Robb's banner-men declare him to be King of the North. At Castle Black, Jon decides to desert the brotherhood and join Robb's army. Sam and his other friends have something else in mind. Having been rescued by a Night's Watchman, Arya begins her travels north to the wall. Impressed by Tyrion's good advice, Tywin sends him to King's Landing to act as the King's Hand while he is occupied with the war. Daenerys learns that she has lost the baby and realizes the error she made in trying to keep Drogo alive. At his funeral, she boldly walks into his funeral pyre and the outcome is a surprise to everyone but her.Written by
Sean Bean still receives top billing on this episode, even though he is technically not in it. Only a lifeless head in his likeness is seen. See more »
Yoren states that they have to travel "a thousand leagues" from King's Landing to the Wall. Depending on the exact measurement of a league (varying from 3 to 3.45 miles in English-speaking regions), this would amount to a journey of at least 3000 miles. The continent of Westeros, measured from the Wall to the southern sea, is said to be less than 2000 miles. The journey from King's Landing to the Wall would be around 1000 miles, so either Yoren's statement is way off, or a league is measured differently in Westeros. See more »
[to her khalasar]
I am Daenerys Stormborn of House Targaryen, of the blood of Old Valyeria. I am the dragon's daughter, and I swear to you that those who would harm you will die screaming.
Mirri Maz Duur:
You will not hear me screaming.
I will. But it is not your screams I want. Only your life.
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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 »
One of the severed heads was a mask of George W. Bush, but this scene was edited out in later airings and home video releases. See more »
Great first season finishes and leaves us wanting more
The event that closed the previous episode (the most shocking ending to a TV show ever) opens the last episode of the first season, and from here nothing will ever be the same in the Seven Kingdoms. I need to mention great performances in this episode from Emilia Clarke, Iain Glenn, Michelle Fairley, Sophie Turner, Richard Madden and Kit Harrington.
I have praised Little Maisie Williams as Arya Sark several times over previous episodes of the first season, and her performance is no less than you would expect from her, but she is given less to do here than one might hope. (Though we do see her turn the tables on a fat bully called Hot Pie who tries to steal Needle from her)
Peter Dinklage shares a great scene with Charles Dance, when Tywin makes Tyrion the acting Hand of the King. Like Williams I have praised Dinklage an awful lot during the first season, and their performances have made the characters two of my favourites. With Daenerys and Jon Snow tying for third.
The final moments of the episode, one of the most iconic scenes in the whole of the series are a wow moment.
Bring on season 2
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