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After the death of his Hand, Jon Arryn, King Robert Baratheon journeys North to ask an old friend to fill the position. Across the Narrow Sea, the disgraced Viserys Targaryen has plans for his younger sister, Daenerys.
Ned travels South with his daughters as Bran recuperates from his fall. Jon heads North in hopes of joining the Night's Watch. Elsewhere, Daenerys prepares to wed the Dothraki Khal Drogo.
Ned and his daughters arrive in King's Landing. Catelyn investigates Bran's fall. Jon and Tyrion bond in Castle Black. Daenerys discovers her power as a khaleesi.
Ned looks into Jon Arryn's death. Jon makes a new friend. Daenerys makes her title known to her brother. Tyrion finds himself in an unfortunate situation.
Catelyn takes Tyrion to be judged by her sister and Jon Arryn's widow, Lysa Aryyn of the Vale. Ned clashes with Robert over his plan for the Targaryens. Arya overhears a plot regarding her father.
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.
As Robert lays injured, Ned confronts Cersei with the truth that killed Jon Arryn. Tywin Lannister presses his son to prepare for an imminent battle. At the Wall, Jon takes his vows with his new brothers. Across the Narrow Sea, Khal Drogo proclaims to take back his wife's kingdom.
With Ned captured, Arya gets help from Syrio Forel and Cersei manipulates Sansa. Up North, Robb Stark rallies his forces as a dormant enemy attacks the Wall. Across the Narrow Sea, Daenerys comes to grip with Dothraki warfare.
In King's Landing, Ned falls to the mercy of the new king. While in the battlefield, Robb captures a valuable prisoner and Catelyn agrees to a deal with the unsavory Walder Frey. In Castle Black, Jon discovers an old name in hiding. And across the Narrow Sea, Khal Drogo falls ill and Daenerys entrusts his care to an unlikely source.moreless
The Starks plot their revenge after devastating news from King's Landing. Jon decides where his loyalty lies. Daenerys pays her price for her love.