The Dowager Countess of Westeros: The Wit and Wisdom of Olenna Tyrell and Violet Crawley

It took about two minutes in the presence of Olenna Tyrell, the refreshingly no-nonsense noblewoman introduced to audiences on last night’s Game of Thrones, for audiences to start comparing her to Downton Abbey‘s Violet Crawley, the Dowager Countess of Grantham. Played by Diana Rigg and Maggie Smith, respectively, the two women steal the spotlight whenever they’re onscreen (sure, Olenna’s only been in one episode, but we know great characters when we see ’em), and both are wise matriarchs with a penchant for dropping bon mots. In celebration of these whip-smart women — not to mention the writers who obviously had a blast creating them — here are their opinions on everything from motherhood to meal service. They’re not always the same, but these ladies’ class and sass is unmatched by anyone else on TV.