Ned begins to look into the death of his predecessor and mentor John Arryn. He learns that Arryn was interested in a particular book and also visited a local blacksmith known for making quality arms. There he meets someone quite interesting. At the northern wall, Jon befriends Samwell Tarly an overweight, bumbling young man whose father gave him the choice of joining the Night's Watch or dying in a hunting 'accident'. Sam is the object of scorn from other trainees and their instructor. Jon makes it clear that no harm will come him. Sansa is still not speaking to her father after he was forced to kill her wolf. She is preparing to become Queen someday. Her sister Arya meanwhile is taking sword fighting lessons and sees herself as a knight. Across the Narrow Sea, Daenerys defends herself when her brother Vyseris slaps her making it very clear that she too can exercise some authority.Written by
Viserys mentions nine dragons: Ghiscar, Valryon, Vermithrax, Essovius, Archonei, Meraxes, Vhagar, Balerion, and the unnamed last dragon; of those, only the last four are mentioned in the novels. See more »
During the joust between Gregor "the Mountain" Clegane and Hugh, they pass each other, the Mountain delivers a glancing blow, and then round the fence to joust again. As Hugh rounds the fence, his lance is conspicuously missing from his hands, only to reappear in the next shot as he lines up for the next (fatal) pass. See more »
What happened to the dragons? I was told that brave men killed them all.
Brave men didn't kill dragons. The brave men rode them. Rode them from Valyria to build the greatest civilization this world has ever seen. The breath of the greatest dragon forged the Iron Throne, which the Usurper is keeping warm for me. The swords of the vanquished, a thousand of them... melted together like so many candles.
I have always wanted to see a dragon. There's nothing in the world that I would rather see.
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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 »
The plot thickens, and even more characters are introduced - some that will follow us to the end of the series, some that have a briefer life span in the series. We also get some nice foreshadowing of things to come (although years from now). The series is starting to find its true shape.
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