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Episode 1: Winter is Coming

Ned at Execution

Writers: David Benioff & D.B. Weiss
Director: Tim Van Patten
Runtime: 62 min
Original Airdate: April 17, 2011

Synopsis: A Night’s Watch deserter is tracked down outside of Winterfell, prompting swift justice by Lord Eddard “Ned” Stark and raising concerns about the dangers in the lawless lands north of the Wall. Returning home, Ned learns from his wife Catelyn that his mentor, Jon Arryn, has died in the Westeros capital of King’s Landing, and that King Robert is on his way north to offer Ned Arryn’s position as the King’s Hand. Meanwhile, across the Narrow Sea in Pentos, Viserys Targaryen hatches a plan to win back the throne, which entails forging an allegiance with the nomadic Dothraki warriors by giving its leader, Khal Drogo, his lovely sister Daenerys’ hand in marriage. Robert arrives at Winterfell with his wife, Queen Cersei, and other members of the Lannister family: her twin brother Jaime, dwarf brother Tyrion and Cersei’s son and heir to the throne, Joffrey.
Recaps/Reviews: Book Readers | New Viewers | Round-up
Videos: Preview – Ned and Catelyn in Godswood | Preview – Dany meets Drogo | Recap
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Episode 2: The Kingsroad

Sansa and Lady

Writers: David Benioff & D.B. Weiss
Director: Tim Van Patten
Runtime: 56 min
Original Airdate: April 24, 2011

Synopsis: Having agreed to become the King’s Hand, Ned leaves Winterfell with daughters Sansa and Arya, while Catelyn stays behind in Winterfell. 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.
Recaps/Reviews: Book Readers | New Viewers | Round-up
Videos: Preview | Clip – Dany with handmaidens | Clip – Jaime and Jon | Recap
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Episode 3: Lord Snow

Jon Snow in training

Writers: David Benioff & D.B. Weiss
Director: Brian Kirk
Runtime: 58 min
Original Airdate: May 1, 2011

Synopsis: 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.
Recaps/Reviews: Book Readers | New Viewers | Round-up
Videos: Preview | Clip – Jaime and Ned | Clip – Jon Snow training | Recap
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Episode 4: Cripples, Bastards, and Broken Things

Tyrion

Writer: Bryan Cogman
Director: Brian Kirk
Runtime: 56 min
Original Airdate: May 8, 2011

Synopsis: 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.
Recaps/Reviews: Book Readers | New Viewers | Round-up
Videos: Preview | Clip – Tyrion and Theon | Clip – Sansa and Septa Mordane | Recap
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Episode 5: The Wolf and the Lion

Jaime Lannister

Writers: David Benioff & D.B. Weiss
Director: Brian Kirk
Runtime: 55 min
Original Airdate: May 15, 2011

Synopsis: 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.
Recaps/Reviews: Book Readers | New Viewers | Round-up
Video: Preview | Clip – Ned and Barristan | Clip – Littlefinger and Varys | Recap
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Episode 6: A Golden Crown

Robb fights

Writers: Jane Espenson and David Benioff & D.B. Weiss
Director: Daniel Minahan
Runtime: 53 min
Original Airdate: May 22, 2011

Synopsis: 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.
Recaps/Reviews: Book Readers | New Viewers | Round-up
Videos: Preview | Clip – Syrio and Arya | Clip – Ned wakes up | Recap
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Episode 7: You Win or You Die

Cersei in courtyard

Writers: David Benioff & D.B. Weiss
Director: Daniel Minahan
Runtime: 58 min
Original Airdate: May 29, 2011

Synopsis: Explaining that the future of the Lannisters is at stake, Tywin presses Jaime to “be the man you were meant to be” as they prepare for battle. 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.
Recaps/Reviews: Early Chat | Book Readers | New Viewers | Round-up
Videos: Preview | Clip – Luwin and Osha | Clip – Commander Mormont’s speech | Recap
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Episode 8: The Pointy End

Drogo with knives

Writer: George R. R. Martin
Director: Daniel Minahan
Runtime: 59 min
Original Airdate: June 5, 2011

Synopsis: The Lannisters press their advantage over the Starks; Robb rallies his father’s northern allies and heads south to war.
Recaps/Reviews: Book Readers | New Viewers | Round-up
Videos: Preview | Clip – Tyrion and Bronn | Recap
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Episode 9: Baelor

Tyrion with hilltribes

Writers: David Benioff & D.B. Weiss
Director: Alan Taylor
Runtime: 57 min
Original Airdate: June 12, 2011

Synopsis: Ned makes a fateful decision; Robb takes a prized prisoner; Daenerys finds her reign imperiled.
Recaps/Reviews: Book readers | New viewers | Round-up
Videos: Preview | Recap
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Episode 10: Fire and Blood

Fire and Blood

Writers: David Benioff & D.B. Weiss
Director: Alan Taylor
Runtime: 53 min
Original Airdate: June 19, 2011

Synopsis: A new king rises in the north; a Khaleesi finds new hope.
Recaps/Reviews: Book Readers | New Viewers | Recap Round-up
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