All hail Olenna Tyrell, the baddest player in the Game of Thrones. Olenna Tyrell was the widow of the late Lord Luthor Tyrell and the mother of the also late Mace Tyrell, who was once Lord of Highgarden. A woman in her 60s, she was the oldest living player of the great Game of Houses, and one of the longest to do so, having started when she was barely a teenager, in order never to be married to a mad Targaryen. She passed from this plane this week. Here, as tribute are the best Olenna Tyrell moments on Game Of Thrones.
Before we dive in, a quick note of Olenna's history prior to her arrival in Season 3. As we said above, she was originally engaged to marry Prince Daeron Targaryen, who she might have called "a sword swallower through and through." Rather than accept it, she seduced her sister's betrothed, the heir to House Tyrell, where she reigned for five decades, giving birth to stodgily dull heir Mace, and helping to raise his far more clever granddaughter, Margaery, who used everything her grandmother taught her to become Queen of the Realm.
Season 3: The Queen of Thorns
Our introduction to the Queen of Thorns. Full of such valuable chestnuts as, "But once the cow's been milked, there's no squirting the cream back up her udder, so here we are to see things through," and "Oh good, here comes my cheese."
Season 3: Olenna and Varys
This would have been the beginning of a beautiful friendship had Littlefinger not interrupted.
Season 3: Disappointed in Tyrion
The moment Tyrion was defeated by the simple statement: "What good is the word 'extravagant' if it can't be used to describe a royal wedding?"
Season 3: Olenna vs. Tywin
Now here's an adversary worthy of Olenna's time and attention, no?
Season 3: Sansa's Wedding
Even if she had the Sansa pawn pulled out from under her, Olenna always got the last word.
Season 4: Joffrey's Wedding
Ladies and gentlemen, the moment Olenna Tyrell brought down the entirety of House Lannister by the removal of one supporting player.
Season 4: A Hasty Retreat
And with that, Margaery was on her own.
Season 5: Olenna vs. Cersei
Sadly, Margaery mucked everything up, so Olenna had to return and face the only player she would never defeat.
Season 5: In Littlefinger's Brothel
Dame Diana Rigg called this one of the best scenes she ever filmed during her time on the show. The dildo props were "fabulous."
Season 5: Olenna vs. The High Sparrow
Another moment where Olenna found herself facing an adversary worthy of her time and attention.
Season 6: On the High Council
One she even was willing to team up with Cersei to defeat.
Season 6: Self-Rescuing Princess
But Margaery turned out to be a self-rescuing princess. And she warned Olenna the only way to be sure she lived was to get out of King's Landing immediately.
Too bad both she and Margaery underestimated Cersei so badly.
Season 7: Be a Dragon
Olenna's parting words to our Last Heroine Standing. Let's hope Dany listens.
Season 7: Death Becomes Her
Even in her final moments, Olenna always wins. "Tell Cersei." She deserves to know.