Scripting Season 2: Episode 1
By Fire And Blood on in Speculation.

It’s that time again, true believers! Our annual ten-part “scripting” series revs up once again to give you our best (and perhaps slightly more figuratively expensive) guess at what season two of Game of Thrones will encompass.

This year is going to be just a little different as we veer just a bit more from the sacrosanct text of A Clash of Kings; the “butterfly effect” is in full bloom, and we are now forced to follow the trails these little buggers have left. Some changes are for the better. It’s no stretch to say we’ve had to “guess” at more than a few things.

SEASON TWO; EPISODE ONE

PROLOGUE (first half)
DAVOS 1 (first half)
PROLOGUE (second half)
SANSA 1
TYRION 1 (first half)
CATELYN 2 (sort of)
BRAN 1
ARYA 2
TYRION 1 (second half)
DAENERYS 1 (first half)

Our (very) rough outline of the ACoK chapters that we will attempt to cover Season One outline can be found HERE. PLEASE NOTE that none of these scripts are official. Episode 1 encompasses the following pages from “A Clash of Kings” (U.S. softcover): pages 1 – 194. Note that Arya 1 (pages 30 – 37) was included in season one, as was Jon 1 (pages 93 – 106); Catelyn 1 (pages 107 – 121) will not be filmed, as there is no Riverrun for season 2, and the information presented therein will be placed elsewhere. Theon 1 (pages 164 – 186) will appear in episode 2.

Spoilers are everywhere, you dolts! Everywhere! Read ye no further if fear these things ye do!


Introductions: Maester Cressen (Oliver Ford Davies), Shireen Baratheon (featured extra), Matthos Seaworth (Kerr Logan), Ser Davos Seaworth (Liam Cunningham), Lord Stannis Baratheon (Stephen Dillane), Melisandre of Asshai (Carice van Houten), Lady Selyse Baratheon (featured extra), Lady Felyse Stokeworth (featured extra), Lollys Stokeworth (featured extra), Ser Dontos Hollard (Tony Way), Jaqen H’ghar (Tom Wlaschiha), Rorge (Andy Beckwith), Biter (Gerard Jordan), Lord Rickard Karstark (John Stahl), Alton Lannister (Karl Davies), Weasel (featured extra), Beth Cassel (featured extra), Kovarro (Steven Cole)

Deaths: Maester Cressen, Doreah

Sex: Shae and Tyrion (shocking!); Rorge threatens to bugger people; Ros is naked somewhere, somehow, probably

INT. DRAGONSTONE – HIGH TOWER – DUSK

MAESTER CRESSEN teaches young SHIREEN BARATHEON the histories of Westeros. The lesson is interrupted by the entry of MATTHOS SEAWORTH, who tells Cressen his presence is required on the beach. “They’re burning the gods,” Matthos says. Cressen looks with great trepidation out the window—a RED COMET can be seen, leaving its bloody mark across the sky.

EXT. DRAGONSTONE – BEACH – DUSK

The red comet looms overhead as Maester Cressen is helped to the beach by Matthos. SER DAVOS SEAWORTH is there, standing apart from the ceremony taking place, and Matthos goes to his father’s side. The gathered throng moves aside reluctantly for Cressen, parting slowly to reveal MELISANDRE leading prayers to R’hllor, the statues of the Seven Gods lashed together on the beach. LORD STANNIS BARATHEON is present, as well as his wife SELYSE. Melisandre shares a secret smile with the horrified Cressen, and he can do nothing but stare helplessly as the gods he has known since birth are burned in effigy.

INT. DRAGONSTONE – STAIRWELL – NIGHT

Maester Cressen ascends the stairs with the painful steps of a man long past his prime. He meets Ser Davos, who is clearly troubled by the events of the day. Cressen continues on, slow but steadfast, quietly swearing to himself that he will stop Melisandre.

INT. DRAGONSTONE – DINING HALL – NIGHT

Maester Cressen attempts to poison Melisandre over dinner. It does not go well for him, because the night is dark, and full of terrors. Cressen falls victim to his own poison and dies.

OPENING. [new locations: DRAGONSTONE, VAES TOLORRO]

EXT. KING’S LANDING – TOURNEY GROUNDS – DAY

SANSA STARK attends KING JOFFREY’S name day tournament. The crowd is much sparser than the one that had honored her father, the people more indifferent. THE HOUND is here, as are PRINCE TOMMEN and PRINCESS MYRCELLA, but few others of note. (A smattering of lords and ladies, perhaps including LADY FELYSE STOKEWORTH and her simple daughter LOLLYS.) The boredom is broken by a bit of comedy: SER DONTOS HOLLARD is reeling drunk, attempting to mount his horse without any pants on. Joffrey takes a dim view of it and orders Dontos executed, but Sansa talks him out of it (supported by the Hound), saying it is bad luck to kill someone on one’s name day. Dontos is instead demoted to court jester. The scene ends with the arrival of TYRION, accompanied by BRONN, SHAGGA, and a mixed array of Lannister guards and mountain clansmen. “You,” sneers Joffrey. “Me,” Tyrion agrees.

INT. KING’S LANDING – THRONE ROOM ENTRY HALL – DAY

Tyrion, Bronn, and Shagga essentially threaten their way past SER MERYN TRANT to get into the throne room.

INT. KING’S LANDING – RED KEEP THRONE ROOM – DAY

Tyrion walks in on a council meeting chaired by QUEEN CERSEI. In attendance are VARYS, LITTLEFINGER, GRAND MAESTER PYCELLE, and JANOS SLYNT. Tyrion announces that, by decree of his Lord Father Tywin Lannister, he is the new Hand of the King. Cersei is far from thrilled.

INT. KING’S LANDING – RED KEEP THRONE ROOM – DUSK

The room has cleared of all save Tyrion and Cersei. The queen’s continued displeasure is evident, especially after Tyrion tells Cersei he knows about her affair with Jaime. A glutton for punishment, Tyrion gets slapped by Cersei a number of times before he finally reveals he has a plan to free Jaime.

EXT. NAMELESS HOLDFAST THAT IS NOT RIVERRUN – DUSK

JAIME LANNISTER is held within a cage on wheels, shackled in irons. LORD RICKARD KARSTARK and his two SONS ride up with ALTON LANNISTER prisoner—bloody and beaten within an inch of his life. “Caught another one of your ‘noble’ kin, Kingslayer,” Karstark says mockingly, “and we’ve treated him gently as you please.” Alton is thrown in with Jaime.

INT. NAMELESS HOLDFAST – COUNCIL ROOM – NIGHT

Lord Karstark and his sons enter the room to find KING ROBB STARK holding council with his bannermen. Robb has received word that Lord Roose Bolton is riding south from the Dreadfort to join their forces, but they know they’ll need more, and decide to treat with the newly-crowned King Renly Baratheon. But who to send? LADY CATELYN STARK sits off to the side, listening intently but quiet. She volunteers to go to Renly herself. “He’ll want what all kings want,” she says. “Homage.”

EXT. WINTERFELL – GODSWOOD – MORNING

Bran’s wolf SUMMER stalks a deer, eventually cornering it and taking the beast down. Summer’s teeth bite into the deer’s throat. Blood spurts—

INT. WINTERFELL – BRAN’S ROOM – MORNING

Bran wakes in his bed with blood on his lip. OSHA enters the room with HODOR in tow. She asks Bran if he’s alright. “Bit my lip,” Bran murmurs, though he is clearly disturbed. Bran asks Osha what she thinks the red comet means; Osha says, “Blood and fire, boy, and nothing sweet,” obviously disturbed by it. Osha asks Bran if he had the dream again, and he nods. “Don’t fight the wolf dreams, little lord,” she says. “Might as well be fightin’ yourself. That’s a fight few can win.” Osha then tells Bran he’s to get dressed—someone has returned to Winterfell. “Robb?” Bran asks hopefully.

EXT. WINTERFELL – COURTYARD – MORNING

It is SER RODRICK CASSEL who has returned, greeted by his niece BETH. Bran is a little disappointed. Ser Rodrick immediately begins to direct preparations for the harvest feast. “Important men are coming, men Robb needs for his cause,” he tells Bran. “Robb is king. You are the Lord of Winterfell now, Brandon Stark. These men are in your hands.”

EXT. THE ROAD NORTH – DAY

ARYA STARK travels with YOREN and his motley band of Wall-bound misfits, including LOMMEY GREENHANDS and HOT-PIE. We’re introduced to JAQEN H’GHARR, RORGE, and BITER, all caged. Arya is already developing a fear / fascination of the hypnotic Jaqen. A washed out road forces a detour to…

EXT. SACKED TOWN – DAY

Yoren’s band sees firsthand the destruction wrought by Ser Gregor Clegane and the Lannisters. The sole survivor, a little girl they call WEASEL, does not initially want to leave the side of her dead mother’s corpse, but she is eventually taken into the wayward band’s care.

EXT. KING’S LANDING – BROTHEL – NIGHT

Tyrion arrives with Bronn, cloaked and secretive. They enter the brothel…

INT. KING’S LANDING – BROTHEL COMMON ROOM – NIGHT

Tyrion is shocked to discover Varys here. The eunuch is entertaining SHAE, as well as CHELLA and TIMMETT. Varys and Tyrion trade various innuendos. Before Varys departs, he leave Tyrion with a riddle: “In a room stand three men, a priest, a king, and a rich man and his gold. Between them stands a sellsword, a man of inconsequential birth, but he does hold a sword. The priest, the king, and the rich man each tell the sellsword to slay the other two. So tell me, Lord Tyrion, who lives and who dies?” Tyrion does not seem immediately intent on pondering this mystery; he slips off to a private room with Shae once Varys is gone.

INT. KING’S LANDING – BROTHEL PRIVATE ROOM – NIGHT

Tyrion confesses to Shae that he is worried for her safety, and does not trust Varys. Shae tells him to shut up by taking her clothes off. Tyrion and Shae make love. After, Shae asks what he will do now that he is the King’s Hand. He replies to her, quietly, “I will do something Cersei will never expect. Justice.”

EXT. THE RED LANDS – DAY

DAENERYS TARGARYEN helps wrap the body of her dead handmaiden DOREAH in a sash. She and her ragged band have been riding east beneath a cruel sun ever since Khal Drogo’s funeral pyre, and they are not doing well. IRRI looks wan. KOVARRO introduced. SER JORAH MORMONT rides up. “What news?” asks Dany hopefully. “Blood of my blood,” Jorah says, “there is a city.”

EXT. THE GATES OF VAES TOLORRO – DUSK

DAENERYS and her followers stand outside the gates of the deserted city. The streets seen beyond are abandoned, ghostly. Some of her people are terrified of the empty city; Irri in particular has heard the city is cursed. “If I turn back now, all is lost,” Daenerys says quietly. She is the first to enter. Pan up to view the RED COMET, seemingly closer and brighter than ever. Fade.


60 Comments

  1. Cristian Far Arnedo
    Posted October 31, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Permalink

    I doubt the north of the wall stuff will be missing on the premiere, maybe in ep 2 or 3, but in the premiere I think all major characters will be featured.

  2. Sunspear
    Posted October 31, 2011 at 3:39 pm | Permalink

    Not a bad idea, but I completely disagree with the dragonstone scene. I think they’re going to stretch out the prologue over the whole first episode, then end the episode with Cressen’s failed poisoning attempt.

  3. Spork
    Posted October 31, 2011 at 3:40 pm | Permalink

    Cristian Far Arnedo,

    Yeah, exactly what I was thinking. Maybe less Robb, and a bit of Jon instead.

  4. Winter Is Coming
    Posted October 31, 2011 at 3:41 pm | Permalink

    Nice job FaB! Reading this really got me pumped for season two. To get to see all our favorite characters on screen again? Should be awesome!

    The one criticism I have with this speculative outline is I would like to spend more time with the Dragonstone crew. They are going to be a huge part of the second season and just introducing them in the opener but then not returning to them is, I think, a mistake.

    I like how you opened with the burning of the Seven, a nice compression of the story there. But if you are going to do that I think we need at least one other scene later on in the episode to really establish these characters. Maybe one of Davos talking to Stannis over the Painted Table? Where Davos can talk about how he distrusts Melisandre and Stannis can show he respects Davos’ opinion but still believes wholeheartedly in the Red Priestess? That would really set-up the interesting 3-way relationship between those characters and also give us a nice look at a really cool set piece. :)

    Other than that, a great job at setting most of the main storylines of season two in motion right from the jump!

  5. Fire And Blood
    Posted October 31, 2011 at 3:43 pm | Permalink

    Sunspear,

    That was actually my first reflex until I remembered someone always dies in the prologue!

    I’m hedging my bets that D&D keep with that tradition.

  6. Fire And Blood
    Posted October 31, 2011 at 3:48 pm | Permalink

    Winter Is Coming,

    That’s true, the Hollywood standard is to always return to whatever you had in your first scene. Though you could argue they never really did that in season one, episode one.

    Unless you count Will getting caught immediately after the opening credits. I dunno if that technically counts from a traditional storytelling angle.

    I would also have liked to include some of Davos 2, as well as Jon 2 (Whitetree) but I was up against what looks to be an already substantial page count.

  7. Sunspear
    Posted October 31, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Permalink

    Fire And Blood,

    Who says they need to put the entire prologue at the very beginning? I know they did that in the last season, but they don’t have to now.

  8. Gmoney84
    Posted October 31, 2011 at 4:04 pm | Permalink

    Are you sure there will be no Riverrun in Season Two? I hadn’t heard anything regarding casting for Hoster or Edmure Tully. Has this been confirmed?

  9. Delta1212
    Posted October 31, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Permalink

    Sunspear,

    They don’t have to, but I think they will.

    Anyway, I agree that there is no way North of the Wall is getting cut from the first episode. Regardless of how the book is structured, they’re not going to be able to drop any of the major on-going plot threads in either the first or last episode of a given season.

  10. The Rabbit
    Posted October 31, 2011 at 4:25 pm | Permalink

    From the moment I have seen the scene on beach including the burning of the 7, I became kind a sure that the Prologue stuff would be very similar to the one Fab described in here.
    Even maybe with Cressen dying on the beach.

    I woul absolutely introduce later on in E1 the Dragonstone hall with painted table with Davos and Stannis and Davos doubts told to King.

    Arya storyarc in E1 would probably be the same (or very close) to the one Fab described.

    Kings Landing (having in mind all those leaks from Dubrovnik) – I am pretty sure that the torturing of Tobho Mott would happen before Tyrion entering KL, and mybe we would see some more atrocities by Gold Cloaks (like killing Maeghan and baby Barra).
    Maybe we would see some more Cersei/Joffrey or Cersei/Lancel (sexposition included) scenes before Tyrion s arrival.
    I am pretty sure E1 could and with Tyrion as partybreaker at Joff s B-day.

    Dany – some of the red waste (which could not be exactly red waste, but probably some stoney waste (keeping in mind Dubrovnik s environ s landscape as Dubac hill).
    Sure, they would enter Vaes Tolorro at this point.

    Robb – it could be a pure guess but my imagination is far from Fab s – but I am pretty sure we would see Jaime, and would be intruduced to Bolton.

    One scene FaB dropped, but I would inculde is Renly s camp somwhere in the reach – with Margery Tyrell introduction…

    (we ll how close we ll get with our guessing, at the end!)

  11. John-Michael Lelievre
    Posted October 31, 2011 at 4:41 pm | Permalink

    Kinda makes you realise how short 10 episodes really is, with all the returning characters, and all the new ones, It’s amazing that they will be able to squeeze it all in. Excited to see how it goes!

  12. Ali
    Posted October 31, 2011 at 6:15 pm | Permalink

    I would end it with Tyrion arriving at Kings Landing. I also don’t see Doreah dying, she’ll be kept in favor of another of Dany’s maids.

  13. FilliamHMuffman
    Posted October 31, 2011 at 7:44 pm | Permalink

    My predictions: the first scene will be the burning of the Seven (despite happening much later in the book), Balon Greyjoy and Renly/Margaery/Loras will have new scenes, the beginning of the Prologue in Cressen’s study will be cut, and the episode will end with Cressen’s poisoning.

  14. userj
    Posted October 31, 2011 at 8:02 pm | Permalink

    Ali,

    I hope they do kill Doreah, as awesome as she is, it’ll be way more impactful/emotional if she does die rather than some random extra.

  15. Hailey
    Posted October 31, 2011 at 10:39 pm | Permalink

    No rivverrun for season 2? Ugh…they kinda need it in my opinion.

  16. Ahorwitt
    Posted November 1, 2011 at 1:00 am | Permalink

    My proposal, with the number of minutes each scene should take.

    Section A introduces the various forces in the War of the (currently) Four Kings:

    6- Full Prologue
    7- Joffrey’s nameday, ending with Tyrion’s arrival
    6- Catelyn, Robb, and Jaime
    4- Renly’s wedding
    8- Tyrion’s first small council meeting
    2- Catelyn says goodbye to Robb, leaves to go meet Renly

    Section B, thematically, features the “adrift” characters who are still dealing with the aftermath of the events at the end of Season 1 — and the more magical characters as well.

    2- Arya/Yoren discuss Ned’s death
    2- Bran (as a boy) howls
    5- Jon rides North, talks with Mormont about Aemon, comet
    5- Dany and the dragons, the comet, sends out riders
    2- Bran wargs at night
    3- Arya meets Jaqen/Rorge/Biter. Gold Cloaks looking for Gendry

    Section C returns to King’s Landing and the political conflict, establishing Tyrion as the season’s central character.

    2- Sansa meets Dontos at night
    6- Tyrion tours King’s Landing and sees various problems. Ends the episode meeting Varys and Shae. Final scene is Tyrion resolving to do “justice.”

  17. razha
    Posted November 1, 2011 at 2:27 am | Permalink

    When it comes to the ways of presenting the Stanis/Dragonstone story I have actually 3 options:

    1 – More or less strictly following the book – Cressen dies in the prologue – somewhere at 10-15 min mark of the episode 1.

    2 – The Dragonstone prologue is spread across the entire 1st epp and we have Cressens death at the end of the episode 1.
    (i.e. Ep 1 structure is something like: intro at the Cressen’s study or burning of old gods – then other storylines – meeting with Staniss and Davos – again other storylines – and at the end the feast and death)

    but there is also another option:
    3 – they can actually stretch the Cressen-story for several episodes

    – there is not much going on in Stanis storyline between the burning of gods and then meeting with Renly. So in theory they could have extended the Cressen – Mellisandre confrontation for several episodes, have Cressen die somewhere around epp 3-4 just 1-2 epps before the death of Renly – so there will be a direct link between his failed attempt to off Mel and avoid regicide, and this regicide actually taking the place.

  18. Honest Jerk
    Posted November 1, 2011 at 2:51 am | Permalink

    Respectfully pointing out the flaws: Where’s Theon? Where’s Jon? Needs Action aka attack on Yoren’s crew. So here’s my re-write of your post

    INT. DRAGONSTONE – HIGH TOWER – DUSK
    A RAVEN lands on a window sill. MASTER CRESSEN pulls the message. His pupil young SHIREEN BARATHEON asks what the message is: “Has someone else died?”. CRESSEN explains that the message that says “Summer is over. Hopefully we’ll have a long fall”. They continue on with their lesson: the histories of Westeros (aka first season recap) . The lesson: Mad King was killed, her uncle Robert was killed. Shireen: “My Father’s king now. Will he be killed?”. Lesson interrupted by the entry of DAVOS SEAWORTH, who tells Cressen his presence is required at the feast. Cressen looks with great trepidation out the window—a RED COMET can be seen, leaving its bloody mark across the sky.

    INT. DRAGONSTONE – STAIRWELL – NIGHT
    Maester Cressen ascends the stairs with Davos. Cressen claims that Stannis is obsessed with the Red Priestess.

    INT. DRAGONSTONE – DINING HALL – NIGHT
    STANNIS won’t listen to either Cresson or Davos. Maester Cressen attempts to poison MELISANDRE over dinner, fails, Cressen falls victim to his own poison and dies.

    OPENING. [new locations: DRAGONSTONE] (Vaes Dothrak is still in credits)

    INT. KING’S LANDING – THRONE ROOM – DAY
    SANSA STARK attends KING JOFFREY’S name day archery competition. The crowd is small. THE HOUND is here, as are PRINCE TOMMEN and PRINCESS MYRCELLA. The boredom is broken by a bit of comedy: SER DONTOS HOLLARD is reeling drunk, pants fall down. Joffrey takes a dim view of it and orders Dontos to stand in front of target with a orange on his head. Sansa’s afraid archers will miss and kill Dontos, so she talks Joffrey out of it (supported by the Hound), saying it is bad luck to kill someone on one’s name day. Dontos is instead demoted to court jester. The scene ends with the arrival of TYRION, accompanied by BRONN, SHAGGA, and a mixed array of Lannister guards and mountain clansmen. “You,” sneers Joffrey. “Me,” Tyrion agrees.

    INT. KING’S LANDING – RED KEEP THRONE ROOM – DAY
    Tyrion walks in on a council meeting chaired by QUEEN CERSEI. In attendance are VARYS, LITTLEFINGER, GRAND MAESTER PYCELLE, and JANOS SLYNT. Tyrion announces that, by decree of his Lord Father Tywin Lannister, he is the new Hand of the King. Cersei is far from thrilled.

    INT. KING’S LANDING – RED KEEP THRONE ROOM – DUSK
    The room has cleared of all save Tyrion and Cersei. The queen’s continued displeasure is evident, especially after Tyrion tells Cersei he knows about her affair with Jaime. A glutton for punishment, Tyrion gets slapped by Cersei a number of times before he finally reveals he has a plan to free Jaime.

    EXT. NAMELESS HOLDFAST THAT IS NOT RIVERRUN – DUSK
    KING ROBB STARK, THEON GREYJOY, AND CAT STARK walk by the cages, see JAIME LANNISTER is held within a cage on wheels, shackled in irons. ALTON LANNISTER is another prisoner in adjoining cage. JAIME talks trash to them as they walk by: “Hasn’t been much fighting since you captured me, your Grace. Is the Young Wolf afraid?”

    EXT. NAMELESS HOLDFAST – COUNCIL AREA – NIGHT
    Robb & Theon look over a map. “We’ve got to pull the Lannister army away from King’s Landing.” Theon suggests attacking Lannisport & Casterly Rock from the sea… by his Iron Island crew. Cat tries to subtly hint that letting Theon go isn’t a smart idea. Robb sends Theon on his way, but is annoyed by his Mom butting in. Robb suggests sending her back to Winterfell. Cat says “Not as long as the Lannisters hold my daughters.”

    EXT. THE ROAD NORTH – DAY
    ARYA STARK travels with YOREN and his motley band of Wall-bound misfits, including GENDRY, LOMMEY GREENHANDS and HOT-PIE. We’re introduced to JAQEN H’GHARR, RORGE, and BITER, all caged. Arya gets in fight with Hot-Pie. Yoren pulls her aside, warns her to behave or else she’ll never reach Winterfell.

    EXT. WINTERFELL – GODSWOOD – MORNING
    Bran’s wolf SUMMER stalks a deer, eventually cornering it and taking the beast down. Summer’s teeth bite into the deer’s throat. Blood spurts—

    INT. WINTERFELL – BRAN’S ROOM – MORNING
    Bran wakes in his bed with blood on his lip. OSHA enters, asks Bran if he’s alright. “Bit my lip,” Bran murmurs, though he is clearly disturbed. Bran asks Osha what she thinks the red comet means; Osha says, “Blood and fire, boy, and nothing sweet,” obviously disturbed by it. Osha asks Bran if he had the dream again, and he nods. “Don’t fight the wolf dreams, little lord,” she says. “Might as well be fightin’ yourself. That’s a fight few can win.” There’s a SOUND out in the courtyard, Bran wants to see–

    EXT. WINTERFELL – COURTYARD – MORNING
    SER RODRICK CASSEL has returned, meets with MAESTER LUWIN. HODOR carries Bran into the courtyard. BRAN asks for news of his family, gets distracted as RICKON and SHAGGY DOG cause a ruckus. Luwin explains to Bran the new role that he must play as Lord of Winterfell. A snowflake falls, Bran looks up into the snow.

    EXT. EMPTY WILDLING VILLAGE – AFTERNOON
    JON SNOW and NIGHT’S WATCH members exit empty huts. They discuss the empty wildling villages, what it means. COMMANDER MORMONT explains that they’ll continue on until they reach Crastor’s Keep and explains the wildlings follow a leader: Mance Rayder. SAMWELL runs up to Jon, he’s gotten a raven and now Robb is king, etc. (Another season-one recap)

    EXT. THE RED LANDS – DAY
    FIRE shoots from the mouth of DROGON as he roasts some horsemeat. DAENERYS TARGARYEN and IRRI discuss the eating habits of the dragons… and the remaining Dothraki. KOVARRO introduced. SER JORAH MORMONT rides up. There is a city across the Red Waste but it will be a long journey. Dany & Jorah spit exposition… and have a growing connection. Fire of the dragons blends into –

    EXT. DRAGONSTONE – BEACH – DUSK
    The red comet looms overhead as the gathered throng moves aside reluctantly for Cressen, parting slowly to reveal MELISANDRE leading prayers to R’hllor, the statues of the Seven Gods lashed together on the beach. LORD STANNIS BARATHEON is present, as well as his wife SELYSE. Melisandre burns the 7 gods in effigy.

    INT. KING’S LANDING – THRONE ROOM – NIGHT
    Cersei meets with JANOS SLYNT. She asks how progress is going on Robert’s bastards. Slynt tells her that he’s got the infant, but some men had to leave because one bastard left with the Night’s Watch. Cersei demands their heads.

    EXT. KING’S LANDING – BROTHEL – NIGHT
    Tyrion arrives with Bronn, cloaked and secretive. They enter the brothel…

    INT. KING’S LANDING – BROTHEL COMMON ROOM – NIGHT
    Tyrion is shocked to discover Varys here. The eunuch is entertaining SHAE, as well as CHELLA and TIMMETT. Varys and Tyrion trade various innuendos. Before Varys departs, he leave Tyrion with a riddle: “In a room stand three men, a priest, a king, and a rich man and his gold. Between them stands a sellsword, a man of inconsequential birth, but he does hold a sword. The priest, the king, and the rich man each tell the sellsword to slay the other two. So tell me, Lord Tyrion, who lives and who dies?” Tyrion is about to answer when they hear:

    EXT. KING’S LANDING – BROTHEL – NIGHT
    Slynt’s gold cloaks pull out a whore and an infant (Robert’s bastard) and kill them in the street. Back inside the whore house–

    INT. KING’S LANDING – BROTHEL PRIVATE ROOM – NIGHT
    Tyrion is pissed. Shae asks what he will do now that he is the King’s Hand. He replies to her, quietly, “I will do something Cersei will never expect. Justice.”

    EXT. NAMELESS HOLDFAST – COUNCIL AREA – NIGHT
    Robb decides that he must move his host to the West. Before he leaves, he dictates out his “peace demands” from the Lannisters. Cat is distraught – the Lannister will never agree to this. Robb sends Alston Lannister to King’s Landing with his demands. Desperate to get help, Catelyn decides that she will go to Renly’s host at Storm’s End and look for a partnership.

    EXT. NAMELESS HOLDFAST – PRISON AREA – NIGHT
    Robb informs Jaime that he’s taking his forces west to smash the Lannister’s kingdom. Jaime promises revenge, Robb asks: “What good are the words of a Kingslayer?” Jaime says he knows how Robb feels: the Mad King ordered the death of his father Tywin… and yet still he didn’t break his vow. It was when the Mad King ordered the burning of the wildfire under King’s Landing & the murder of all the people within that Jaime finally killed the Mad King. Robb is stunned silent.

    EXT. THE ROAD NORTH – NIGHT
    Yoren’s men are attacked. Arya hides – thinking the Queen wants her. But the soldiers want Gendry. Yoren’s team kill the attackers, but decide to get off the road. Jaqen tells Arya that the Night is Dark and full of Terrors.

  19. Hear Me Roar
    Posted November 1, 2011 at 4:41 am | Permalink

    Sunspear,

    If I was forced to bet, I’d put my money on this way of telling the story. You return to what you opened with, providing a nice frame, and you have a dramatic shocking ending to 201, which is important.

  20. Underdark
    Posted November 1, 2011 at 5:38 am | Permalink

    Beth is Rodrick daughter not niece.

  21. Siobhan Mooney
    Posted November 1, 2011 at 7:53 am | Permalink

    Honest Jerk: EXT. NAMELESS HOLDFAST – PRISON AREA – NIGHT
    Robb informs Jaime that he’s taking his forces west to smash the Lannister’s kingdom. Jaime promises revenge, Robb asks: “What good are the words of a Kingslayer?” Jaime says he knows how Robb feels: the Mad King ordered the death of his father Tywin… and yet still he didn’t break his vow. It was when the Mad King ordered the burning of the wildfire under King’s Landing & the murder of all the people within that Jaime finally killed the Mad King. Robb is stunned silent.

    Interesting modifications overall, but I feel this is a bit redundant. It tells us that Aerys ordered Tywin’s death (which is interesting), but we as the audience already have a bit of wildfire-ish info – and, besides, I don’t see Jaime wanting to look well in Robb’s eyes in the same way that he did in Ned’s. I’d imagine Jaime would be more likely to mock Robb. He might wonder, perhaps, if Robb would condemn him so harshly if he were to repeat his achievement and kill Joffrey – or if he would hate him doubly as one who killed his own kin and deprived Robb of the pleasure. However he might put it, this way or the other, I’d like Jaime’s theoretical dialogue to make the point that, even when a king (arguably) needs killing, he won’t be thanked for it by the ones who benefit from it (though he’d clearly be toying with the idea of Joffrey just to rile Robb, and would never actually do that).

  22. Angela
    Posted November 1, 2011 at 9:18 am | Permalink

    Excellent post on Ep 1 ! The only other thing I can’t WAIT to see is Ned’s messenger arriving to place a scroll into the hands of Stannis….from season 1.

  23. Shinyteapot
    Posted November 1, 2011 at 10:09 am | Permalink

    I think either Doreah will survive at the expense of someone else- most likely Jhiqui, possibly Rakharo if he needs writing out (if necessary just body under a sheet if the actors aren’t available), or much more will be made of her death. We’ll see her fall ill and Dany worry about her before she dies.

    I’d rather like to see a bit of discussion about Dany among some Dothraki- as things get worse for them, some might point out that her brother was a nutcase and they hear her father was worse- or that maybe she’s not a good thing, people killed dragons for a reason. To be countered of course by those who believe she is magic/will save them, and the pragmatists who would rather make sure they’re on the same side as the dragons. Foreshadow that she’s not perfect, problems ahead

  24. Honest Jerk
    Posted November 1, 2011 at 10:55 am | Permalink

    Siobhan Mooney: Interesting modifications overall, but I feel this is a bit redundant. It tells us that Aerys ordered Tywin’s death (which is interesting), but we as the audience already have a bit of wildfire-ish info – and, besides, I don’t see Jaime wanting to look well in Robb’s eyes in the same way that he did in Ned’s. I’d imagine Jaime would be more likely to mock Robb. He might wonder, perhaps, if Robb would condemn him so harshly if he were to repeat his achievement and kill Joffrey – or if he would hate him doubly as one who killed his own kin and deprived Robb of the pleasure. However he might put it, this way or the other, I’d like Jaime’s theoretical dialogue to make the point that, even when a king (arguably) needs killing, he won’t be thanked for it by the ones who benefit from it (though he’d clearly be toying with the idea of Joffrey just to rile Robb, and would never actually do that).

    I did this non-canon scene for a couple of reasons:

    A. Since Jaime & Robb both need more “on-camera” action in Season 2, it makes sense to just have more scenes of them talking.

    B. I think you may be wrong: I don’t think wildfire was mentioned in Season 1 of the TV show. And it won’t naturally come up until Tyrion has conversation with pyromancer (episode 2 or 3), so I wanted it out early.

    C. As great as the series was, IMHO it did a poor job on Rhaeger, Elia, etc. (In fact, in Episode 8, Cat & Robb mention that the Targaryen kids were killed: the TV audience was left wondering: what kids???) . This scene would set up the Robert killing Rhaeger on the Trident… and in a later scene in later episode, set up Elia & Dorne, explaining Myrcella to Dorne.

    D. I had Jaime mock Robb in the first scene. In my version of Season 2, they’d develop a grudging respect for each other.

    I should note, that in my true Season 2 outline, this comes in episode 2.

  25. friendly man
    Posted November 1, 2011 at 10:56 am | Permalink

    This post made me all excited!!
    Cant wait for S2 to begin.
    I still hope, looking at all the stuff that happens (and can never be cramped into one season) that they have shot some extra material for a (dvd) extended version.
    Because man… I CAN NEVER GET ENOUGH OF GOT!!!!

  26. dizzy_34
    Posted November 1, 2011 at 12:37 pm | Permalink

    I would push the Vary’s / Shea encounter to episode 2 and put some Nightswatch stuff in there. And the Theon journey to the Iron Islands might fill the sex quota.

  27. Angela
    Posted November 1, 2011 at 12:55 pm | Permalink

    Honest Jerk,

    Robb would never respect nor like Jaimie, ever. The Lannisters killed his father, and I’ve never thought that Robb remotely ever like Jaimie…he just needed him alive to get the girls back.

  28. Michael
    Posted November 1, 2011 at 1:18 pm | Permalink

    Three points

    1) Where’s the comet? This should really be the focal point of the episode(s) in my mind. It is a iconic thing, should not be too hard to do in CGI (right?) and it holds a bit of indirect veiled humour (everybody has a own interpretation). That I think will help the show and it ties all the different locations together somehow. Are there any news/info on wether they keep the comet or not?

    2) There’s so many locations now with the new Dragonstone, Bitterbridge (Renly’s Camp) and Iron Islands that I think you cannot have all the locations in one episode, even if it is the pilot. Iron Islands are later on, Renly and the Tyrells do need to be in the first imho as Renly’s fate reaches his high point quite soon. So what locations can we push to second episode? Prime candidates are imho Winterfell, North of the Wall and Dany in the desert. But that is unlikely since she’s so iconic and she’s kinda more tied in with the comet than Jon. Or does a Season opener have to have every location in it?

    3) Does Cressen need to die in the “Prologue”? I’m not so sure because the Prologue might be a very apt instrument for a book, but for a TV series, it’s not ideal. the ACOK prologue is too long and stuffed with background info (and sexposition would be really eew! here). If you go to the next few prologues you see that they are equally bad for TV I think (the attack on the Fist is more of an episode ender or main scene [fans would scream lame if an Other attack is given the Tyrion-hammered-out-before-battle-treatment], Varamyr’s warging abilities can be explained differently, Oldtown would be too long and too head scratching), so maybe they cut the whole thing? I also would prefer to draw Cressen’s story out over the whole episode because it makes such a good drastic end to the episode: “WTF is that Melisandre that doesn’t die when drinking poison?”. They can create a new Prologue if they want to: Something in a village in the Riverlands or why not Doreah/random Dany Handmaid, maybe make them even die from a Manticore thus giving the season’s Dany story a beginning and an end? I would only put the burning of the statues at the beginning if they don’t have enough minutes for it later on.

    But at last, the Comet! Why doesn’t it figure in the script above?

  29. Queensmoot
    Posted November 1, 2011 at 2:00 pm | Permalink

    Angela,

    Angela:
    Excellent post on Ep 1 !The only other thing I can’t WAIT to see is Ned’s messenger arriving to place a scroll into the hands of Stannis….from season 1.

    I thought that Ned’s messenger was intercepted and killed. Was I wrong about that? Cause if I am, that would be a very good way to pass Ned’s torch to Stannis for the non-readers.

  30. Winter Is Coming
    Posted November 1, 2011 at 2:00 pm | Permalink

    Michael: But at last, the Comet! Why doesn’t it figure in the script above?

    *confused*

    It is mentioned and shown a few times in FaB’s speculative script; once at the beginning with Cressen, once in the middle with Bran and then at the end with Dany, with it being the final shot we get before the credits roll. Are you saying there should be even more of a focus on the comet?

  31. Two Feathers
    Posted November 1, 2011 at 2:07 pm | Permalink

    Off topic………..Just spent a night and a day in Westeros, seen some amazingly cool stuff. Can`t say too much for usual reasons. But there was a very nasty killing, something was lost and later found, fights broke out and an old family tie started to unravel.
    Nikolai is THE man! Gwendoline IS Brienne and season two is going to ROCK!!!

  32. The Rabbit
    Posted November 1, 2011 at 2:20 pm | Permalink

    Two Feathers,

    My Lord !

    You just started to post clues in GRRM style :)
    A lots of stuff to think and speculate about.
    Thanks!

  33. Two Feathers
    Posted November 1, 2011 at 2:26 pm | Permalink

    The Rabbit: You just started to post clues in GRRM style :)

    Thanks for that :) :). I am sure our resident puzzle solvers will soon work it out. Stay tuned.

  34. Davidbc
    Posted November 1, 2011 at 2:27 pm | Permalink

    Any Chance we will get a 90 minute Premier?

    That way they can fit in the Renly, Jon Snow, and Theon material.

  35. Two Feathers
    Posted November 1, 2011 at 2:31 pm | Permalink

    The Rabbit: My Lord !

    By the way I have handed my lordship back. I don`t have a drop of blue blood in me, the council meetings were a chore and the peasants are revolting.:).

  36. dizzy_34
    Posted November 1, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Permalink

    Two Feathers,

    Cool! Looking forward to seeing the Maid of Tarth.

  37. Hirondelle
    Posted November 1, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Permalink

    Fire And Blood,

    I admire your vision and, above all, your focus. When I try to turn the books into a filmable script in my mind, I’m all “Oh, that needs to go in. We simply can’t do without this. We absolutely must have that. Nothing makes sense without this. And that is staying because it’s my favourite scene.” lol
    Can’t wait to see how much of it you got right.

    John-Michael Lelievre:
    Kinda makes you realise how short 10 episodes really is, with all the returning characters, and all the new ones, It’s amazing that they will be able to squeeze it all in. Excited to see how it goes!

    Indeed.

    friendly man: This post made me all excited!!
    Cant wait for S2 to begin.
    I still hope, looking at all the stuff that happens (and can never be cramped into one season) that they have shot some extra material for a (dvd) extended version.
    Because man… I CAN NEVER GET ENOUGH OF GOT!!!!

    Sadly, I doubt there will be a lot of extra material, if any, but I so know how you feel. And that includes writing that last bit in Caps-lock. ;o)

  38. andrea
    Posted November 1, 2011 at 2:59 pm | Permalink

    Two Feathers,

    alright, that´s good news! although as I not reread AcoK (on purpose), I can not guess what it is! Someone please? I know it’s a contradiction, but now I want to know.
    “something was lost and later found”? I´m completely lost.
    It seems that you have a lot of work this season. Good for you!

  39. Michael
    Posted November 1, 2011 at 3:07 pm | Permalink

    Winter Is Coming: *confused*

    It is mentioned and shown a few times in FaB’s speculative script; once at the beginning with Cressen, once in the middle with Bran and then at the end with Dany, with it being the final shot we get before the credits roll. Are you saying there should be even more of a focus on the comet?

    Yes, you’re right. I’m confused. And I read the other proposal while skimming through the comments. After reading it, the whole “feeling” somehow just didn’t really translate well to me in the written form without the dialogues. If this was actually filmed, I’d probably have the above impression much less ;-) In the end, I just want the red comet to be referenced in every location (not necessarily in the first episode though).

  40. Jess
    Posted November 1, 2011 at 3:19 pm | Permalink

    this is awesome! and i’m loving all the discussion.

    My only notes are:
    1. No riverrun?!?!?! boo…
    2. How is Jaime going to be featured in this series, since he’s barely in the book? Some of the discussion solves this problem well, so I’m looking forward to D&D’s version.
    3. I think they would have Theon in ep. 1, even if it’s just a scene of Robb meeting with his men and sending him (and Catelyn) off. And Catelyn warning Robb about him. Ohh~~~ foreshadowing!

    So excited! This really shows how short 10 episodes are! I wonder if they’re going to be able to fit all of ACoK in one season, or if they’ll leave some post-Blackwater stuff for season 3, since ASoS is going to need more than 1 season anyway.

    I’ll have to re-read ACoK next March before the season starts.

  41. Winter Is Coming
    Posted November 1, 2011 at 3:22 pm | Permalink

    Michael, ah, ok. I agree with you that the red comet should be a strong visual element to the second season and episode one especially. I think FaB’s script had the right amount of emphasis on it, although it is hard to pick it up when you’re just reading a synopsis. :)

    andrea, here’s my guess:

    Jaime escapes from Robb’s camp, killing Karstark’s son in the process (the nasty killing). He is later found, maybe by Brienne herself? (something lost and later found). An argument ensues as Karstark demands vengeance for his son’s death (fights broke out). Robb denies his request for blood; Karstark is not happy (old family ties start to unravel).

  42. andrea
    Posted November 1, 2011 at 3:41 pm | Permalink

    Winter Is Coming,

    oh my, it´s a good guess! The only thing I guessed was “old family ties started to unravel”.
    I don´t remember if Jaime meets Brienne in ACoK but I´m glad that they do on the show.

  43. Julian Walker
    Posted November 1, 2011 at 4:07 pm | Permalink

    KAMEHAMEHAME………HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    (shoots blue energy blast out of hands)

  44. The Rabbit
    Posted November 1, 2011 at 6:41 pm | Permalink

    Another http://www.flickr.com/photos/67003932@N03/6302904833/“> pic taken today of Renly camp, I guess.

  45. julandro
    Posted November 1, 2011 at 7:17 pm | Permalink

    by the way, good article!

  46. SHiRO
    Posted November 1, 2011 at 7:50 pm | Permalink

    Ali: I would end it with Tyrion arriving at Kings Landing. I also don’t see Doreah dying, she’ll be kept in favor of another of Dany’s maids.

    I was just going to post this.

  47. Honest Jerk
    Posted November 1, 2011 at 9:54 pm | Permalink

    Angela: Robb would never respect nor like Jaimie, ever. The Lannisters killed his father, and I’ve never thought that Robb remotely ever like Jaimie…he just needed him alive to get the girls back.

    I understand that point… but as a writer, I think there’s reasons why you’d change that thought.

    As I mentioned before: if you want to beef up Robb & Jaime’s roles in Season 2, the logical solution is to give them scenes together. Yet a bunch of scenes of Robb saying “I hate you” to a prisoner and Jaime being smug would really get old and would strain believability: Why would Robb keep going to talk to him if it just gets them in fights?

    Again, I called it “grudging respect” — they wouldn’t be BFFs, instead worthy advisories who can talk. Ned and Cersei had scenes where they talked peacefully and threatened each other subtly; Cat & Jaime have a great scene in Ep 10 where the hatred on Cat’s part dissolves (she quits hitting him with the rock)

    IMHO, Robb & Jaime should have similar scenes in Season 2.

    Think of the scene in Ep 9. After Robb explains “we’re not doing it your way” they cut to Jaime with a slight smile as he’s dragged away. Jaime doesn’t “like” Robb, but he sees the Young Wolf is wise.

    In my Season 2, Robb and Jaime discuss fathers, kings, etc.

  48. George
    Posted November 2, 2011 at 5:24 am | Permalink

    andrea,

    we don’t read about Brienne and Jaime as a joint storyline until SoS, but it’s set up in the end of CoK when Catelyn frees Jaime

  49. Hear Me Roar
    Posted November 2, 2011 at 5:54 am | Permalink

    Two Feathers,

    Thanks for the report ;) Very glad you got called in!

  50. Hirondelle
    Posted November 2, 2011 at 6:54 am | Permalink

    Two Feathers: Nikolai is THE man! Gwendoline IS Brienne and season two is going to ROCK!!!

    This made my day (I’m a big fan of the Jaime-Brienne story, which they seem to be introducing a little sooner, right?). Thanks for the inside scoop, especially because it’s so cryptic. I love a good brain teaser. Now all we need is cameras on the collars of all those cats in Paint Hall…

  51. Shinyteapot
    Posted November 2, 2011 at 7:14 am | Permalink

    Honest Jerk
    Cat & Jaime have a great scene in Ep 10 where the hatred on Cat’s part dissolves (she quits hitting him with the rock)

    I don’t think for a second she stopped hating Jaime- if anything, his arrogance will have made her hate him more. She wanted to hurt him but stopped short of killing him- Catelyn knows he’s more useful alive. I saw her show restraint when she’d have really liked to just kill him.

  52. friendly man
    Posted November 2, 2011 at 10:07 am | Permalink

    Hirondelle,

    Well,
    i think (read hope) HBO is smart enough to do a prequel on GOT. There is a lot of history written by GRRM that can not be captured in the series. Fingers crossed to see the Usurpers again (Ned en Robert).

    I’m sorry going of topic.
    Back on topic, do you all think that Jamie will have a …. head?

  53. Hirondelle
    Posted November 2, 2011 at 10:37 am | Permalink

    friendly man: do you all think that Jamie will have a …. head?

    You’ve lost me. I’m sure you don’t mean head as in that hard round thing atop a person’s spine, because why wouldn’t he have that? What am I missing here?

  54. sjwenings
    Posted November 2, 2011 at 10:42 am | Permalink

    friendly man: Well,
    i think (read hope) HBO is smart enough to do a prequel on GOT

    Smart how? I don’t think it would be financially smart.

  55. The Instrumentalist
    Posted November 2, 2011 at 7:55 pm | Permalink

    friendly man,

    You mean hand? There’s a spoiler button at the top if you just didnt want to spoil. Though sometimes it disappears…

    If you already knew that and actually meant HEAD, I have no idea what you’re talking about. :P

  56. Hailey
    Posted November 2, 2011 at 9:38 pm | Permalink

    Honest Jerk: I understand that point… but as a writer, I think there’s reasons why you’d change that thought.

    As I mentioned before: if you want to beef up Robb & Jaime’s roles in Season 2, the logical solution is to give them scenes together. Yet a bunch of scenes of Robb saying “I hate you” to a prisoner and Jaime being smug would really get old and would strain believability:Why would Robb keep going to talk to him if it just gets them in fights?

    Again, I called it “grudging respect” — they wouldn’t be BFFs, instead worthy advisories who can talk.Ned and Cersei had scenes where they talked peacefully and threatened each other subtly;Cat & Jaime have a great scene in Ep 10 where the hatred on Cat’s part dissolves (she quits hitting him with the rock)

    IMHO, Robb & Jaime should have similar scenes in Season 2.

    Think of the scene in Ep 9. After Robb explains “we’re not doing it your way” they cut to Jaime with a slight smile as he’s dragged away.Jaime doesn’t “like” Robb, but he sees the Young Wolf is wise.

    In my Season 2,Robb and Jaime discuss fathers, kings, etc.

    I don’t think there’s grudging respect, this is the man who helped kill his father, cripple his brother and wants his sisters kept imprisoned in king’s landing. (Robb doesn’t know Ayra’s not there yet.)
    He does actually hate him and he does want him dead ALOT.
    Jamie might have some respect for Robb, but that is unclear in the books since Jamie’s point of view hasn’t been added yet. Lord Twyin thinks Robb is the worst thing to ever walk the earth, and hates him and resents him. He has no grudging respect for him.
    There is no way these two could sit down and talk about anything personal or even war related without feeling like there giving something away.

  57. friendly man
    Posted November 3, 2011 at 6:58 am | Permalink

    The Instrumentalist,

    Sorry for the confusion.
    I meant bald head. Hope the spoiler button works… ;-)

  58. friendly man
    Posted November 3, 2011 at 7:03 am | Permalink

    sjwenings,

    Why not. If the series picks up world wide, it could even be a movie in the making with big name castings. Something like X-men first class.

    The signs are here, as the show is already beeing mentioned in other series (Big Bang and Castle)….

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