Game of Thrones: Season 1, Episode 7

You Win or You Die (29 May 2011)

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Robert has been injured while hunting and is dying. Jon and the others finally take their vows to the Night's Watch. A man, sent by Robert, is captured for trying to poison Daenerys. Furious, Drogo vows to attack the Seven Kingdoms.

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Ned confronts Cersei about her children but she dismisses his allegations. The head of the Lannister clan tells his son Jaime to be a leader and sends him to rescue Tyrion. Ros, the prostitute from Winterfell begins working for Littlefinger in King's Landing. At the wall, a riderless horse belonging to Jon Snow's uncle Benjen returns to the wall. Jon takes his vows as a Night's Watchman but is disappointed to not having been named a Ranger but Sam sees it differently. King Robert is injured while out boar hunting with his brother. He knows he will not survive and names Ned Lord Regent until Joffre comes of age. Knowing that Joffre is not Robert's son, he feels Robert's brother should succeed him but Littlefinger counsel's otherwise. A wine vendor tries to poison Daenerys and Drogo promises to put their son on the throne of the Seven Kingdoms. Written by garykmcd

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The episode title is part of a quote Cersei Lannister says to Eddard Stark: "When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die. There is no middle ground." This catchphrase has been frequently used during the promotion of both the novels and the TV series. See more »

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When Tywin Lannister is speaking to his son Jaime while butchering a deer carcass, it's obvious that the carcass has already been prepped. This is especially noticeable when he begins skinning it, as the hide around the foot of the animal is seen to peel back a little bit when he grabs hold of it and has a clean edge, showing that it's already been cut before he ever puts his knife to it. See more »

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Cersei Lannister: You should have taken the realm for yourself. Jaime told me about the day King's Landing fell. He was sitting on the Iron Throne and you made him give it up. All you needed to do was climb those steps yourself. Such a sad mistake.
Eddard Stark: I've made many mistakes in my life, but that wasn't one of them.
Cersei Lannister: Oh but it was. When you play the game of thrones you win, or you die. There is no middle ground.
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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 »

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Nest of Snakes
16 April 2014 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

While hunting, King Robert is lethally wounded by a boar and designates Ned as Lord Regent until Joffre comes of age. Ned knows that Joffre is not son of Robert and believes that Robert's brother Stannis should be his successor. Meanwhile Jon Snow is assigned as steward of Alliser Thorne and not a ranger, and he is near to quit the Night's Watch; however Sam convinces him that he will be probably trained to be the next commander and Jon takes his vows. A wine merchant tries to poison Daenerys but Jorah saves her life. In gratitude, Drogo gives a horse to Jorah and promises the Iron Throne to his wife. Immediately after the death of Robert, Ned is summoned by King Joffrey and is surprisingly betrayed and hears from Littlefinger: "I did warn you not to trust me".

"You Win or You Die" is another episode with twists and betrayals. Now Ned is alone King's Landing that is a nest of snakes and the Machiavellian Lannisters have assumed the Seven Kingdoms. But the greatest confrontation will certainly be when Grogo reaches the King's Landing. My vote is nine.

Title (Brazil): "You Win or You Die"


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