Game of Thrones - Season 1

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Game of Thrones
Season 1
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No. of episodes 10
Country of origin United States
Network HBO
Original run April 17 – June 19, 2011
DVD release 6 March, 2012
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Season 1 of Game of Thrones is the first season of the series. It was filmed between 23 July and 18 December 2010 and started airing on 17 April 2011. It consists of ten episodes, including a re-shot version of the pilot episode originally filmed in October and November 2009. Season 1 was mainly filmed on location in Northern Ireland and Malta, with the Paint Hall facility in Belfast being used as the main studio. Season 1 had a budget of $60 million.

Season 1 is based closely on A Game of Thrones, the first novel in the Song of Ice and Fire novel series by George R.R. Martin. Some characters and events are brought forwards from the second novel, A Clash of Kings, which will form the basis of the second season. Conversely, some events and characters are held back from the first book for the second season, for reasons of cost.


Season 1 spans a period of several months on a world where the seasons last for years at a time. The action begins in the unified Seven Kingdoms of Westeros as the long summer ends and winter draws near. Lord Eddard Stark is asked by his old friend, King Robert Baratheon, to serve as the King's Hand following the death of the previous incumbent, Eddard's mentor Jon Arryn. Eddard is reluctant, but receives intelligence suggesting that Jon was murdered. Eddard accepts Robert's offer, planning to use his position and authority to investigate the alleged murder.

Meanwhile, on the eastern continent of Essos, the exiled children of House Targaryen, which Robert destroyed to claim the throne, are plotting to return to Westeros and unseat the 'usurper'. To this end, Viserys Targaryen arranges the marriage of his sister Daenerys to Khal Drogo, the leader of 40,000 Dothraki warriors, in return for the use of his warriors in invading Westeros. For her part, Daenerys just wants to find a safe refuge far away from King Robert's assassins and her brother's scheming ambition.

Finally, on the northern-most border of the Seven Kingdoms the sworn brothers of the Night's Watch guard the Wall, a 300-mile-long colossal fortification of ice which has stood for thousands of years. The Watch defends the Wall against the depredations of the lawless wildlings who live beyond, but rumour speaks of a new threat arising in the lands of perpetual winter.[1]


# Title Directed by Written by Original air date U.S. viewers
1 "Winter Is Coming" Tim Van Patten David Benioff & D. B. Weiss April 17, 2011 2.22[2]
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 Seven Kingdoms 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, the exiled Prince Viserys Targaryen hatches a plan to win back the throne, which entails forging an allegiance with the savage nomadic Dothraki warriors by giving its leader, Khal Drogo, his lovely sister Daenerys' hand in marriage in exchange for Drogo's army. Back in Winterfell, 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, 12-year-old Joffrey. Ned's wife Catelyn receives a clue that may implicate members of the royal family in a murder, and their young son Bran makes a jaw-dropping discovery.
2 "The Kingsroad" Tim Van Patten David Benioff & D. B. Weiss April 24,2011 2.20[3]
Bran's fate remains in doubt. Having accepted his new role as the King's Hand, Ned leaves his home in Winterfell with his daughters Sansa and Arya, while Catelyn stays behind to tend to Bran. Jon Snow, Ned's bastard son, heads north to join the brotherhood of the Night's Watch, protectors of the Wall that keeps the vicious "Others" from entering civilised Westeros. Tyrion Lannister, the Queen's brother, decides to forego the trip south with his family, instead joining Jon's 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.
3 "Lord Snow" Brian Kirk David Benioff & D. B. Weiss May 1, 2011 2.44[4]
Ned joins the King's Small Council at King's Landing, capital of the Seven Kingdoms, and learns just how poorly it is being managed. Catelyn decides to go covertly to the south to warn her husband, but is intercepted by an old friend, Councillor Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish. Jon struggles to adapt to life on the Wall, as he trains with a number of low-born recruits who are not impressed by his bloodline. Tyrion, also visiting the Wall, is beseeched by the Watch Commander Lord Mormont to plead the King and Queen to send more men to join the Night's Watch. Bran, now awake, is unable to recall how he fell. Daenerys, now possessing no small measure of control as Drogo's "khaleesi", begins to stand up to Viserys.
4 "Cripples, Bastards, and Broken Things" Brian Kirk Bryan Cogman May 1,2011 2.45[5]
Ned searches for clues to the unexplained death of Jon Arryn (the former King's Hand), and in the process uncovers King Robert's illegitimate son. Robert and his guests witness a tournament honoring Ned. Jon takes measures to protect Samwell Tarly, an awkward and friendless boy, from the abuse of the Night's Watch; a frustrated Viserys clashes with his newly-empowered sister; Sansa dreams of life as a queen, while Arya envisions a far different future. Catelyn rallies her father's allies to make a point, while Tyrion finds himself caught in the wrong place at the wrong time.
5 "The Wolf and the Lion" Brian Kirk David Benioff & D. B. Weiss May 15,2011 2.58[6]
Robert and Ned have an argument over how they should deal with the advance of the Targaryen/Dothraki alliance. Catelyn and Tyrion arrive at her sister Lysa's home in the Eyrie. News of Tyrion's kidnapping reaches King's Landing where Jaime Lannister, the Queen's twin brother, demands answers from Ned.
6 "A Golden Crown" Daniel Minahan Story by: David Benioff & D. B. Weiss
Teleplay by: Jane Espenson and David Benioff & D. B. Weiss
May 22, 2011 2.44[7]
Viserys threatens Daenerys' safety when Drogo refuses to pay his debts. Ned is left in guard of the Iron Throne while the King goes to hunt, and learns the secret left by Jon Arynn.
7 "You Win or You Die" Daniel Minahan David Benioff & D. B. Weiss May 29,2011 2.40[8]
Ned confronts Queen Cersei over the truth of Jon Arryn's death as the wounded Robert prepares to name his successor. Jon Snow takes the vows of the Night's Watch. Khal Drogo summons his army to invade Westeros after Robert conspires to poison Daenerys. Robert appoints Ned as Regent of the Iron Throne, who will rule until his heir is of age. Ned brings the King's declaration before Cersei, Joffrey (eldest of the King's children), and the Small Council. Ned asks Baelish to secure the cooperation of the City Watch in removing the Lannisters from the throne - Joffrey is not Robert's son but Jaime's, he reveals, making Stannis Baratheon (Robert's younger brother) the true heir. However, the loyalty of Baelish and the City Watch lies with the Lannisters: Ned is swiftly captured, and his men killed.
8 "The Pointy End" Daniel Minahan George R. R. Martin June 05, 2011 2.72[9]
As the Lannisters press their advantage over the Starks, Ned's eldest son, Robb, rallies his family's allies to war. Sansa pleads with Joffrey to spare her father's life while Ned, still captive in the dungeons, finds an unexpected ally in Councillor Lord Varys. At the Wall, Jon and the Night's Watch confront an ancient enemy, while across the Narrow Sea, Drogo's army marches west towards the Seven Kingdoms.
9 "Baelor" Alan Taylor David Benioff & D. B. Weiss June 12, 2011 2.66[10]
As the Stark and Lannister armies prepare for their first battle against one another, Tyrion leads his barbarian allies into battle while Robb and Catelyn bargain for a renegade Lord's help. With Drogo dying from his infected wound, Daenerys goes to desperate measures to save her husband's life by using a witch's blood magic, much to the Dothrakis' horror. At the Wall, a Targaryen reveals himself - and the price of loyalty - to Jon, who worries about events outside of the Wall. In a final bid to save his daughters' lives, Ned falsely confesses to conspiracy and swears fealty to Joffrey as the rightful heir to the Iron Throne. To the horror - and delight - of the assembled crowd, Joffrey has him executed regardless.
10 "Fire and Blood" Alan Taylor David Benioff & D. B. Weiss June 19, 2011 3.04[11]
The news of Ned's execution quickly spreads to all corners of the Seven Kingdoms, triggering seismic events for each member of the Stark family. The North secedes from the Seven Kingdoms and proclaims Robb as their King. With Jaime captured by the Starks and Robert's brothers challenging Joffrey's claim to the throne, Lord Tywin Lannister assigns his son Tyrion as King's Hand to keep Joffrey and Cersei in check. Jon plans to desert his post at the Wall to avenge his father; his friends convince him to stay, and he joins the Night's Watch in an expedition beyond the Wall. Daenerys learns to her sorrow that her unborn son is dead and her Drogo has been left in a vegetative state due to the witch's treacherous magic. Unable to bear her husband's ruin, Daenerys ends his life and lights a funeral pyre. She burns the witch alive alongside Drogo's body and her three dragon's eggs, and walks into the flames herself as the fire reaches its peak. When the embers die the following morning, Daenerys rises, unharmed, flanked by three newborn dragons.


Main cast

Guest cast

The guest cast is listed in order of rank or social importance by region of Westeros.

Characters at the Wall
Characters from the North
Characters from the South
Characters at King's Landing
Characters from Essos

Media release


First Season of Game of Thrones released on Blu-Ray and DVD on 6 March, 2012., a few weeks before the second season debuts on HBO. As well as all ten episodes of the first season, the set includes extra and special features, Here’s a run-down:


  • Includes all DVD features plus:
  • Blu-Ray Complete Guide to Westeros – an interactive compendium of the noble houses and lands featured in season one, PLUS 24 exclusive histories of the Seven Kingdoms as told by the characters themselves done with animated illustrations that provide more information on the background of Game of Thrones.
  • In-Episode Guide – in-feature resource that provides background information about on-screen characters, locations, and relevant histories while each episode plays.
  • Anatomy of an Episode – an in-episode experience that explores the creative minds and colossal efforts behind episode six, “A Golden Crown.”
  • Hidden Dragon Eggs – find the hidden dragon eggs to uncover even more never-before-seen content.


  • Complete Guide to Westeros – an interactive compendium of the noble houses and lands featured in season one.
  • Making Game of Thrones – an exclusive 30-minute feature including never-before-seen footage from the set and interviews from the cast and crew.
  • Character Profiles – profiles of 15 major characters as described by the actors portraying them.
  • Creating the Show Open – an inside look at the creation of the Emmy®-winning opening title sequence for Game of Thrones.
  • From the Book to the Screen – executive producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss along with author George R.R. Martin talk about the challenges of bringing Martin’s epic fantasy novel to life on HBO.
  • The Night’s Watch – an in-depth look at the unique order of men who patrol and protect the Wall, a 700 foot ice structure that separates the Seven Kingdoms from the darkness beyond.
  • Creating the Dothraki Language – an insightful glance into the comprehensive language created for the Dothraki people in Game of Thrones.
  • Audio Commentaries – Seven audio commentaries with cast and crew including David Benioff, D.B. Weiss, George R.R. Martin, Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington, Lena Headey, Mark Addy, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Maisie Williams, Sophie Turner, Isaac Hempstead Wright, Bryan Cogman, Harry Lloyd, Daniel Minahan and Alan Taylor.

References & Notes

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  6. Seidman, Robert (May 18, 2011). "Sunday Cable Ratings". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved May 18, 2011. 
  7. Gorman, Bill (May 24, 2011). "Sunday Cable Ratings". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved May 25, 2011. 
  8. Gorman, Bill (June 1, 2011). "Sunday Cable Ratings". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved June 1, 2011. 
  9. Gorman, Bill (June 7, 2011). "Sunday Cable Ratings". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved June 8, 2011. 
  10. Gorman, Bill (June 14, 2011). "Sunday Cable Ratings". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved June 14, 2011. 
  11. Seidman, Robert (June 21, 2011). "Sunday Cable Ratings". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved June 22, 2011.