Ned begins to look into the death of his predecessor and mentor John Arryn. He learns that Arryn was interested in a particular book and also visited a local blacksmith known for making quality arms. There he meets someone quite interesting. At the northern wall, Jon befriends Samwell Tarly an overweight, bumbling young man whose father gave him the choice of joining the Night's Watch or dying in a hunting 'accident'. Sam is the object of scorn from other trainees and their instructor. Jon makes it clear that no harm will come him. Sansa is still not speaking to her father after he was forced to kill her wolf. She is preparing to become Queen someday. Her sister Arya meanwhile is taking sword fighting lessons and sees herself as a knight. Across the Narrow Sea, Daenerys defends herself when her brother Vyseris slaps her making it very clear that she too can exercise some authority.Written by
The last appearance of Old Nan in the show. The actress Margaret John passed away on February 2011, two months prior to the release of the first season. Although the character makes more appearances in the books, the showrunners decided not to re-cast the role out of respect for John. It is therefore implied in the show that she died of old age, one of the few characters in the series to do so. See more »
After a knight is killed at the tournament, he is seen being easily dragged away by two average sized men. Mounted knights at tournaments wear the heaviest armor. Fully dressed, he should weigh close to 200 kg (around 400 lbs) - not something that can be easily dragged through the sand by just two people. See more »
You think this funny, do you?
[Thorne turns to the rest of the recruits]
When you're out there beyond the Wall with the sun going down, do you want a man at your back? Or a sniveling boy?
See more »
The sun tells an important part of the series back story, on its panels. It does so in three segments. First, as the credits start up, the sun depicts how the Targaryens and their dragons conquered Westeros. The second time the sun is shown, a dragon is depicted in a mortal struggle with 3 other animals: The Stag, the Lion and the Wolf. It is a very literal way to show how Robert Beratheon and Ned Stark rebelled, with Tywin Lannister reluctantly supporting them, in the end. Finally, the third time the sun is shown, before the series title enter the scene, a lion (among other animals) is shown "kneeling" to a triumphant Stag. Just as Robert was crowned King after winning the war. See more »