Character actor Michael Shannon has been nominated for his second Oscar for his role in the 2016 thriller Nocturnal Animals. "No Small Parts" takes a look at some of the other characters he's played in the past.
Although his son Bran is lying in bed unconscious from his fall, Ned Stark must return with King Robert to King's Landing. His wife Catelyn stays behind in Winterfell, though there appears to be little hope of Bran's recovery. The King has agreed that his son Joffrey and Ned's daughter Sansa should marry, uniting their families forever. Problems arise when Joffrey challenges the butcher's boy who is out playing with Sansa's younger sister Arya. Joffrey is injured when Arya's pet wolf attacks him. The King's justice is swift but fair even if his wife Cersei doesn't agree. Meanwhile, Ned illegitimate son heads north to join the Night Watch. Across the Narrow Sea, Daenerys is having some difficulty accommodating herself to married life. She turns to one of her servants, a slave whose job it once was to pleasure men, to learn how she could make her husband happy. Written by
The Kingsroad is one of the roads leading through Westeros, going all the way to King's Landing. This episode is named after it because many of the characters, for example Eddard and Jon Snow are traveling on this road throughout the episode. See more »
(at around 30 mins) When a group of riders are leaving south out of Winterfell, they reach "The Kingsroad" which runs north and south. At the fork of the road, the riders split into two groups: Eddard Stark is heading south to serve at King's Landing, and Jon Snow is heading north to guard the Wall. But after they say their goodbyes, Eddard Stark takes the north road, and Jon goes south.
The meeting is at a crossroads but the exact orientation of the roads, the p.o.v of the camera and the time of day are not specified. Both men could well have headed in their correct respective directions. See more »
[to Jon Snow]
There's great honor in serving the Night's Watch. The Starks have manned the Wall for thousands of years, and you are a Stark. You may not have my name, but you have my blood.
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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 »
We find out that despite his great fall (after being pushed) that Bran is still alive (though he is unconscious). He poses a great threat. His mother attends to him to the exclusion of everything else. The king has his entourage and they go their ways. The new queen must learn to relax with her new husband, who is basically a barbarian. Back at the castle, things are getting tense because Bran's mother is getting wise to what took place before her son fell. The girls are also feeling their strength. The prince has taken a shine to one of them. He is pompous little snot and when he tries to show off, one of the direwolves attacks him. He lies to his father about what happened (in reality, he was bested by a little girl). It is ordered by the queen that one of the direwolves be killed and when he is an interesting thing happens. This is a really good narrative hook, going into the next episode.
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