During the first few seasons of the show, Varys managed a large network of spies that he used, officially at least, to protect the king and the realm as the “Master of Whisperers”. But longtime viewers know that The Spider, played by actor Conleth Hill, often used these connections for his own purposes.
Varys may be an eunuch (which in the world of Westeros means that his, um, manhood has been removed) but his lack of cojones has never stopped him from taking a great risk from time to time. Varys played a large role in getting Tyrion Lannister out of King’s Landing at the end of Season 4 and the duo is now tasked with keeping the city of Meereen under the control of Daenerys Targaryen. Varys may no longer be Master of Whisperers at King’s Landing but that doesn’t mean his “little birds” have stopped singing.
Here are 10 of Lord Varys’ best quotes from ‘Game of Thrones’.
# Quote no 1
“Tyrion Lannister is one of the few people alive who could make this country a better place. He has the mind for it, he has the will, he has the right last name.”
# Quote no 2
“If the wrong ears heard what I’m about to tell you, off comes my head. And who would mourn poor Varys then? North or south, they sing no songs for spiders. But there are things you must know. You are the King’s Hand and the king is a fool. Your friend, I know, but a fool, and doomed unless you save him.”
# Quote no 3
“The storms come and go, the waves crash overhead, the big fish eat the little fish, and I keep on paddling.”
# Quote no 4
“I understand your misgivings, my lord. Truly, I do. It is a terrible thing we must consider, a vile thing. Yet we who presume to rule must sometimes do vile things for the good of the realm. Should the gods grant Daenerys a son, the realm will bleed.”
# Quote no 5
Tyrion Lannister: I still don’t see why I had to stay in this f***ing crate once we set sail.
Lord Varys: I saved your life. If they catch you, they catch me. I cannot say I feel overly guilty about leaving you in that f***ing crate.
# Quote no 6
Petyr Baelish: Tell me… does someone somewhere keep your balls in a little box? I’ve often wondered.
Lord Varys: Do you know I have no idea where they are? And we had been so close.
# Quote no 7
“Power is a curious thing… Three great men, a king, a priest, and a rich man. Between them stands a common sellsword. Each great man bids the sellsword kill the other two. Who lives, who dies? … Power resides where men believe it resides; it’s a trick, a shadow on the wall, and a very small man can cast a very large shadow.”
# Quote no 8
Tyrion Lannister: You’re an intelligent man. I like to think I’m an intelligent man.
Lord Varys: Oh, no one disputes that, my lord, not even the multitudes who despise you.
Tyrion Lannister: I wish we could converse as two honest, intelligent men.
Lord Varys: I wish we could, too.
# Quote no 9
“There are many who know that without you this city faced certain defeat. The king won’t give you any honors, the histories won’t mention you, but we will not forget.”
# Quote no 10
“Thwarting you has never been my primary ambition, I promise you. Although, who doesn’t like to see their friends fail now and then.”