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 Joffrey comes of age. Knowing that Joffrey 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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29 May 2011 (USA)  »

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The oath which the Night's Watch members must swear according to the TV series is almost identical to the oath in the novels, except one line "I am the fire that burns against the cold, the light that brings the dawn, the horn that wakes the sleepers" which was omitted from the oath in the show. See more »


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 »


Khal Drogo: Moon of My Life, are you hurt?
Daenerys Targaryen: [shakes her head]
Khal Drogo: [relieved, kisses her forehead. Turns to face Jorah] Jorah the Andal. I heard what you did. Choose any horse you wish, it is yours. I make this gift to you.
Khal Drogo: [returns to Daenerys] And to my son, The Stallion Who Will Mount the Word, I will also pledge a gift. I will give him the Iron Chair that his mother's father sat upon. I will give him Seven Kingdoms. I, Drogo, will do this. I will take my Khalasar west to where the world ends...
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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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"When you play the game of thrones you win, or you die. There is no middle ground."
13 April 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

You Win or You Die is another great episode so far and has gotten progressively better. The conversations continue to be interesting with some great tension especially the scene where Cersei Lannister and Ned Stark having a conversation about before she said this line.

"When you play the game of thrones you win, or you die. There is no middle ground." Lena Headley, the actress who plays Cersei Lannister in this episode, delivered that line in the most quiet and epic way possible. Kudos to the writers for creating that scene so great.

The story is still good, the rest of the performances are still great, the script is terrific, the pacing, while a bit slower, is still fine, and the music score is still great and suited the scene between Cersei and Ned really well with a sense of eerie and subtlety. So, overall, another great episode and this season might get progressively better once I review the last three episodes.

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