Episodes

Game of Thrones Episode Guide

Season 1

Episode 1 – Winter is Coming

Fist aired – 17 April 2011

Directed by Timothy Van Patten

Stars Sean Bean, Mark Addy, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau

Concerns are raised about the lawlessness and danger of the lands north of the Wall, after a Night’s Watch deserter is tracked down outside Winterfell, and is swiftly justiced by Lord Eddard “Ned” Stark. Upon returning home, Lord Stark learns of the death of his mentor, Jon Arryn, in King’s landing, the Westeros Capital. Catelyn tells him all this and more, that King Robert himself  is on his way north to offer Ned Arryn’s position as the King’s Hand to Lord Stark himself.

On another continent, just across the Narrow Sea in Pentos, Viserys Targaryen takes the next step in the plan to win back the throne, which entails forging an allegiance with the nomadic Dothraki warriors by giving his beautiful sister Daenerys’ hand in marriage to the Dothraki leader.

King Robert arrives, bringing Queen Cersei, his wife, other members of the Lannister family and his entourage to Winterfell:. These include Queen Cersei’s  twin brother Jaime, dwarf brother Tyrion and her son and heir to the throne, 12-year-old Joffrey. Robert easily convinces his old friend Ned (Lord Stark) to join him in King’s Landing, calling him the only friend he could still trust. As this decision is reached, Jon Snow reaches the decision to travel north to Castle Black to join the Night’s Watch, to be accompanied by a curious Tyrion. But a startling act of treachery directed at young Bran, Lord Stark’s young son, may postpone their departures.


 

 

Episode 2 – The Kingsroad

Fist aired – 24 April 2011

Directed by Timothy Van Patten

Stars Sean Bean, Mark Addy, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau


Bran’s fate remains in doubt. Having agreed to become the King’s Hand, Ned leaves Winterfell with daughters Sansa and Arya, while Catelyn stays behind to tend to Bran. Jon Snow heads north to join the brotherhood of the Night’s Watch. Tyrion decides to forego the trip south with his family, instead joining Jon in the entourage heading to the Wall. Viserys bides his time in hopes of winning back the throne, while Daenerys focuses her attention on learning how to please her new husband, Drogo.


 

 

Episode 3 – Lord Snow

Fist aired – 1 May 2011

Directed by Timothy Van Patten

Stars Sean Bean, Mark Addy, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau


Arriving at King’s Landing after his long journey, Ned is shocked to learn of the Crown’s profligacy from his new advisors. At Castle Black, Jon Snow impresses Tyrion at the expense of greener recruits. Suspicious that the Lannisters had a hand in Bran’s fall, Catelyn covertly follows her husband to King’s Landing, where she is intercepted by Petyr Baelish, aka “Littlefinger,” a shrewd longtime ally and brothel owner. Cersei and Jaime ponder the implications of Bran’s recovery; Arya studies swordsmanship. On the road to Vaes Dothrak, Daenerys finds herself at odds with Viserys.


 

Episode 4 – Cripples, Bastards, and Broken Things

Fist aired – 8 May 2011

Directed by Timothy Van Patten

Stars Sean Bean, Mark Addy, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau


Ned looks to a book for clues to the death of his predecessor, and uncovers one of King Robert’s bastards. Robert and his guests witness a tournament honoring Ned. Jon takes measures to protect Samwell from further abuse at Castle Black; a frustrated Viserys clashes with Daenerys in Vaes Dothrak; Sansa imagines her future as a queen, while Arya envisions a far different future. Catelyn rallies her husband’s allies to make a point, while Tyrion finds himself caught in the wrong place at the wrong time.


 

Episode 5 – The Wolf and the Lion

Fist aired – 15 May 2011

Directed by Timothy Van Patten

Stars Sean Bean, Mark Addy, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau

 

Incensed over news of Daenerys’ alliance with the Dothraki, Robert orders a preemptive strike on the Targaryens that drives a wedge in his relationship with Ned. A captive Tyrion helps Catelyn, but receives a cold reception at the Eyrie from her sister, John Arryn’s widow Lysa. Sansa is charmed by the dashing Ser Loras Tyrell, aka the Knight of Flowers. Arya overhears a plot against her father.


 

Episode 6 – A Golden Crown

Fist aired – 22 May 2011

Directed by Timothy Van Patten

Stars Sean Bean, Mark Addy, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau

 

Reinstated as the Hand, Ned sits for the King while Robert is on a hunt, and issues a decree that could have long-term consequences throughout the Seven Kingdoms. At the Eyrie, Tyrion confesses to his “crimes,” and demands that Lysa give him a trial by combat. Joffrey apologizes to Sansa; Viserys receives his final payment for Daenerys from Drogo.


 

Episode 7 – You Win or You Die

Fist aired – 29 May 2011

Directed by Timothy Van Patten

Stars Sean Bean, Mark Addy, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau

 

 

As they prepare for battle, Tywin presses Jaime to “be the man you were meant to be”, explaining that the future of the Lannisters is at stake. Ned confronts Cersei about the secrets that killed Jon Arryn. With the fate of the missing Benjen very much on his mind, Jon Snow takes his Night’s Watch vows, though not with the assignment he coveted. After Ser Jorah saves Daenerys from treachery, an enraged Drogo vows to lead the Dothraki where they’ve never gone before. An injured Robert takes pains to ensure an orderly transition at King’s Landing.


 

Episode 8 – The Pointy End

Fist aired – 5 June 2011

Directed by Timothy Van Patten

Stars Sean Bean, Mark Addy, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau

 


 

Episode 9 – Baelor

Fist aired – 12 June 2011

Directed by Timothy Van Patten

Stars Sean Bean, Mark Addy, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau

 


 

Episode 10 – Fire and Blood

Fist aired – 19 June 2011

Directed by Timothy Van Patten

Stars Sean Bean, Mark Addy, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau

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pauline lafortune November 16, 2011 at 1:32 am

i live in montreal and i just saw the first episode. when will it be possible for us in canada to see the series thanks

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Biobakuwaheed January 13, 2012 at 12:20 am

I Need season 2

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