Game of Thrones: Season 1, Episode 9

Baelor (12 Jun. 2011)

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Robb goes to war against the Lannisters. Jon finds himself struggling on deciding if his place is with Robb or the Night's Watch. Drogo has fallen ill from a fresh battle wound. Daenerys is desperate to save him.



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Sansa begs King Joffrey to spare her father's life. With his mother's support he agrees to spare him provided Ned publicly confesses that he is a traitor and recognizes him as the rightful king. Ned refuses at first but soon recognizes that the lives of his children are at stake and eventually agrees. Arya has eluded capture living in the town and scrounging for food. She goes to the square when she hears her father is to appear. What happens is something no child should have to witness. Tyrion arrives at his father's camp but the elder Lannister is dismissive of his diminutive son. He also tells him that he will be in the vanguard of the attack to take place the next day against Robb Stark's forces arriving from the north. For his part, Robb is proving to be an able field general and takes a Lannister prisoner. Daenerys finds she has little influence after Drogo falls ill and is unable to ride. Written by garykmcd

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WILHELM SCREAM: (at around 45 mins) The famous scream is heard on the battlefield in the aftermath of the Lannister-Stark battle. See more »


[Tyrion and Tywin talk about the savages of the mountain clans that Tyrion recruited recently]
Tyrion Lannister: Ferocious? Last night, a Moon Brother stabbed a Stone Crow over a sausage. Three Stone Crows seized the Moon Brother and opened his throat. Bronn managed to keep Shagga from chopping off the dead man's cock, which was fortunate but even still, Olf is demanding blood money, which Shagga and Gunther refuse to pay.
Tywin Lannister: When soldiers lack discipline, the fault lies with their commander.
Tyrion Lannister: Surely there are ways ...
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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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Could've been the finale, but what a game changer this episode was!
8 January 2012 | by (Pakistan) – See all my reviews

I have never been a big fan of fantasy/sci fi movies or TV shows. I haven't seen any of the Lord of the Ring movies (yea I know) but this series had everything going for it to attract a person like me towards the fantasy world. One hardly comes across a TV show so rich in terms of characters, themes and story lines. Right from the pilot episode, viewer can see a handful of stories running in parallel involving different houses (7 kingdoms) of a fantasy land (westeros) under The Iron Throne. The show is about the battles between these 7 houses for the hold of the throne. Being on HBO show has all the elements necessary for a blockbuster e.g. gore, violence, a lot of crude sex, bucket load of drama. The Show will get a lot of nominations in the next award season but I don't see it nicking the Best Drama at the Emmys. No doubt it was a visual treat just like the color coding of each character in season 4 of Breaking Bad. A few scenes were truly outstanding e.g. the dragons, eating a heart of a horse (yes, that happened), pouring boiling gold on someone's face, murdering a wolf cub, to name a few. For most viewers it was the finale and more specifically the last scene of the season the most moment astonishing moment of the series. However, the episode before was the epic game changer for the show. For those who haven't read the books, this was probably as jaw dropping as that scene from Breaking Bad. Ned Stark, the hero of the show, was portrayed as the noble, loyal, right hand of a corrupt king. The King truly trusted and believed in Ned's ability to rule over his kingdom after King's death; he put it down in writing that Ned will succeed him after his death. However, the queen and her accomplices had different plans. In this episode Ned is held captive by the prince (now the king and the most hated character on television) who later orders Ned's beheading. The beheading it self was filmed in a stunning way. Two of Ned's daughter witness the cruel act ordered by a teenager boy pretending to rule with an iron fist.

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