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Winter Is Coming 

Eddard Stark is torn between his family and an old friend when asked to serve at the side of King Robert Baratheon; Viserys plans to wed his sister to a nomadic warlord in exchange for an army.

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Timothy Van Patten (as Tim Van Patten)

Writers:

David Benioff (created by), D.B. Weiss (created by) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Sean Bean ... Eddard 'Ned' Stark
Mark Addy ... Robert Baratheon
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau ... Jaime Lannister
Michelle Fairley ... Catelyn Stark
Lena Headey ... Cersei Lannister
Emilia Clarke ... Daenerys Targaryen
Iain Glen ... Jorah Mormont
Harry Lloyd ... Viserys Targaryen
Kit Harington ... Jon Snow
Sophie Turner ... Sansa Stark
Maisie Williams ... Arya Stark
Richard Madden ... Robb Stark
Alfie Allen ... Theon Greyjoy
Isaac Hempstead Wright ... Bran Stark
Jack Gleeson ... Joffrey Baratheon
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Storyline

At the castle Winterfell, Lord Ned Stark begins to believe that something is amiss. A deserter from the Night Watch, the guardians of the giant ice wall at the northern boundary of their territory, says he's seen the white walkers. Later, Ned and his sons find animals slain in the woods, including a she-wolf whose six pups they keep, one for each of Ned's children. They also welcome the arrival of Ned's good friend King Robert who was once betrothed to Ned's sister. She was killed before they could marry and he wed Cersei Lannister who has given him a son, Joffrey. Along with them are Cersei's two brothers, the handsome Jaime and Tyrion, a dwarf with very large appetites. The King wants Ned to return with him to his capital, King's Landing, and become the King's Hand. Ned accepts but his young son Bran accidentally sees something he should not have and suffers a serious fall as a result. Meanwhile, in the land across the narrow sea, Viserys Targaryen needs an army to attack King's ... Written by garykmcd

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Trivia

Jack Gleeson cited Joaquin Phoenix as Commodus in "Gladiator" as influence on his portrayal of Joffrey. See more »

Goofs

When Ned is talking to Robert towards the end of this episode, the light on the side of Robert's head appears and disappears between shots. See more »

Quotes

Cersei Lannister: You should be the Hand of the King.
Jaime Lannister: That's an honor I can do without. Their days are too long, their lives are too short.
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Crazy Credits

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 »

Connections

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Main Title
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Written and Performed by Ramin Djawadi
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Winter is Coming and so is the greatest show made today
25 April 2017 | by KingslaaySee all my reviews

A solid and excellent start to probably the greatest show in modern times. I am grateful to be alive to watch this show and be among the many masses across the globe that love this watch.

Game of Thrones wastes no time in creating its own universe and characters. It is as if it has always been and you the viewer just showed up to join the party. Some brutal scenes and rich dialogue let you know that this is a show like no other.

After watching this series you will be awe stricken and ask Breaking what?? Clearly in today's times this show has no equal.

So if you tuned in to this show and have started watching I have news for you, it just gets better and better. Also some advice, don't get attached to a character because in the Game of Thrones you win or you die.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 April 2011 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Malta See more »

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Budget:

GBP10,000,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital | Dolby Atmos (Blu-ray release)

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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