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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Did You Know?


Jack Gleeson cited Joaquin Phoenix as Commodus in "Gladiator" as influence on his portrayal of Joffrey. See more »


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). This was corrected in the DVD/Blu-Ray release. See more »


Tyrion Lannister: Let me tell you something, Bastard. Never forget what you are, the rest of the world will not. Wear it like armor and it can never be used to hurt you.
Jon Snow: What the hell do you know about being a bastard?
Tyrion Lannister: All dwarfs are bastards in their father's eyes.
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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 »


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Written and Performed by Ramin Djawadi
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A pilot to unthrone them all
18 April 2011 | by (France) – See all my reviews

Cinéma has Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings, Now TV has the Game of Thrones by the master of Sandkings. George R. R. Martin in heaven his work should spawn at least Four Seasons, The cold-blooded beginning will burn your latent emotions and freeze your dual reasons.

Closing black metal door and opening credits scavenging for unknown kingdoms, Highlander and fantastic territories as surreal as a wonderful forest of giant mushrooms. Almighty production with only a few minor glitches and heroic sets, From lifelike costumes and lurking soundtrack to majestic visual effects.

Sean Bean as lead and Lena Headey as queen plunged in a pool of steep talent. Kids to glide a smile, the bastard and the dwarf, vertiginous curves with riding knights. A cascade of refreshing characters to escort us through black days and white nights. Cuddly wolves, history books, dragon eggs. A universe has never been so magnificent.

Tolkienian by its numerous names and great attention to details, Despite the labyrinth an enchainting viewing and intriguing parallel stories. Winter warriors, white haired incest or blue savages are struggling families. A balance of Braveheart blood and medieval epicness to crimp biogenic trails.

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