News of Ned Stark's execution spreads quickly and Robb Stark vows to get vengeance. Robb's banner-men declare him to be King of the North. At Castle Black, Jon decides to desert the brotherhood and join Robb's army. Sam and his other friends have something else in mind. Having been rescued by a Night's Watchman, Arya begins her travels north to the wall. Impressed by Tyrion's good advice, Tywin sends him to King's Landing to act as the King's Hand while he is occupied with the war. Daenerys learns that she has lost the baby and realizes the error she made in trying to keep Drogo alive. At his funeral, she boldly walks into his funeral pyre and the outcome is a surprise to everyone but her. Written by
Two of the scenes - Arya's brutal encounter with Hot Pie and Lommy, and the conversation between Jaime and Catelyn - are not included in the original novel, but in the sequel "A Clash of Kings". See more »
After Ned Stark is beheaded, we see his sword, Ice, covered in blood. It's unlikely that there would be that much blood on the blade since the slice through his neck by the executioner was so clean and swift. However, it's plain that it was done for dramatic and visual impact. See more »
When dead men, and worse, come hunting for us in the night, do you think it matters who sits the Iron Throne?
Good. Because I want you and your wolf with us when we ride beyond the Wall tomorrow.
Beyond the Wall?
I will not sit meekly by and wait for the snows. I mean to find out what's happening. The Night's Watch will ride in force against the wildlings, the White Walkers, and whatever else is out there. And we will find Benjen Stark, alive or dead. I will command them myself. So I will ...
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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 »
This is the tenth episode of the first season of Game of Thrones. It is a fitting finale and it foreshadows what seems to be a magnificent second season. This episode is emotionally-charged following the beheading of Ned Stark and what I really like is how we see each family member affected by his death. The episode has a tense, angry feel to it and it seems like vengeance is in the air. Plus the very ending....is just wow. Emilia Clarke is proving herself to be a wonderful actress.
In this episode, "Fire and Blood," the execution of Ned Stark has the Stark family in an emotional showdown. Robb Stark promises vengeance on the Lannisters. Meanwhile, Arya escapes from King's Landing and begins to travel up north. Jon Snow must decide whether he will be a Ranger or fight with Robb. Vaenary realizes keeping Drogo alive may not be the right thing to do. Tywin Lannister decides to send Tyrion to King's Landing to act as Hand of the King.
Overall, this is one of the best episodes in the first season if not the very best. The ending is magnificent and it will definitely affect future seasons. A lot happens in the episode, so be sure not to blink an eye.
My Grade: A+
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