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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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 »

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When Ned Stark is talking to Robert Baratheon towards the end of the first episode, the light on the side of Robert's head appears and disappears between shots. See more »

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[Ned is cleaning his sword in Winterfell's godswood after Will's execution]
Catelyn Stark: All these years, and I still feel like an outsider when I come here.
Eddard Stark: You have five northern children. You're not an outsider.
Catelyn Stark: I wonder if the old gods agree.
Eddard Stark: It's your gods, by all the rules.
[pause. Then Catelyn produces a parchment from her sleeve]
Catelyn Stark: I am so sorry, my love.
Eddard Stark: Tell me.
Catelyn Stark: There was a raven from King's Landing. Jon Arryn is dead. A fever took him.
[Ned slowly looks away in shock]
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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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