|Game of Thrones (2011)|
|Rating: 9.5/10 (672,292 votes)
Stars: Lena Headey, Peter Dinklage, Maisie Williams, Emilia Clarke
Runtime: 55 min
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Released: 17 Apr 2011
|Plot:Â The episode begins the process of interweaving action happening in multiple separate locations within and around the fictional continent of Westeros. Most of the action takes place in and around Winterfell where Lord Eddard Stark (Sean Bean) is the feudal overlord of the northern reaches of the kingdom. Outside of Westeros is a land across the Narrow Sea where the two surviving members of House Targaryen, previous rulers of Westeros, live in exile.
Beyond the Wall
The episode opens with three rangers of the Night’s Watch – Ser Waymar Royce (Rob Ostlere), Will (Bronson Webb) and Gared (Dermot Keaney) – scouting beyond the Wall, a massive barrier of ice at the north end of the kingdom. After finding the mutilated corpses of some wildlings (tribal humans who live north of the Wall), the rangers are confronted by White Walkers (demonic creatures) and undead wildlings. Two of the rangers are killed by the White Walkers, while the third, Will, is for some reason left alive. Fearing for his life, Will deserts the Night’s Watch.
At King’s Landing
Queen Cersei (Lena Headey), and her twin brother, Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), are watching as the dead body of Jon Arryn, The Hand of The King (John Standing) is tended to by the Silent Sisters. They discuss whether or not he revealed any dangerous information regarding the two of them to anyone before his death. Jaime assures his sister that if Arryn had spoken to anyone, they would already have been executed.
In the North
After the opening sequence, the Starks of Winterfell are introduced, including Lord Eddard « Ned » Stark, his wife, Lady Catelyn « Cat » Stark (Michelle Fairley) and his five children: their heir Robb (Richard Madden), their elder daughter Sansa (Sophie Turner), younger daughter Arya (Maisie Williams), ten-year-old son Bran (Isaac Hempstead-Wright) and youngest son, Rickon (Art Parkinson). Also introduced are Ned’s illegitimate son Jon Snow (Kit Harington) and hostage/ward Theon Greyjoy (Alfie Allen), who, like Robb, are older teenagers.
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