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The Wolf and the Lion 

Catelyn has captured Tyrion and plans to bring him to her sister, Lysa Arryn, at the Vale, to be tried for his, supposed, crimes against Bran. Robert plans to have Daenerys killed, but Eddard refuses to be a part of it and quits.


Brian Kirk


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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
Aidan Gillen ... Petyr 'Littlefinger' Baelish
Sophie Turner ... Sansa Stark
Maisie Williams ... Arya Stark
Alfie Allen ... Theon Greyjoy
Isaac Hempstead Wright ... Bran Stark
Jack Gleeson ... Joffrey Baratheon
Rory McCann ... Sandor 'The Hound' Clegane
Peter Dinklage ... Tyrion Lannister
Donald Sumpter ... Maester Luwin
Conleth Hill ... Lord Varys


When King Robert learns that Daenerys and the Dothrakis are preparing for war, he decides to attack first. Ned is against the idea saying they should go slowly and learn more but the King calls him a weakling and dismisses him as the King's Hand. Playing in the dungeons, Arya overhears two men plotting against her father. She tells him what she heard and he decides the time has come for him to return to Winterfell. He delays his departure when given the opportunity to speak to the last person his predecessor spoke to, a whore who gave Robert another illegitimate son. The delay is costly however and leads to a serious injury. Catelyn meanwhile takes Tyrion to her sister Lysa, who also happens to be the John Arryn's widow. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

15 May 2011 (USA) See more »


Box Office


£6,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


According to the novel, Gregor "the Mountain" Clegane's shield bears the three black dogs sigil of his house. In the TV episode, there is only one dog painted on the shield. See more »


When Catelyn talks to Lysa, the shadows keep changing dramatically. When shot from behind Catelyn, there is one strong shadow behind her and the dwarf. But when they change angle (just after Lysa's son says, "Is that a bad man?") the shadows are suddenly vague and in the opposite direction. See more »


[Catelyn and her party enter the Vale. They are welcomed by Ser Vardis Egen]
Ser Vardis Egen: You're far from home, Lady Stark.
Catelyn Stark: To whom do I speak?
Ser Vardis Egen: Ser Vardis Egen, Knight of the Vale. Lady Arryn expecting your visit?
Catelyn Stark: There was no time to send word.
Ser Vardis Egen: May I ask, my lady, why he is with you?
[Ser Vardis nods at Tyrion, who is mounted and unchained]
Catelyn Stark: That's why there was no time. He is my prisoner.
Ser Vardis Egen: He doesn't look like a prisoner.
Catelyn Stark: My sister will decide what he looks like.
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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 »


Referenced in Game of Thrones: A Golden Crown (2011) See more »


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Written by Ramin Djawadi
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The Lion Is About to Strike!
9 June 2015 | by g-bodylSee all my reviews

This is the fifth episode of the first season of Game of Thrones. It is a rage-filled, emotional-heavy episode that features fine acting and a great ending. I was slightly disappointed we do not see Daenerys or the Dothrackis in this episode, although they are used in context. I liked this episode because you can see the rivalry between the Stark and the Lannister family as they are always in each others throat as they try to be the number one family in the kingdom.

In this episode, "The Wolf and the Lion," King Robert learns that the Dothrakis are going to bring war to the kingdom, so he plans to murder Vaenerys. Ned Stark brings the anger out of the king when he refuses. Arya overhears of a plot against her father. As Ned leaves Kings Landing, he runs into some trouble. Meanwhile, Catelyn Stark brings her prisoner, Tyrion to her sister's keep, where she happens to be the widow of Jon Arryn.

Overall, this is another solid early entry in the Game of Thrones catalog. I really enjoyed the episode, particularly the rivalry between the Lannisters and the Starks which culminates in an epic sword battle towards the end. I did find the little kid who played the son of Catelyn's sister quite annoying, but other than that the acting was really good.

My Grade: A-

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