Game of Thrones (2011– )
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You Win or You Die 

Robert has been injured while hunting and is dying. Jon and the others finally take their vows to the Night's Watch. A man, sent by Robert, is captured for trying to poison Daenerys. Furious, Drogo vows to attack the Seven Kingdoms.

Director:

Daniel Minahan

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
Lena Headey ... Cersei Lannister
Emilia Clarke ... Daenerys Targaryen
Iain Glen ... Jorah Mormont
Aidan Gillen ... Petyr 'Littlefinger' Baelish
Kit Harington ... Jon Snow
Alfie Allen ... Theon Greyjoy
Jack Gleeson ... Joffrey Baratheon
Rory McCann ... Sandor 'The Hound' Clegane
Donald Sumpter ... Maester Luwin
Conleth Hill ... Lord Varys
James Cosmo ... Jeor Mormont
Owen Teale ... Alliser Thorne
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Storyline

Ned confronts Cersei about her children but she dismisses his allegations. The head of the Lannister clan tells his son Jaime to be a leader and sends him to rescue Tyrion. Ros, the prostitute from Winterfell begins working for Littlefinger in King's Landing. At the wall, a riderless horse belonging to Jon Snow's uncle Benjen returns to the wall. Jon takes his vows as a Night's Watchman but is disappointed to not having been named a Ranger but Sam sees it differently. King Robert is injured while out boar hunting with his brother. He knows he will not survive and names Ned Lord Regent until Joffrey comes of age. Knowing that Joffrey is not Robert's son, he feels Robert's brother should succeed him but Littlefinger counsel's otherwise. A wine vendor tries to poison Daenerys and Drogo promises to put their son on the throne of the Seven Kingdoms. Written by garykmcd

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 May 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

You Win or You Die See more »

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Budget:

£6,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

This is the only episode in the series where the phrase "game of thrones" is spoken. See more »

Goofs

When Maester Aemon is assigning the duties for the stewards, he tells Pyp to report to Bowen Marsh in the kitchens. However, when Lord Commander Mormont is assigning the new nights watchmen to their various orders, he tells 'Mick' to go to the kitchens - Pyp should have been included in those sent to the kitchens at the start instead of to the stewards (or Mick should also have been sent to the stewards). See more »

Quotes

Khal Drogo: Moon of My Life, are you hurt?
[Daenerys shakes her head. Relieved, Drogo kisses Daenerys's forehead]
Khal Drogo: [to Jorah] Jorah the Andal. I heard what you did. Choose any horse you wish, it is yours. I make this gift to you.
Khal Drogo: [to Daenerys] And to my son, The Stallion Who Will Mount the Word, I will also pledge a gift. I will give him the Iron Chair that his mother's father sat upon. I will give him Seven Kingdoms. I, Drogo, will do this. I will take my Khalasar west to where the world ends...
[...]
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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 »

Connections

Referenced in Game of Thrones: The Door (2016) See more »

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Main Title
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Written and Performed by Ramin Djawadi
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Snakes revealed as pace quickens as we get to the business end of the season
4 September 2014 | by slightlymad22See all my reviews

Finally we go back to the wall after two episodes away, we see our young hero, Jon Snow, take his vows. After being mentioned so much, Charles Dance finally appears on screen as Lord Tywin Lannister and we get some more good scenes with Daenerys (not sure if it's me, but Emilia Clarke seems to be getting more attractive with each episode. She has a gorgeous smile) and Drogo (Jason Momoa) then there is the noble Ned Stark.... Oh Ned....

For me this episode suffers from it's a complete lack of Tyrion and Arya. (Two of my favourite characters) but it's still gripping TV none the less.

And of course once again.... What an ending. I seem to say that after every episode, buy this show just makes you need to watch the next episode.


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