There is one weekly TV event no one can get in the way of me watching and that is, of course, Game of Thrones. With 16.1 million people tuning in for the season 7 premiere earlier this summer, it’s safe to say the show has become a cultural phenomenon. You may think it’s odd that a mama like me lives for GoT, but I simply can’t get enough of it.
As a parent trying daily to be reasonable and kind, the bloodthirsty characters battling on Thrones help me let off steam. I leave each glorious episode feeling like a badass, which helps me bravely face my next day with the tiny humans.
Aside from that, I couldn’t help but notice the many relatable moments that have occurred during the many seasons of the show. From Daenerys fiercely protecting her dragon babies, to the Red Woman giving birth … there are more parenting references in Thrones than you’d think!
In honor of this epic show, I’ve rounded up 18 Game of Thrones moments that have us parents raising our glasses in solidarity.
* SPOILERS AHEAD *
1. The Hound chews out Gendry for whining — and becomes every parent ever.
As if wandering through a freezing never-ending plain wasn’t bad enough, Gendry is complaining about being treated poorly. The Hound then points to the dude behind him and says to Gendry, “This one’s been killed six times. You don’t hear him b*tching about it.” Preach, Hound, preach.
2. Daenerys hatching her dragons proves you don’t have to give birth to become a mom.
Besides being a fierce warrior who does crazy things like eat a horse heart and walk through actual flames, Thrones fans know that the “Mother of Dragons” is unable to give birth to human children. Watching her become a parent to her dragon babies is simply incredible.
3. Melisandre removing her choker and revealing she’s an old lady is me looking in the mirror at the end of every long day.
No matter how much sleep I think I can catch up on, I still look like the Red Woman after dark. Yikes.
4. Arya and The Hound’s relationship is the kind of hilarious agony some dads feel in trying to bond with their adolescent daughters.
Between Arya killing for the first time and their vulnerable confessions, watching these two connect is downright awkward — but also strangely adorable.
5. Daenerys hides her dragons to keep them from killing the Meereen people …
… much like many parents trying to keep their teenage child from going to a rowdy house party. It’s for your own good, kids!
6. Cersei’s walk of shame is an uber-dramatic reinterpretation of how every mom feels when they’re judged by other parents at the playground.
I definitely have a love/hate relationship with this ruthless leader — but at the end of the day, Cersei is also just a woman fighting to keep her family intact.
7. Catelyn Stark attains ultimate mom status by telling son Robb to stop his little sisters from squabbling — without saying a word.
We all have that look we give — and she has perfected it for us all. I plan to practice her “mom boss” nod in this scene for all future run-ins with my children.
8. Sam Tarly proves to be the best stepdad in the land to Gilly’s son — and parents everywhere cheer him on.
This guy proudly declares his love for his non-baby mama and her kid, doing everything he can to protect them. And after seeing how much of a jerk his own father is, I’m beyond impressed with Sam’s love for his new family.
9. The look on Jon Snow’s face as he comes back to life is basically how I wake up every morning.
Never. Enough. Sleep.
10. Jamie Lannister pushing a pint-sized Bran out the window may have reminded me of how I feel when my kids come down after bedtime asking for a snack.
Oh, come on. You thought it too!
11. Daenerys’ outfits just go to show that while yoga pants are awesome, sometimes you gotta dress like you did before the kids arrived.
HER STYLE IS OFF THE HOOK, YA’LL.
12. Little Finger sneering as he watches Arya sneak out of his room looks exactly like the triumph parents feel while catching your kid in the act of being sneaky.
He may be my least favorite character, but in this scene, I kinda related to his quiet glee while catching Arya in the trap he set for her.
13. Lysa hiding away her 8 year-old son in a tower alongside her has us deep down nodding in agreement.
While nursing Robin for a whopping eight years is dedicated to a fault, this mama is protecting her son, because honestly? The GOT world is hella scary to live in.
14. The exasperated look on Cersei’s face when she gets scooped up into the arms of Ser Robert Strong is exactly how I feel when my husband finally gets home from work and hugs me.
The day had broke Cersei DOWN. And every single mama can connect with that.
15. Jon Snow being trampled under the weight of bodies during the “Battle of the Bastards” is every mom under a massive pile of kid junk.
His expression is a mix of desperation and confusion — exactly the kind of look I give while under the countless dolls and fake cookware on top of me. First of all, I didn’t even know we had this many toys. Second of all, why am I always the one cleaning them up?
16. We all mournfully applauded Ned Stark when he put his daughter Sansa’s life before his own and falsely confessed to treason …
… and got beheaded for it. A parent’s loyalty to their children knows no bounds, and the Head of House Stark surely had his priorities right on this fateful day. We miss you, Lord Eddard!
17. Being a single, working mom can sometimes make romance challenging — just ask Daenerys, who barely holds hands with Jon Snow in season 7.
While she’s come close to potential suitors, holding hands with the Warden of the North is the most romantic thing this mama has done since she became a dragon mom and queen.
18. Melisandre delivering her smoke monster baby is exactly how it feels to birth a child — said no mom ever.
Okay, fine — this one is just weird.
19. Watching Gilly successfully keep her son alive for six seasons is the biggest parenting win of them all.
Gilly has managed to protect her kiddo against wall attacks, encounters with giant wolves, and traveling through an unforgiving wilderness. As we watch this mama bear, we are reminded of our own motherly superhero powers.