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
According to the novels, Cersei never gave birth to child of Robert. As she revealed to Eddard, she was once pregnant with a child of Robert, but had the child aborted out of hatred for him. Robert was unaware to both the pregnancy and the abortion. See more »
(at around 12 mins) At the blacksmith's, as the bellows open and close, the sound of the fire roaring comes when the bellows open to take in air rather than when they close to push air into the fire. See more »
[Catelyn watches Bran, still in coma. Cersei enters. Catelyn stands, embarrassed for not being dressed properly]
I would have dressed, your Grace.
This is your home. I'm your guest.
[Catelyn sits. Cersei approaches Bran's bed]
Handsome one, isn't he? I lost my first boy.
[surprised, Catelyn stares at Cersei]
A little black-haired beauty. He was a fighter too... tried to beat the fever that took him. Forgive me. It's the last thing you need to hear right now.
[shakes her head]
I never knew.
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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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