Game of Thrones fans found themselves mourning Maester Aemon all over again Tuesday after learning that British character actor Peter Vaughan had died at age 93. (His character Aemon actually died onscreen in Season 5.)

“No man was wiser, or gentler, or kinder,” Sam Tarly (Jon Bradley) told his fellow Night’s Watch brothers during his eulogy over the maester’s funeral pyre. “At the Wall, a dozen lords commanders came and went during his years of service, but he was always there to counsel them.”

In honor of Vaughan, we look back at some of his character’s best advice to Jon Snow (Kit Harington), who would go on to become Lord Commander, and Sam, who hoped to become the next maester.

“I will not tell you to stay or go. You must make that choice yourself, and live with it for the rest of your days — as I have.

When Jon struggled with whether to desert the Night’s Watch (an offense…