rock that protected Jon from Ice Viserion’s blast 
  • Pod, Jaime, and Brienne surviving waves o’ zombies
  • Euron jumping ship and swimming miles to shore
  • Jaime making it to Cersei after being stabbed repeatedly in the stomach
  • The Night’s King being immune to dragonfire
And the Golden Carol goes to...

Best Prop

  • Arya’s double-sided obsidian stick
  • The White Book 
  • Floor Map
  • The steam around Gendry 
  • The fallen Liberty Bell
  • Dany’s Starbucks cup
  • The water bottles at the Dragonpit
  • “A Song of Ice and Fire”, by Maester Slughorn
And the Golden Carol goes to...

Finest Symbolism

  • Drogon burns the Iron Throne
  • The white horse
  • Dany’s dragon wings imagery
  • The crack across Floor Map 
  • The fallen Liberty Bell
  • Sandor deciding he hates his brother enough to die in fire
And the Golden Carol goes to...

Best Sex Scene

  • Arya/Gendry
  • Brienne/Jaime
  • Cersei/Euron
  • Bronn and the distracted sex workers
  • Pod and the girls he had a threesome with
And the Golden Carol goes to...

Best Military Tactic

  • The Army of the Living putting siege equipment outside the gates and in front of the Unsullied
  • The Army of the Living putting the Unsullied and Dothraki in front of the trenches
  • The Dothraki cavalry charging straight into the dark abyss and getting unceremoniously slaughtered by the army of wights
  • The Golden Company lining up outside the walls of King’s Landing.
  • Team Dany not letting their army rest after an apocalyptic battle
  • Cersei evilly allowing refugees into her castle
  • Dany & Drogon burning all the pot shops in Flea Bottom on the way to the Red Keep
  • Putting a literal little girl in charge of defending the one gate into the castle during the Long Night 
  • The Iron Fleet attacking Dany’s fleet in Blackwater, but leaving Dragonstone completely open
  • Dany facing the Iron Fleet dead on after they killed Rhaegal instead of flanking the Iron Fleet and burning them that way, since their scorpions would take a long time to turn
And the Golden Carol goes to...

Best Political Machination

  • Varys declaring his intention to betray Dany for Jon to multiple people in the open
  • Varys dismissing a Jon/Dany marriage because she’s “too strong” for him
  • Varys using a random little girl to sneak poison into Dany’s food
  • Tyrion using his own trial as a way to become a kingmaker
  • Bran waiting in the courtyard at night in winter to tell Sam to tell Jon about his true parentage
  • Bran refusing to be Lord of Winterfell and then traveling down to King’s Landing where he knew he’d be made king
  • Jon telling Dany about his true parentage literally minutes before the Army of the Dead arrive
  • Sansa telling Tyrion about Jon’s true parentage, so that he tells Varys, only to be overheard by Dany so that she make her make ruthless decisions, thereby making Jon look better by comparison
  • Cersei pretending her baby is Euron’s
  • The Dornish and Ironborn remaining in the “six kingdoms” as the North declares independence
And the Golden Carol goes to...

Most Shocking Twist

  • Arya killing the Night’s King because Jon or Dany would be too obvious
  • Jon killing Dany because Tyrion told him to
  • Rhaegal being killed in three perfect shots because Dany kinda forgot about the Iron Fleet
  • Dany murdering random smallfolk because of bells and deciding to “make things personal” when she saw the Red Keep
  • Jon going back to the Night’s Watch
  • Jaime dumping Brienne and going back to Cersei
  • Bran being made king because he has the best story
And the Golden Carol goes to...

Most Creative Use of Teleportation

  • Jon’s army making it from The Trident to King’s Landing in “two days”
  • The Army of the Dead taking years to reach the Wall, but making it to Winterfell in 2 weeks
  • Grey Worm beating Jon to the steps in King’s Landing when we saw Jon leaving Grey Worm executing Lannister prisoners
  • Tormund, Beric, and Co. beating the Army of the Dead to Winterfell (but not to Last Hearth)
  • Grey Worm & Dany’s fleet making it to Dragonstone after being attacked by Euron’s fleet
  • King’s Landing teleporting to a desert
And the Golden Carol goes to...

Finest Impersonation

  • Jaime playing his season 1, episode 1 self
  • Dany playing a fascist dictator in episode 6
  • Cheryl playing Carol in her final moments
  • Arya playing a character from a survival horror video game in episode 3
  • Jon playing a broken record (“I don’t want it” “You’re my queen”)
  • The Starks being Lannisters (“she’s not one of us”)
  • Brienne playing a devastated housewife at the end of episode 4
  • Drogon playing a poetic, anti-feudalism philosopher
And the Golden Carol goes to...

Finest Fanservice Award

  • Arya flying through the air to kill the Night’s King
  • Jon riding Rhaegal
  • Jaime and Brienne having sex, only for Jaime to immediately ditch her.
  • Jaime and Cersei dying in each other’s arms.
  • The return of Tyrion’s brothel joke
  • Tyrion becoming Hand of the King
  • Maester Slughorn finishing “A Song of Ice and Fire”
  • Floor Map in the opening sequence 
  • Cleganebowl HYPE
  • Bronn’s entire existence in season 8 (and him surviving and becoming Lord of Highgarden)
  • Lyanna killing the giant
And the Golden Carol goes to...

Best Trip Down Game of Thrones Memory Lane

  • Dany and Jon reenact Robert’s Entrance into Winterfell
  • Sansa reminisces about her trauma as character development
  • Brown eyes, green eyes, blue eyes
  • Jon and Arya bond over Needle
  • Arya and Sandor bond over how she left him for dead—but robbed him first 
  • Sansa and Tyrion reminisce about their marriage and also the Purple Wedding
  • Tyrion plays another round of “Never have I ever”
  • Arya’s callback to “that’s not me” #2!
And the Golden Carol goes to...

Finest Seeding Award

  • Arya will shut blue eyes
  • Snow on the Iron Throne foreshadowing the time it snowed
  • Dany engaging in warfare as a sign that she’ll one day roast random smallfolk 
  • “The crypts are the safest place”
  • Melisandre and Varys both dying in Westeros, like she said they would
  • Arya stick-hitting to foreshadow her stick hitting zombies with a double-sided spear
And the Golden Carol goes to...

Most Empowering Moment

  • Sansa talking about how being “broken in rough” made her stronger 
  • Dany and Sansa talking about boys instead of the political conflict between them
  • Brienne writing nice things about the guy who left her for his sister
  • Bran’s king title being “Bran the Broken”
  • Tyrion being anti bi-erasure when asking about Brienne’s sexual history
  • Arya checking sex off her bucket list
  • The little soup girl offering to defend the crypts
  • Lyanna killing a giant as she gets crushed to death
  • Sansa telling her uncle Edmure to sit down
  • Arya telling Yara that she’ll cut her throat if she threatens Jon again
And the Golden Carol goes to...

Most Earned Moment

  • Jon rides Rhaegal
  • Jaime’s “trial”
  • Arya killing the Night King
  • Cersei and Euron have sex
  • Jaime and Brienne have sex
  • Bran becoming King
  • Sansa becoming Queen
  • Dany snapping from the bells
And the Golden Carol goes to...

Most Meme-tastic Moment

  • Cersei really wanted those elephants
  • Floor Map in the opening sequence
  • Air Arya with a half-court dunk
  • Night King smirk
  • “…while Dany kinda forgot about the Iron Fleet”
  • “To be honest I never cared much for the people of King’s Landing”
  • Cleganebowl
And the Golden Carol goes to...

Most Convenient Resolution

  • Arya kills the Night’s King
  • Theon rescues Yara
  • Dany torches the Golden Company and Iron Fleet in 5.2 seconds
  • Euron perfectly snipes Rhaegal three times to take another dragon from Dany
  • Dany accepts Jaime because a few mains stan for him
  • Mel deciding she her storyline is over
  • Cersei dying before her pregnancy mattered at all
  • Sandor convinces Arya not to care about revenge anymore
And the Golden Carol goes to...

Most Poetic Death

  • Theon defending Bran
  • Jorah defending Dany
  • Lyanna Mormont taking out a giant
  • Beric tanking for Arya and Sandor
  • Euron fighting over something dumb and irrelevant
  • Cersei and Jaime dying holding hands and crying
  • Dany being put down for her own good
  • The Iron Throne being burned instead of Jon because of anti-feudalism symbolism
And the Golden Carol goes to...

Most Anachronistic  Moment

  • Brienne, a highborn, unmarried, Westerosi woman, being shamed for being a virgin
  • The “Never Have I Ever” game
  • “I respect that.” — Arya Stark
  • Gendry going down on one knee to propose to Arya
  • Tyrion being anti bi-erasure
  • Everyone being upset about aunt/nephew incest
  • The Starbucks cup
And the Golden Carol goes to...

The Award for Cleary Superior (Male) Leadership

  • Jon doing nothing but shout at a dragon during the Long Night but getting credit for winning the battle
  • Tyrion leading a meeting by recounting his story about a donkey and honeycomb in a brothel
  • Bran being made king for having the best story
  • Jon existing while having a penis
  • Tyrion creating a new form of government while bound as a prisoner 
  • Tormund giving Jon credit for riding a dragon when Dany has been riding them for years (and used that skill to save Tormund last season)
  • Bran making Tyrion Hand for being so bad at it before
  • Sam being made Grand Maester for dropping out of school
And the Golden Carol goes to...

Most Culpable for Varys’s Death

  • Drogon for burning Varys
  • Dany for telling Drogon to burn Varys
  • Tyrion for telling Dany Varys was doing some treason
  • Varys for doing some treason
  • The small girl for failing to poison Dany
  • Sansa for suggestion treason to Tyrion who then told Varys
  • Jon for telling Sansa about his claim to the throne
  • Prince Ragger and Lyanna for their secret marriage and baby 
  • The Patriarchy
And the Golden Carol goes to...

Best #MadQueen Set-Up

  • Dany emotionally burning wights during the battle
  • Dany being grumpy at a party
  • Dany getting rejected for sex by Jon
  • Dany asking Jon not to tell anyone about his claim to the throne
  • Dany being upset that her best friend was murdered
  • Dany forgetting to put on makeup and brush her hair
  • Dany losing Rhaegal
  • Dany losing Jorah
  • Dany executing the guy who was literally plotting to kill her
  • Dany using Drogon to target military fortifications
And the Golden Carol goes to...

Most Unreasonable Sansa Action

  • Telling the queen that Winterfell is hers
  • Asking Dany how she is going to feed the dragons during winter
  • Asking Dany what her plans are vis a vis the North
  • Apologizing to Dany for not immediately thanking Dany when she arrived in Winterfell 
  • Suggesting the troops rest
  • Marching an army down to King’s Landing to save her brother
  • Keeping the North independent, as her Lords wanted
And the Golden Carol goes to...

Finest Cheryl Moment

  • Being sad about elephants to Harry Strickland
  • Having sex with Euron and then complaining about elephants more
  • Her devious plot to let refugees into the castle
  • Her devious plot to have Bronn kill Jaime and Tyrion with the same crossbow Tyrion used on Tywin
  • Drinking and smirking out the balcony window
  • When she rings the bells in surrender
  • When she kills Missandei
  • Scooting past Sandor so #Cleganebowl can happen
And the Golden Carol goes to...

Best Use of BranBot

  • Bran interrupting Dany and Sansa greeting each other 
  • Bran commanding Sam to go tell Jon about his true parentage
  • Bran waiting in the courtyard for Jaime for the shocking cliffhanger of episode 1
  • Bran as bait for the Night’s King
  • Bran as the person “with the best story” which qualifies him to be king
  • Bran as a skinchanger of birds, and only birds, for the duration of the season
And the Golden Carol goes to...

The Saint Tyrion Ultimate Fan Award

  • Jorah who defends him after he messes up for the thousandth time and says he’s the perfect Hand
  • Dany who says he’s too important to risk in battle
  • Varys calling Tyrion his “best friend” even after Tyrion betrayed him to Dany
  • Sansa for saying their marriage could have worked out in different political circumstances
  • Bran for saying Tyrion is the perfect Hand because he was such a bad Hand to Dany
  • The Council that lets prisoner Tyrion choose the king
And the Golden Carol goes to...

Best “I forgot I have amnesia” Moment

  • Dany kind of forgets about the Iron Fleet, but they haven’t forgotten her
  • Jaime forgot he killed Aerys to save the innocents of King’s Landing
  • Tormund forgot he rode on the back of a dragon last season
  • Yara and the new Dornish prince forget they want independence.
  • Tyrion forgets he hates Cersei and makes a plan with Jaime to save her
  • Jaime forgets that Cersei sent Bronn to murder him and Tyrion
  • Cersei forgets that she sent Bronn to murder Jaime and Tyrion
And the Golden Carol goes to...

The “What was the point of that?” Award

  • The White Walker spiral pattern
  • The White Walkers
  • Cersei’s pregnancy 
  • The Golden Company 
  • Important valyrian steel swords 
  • Arya giving Sansa a dragonglass dagger 
  • Arya dramatically getting on a horse
  • Jaime and Brienne having a relationship
  • R+L=J
  • The wildfire in King’s Landing
And the Golden Carol goes to...

The “Why can’t I stop laughing?” Award

  • “I don’t want it, you’re my queen.” —Jon, all season 
  • King Bran has the best stories
  • Jon riding Rhaegal for the first time 
  • The Long Night lasting a few hours
  • Smirking Night’s King can’t get killed by dragon fire
  • Cersei and Jaime reunite on Floor Map
  • Cersei scoots past Sandor and Gregor to let them fight
  • “I really wanted those elephants”
  • Arya sneaking around the castle fighting wights
  • The wildfire in “The Bells” randomly belching
  • Arya announcing as she arrives in the camp outside King’s Landing, “I’m Arya Stark. I’m going to kill Queen Cersei.”
  • Jaime waiving his golden hand above the crowds trying to get into King’s Landing before the battle, like he’s hailing a cab 
  • Realizing the white horse is indeed Harry Strickland’s horse
And the Golden Carol goes to...

The “devil is in the details” Award

  • Wights can break through stone tombs but couldn’t bust through a wooden box last season
  • Night’s King is impervious to dragonfire, but vulnerable to weapons forged with dragonfire
  • The Dothraki not attempting to avenge their dead khal (who made them all bloodriders)
  • Grey Worm executing Lannister prisoners on the spot, but letting Jon and Tyrion live for months
  • The bells “never meaning surrender” in season 2
  • Melisandre showing up from north of Winterfell, appearing from where the Army of the Dead would most logically be
  • Nobody knowing who rules Storm’s End (or actually ruling it)
  • Everyone making it seem like Jon was forced to bend the knee to Dany when he did so after she said she would help him fight the White Walkers last season
  • The narrative and characters making it seem like Dany has no support in Westeros when she had Dorne, the Reach, and the Ironborn on her side
And the Golden Carol goes to...

Most Earned Endgame Position

  • King Bran I “The Broken”
  • Tyrion the Hand
  • Sansa, Queen in the North
  • Sam the Grand Maester
  • Arya the Explorer
  • Brienne, Lady Commander of Kingsguard
  • Pod the Kingsguard
  • Davos, Master of Ships
  • Bronn, Master of Coin & Lord of Highgarden
  • Grey Worm, arbiter of justice
  • Gendry, Lord of Storm’s End
And the Golden Carol goes to...

Most Plausible Impossibility

  • The entire ceiling of the Red Keep dungeon collapsing on Jaime and Cersei, only to see a small pile of bricks covering them in the next episode
  • Perfectly sniping Rhaegal with 3 scorpion shots, only to miss with the next 500 aimed at Drogon over the next two episodes.
  • The Unsullied/Dothraki not killing Jon for killing Dany after an episode of them slaughtering her enemies indiscriminately and refusing to take prisoners
  • Bran sitting outside in the courtyard in Winterfell during winter for multiple days and nights and not freezing to death 
  • Floor Map surviving the fall of King’s Landing
And the Golden Carol goes to...

Best Actor Commentary

  • Conleth Hill throwing his script at the table read
  • “Best season eva!” –Emilia Clarke
  • Emilia Clarke fake vomiting
  • “Disappointing. Or Epic. One of those.” Kit Harrigton describing the ending
  • Maisie Williams’s boyfriend criticizing her killing the Night’s King
  • Jacob Anderson (Grey Worm) and Joe Dempsie (Gendry) joking about there being no character development
And the Golden Carol goes to...

The Horrific Implication Award

  • All the Dothraki dying immediately (or so it seemed)
  • Missandei dying in chains and Cersei commenting on the chains
  • The Northern children specifically reacting negatively to Missandei and Grey Worm
  • The Starks being xenophobic to Team Dany
  • All the brown people are into the fascist-imagery speech
  • Dany’s “emotional reactions” disqualify her for leadership
And the Golden Carol goes to...

Finest Flip-Off to Book Readers

  • The Golden Company can’t wait to fight for the Lannisters
  • Jaime ditching Brienne to die with Cersei
  • Jon Snow, alias Aegon Targaryen VI
  • Dany referring to the upcoming battle with the Army of the Dead as “Jon’s war” 
  • Tyrion telling Jaime that whoremongering is no longer an option for him 
  • Dany being triggered by bells, when that’s JonCon’s trauma
  • Sansa impersonating Cersei during Blackwater in “The Long Night”
  • Jaime saying that he never cared about the innocents of King’s Landing
  • The valonqar being a bunch of bricks
  • Bran being titled “The Broken” 
  • The maester calling his book “A Song of Ice and Fire”
  • Tyrion and Jaime parting on the best of terms
  • Tyrion caring about the people of King’s Landing
  • “Think of the last 20 years. The war, the murder, the misery. All because Robert Baratheon loved someone who didn’t love him back.” —Tyrion to Varys
And the Golden Carol goes to...

Most Vexing Unanswered Question

  • What does this Night’s Watch do now?
  • Why did Bran skinchange in the battle?
  • Where did the Dothraki go?
  • Who is this new Dornish prince?
  • What is the political situation in Slaver’s Bay?
  • Why did the White Walkers leave those swirly patterns everywhere?
  • Where did Drogon go?
And the Golden Carol goes to...

The “creatively it made sense because we wanted it to happen” Award

  • The Dothraki being prepared to charge into the undead army that can’t die from iron with nothing but iron.
  • Melisandre randomly showing up moments before the battle of Winterfell.
  • Jon riding Rhaegal 
  • Bronn successfully getting Highgarden
  • Arya killing the Night’s King
  • Jaime getting captured so he could have one conversation with Tyrion
  • Euron being OP until he wasn’t
  • Dany giving a fascist speech with super subtle imagery
  • Arya going down to King’s Landing
And the Golden Carol goes to...

The Carol Award for Most Egregious Nomination Oversight

  • Having a category for “most spoilery episode title”
  • Robin Arryn’s glow-up and boob-hole tunic in the ‘Best Dressed’ award
  • Bran in the courtyard for the ‘Why Can’t I Stop Laughing’ award?
  • “Who is the Lord of Storm’s End Now anyway” in ‘The Most Meta Line’
  • The first and/or last line of spoken dialogue of the season in “Most Emmy Worthy Line”

And the winner is…


That does it for our 4th Carol Awards! But fear not, though it was in celebration of Game of Thrones‘s final season, this is far from the end for us. For one, we must have a Carol of Carols, where all Carol winners can duke it out, alongside the most dramatically satisfying moments of seasons 1-4.

Additionally, Kylie and Julia can’t wait to rewatch Season 8 (…oh god) and dissect it in their renowned retrospective series. What does it all mean? Is Drogon truly the suffering philosopher we saw victorious tonight? And why didn’t we see that totally foreshadowed killing spree coming? We’ll answer that, and more.

A big big thank you to Jana, Blaire-Luna, Musa, Bo, Gretchen, Griffin, and LuciferMeansLightbringer. And most of all, thank each and every one of you for participating and making our Carol Awards Show the best Carols eva! We’ll talk to you next time.

Images courtesy of HBO

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