Game of Thrones: Season 1, Episode 1

Winter Is Coming (17 Apr. 2011)

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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 garykmcd

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In the book, Catelyn receives the letter from her sister hidden in the false bottom of a box, rather than as a normal message. See more »

Goofs

In the opening credits of the first two episodes, when the names of the actors appear next to the crest of the House their characters belong to, Emilia Clarke (who plays Daenerys Targaryen) and Iain Glen (Jorah Mormont) are shown with a Lannister lion, while Sophie Turner (who plays Sansa Stark) is shown with a Targaryen dragon. From episode 3 on, the actors' names appear next to the proper crests (a dragon for Clarke, a bear for Glen, and a wolf for Turner). See more »

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[the Night's Watch rangers discover a massacred Wildling village]
Waymar Royce: What do you expect? They're savages. One lot steals a goat from another lot, and before you now it, they're ripping each other to pieces.
Will: I never seen wildlings do a thing like this. I never seen a thing like this, not ever in my life!
Waymar Royce: How close did you get?
Will: Close as any man would.
Gared: We should head back to the Wall.
Waymar Royce: Do the dead frighten you?
Gared: Our orders were to track the wildlings. We tracked 'em. They won't trouble us no more.
Waymar Royce: You ...
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The sun tells an important part of the series back story, on its panels. It does so in three segments. First, as the credits start up, the sun depicts how the Targaryens and their dragons conquered Westeros. The second time the sun is shown, a dragon is depicted in a mortal struggle with 3 other animals: The Stag, the Lion and the Wolf. It is a very literal way to show how Robert Beratheon and Ned Stark rebelled, with Tywin Lannister reluctantly supporting them, in the end. Finally, the third time the sun is shown, before the series title enter the scene, a lion (among other animals) is shown "kneeling" to a triumphant Stag. Just as Robert was crowned King after winning the war. See more »

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Excellent beginning...
9 July 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Pilot for Game of Thrones was all around a success. It built many characters nicely and also had touches of both humor and darkness, not to mention the amazing production. The art direction is superb as is expected, but the cinematography is just brilliant. Cinematography isn't just capturing 'pretty' things, but also camera angles, lighting, and tone, and this show's cinematography is pretty much perfect. The performances are pretty good, what is expected for a show like this.

I can say that this pilot was better than Boardwalk Empire's for sure. Although that pilot was good, it was heavily flawed, whereas I think this pilot was much more successful and intriguing. I am definitely sticking with this show.


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