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A Golden Crown 

While recovering from his battle with Jaime, 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?


When Ned is reading through the Baratheon bloodline, the first name he reads off is Oris Baratheon. Oris was fabled to have been a bastard of one of the Targaryen kings. Robert considered himself a distant relative to the Targaryens. See more »


While pure gold requires 1064.18 °C (1947.52 °F) to melt - a temperature not achievable in a simple campfire - many gold alloys melt at considerably lower temperatures. Pure gold is almost never used in jewelry because it is much too soft, so we can assume Khal Drogo's gold is alloyed. Hence the fact that it melts is not a goof. However it does melt extremely quickly over the course of just a few seconds and that is not realistic. You cannot even melt the equivalent amount of chocolate that fast in a campfire. 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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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 »


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Written and Performed by Ramin Djawadi
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That's Some Crown, That Golden Crown
21 April 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

From the interaction between Ned and the King to the trial of our diminutive friend in the castle, this is non-stop entertainment. There is more of the maneuvering for power. There are the barbarians who now have a queen who must show her resolve by eating the heart of a horse (yes, the whole thing). We see her brother invade a world where he is an alien but doesn't get it. Ned maintains his morality as his wife goes off, causing problems. We have his daughter, betrothed to the king, acting in her selfish, childish way. Bran almost gets it. Most of the children, including that awful suckling child, are really selfish and full of themselves. The Prince comes and makes peace with the daughter, but we must remember how hollow his offer is, how self serving. She, of course, is too dense to understand what is going on.

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