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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.

Director:

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

In the unaired pilot, Richard Ridings played the role of Gared, but when the scenes were re-shot, he was replaced by Dermot Keaney. 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

[Ned and Catelyn are watching the boys at archery practice when Ser Rodrik walks up]
Ser Rodrik Cassel: Lord Stark... milady. The guardsmen just rode in from the hills. They've captured a deserter from the Night's Watch.
[pause]
Eddard Stark: Get the lads to saddle their horses.
Catelyn Stark: Do you have to?
Eddard Stark: He swore an oath, Cat.
Ser Rodrik Cassel: Law is law, milady.
Eddard Stark: Tell Bran he's coming, too.
[Ser Rodrik nods and walks away]
Catelyn Stark: Ned... ten is too young to see such things.
[...]
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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 »

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Featured in No Small Parts: Anne Ramsey (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Main Title
(uncredited)
Written and Performed by Ramin Djawadi
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Superb!
14 September 2018 | by Rainey-DawnSee all my reviews

I have been waiting 7 years to watch this series - I've finally acquired it and now enjoying it! This first episode blew me away and got me interested right away with the story and characters themselves.

Everything about this premier episode is top notch! HIGHLY recommended viewing for those that had to wait to watch it (as I did) or for those wanting to watch again.

House Stark for me!

10/10


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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Dolby Atmos (Blu-ray release)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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