Game of Thrones

Season 1 Episode 6

A Golden Crown

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM May 22, 2011 on HBO
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  • Episode Summary


    Ned issues a decree with long-term implications for the Seven Kingdoms. Tyrion demands a trial by combat in the Vale. Khal Drogo gives Viserys what he is owed.

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    • Not the full potential, but still really great

      The previous episode was awesome and so my expectations in this "A Golden Crown" were pretty high. As it turns out, it totally manages to hold up the pace of its predecessor and contains a couple of important things happening. I was extremely looking forward to see how things will be after Ned's and Jaime's fight and it already began in a superb way when Ned awoke with a furious Cersei and a King Robert who has finally calmed down after his uproar in "The Wolf and the Lion" standing in his room. The episode didn't get any worse after that, but I'd say it was already one of the best moments.

      The continuation of the storyline of Catelyn and Tyrion proved to be hilarious with once again, a marvelous monologue by Peter Dinklage and great performances by all other actors involved. The sword fighting in this episode was too really well-made and the fight scene in which we first meet Bronn was incredibly cool.

      Ned's discovery in this episode was great as well and really blew my mind because I'm completely unaware of the plot of this series. Sean Bean continually improves in his role and is amazing when he gets to be the regent while reminding the audience that he is clearly the most likeable character on this show. It was also really nice to see Isaac Hempstead Wright doing something again and I think it's really interesting how Theon Greyjoy gets more and more important.

      Clearly the best part about "A Golden Crown" is the story part of Viserys, Daenerys, and the Dothrakis who return to the screen after their short absence in the previous episode. There are some major things happening with those characters and we really get to see how the characters progress - all of this is staged perfectly and has a really dark and captivating look to it since all of their scenes are set indoors. The final scene of this episode may just be the best Game of Thrones moment yet and I was so freaked out because of how fantastic this was.

      I'm completely intrigued in the plot (except for the one at the Night's Watch. Seriously, I didn't miss Jon Snow and all his colleagues at all in this and the last episode - I almost forgot that those characters existed when I was watching these two awesome episodes) and technically, it's extremely well-made. But I can't help myself but to think that Game of Thrones still has a tad more potential to it than it shows us at the moment with supernatural stuff and really big fight scenes still stashed away from the audiences. I'm hoping that the season finale will provide me with the scenes I expect and for now I just stay with loving all the amazing characters and visuals.moreless
    • A Golden Crown

      The Good:

      -"I should wear the armor, and you the gown."

      -Tyrion gets a trial by combat and wins.

      -Light is shed on Theon Greyjoy with his somewhat regretful goodbye to Ros.

      -Viserys finally gets his crown. It is both golden and lethal.

      -Sansa kisses Joffrey and unintentionally helps Ned realize that Joffrey is in fact Jaime's son, not Robert's.

      -The setup episode preceding "A Golden Crown" pays off in a highly satisfactory way.

    • Where art thou Jon Snow?

      The second consecutive episode without a Jon Snow appearance. Under normal circumstances this wouldn't fly in a show; he's gained quite a following and those that have became a fan of the Night's Watch storyline would be upset. But this is Game of Thrones based off of a novel series that some say surpasses Lord of the Rings. There is so much story development going on that those that lack with patience could be fed up with the show by now, but it offers a nice dose of shock value to balance things out.

      The first of course is Tyrion's trial at the Eyrie. Tyrion Lannister is a guy known for his sharp tongue and wit to wiggle himself out of any situation, and we watch it unfold in front of our very eyes from the dreaded sky cells to the trial by combat. It goes without saying that a show without good actors isn't a good show at all, and Peter Dinklage, who plays Tyrion, is the finest actor in the whole show. A battle of wits is always the most satisfying battles to watch; the way he humored the court with his crimes, and put himself in a position to win the trial; through his brother Jaime Lannister, one of the strongest knights in the seven kingdoms. When Lysa denied him that right, Bronn stepped up to the plate. A fine work of suspense.

      The other storylines weren't anywhere near as dramatic, save for the crowning of Viserys, though they added development. Daenerys is hinted to being the true dragon when her hands failed to burn from the coals for a reasonably long time, yet her servant who touched it for just a second got burned in a second. And then there's Ned Stark's detective story that is finally making a full circle. The little nuggets of hints really makes it engaging to see him work. Robert's bastard sons who all have black hair, as well as his entire house, yet all of his children to his wife have golden hair?

      While the story is rounding out nicely and progressively, it's six hours in; these small little "breaks", such as the capturing of Tyrion, his trial that won his freedom, battle between Jaime and Ned. It's all too much now and we need a big splash.moreless
    • 106

      While Game of Thrones has featured some action throughout its first batch of episodes, I wanted the show to be a little more Spartacus Blood and Sand, if that makes sense. By that I mean that the show needs some more edgy acts of violence, and tonight's episode ended exactly how I could have hoped for with a murder at the hands of a hot liquid silver being poured on the head of an individual. That is edgy and that had me say, "OMG!"

      Again, not a particularly great episode of Game of Thrones, but that ending and a few other noteworthy scenes did have me intrigued and managed to keep me up while I was watching the show at 2 AM in the morning. I am still waiting for Thrones to blow me away though, that has yet to happen.moreless
    • A little more action please.

      I really like the potential of game of Thrones. In the past six episodes it has created a stage for very interesting stories and events. But...

      After six episodes, we should have seen more a lot more. It is stille setting the stage and I fear nothing is going to happen. Last weeks episode is an example of what is becomming a drag: there are about three action scenes, never lasting longer than about three minutes. And the rest of the 50 minutes is spend discussing the implecations of the actions and the implication of possible actions that do or do not take place (You can't do X; It would mean war between the seven kingdoms (hear that multiple times).

      And what I find very discouraging is the absence of the supernatural. Especially the first two episodes hinted at some strange phenomena regarding the kingdom, trolls, dragons, the ice wall, etc. But since then, all of the stories focus only on politics and a little blood. Did the budget go to the extensive wardrobe and they can't afford a decent dragon?

      It's a pity.

      But I like the dwarf. Although the current storyline of him being held prison wasn't that strong. Nice to see that it ended.

      So I will remain watching the series with much anticipation. But they really should get on with it.moreless
    Sean Bean

    Sean Bean

    Eddard Stark

    Mark Addy

    Mark Addy

    Robert Baratheon

    Michelle Fairley

    Michelle Fairley

    Catelyn Stark

    Lena Headey

    Lena Headey

    Cersei Lannister

    Emilia Clarke

    Emilia Clarke

    Daenerys Targaryen

    Iain Glen

    Iain Glen

    Jorah Mormont

    Emun Elliott

    Emun Elliott


    Guest Star

    Miltos Yerolemou

    Miltos Yerolemou

    Syrio Forel

    Guest Star

    Ciaran Bermingham

    Ciaran Bermingham


    Guest Star

    Jerome Flynn

    Jerome Flynn


    Recurring Role

    Ron Donachie

    Ron Donachie

    Rodrik Cassel

    Recurring Role

    Ian McElhinney

    Ian McElhinney

    Barristan Selmy

    Recurring Role

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    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


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    • QUOTES (8)

      • Cersei Lannister: (angrily to her husband Robert) I should wear the armor, and you the gown.

      • Petyr Baelish: Gold wins wars, not soldiers.
        Eddard Stark: Then how come Robert is king, and not Tywin Lannister?

      • Viserys Targaryen: (after his sister Daenerys's heart ceremony) I'm the last hope of the dynasty, Mormont. The greatest dynasty this world has ever seen on my shoulders since I was five years old and no one has ever given me what they gave to her in that tent. Never. Not a piece of it. How can I carry what I need to carry without it? Hmm? Who can rule without wealth or fear or love?

      • Robert Baratheon: (to Eddard Stark) I never loved my brothers. Sad thing for a man to admit, but it's true. You were the brother I chose.

      • Lysa Arryn: You wish to confess your crimes?
        Tyrion Lannister: Yes, my lady. I do, my lady.
        Lysa Arryn: The Sky cells always break them. Speak, Imp. Meet your gods as an honest man.
        Tyrion Lannister: Where do I begin, my lords and ladies? I'm a vile man, I confess it. My crimes and sins are beyond counting. I have lied and cheated, gambled and whored. I'm not particularly good at violence, but I'm good at convincing others to do violence for me. You want specifics, I suppose. When I was seven, I saw a servant girl bathing in the river. I stole her robe. She was forced to return to the castle naked and in tears. If I close my eyes, I can still see her tits bouncing. When I was ten, I stuffed my uncle's boots with goat shit. When confronted with my crime, I blamed a squire. Poor boy was flogged and I escaped justice. When I was twelve, I milked my eel into a pot of turtle stew. I flogged the one-eyed snake. I skinned my sausage. I made the bald man cry into the turtle stew, which I do believe my sister ate, at least I hope she did. I once brought a jackass and a honeycomb into a brothel--
        Lysa Arryn: Silence!
        Robin Arryn: What happened next?
        Lysa Arryn: What do you think you're doing?
        Tyrion Lannister: Confessing my crime.
        Catelyn Stark: Lord Tyrion, you are accused of hiring a man to slay my son Bran in his bed and of conspiring to murder my sister's husband, Lord Jon Arryn, the Hand of the king.
        Tyrion Lannister: Oh, I'm very sorry. I don't know anything about all that.

      • Theon Greyjoy: I'm going to miss you!
        Ros: I know.

      • Daenerys Targaryen: (after Viserys had received his lethal golden crown.) He was no dragon. Fire cannot kill a dragon.

      • Lysa Arryn: You don't fight with honor!

        Bronn: No. (pointing to where his dead opponent fell) He did.

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