Game of Thrones (2011–2019)
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A Golden Crown 

While recovering from his battle with Jaime, Eddard is forced to run the kingdom while Robert goes hunting. Tyrion demands a trial by combat for his freedom. Viserys is losing his patience with Drogo.

Director:

Daniel Minahan

Writers:

David Benioff (created by), D.B. Weiss (created by) | 6 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Sean Bean ... Eddard 'Ned' Stark
Mark Addy ... Robert Baratheon
Michelle Fairley ... Catelyn Stark
Lena Headey ... Cersei Lannister
Emilia Clarke ... Daenerys Targaryen
Iain Glen ... Jorah Mormont
Aidan Gillen ... Petyr 'Littlefinger' Baelish
Harry Lloyd ... Viserys Targaryen
Richard Madden ... Robb Stark
Sophie Turner ... Sansa Stark
Maisie Williams ... Arya Stark
Alfie Allen ... Theon Greyjoy
Isaac Hempstead Wright ... Bran Stark
Jack Gleeson ... Joffrey Baratheon
Peter Dinklage ... Tyrion Lannister
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Storyline

A calmer King Robert mends fences with Ned Stark and reinstates him as the King's Hand despite the objections of his wife Cersei. While he goes hunting with his brother Renly he puts Ned on the throne. A group of farmers complain of having been attacked by a Knight and his army and knowing the culprit orders him stripped of all titles and lands. Ned decides to send Arya and Sansa back to Winterfell for their protection. Sansa in particular doesn't want to leave saying she wants to marry Joffre and have blond babies. Her offhand remark leads Ned back to the book his predecessor was so interested in and he now understands why John Arryn was visiting King Robert's bastard children. Meanwhile, Daenerys and her brother Viserys have yet another confrontation but this one is settled by Drogo himself. An imprisoned Tyrion Lannister demands to be tried and asks for trial by combat. Written by garykmcd

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Certificate:

TV-MA | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Stuff & Tal (Portuguese)

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 May 2011 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

GBP6,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Dolby Atmos (Blu-ray release)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

When Viserys tries to steal the dragon eggs, he mocks Jorah who blocks his path by saying "And yet here you stand", to which Mormont replies "And yet here I stand." According to semi-canon sources, "Here We Stand" is the motto of House Mormont. It is not clear whether this is an intentional reference. See more »

Goofs

While pure gold requires 1,064.18 °C (1,947.52 °F) to melt - a temperature not achievable in a simple campfire - many gold alloys melt at considerably lower temperatures. Pure gold is almost never used in jewelry because it is much too soft, so we can assume Khal Drogo's gold is alloyed. Hence the fact that it melts is not a goof. However, it does melt extremely quickly over the course of just a few seconds and that is not realistic. You cannot even melt the equivalent amount of chocolate that fast in a campfire. See more »

Quotes

[Jorah and Viserys watch Daenerys performing the ceremonial consuming of horse's heart]
Jorah Mormont: She has to eat the whole heart?
Viserys Targaryen: I hope that's not my horse.
Jorah Mormont: She's doing well.
Viserys Targaryen: She'll never keep it down.
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Crazy Credits

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 »

Connections

Referenced in Game of Thrones: The Iron Throne (2019) See more »

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Main Title
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Written and Performed by Ramin Djawadi
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Entertaining parallel stories revolving around a wonderful and dark Daenerys but sharp editing and greedy writing
23 May 2011 | by igoatabaseSee all my reviews

The previous installment Stark versus Lannister driven story was thrilling but it had a drawback. Indeed it revealed one flaw of the show, its editing. I just found the numerous switches between arcs a little annoying because the transitions weren't smooth enough. Compared to Lost's season 6 for example it lacked some creativity, original ideas to link them instead of sharp cuts. I love Arya and her dancing session in Lord Snow was fantastic but here it felt slightly misplaced or at least not well staged. It's probably the issue when dealing with so many parallel stories, they just can't be all properly covered in one single episode. In my opinion their mistake was to even tell the anecdotic ones like the prostitute flying away or the king hunting. Of course their purpose was to feed the more important ones but I can't help thinking that they should have better arranged them. Or maybe I was just disappointed that it wasn't a special Daenerys installment. I mean she's such a fascinating and ambivalent character ! The Queen of Dothraki literally stole the screen and her few scenes were both shocking and intriguing. One reference that stroke my mind ? Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom ! Yes because Lady Stark, her strange sister and the dwarf were back too. The dungeon is apparently full of surprises and as a roleplayer I'm already dreaming of giant dragons and wicked pitfalls ! If only the show's format was more elegant, like in Fringe's season 3 for instance. Still it didn't change the fact that most story arcs, because I was a bit disappointed by Ned's one, were excellent. As for the ending it confirmed again that Game of Thrones is not for the faint of heart. Long live the King !


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