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 »
Before you go, you will call on Lord and Lady Stark and offer your sympathies.
What good will my sympathies do then?
None. But it is expected of you. Your absence has already been noted.
The boy means nothing to me. And I can't stand the wailing of women.
[Tyrion slaps Joffrey]
One word and I hit you again.
I'm telling mother!
[Tyrion slaps Joffrey again]
Go! Tell her. But first you will get to Lord and Lady Stark, and you will fall on your knees and tell them how very sorry you are, that you are...
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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 »
Re: Ned regretfully leaves his broken and unconscious son behind, along with his wife and eldest son to head off and be the King's Hand. Jon travels north to join the watch, accompanied by Tyrion, who wants to urinate off the edge of the world. And Daenerys learns the art of love in a time of horses.
Outstanding: A little better than the first episode in my opinion. The stories are starting to solidify and everyone seems to do a great job here.
Unacceptable: The little scene in the tower with the long golden hair made me roll my eyes a bit. A little bit of pandering to the audience that might be a bit confused, I guess.
Summary: A strong second episode. Not too radically better or worse, but the first was pretty dang good, so no complaints there.
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