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"Game of Thrones" A Golden Crown (TV Episode 2011) Poster

(TV Series)

(2011)

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While filming the scene where she eats the heart, Emilia Clarke (Daenerys) got the fake blood all over her body which made her sticky. One time, between takes, she disappeared because she was stuck to the toilet.
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When Viserys tries to steal the dragon eggs, he mocks Jorah who blocks his path by saying "And yet here you stand", to which Mormont replies "And yet here I stand." According to semi-canon sources, "Here We Stand" is the motto of House Mormont. It is not clear whether this is an intentional reference.
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Ned Stark's condemnation of Ser Gregor "The Mountain" Clegane, including the removal of all his ranks, titles, lands and holdings as well issuing a death sentence, is his fulfillment of a long-standing grudge. The books explain that Ned was always horrified that The Mountain never had to answer for brutally raping and killing the Mad King's innocent daughter-in-law, and murdering her children.
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This episode marks the first time that Tyrion attempts to tell a joke that starts with "I once brought a jackass and a honeycomb into a brothel". Over the course of the series, he attempts to tell the joke twice more, but he is always cut off before he can finish it. Most people believe that the full joke is some variation on the following: A dwarf enters a brothel with a jackass and a honeycomb, asking for a lady to lie with since his own wife has left him. The madame asks him: "What's with the jackass and honeycomb?" "My wife and I found a genie in a bottle who granted us three wishes", the dwarf says. "My first was to give her a home fit for a queen, so the genie gave her this honeycomb. My second wish was for her to have the finest ass in the land, so the genie gave her this donkey. My third wish was for my tool to hang down past my knee, so the genie shrunk my legs and turned me into a dwarf!"
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Beric Dondarrion makes his first brief appearance on the show, played by David Michael Scott. The character would reappear again in Game of Thrones: And Now His Watch Is Ended (2013), but played by Richard Dormer for the remainder of the series.
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Eddard assigns Beric Dondarrion to find and kill Gregor "the Mountain" Clegane. The subsequent encounter between Beric and the Mountain, known as the Battle at the Mummer's Ford, does not occur in the show. It is only referred to very vaguely in Game of Thrones: Kissed by Fire (2013).
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Ser Gregor "The Mountain" Clegane is referred to here as "Tywin Lannister's mad dog", emphasizing his savage reputation. As later revealed, The Mountain was responsible for brutally killing several innocent members of the Mad King's family, probably on Tywin's orders. The books and 'House Clegane', an episode of the series' animated History & Lore features, explain that the allegiance of House Clegane to House Lannister dates back to the Mountain's grandfather, who was the kennelmaster for Tywin's father, Tytos Lannister. The master once saved Tytos from an attack by a lioness, losing three of his dogs and a leg in the process. In gratitude, Tytos gave him lands, a keep and a title, and House Clegane was founded. The master's son and grandsons later became squires to the Lannisters, and Tywin actually got Gregor knighted by prince Rhaegar Targaryen, explaining the Mountain's deep allegiance to the Lannisters in general and Tywin in particular.
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In the books, Robert and Cersei come and visit Ned as well while he is recovering. Ned tells Robert he went to the brothel to see Robert's bastard daughter, baby Barra. Robert is embarrassed by this, but Cersei remains completely emotionless.
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In the books, Arya and Sansa have a big fight. Afterwards, Arya learns of Ned's plans to send her and Sansa back to Winterfell, which angers her since that will put an end to her sword fighting lessons. Ned then tells her that Syrio Forel can come along, should he wish to do so.
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In the books, Loras Tyrell asks Ned Stark to send him to the Riverlands to deal with Gregor 'The Mountain' Clegane, but Ned refuses. Tywin Lannister is not summoned to answer for the Mountain's crimes either. Ned commands Beric Dondarrion, Thoros of Myr, Ser Gladden Wylde and Lord Lothar Mallery to assemble 20 men and take on the mission. On the show, only Dondarrion is sent, although Thoros has been mentioned in Game of Thrones: Cripples, Bastards, and Broken Things (2011), and will appear in Game of Thrones: Dark Wings, Dark Words (2013).
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

The episode title refers to Viserys' death by molten gold poured on his head, after misleadingly being promised a golden crown by Drogo. It has an alternate meaning: Ned realizes that Cersei's children were not fathered by Robert, based on their blonde hair (or "golden crowns").
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Viserys' death is reminiscent of an actual practice by the Mongols of Genghis Khan, who were known to execute royal or noble enemies by pouring molten gold on their heads or down their throats. The Mongols did this because they had a strict prohibition against shedding the blood of any member of nobility, while Drogo does it because it is forbidden for anyone to draw a blade in the sacred Dothraki city of Vaes Dothrak.
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In the novel, the trial by combat takes place in the Eyrie garden, the day after Tyrion's confession. Catelyn tries to dissuade Lysa from proceeding with it, given that Bronn might win and Tyrion is more use to them while alive, but to no avail. Ser Vardis Egen is given Jon Arryn's ceremonial sword, with which he seems unfamiliar and uncomfortable. Even though Bronn loses a tooth during the duel, he eventually pins Ser Vardis to the floor by throwing a statue on top of him, and stabs him through the chest without throwing him out of the Moon Door. In the book, the Moon Door was not located in the floor, but rather was a side door.
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When Drogo executes Viserys, he mutters, "A crown for a cart king!" In the books Viserys is mocked and called a "cart king" because he was unable to handle riding horses as long as the Dothraki did, so he traveled on a cart.
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