After the attempted assassination of young Bran, Catelyn leaves for King's Landing to see her husband, convinced that the Lannisters were behind the attempt. On arrival, she is met by a former beau, Petyr Baelish, who tells her that the knife used in the attack on Bran was his - until he lost it in a wager to Tyrion Lannister a year ago. When presented with the evidence, Ned isn't convinced. He's kept busy as the King's Hand and is shocked at King Robert's spendthrift ways. Cersei tells her son Joffrey that when he is King, he can do anything he wants. Across the Narrow Sea, Daenerys begins to act like a queen and has a confrontation with her brother who makes it clear that he is in charge. She also realizes she is pregnant. At the wall, Ned's illegitimate son Jon Snow undergoes training to become a member of the Night's Watch.Written by
According to the novels, Jaime was fifteen on the day he participated the campaign against the Kingswood Brotherhood. He did not kill any of the outlaws, but crossed swords with the Smiling Knight and saved his master Lord Crakehall from Big Belly Ben. As a reward for his valor, Jaime was knighted on the battlefield by Ser Arthur Dayne. See more »
When Eddard is walking into the throne room for the first time, the number of steps he visibly and audibly goes down do not match the actual amount of steps he descended (which can be seen when the camera angle changes to a front view of him). See more »
The Starks are always right eventually; winter is coming. This one will be long and dark things will come with it... When winter does come, gods help us all if we're not ready!
See more »
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 »
This episode in the adaptation of George R.R. Martin's books continues the strong start following two very good opening episodes.
Ned Stark arrives in King's Landing taking up his duties as Hand to the King. He meets the two political geniuses Varys and 'Littlefinger' Baelish both of whom make immediate impact with finely acted scenes of dialogue. Sansa and Arya are with Ned and Catelyn Stark also arrives to investigate who may have attempted to kill their son Bran (who lies crippled back home in Winterfell). At this stage the intrigue is ramping up and the political game playing is kicking off chains of events which are as yet unclear. Baelish is at his best right away and, in fact, has a slightly different accent at the start to that which he has in season 2 onwards. I find the more Anglicised accent he has here preferable but his sliminess leading you to not know if he is a hero or a villain is played beautifully throughout every season and is evident straight away.
Tyrion and Jon Snow have arrived at The Wall where Jon begins training with the highly unpleasant Ser Alliser Thorn making his life difficult. There are lovely scenes where Tyrion helps and advises Jon. Lord Commander Mormont and Maester Aemon appear too and are acted to perfection by James Cosmo and Peter Vaughan.
King Robert continues to be played with brilliant bravado by Mark Addy and Barristan Selmy provides graceful company for him and Jaime in a fun scene comparing first kills.
Viserys starts to see a tougher side emerging in his younger sister as she settles a little into her place as Khaleesi of the Dothraki horde.
Best of all though is the appearance of the character Syrio Forel, Arya's 'dance' teacher who is charisma personified. An absolute gem of a performance which lights up the screen while teaching Arya her first sword skills.
It is interesting to view Catelyn's choices when you re-watch years later knowing how it all pans out. I feel she has a lot to answer for in her very poor decision making in this as well as later episodes. Why does she need to travel to King's Landing at all when she could have just sent Ser Roderick? She influences Ned to make mistakes.
Another excellent episode. 9/10
1 of 1 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?
| Report this