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A Golden Crown 

While recovering from his battle with Jamie, Eddard is forced to run the kingdom while Robert goes hunting. Tyrion demands a trial by combat for his freedom. Viserys is losing his patience with Drogo.



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A calmer King Robert mends fences with Ned Stark and reinstates him as the King's Hand despite the objections of his wife Cersei. While he goes hunting with his brother Renly he puts Ned on the throne. A group of farmers complain of having been attacked by a Knight and his army and knowing the culprit orders him stripped of all titles and lands. Ned decides to send Arya and Sansa back to Winterfell for their protection. Sansa in particular doesn't want to leave saying she wants to marry Joffre and have blond babies. Her offhand remark leads Ned back to the book his predecessor was so interested in and he now understands why John Arryn was visiting King Robert's bastard children. Meanwhile, Daenerys and her brother Viserys have yet another confrontation but this one is settled by Drogo himself. An imprisoned Tyrion Lannister demands to be tried and asks for trial by combat. Written by garykmcd

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22 May 2011 (USA)  »

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£6,000,000 (estimated)

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Did You Know?


While filming the scene where she eats the heart, Emilia Clarke (Daenerys) got the fake blood all over her body which made her sticky. One time, between takes, she disappeared because she was stuck to the toilet. See more »


When Robb is fighting off the bandits, his sword's blade is already bloodied before he's able to cut anyone down, though the blade was clean when he removed it from the scabbard. See more »


[Robert, Renly, Ser Barristan Selmy and Lancel are on hunting trip. Robert and Renly are armed with boar spears. Lancel carries a wineskin]
Lancel Lannister: More wine, your Grace?
[Robert takes the wineskin and drinks deeply. Then he hands it back to Lancel]
Robert Baratheon: What was I saying?
Renly Baratheon: Simpler time.
Robert Baratheon: It was! It was. You're too young to remember. Wasn't it simpler, Selmy?
Renly Baratheon: It was, Your Grace.
Robert Baratheon: The enemy was right in the open, vicious as you like, all but sending you a bloody invitation. Nothing like today.
Renly Baratheon: It sounds ...
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Crazy Credits

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 »


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Written and Performed by Ramin Djawadi
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Another great episode that features non-stop entertainment
13 April 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A Golden Crown is another great episode that features non-stop entertainment. The interactions from the characters are great including Ned Stark and the King and the trial sequence is really interesting. Even the story arc for the Lannister family shines and the interactions between them (and sorry for forgetting to mention that name) are also interesting. My only quibble is that it did drag a bit long.

Still, the acting's still great with the performances continuing to shine, the scenery remains gorgeous, the script is smart, the story is good, the dialog is fresh, and the music score continues to have an atmosphere. So, overall, another great episode. Thumbs up! :)

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