Game of Thrones (2011– )
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Cripples, Bastards, and Broken Things 

Eddard investigates Jon Arryn's murder. Jon befriends Samwell Tarly, a coward who has come to join the Night's Watch.



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Ned begins to look into the death of his predecessor and mentor John Arryn. He learns that Arryn was interested in a particular book and also visited a local blacksmith known for making quality arms. There he meets someone quite interesting. At the northern wall, Jon befriends Samwell Tarly an overweight, bumbling young man whose father gave him the choice of joining the Night's Watch or dying in a hunting 'accident'. Sam is the object of scorn from other trainees and their instructor. Jon makes it clear that no harm will come him. Sansa is still not speaking to her father after he was forced to kill her wolf. She is preparing to become Queen someday. Her sister Arya meanwhile is taking sword fighting lessons and sees herself as a knight. Across the Narrow Sea, Daenerys defends herself when her brother Vyseris slaps her making it very clear that she too can exercise some authority. Written by garykmcd

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8 May 2011 (USA)  »

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£6,000,000 (estimated)

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Did You Know?


Jaime and Jory speak about Thoros of Myr. He first appears in the show on Game of Thrones: Dark Wings, Dark Words (2013). See more »


Knights in jousting tournaments rode on the right side of the railing, not the left. This was to make sure that their armor was able to receive the brunt of the lance hit. The riders would reach the lances across their body and over the railing. The means by which knights jousted has nothing to do with why traffic in England is on the left side of the road. Traffic is on the left side because how armed men would pass each other in feudal societies. See more »


Arya Stark: Why do they call you Littlefinger?
Sansa Stark: Arya!
Septa Mordane: Don't be rude.
Petyr Baelish: [smiles] No, it's quite all right. When I was a child, I was very small and I come from a little spit of land called "The Fingers", so you see, it's an exceedingly clever nickname.
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Crazy Credits

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 »


Referenced in Game of Thrones: Stormborn (2017) See more »


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Written and Performed by Ramin Djawadi
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The writing, so good
4 April 2017 | by See all my reviews

Fantastic episode. Amazing acting from Dinklage and the rest of the cast. Great pacing like always.

The episode was well put together, from the composer, writers, director, crew and cast. You can see that every single one gave their all.

The show only gets better and better after each episode.

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