Jon Arryn, the Hand of the King, is dead. King Robert Baratheon plans to ask his oldest friend, Eddard Stark, to take Jon's place. Across the sea, Viserys Targaryen plans to wed his sister to a nomadic warlord in exchange for an army.
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In the land of Winterfell, Lord Ned Stark begins to believe that something is amiss. A deserter from the Night Watch, the guardians of the giant ice wall at the northern boundary of their territory, says he's seen the white walkers. Later, Ned and his sons find animals slain in the woods, including a she-wolf whose six pups they keep, one for each of Ned's children. They also welcome the arrival of Ned's good friend King Robert who was once betrothed to Ned's sister. She was killed before they could marry and he wed Cersei Lannister who has given him a son, Joffrey. Along with them are Cersei's two brothers, the handsome Jaime and Tyrion, a dwarf with very large appetites. The King wants Ned to return with him to his capital, King's Landing, and become the King's Hand. Ned accepts but his young son Bran accidentally sees something he should not have and suffers a serious fall as a result. Meanwhile, in the land across the narrow sea, Viserys Targaryen needs an army to attack King's ... Written by
A real dead stag - not a prop - was used for the scene where the direwolf pups are found. The actors found the smell during the filming of the scene revolting, as it had been dead for two days at that point and was decomposing. See more »
When Khal Drogo places Daenerys Targaryen on her horse after the wedding, he clearly places her side saddle. The next shot shows her straddling the horse, with no time for her to have moved to that position. See more »
Robert will choose a new hand of the kingdom to do his job while he's out fucking boars or hunting whores... or is it the other way around?
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The cities and places featured in the opening credits change as the series progresses. For example, in the first episode, Pentos is shown whereas in later episodes, because it is not pertinent to the episode's narrative, it is not. See more »
I have come to the party late. Since so many of the characters and much of the plot has already been revealed, I will respond randomly. The opening sequence is breathtaking. The eerie quality of the woods with the men riding through, the bodies lying in the snow with the heads on stakes, are truly frightening. This is a feast for the eyes. As we are pulled into the debauchery of the principles and see the potential conflicts, with the "monarchy" calling the shots but vulnerable to forces outside the walls, we see an effort to return a true kingdom by whatever means. The men are mostly Neanderthals and the women have little power. Even those that have a royal being are as bad as the rest as one who would be king is willing to have the entire army have sex with his beautiful sister if it will help regain him the throne. There are amazingly realistic battle scenes, horrifying encounters, and little regard for conventional rules of cinema (like children being killed or worse). Things are wonderfully set up for the next episode.
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