Game of Thrones Season 1 Episode 1 – Winter Is Coming

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The title of the first ever episode for the television series Game of Thrones immediately sets you on edge.  It almost sounds like a warning, and indeed it is……. Winter IS Coming!  Opening with three men we will later learn belong to the Brotherhood of the Night’s Watch and the defenders of The Wall, we follow them into the desolate snow covered lands that lie to the north of The Wall.

They come across what appears to be a massacre, until the dead seem to rise and two of the guardsmen are slaughtered while the other flees south.  Poised on the edge of my seat I couldn’t wait to see what else this episode was to have in store.

Episode 1 Winter Is Coming Official Preview

We are now introduced to the members of House Stark, where Lord Eddard Stark resides and protects the people of Winterfell.  As he prepares to behead the deserter from the Night’s Watch, he is warned that a White Walker was sighted beyond The Wall.

 

Upon returning to Winterfell his wife Lady Catelyn Stark worriedly informs him that the King’s Hand Jon Arryn is dead, and that King Robert Baratheon, along with his wife Queen Cersei of House Lannister and her family will arrive shortly.  King Robert seeks to ask Lord Stark to replace Jon Arryn as King’s Hand much to the distress of Lady Catelyn.  Lord Eddard has little choice but to accept and prepare to head south to Kings Landing accompanied by his two daughters Sansa and Arya.

Across the narrow sea in Essos we see siblings Vicerys and Daenerys Targaryen, son and daughter to the former (and by all accounts mad) king of Westeros.  Vicerys, a power hungry and loathsome individual intends to marry off his sister Daenerys to Khal Drogo, a Dothraki warlord in exchange for control of his warrior army.  Vicerys seeks to regain control of the Iron Throne and, despite the protestations from his sister, will use her in any way necessary to get what he wants.

 

King Robert Baratheon seeks to solidify the union of the seven kingdoms by marrying Sansa, elder daughter of Lord Stark, to his son Joffrey Baratheon (who incidentally has suspiciously blonde hair considering King Baratheon has a mane of raven black).  With whispers and rumours running rife, suspicions begin to arise that the death of Jon Arryn was no accident.  It unfolds that he unveiled a potentially explosive secret within the royal family.

Then something truly terrible occurs (this part did indeed leave me gobsmacked), Bran her young son is pushed from the window of a tower at Winterfell by Jaime Lannister brother to Queen Cersei, after he accidentally discovers the Lannister siblings in the heat of an incestuous act.