Game of Thrones

Season 1 Episode 2

The Kingsroad

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Apr 24, 2011 on HBO
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  • Episode Summary


    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 seeks advice on how to please Khal Drogo.

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    • Love is at the very heart of Game of Thrones

      Rewatching season 1 till 4, just before season 5 kicks in, is wonderful. Knowing what's going to happen, this episode gets you at the throat. We see the love of Daenarys for Khal grow, the love of Catelyn for Bran and Jon Snow riding to his impendable doom. Game of Thrones is so much better at rewatch and this episode reminds you on how heartbreaking 'The Red Wedding' was. The music that starts in in the scene betweet Jon and Catelyn is beautiful and sad at the same time. What is exactly my feeling when watching this episode. Almost every character we see is dead after Season 4. The foreshadowing is brilliantly done. I don't agree this episode is boring or a letdown, it builds the emotional heart of Game of Thrones. Only to can crush it later.moreless
    • A letdown after the perfect opener, but still very enjoyable

      In the opener for this show, we had some major things happening in the plot, and now we see how the characters live with that. Just as in the George R. R. Martin novels, we see the story told from different points of view and just as in the opening episode, we learn that this show is more focused on introducing us to all the different characters rather than showing us immense fights or special effects like The Lord of the Rings movies. This is something that I highly appreciate and that I loved in "Winter Is Coming", but this episode was still a fairly big disappointment to me. I'll tell you why:

      The first episode of GoT was perfect in every imaginable way. The visuals were immensely stunning, the screenplay was a hundred per cent Emmy-worthy and the actors were really talented. This doesn't also disappear with this episode, but it's a huge surprise that David Benioff and D. B. Weiss weren't able to recreate the unique and fantastic vibe that the screenplay of "Winter is Coming" had with this follow-up. Some scenes are unnecessary (never a good sign for shows like this), they included annoying and idiotic soliloquies at times, and they dialogues aren't so good as they were in the former episode. I wasn't bored at all by this episode because I was already so into all the characters (I watched the opening episode 3 times on 3 days), but it focused too much on stupid stuff. All the stuff with Arya, Sansa, the butcher's boy and this gay prince whose name I always forget was complete nonsense and I can't see how this is necessary to the plot. The show seemed like a soap opera to me at that point. Some other plot parts were really good though, a great example is the one with Daenerys (put more Viserys in the next episode, he is a great character!) who's currently trying to make the best out of her lousy situation.

      Concluding, I enjoyed this episode a lot despite some things that bugged me. It's clearly inferior to "Winter is Coming", but it still has a magnificent visual look (gotta add that: the Blu-Ray quality is just one of the best I've ever seen!) and the actors really make the best out of it! The outstanding cast member in this episode was Lena Headey who was a fantastic minor villain.moreless
    • Tested, the characters reveal themselves.

      This episode was mainly about finding out what characters would do when tested. Daenerys tried to make the best of her situation--I was literally cheering her on, and happy that she wasn't assigning herself to sulking and slavery. Arya showed herself a wild child and a good friend. Joffrey showed himself as a despicable, cruel, smirking, powerful coward.

      Also, the dire wolves were quite important in this episode. It was hard to see Miria run and Lady die after seeing Bronn's defend him so. That part was great.

      I was upset at Lady Stark for her harshness and her weakness, but I think she's regaining her strength. I have a feeling she is going to die, though, and there's about a 50% chance (or more) for any character to die, so I'm feeling pretty confident.

      I love Arya, and I like Daenerys. When she smiled, I was very happy. Her husband has become her lover (I'm hoping for more "lessons" too, but I don't think that's going to happen), maybe they can establish some sort of respect, some sort of friendship?... One must hope.

      Eddard Stark once again proves himself the realistic, honorable man of the kingdom, too good to live, I'm sure.moreless
    • The Kingsroad

      The Good:

      -"Death is so final, whereas full of possibilities."

      -Lady Catelyn defends Bran. The maternal instinct is clearly very strong within her.

      -The confrontation between Arya, Sansa, and Joffrey. The little Prince's true colors are shown and the stark (pun intended) differences between the two girls are revealed.

      The Bad:

      -It still feels like stories are being set up until the end of the episode. The fight with the girls and Catelyn's dagger dance are both gripping moments, but otherwise much of "The Kingsroad" feels like establishment.moreless
    • Joffrey must die.


      When I first watched this episode, which was before I read the books, I was lost. The first episode threw in some minor details of the Nights Watch and Daenerys Targeryan, and the second episode does the opposite; at least in the opening half hour. It concentrates the larger share of screen time to Jon Snow; the bastard child of Ned Stark shunned by his step mother Catelyn. This scene was effective; you would think with all the kindness that Catelyn has shown beforehand, she would have the heart to find it in her to overlook a mistake her husband has made seventeen years ago. And yet that has not happened; she still holds resentment to the situation and to Jon Snow. The episode did a great job of developing Jon's character; as I have been told as a storyteller, ambitious characters who show a want for something are what hooks readers and writers alike, and here we are shown a Jon Snow that has a strong desire to join the Nights Watch. And to throw ruffles into the stream, the sarcastic Tyrion Lannister exposes Jon Snow to the "honorable" brotherhood he may have mistakenly joined. Even prior to reading the books, I've always enjoyed the character of Jon Snow more than any of the Starks.On the flip side, the poor exiled Princess is forced to give up her womanhood to a beastly man that doesn't share her language. Though her tune suddenly changes by acquiring the help of her servants in the art of love. There isn't much story that can be derived on the land past the sea as of yet, I'd say that Daenerys' actress does a good job as anyone at appearing of not enjoying sex.

      The main issue, with Ned Stark and her two daughters, didn't pick up until the inn with the kings road where Joffrey firmly establishes himself as the antagonist of the show, not just through his actions that occur with the Butcher Boy's kid and brandished lies to his mother, but by his impudent little wretched face. Though without a convincing acting job, that hatred for a fictional character could never be born. Reading the books I could say that I hate Joffrey more in the show than in its source material. And although naturally some important details are lost from the conversion from book to TV that happen in the dialogue in the head of the characters, this episode was more emotional with the deaths of Lady and Mycah. Although the character development with Jon Snow and Daenerys Targreyan opened the episode up well, the first half felt slow and confusing with the episode spreading its minutes thin amongst a large cast of characters. Nonetheless it finishes strong and seeds everyone's thirst to see the vagina that is Joffrey die a horrible death.

    Joseph Mawle

    Joseph Mawle

    Benjen Stark

    Guest Star

    Sarita Piotrowski

    Sarita Piotrowski


    Guest Star

    Wilko Johnson

    Wilko Johnson

    Ilyn Payne

    Guest Star

    Donald Sumpter

    Donald Sumpter

    Maester Luwin

    Recurring Role

    Jamie Sives

    Jamie Sives

    Jory Cassel

    Recurring Role

    Ron Donachie

    Ron Donachie

    Rodrik Cassel

    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (3)

      • In the opening credits, both Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen) and Iain Glen (Ser Jorah Mormont) mistakenly have the Lannister lion sigil next to their names while Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark) has the Targaryen dragon sigil next to hers.

      • Eddard Stark reveals that the name of Jon Snow's mother is Wylla.

      • For this episode King's Landing, Winterfell, the Wall, and Vaes Dothrak rise from the model world in the opening credits.

    • QUOTES (9)

      • Tyrion Lannister: My brother has his sword and I have my mind--and a mind needs books like a sword needs a whetstone.

      • Jorah Mormont: In the Shadow Lands beyond Asshai, they say there are fields of ghost grass with stalks as pale as milk that glow in the night; it murders all other grass. The Dothraki believe that one day it will cover everything; that's the way the world will end.

      • Robb Stark: You've said goodbye to Bran? (Jon nods) He's not going to die. I know it.
        Jon Snow: You Starks are hard to kill.
        Robb Stark: My mother?
        Jon Snow: She was very kind.
        Robb Stark: Good. Next time I see you, you'll be all in black.
        Jon Snow: It was always my color.
        Robb Stark: Farewell, Snow.
        Jon Snow: And you, Stark.

      • Jaime Lannister: Tell me you're not thinking of taking the black?
        Tyrion Lannister: And go celibate? The whores would go begging from Dorne to Casterly Rock. No, I just want to stand on top of the Wall and piss off the edge of the world.

      • Eddard Stark: (to Jon Snow) There's great honor serving in the Night's Watch. The Starks have manned the Wall for thousands of years. And you are a Stark. You might not have my name, but you have my blood.

      • Tyrion Lannister: Death is so final, whereas life...ah, life is full of possibilities.

      • Ned Stark: The butcher's boy. You ran him down?
        Sandor Clegane: He ran. Not very fast.

      • Sandor Clegane: (after Tyrion had slapped Joffrey) The Prince will remember that, little lord.
        Tyrion Lannister: I hope so. If he forgets, be a good dog and remind him.

      • Jon Snow: Stick 'em with the pointy end.

    • NOTES (2)

      • Sophie Turner, the actress playing Sansa Stark, later adopted Zunni, the dog who played Lady.

      • Filming the episode with the dogs proved difficult as Sean Bean has reported. In his scene with Lady, the animal was too scared to remain still. They had to keep rehearsing the scene until the dog felt comfortable, making the scene's shooting take three hours instead of the few minutes it should have taken.

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