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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Tyrion's story about Tysha is similar to its version in the novels, with several changes: according to the novels, Tyrion was thirteen at that time, not sixteen; Tysha was the orphaned daughter of crofter, not wheelwright's; after Tysha was gang-raped by the guards while Tyrion was forced to watch, his father forced him to be the last to take her. See more »


Tyrion Lannister: And here we have Bronn, son of...
Bronn: You wouldn't know him.
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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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Interesting episode, but I am starting to see a worrying pattern
2 February 2015 | by See all my reviews

This episode is great entertainment, no question about it.

But there is an emerging pattern already in which the idiots always wins. I hope this is a pattern that will break or it will become predictable and boring to watch. Very predictable. I saw the dramatic end of this episode coming. It was so obvious.

And all this Stark/Lannister drama in the last three episode are still based on the lamest plot I have seen in a long time (see my reviews of S01E07 and S01E08 for more details about that)

I also don't understand how Arya can run around like that in the streets. Isn't she wanted or at least missed? You would think she would be a recognizable face for many of the citizens.

It will also be interesting to see how Sansa will cope with this. At first I didn't like her "blinded by love", naive appearance, but she has started to become a more deep character over the last few episode or maybe it's a simple matter of her lover acting so retarded that she finally realize it?

I also found it interesting how even Cersei tried to stop Joffrey from making his "bad call" in the end of the episode. Is Cersei losing control of her son? At first you got the impression that she agreed on most of his actions.

Joffrey is an insecure control freak and now he is king and the perfect example as to why inbreeding is not good. That does not bold well. Jack Gleeson is a perfect actor for that role. I wanted to kick his face from the very first episode, almost before he even said one word.

And finally there is some interesting development from the Targaryens. Until now most of those scenes have just been a bore. For that I raise by vote from 7 to 8. Had it not been for the too obvious and "dramatic" ending I would even have considered a 9.

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