Game of Thrones

Season 1 Episode 1

Winter Is Coming

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Apr 17, 2011 on HBO
out of 10
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1,246 votes

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  • Episode Summary


    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.

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    • Love it!

    • Game Of Thrones.

      Even though I haven't read the books I tried to understand it the best I could and I felt I had to watch it because of the high ratings on sites such as IMDB I enjoyed the start of the episode but as the episode went on it got a little confusing I definitely didn't expect Jaime to push the kid out of the tower at the end of the episode which will have a huge impact in the next episode I am planning to watch the next episode and hopefully the more I watch the more I can understand it.moreless
    • Everything about this is perfect!

      This first episode is already an indication that this is going to be one of the best, if not the best TV series ever made. Everything about this introduction is perfect, you know that you are watching awesome TV from the second it starts. Virtually the only issue you could have with it would be that you didn't get along with all the characters very well. I felt that a bit too, but director Timothy Van Patten (Boardwalk Empire, The Sopranos, The Wire, Rome) and episode writers David Benioff and . Weiss made it as understandable as possible without explaining too much.

      The visuals are one of the best I've seen ever, not just in TV shows, but really ever. This fantasy world is even better than the one Peter Jackson created in The Lord of the Rings trilogy and is just magnificient to watch. The cinematography, the editing, the score, the sound, the costumes, the production design - everything is absolutely perfect, I can't find any flaws at all!

      The plot is mostly not that big as you may have expected from a TV show with a budget like this, but you really get to know the characters and the current situation. Not one scene is unimportant, I was utterly entertained all the time and after I finished it, I instantly wanted to see it again!

      I love this episode and I'm so excited to see what's next because it's also told so interestingly and leaves with a sort of cliffhanger that was really unexpected, but totally great. This is a consummate show!moreless
    • Winter is Coming

      The Good:

      -"The man who passes the sentence should swing the sword."

      -"Their days are too long. Their lives are too short."

      The Bad:

      -Character changes, mainly Jaime's.
    • "Their days are too long and their lives too short..." - Jaime Lannister.

      Let me say that although I have read the novels, I did it after watching the first season completely. I watch it again in order to get a fairer scope on how to review the show. Naturally it's hard for TV shows and movies to convert a book into screen format, for half what makes a book so great are narratives that are spoken in the characters' minds. Game of Thrones is rich in literature and metaphors that it seemed impossible to bring it to the screen without losing out on what makes it such a fantastic novel. While a good chunk of what chapters this episode covered were indeed lost, the slight changes the executives made made it easier to absorb the world and the story; the metaphors in language are lost, but they are replaced with visuals to compensate.

      And although I speak as a fan of the novels, my first round watching the show and the first episode when I did not know the world of Game of Thrones prior, although there were some things that I failed to grasp, the story and pacing made it easy to understand the gist of the events. What was necessary to know was that an important person of high ranking was murdered, Ned Stark would be his replacement, and his youngest son saw something he shouldn't have seen. The matters with Daenerys Targeryan and her brother, as well as it was acted out, and Jon Snow's desire to take the Black, would fly over the heads of newcomers, but pertaining to the main events of the episode, they are scenes that you can sleep on not fully understanding their significance.

      The pacing is excellent, the actors wisely selected to fill out the cast, and it leaves on an exciting cliffhanger; a score of 9.5 is only fair for an excellent introduction to a fantasy novel series most believe is Lord of the Rings' superior.moreless

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (3)

      • The title of this episode, "Winter Is Coming", is the Stark family motto. Each noble family has its own motto. For example, "Fire and Blood", the title of episode 10 of season 1, is the Targaryen family motto.

      • 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.

      • King's Landing, Winterfell, the Wall, and Pentos rise from the mechanical model of the globe in the opening credits. These are the places that this episode focuses on.

    • QUOTES (8)

      • Daenerys Targaryen: (after receiving a horse as a wedding present from Khal Drogo) Ser Jorah, I don't know how to say "thank you" in Dothraki.
        Ser Jorah Mormont: There is no word for "thank you" in Dothraki.

      • Tyrion Lannister: Let me give you some advice, bastard. Never forget what you are. The rest of the world will not. Wear it like armor and it can never be used to hurt you.
        Jon Snow: What the hell do you know about being a bastard?
        Tyrion Lannister: All dwarves are bastards in their father's eyes.

      • Illyrio Mopatis: A Dothraki wedding without at least three deaths is considered a dull affair.

      • Daenerys Targaryen: I don't want to be his queen. I want to go home.
        Viserys Targaryen: So do I. I want us both to go home, but they took it from us. So, tell me, sweet sister, how do we go home?
        Daenerys Targaryen: I don't know.
        Viserys Targaryen: We go home with an army. With Khal Drogo's army. I would let his whole tribe fuck you, all 40,000 men and their horses too, if that's what it took.

      • Robb Stark: (about his brother Jon Snow) Go on Tommy, shear him good. He's never met a girl he likes better than his own hair.

      • Eddard Stark: The man who passes the sentence should swing the sword.

      • Jaime Lannister: (on why he would dislike being the King's Hand) Their days are too long, their lives are too short.

      • Jaime Lannister: (after pushing Bran Stark out the window) The things I do for love.

    • NOTES (1)

    • ALLUSIONS (0)