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You Win or You Die 

Robert has been injured while hunting and is dying. Jon and the others finally take their vows to the Night's Watch. A man, sent by Robert, is captured for trying to poison Daenerys. Furious, Drogo vows to attack the Seven Kingdoms.

Director:

Daniel Minahan

Writers:

David Benioff (created by), D.B. Weiss (created by) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Sean Bean ... Eddard 'Ned' Stark
Mark Addy ... Robert Baratheon
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau ... Jaime Lannister
Lena Headey ... Cersei Lannister
Emilia Clarke ... Daenerys Targaryen
Iain Glen ... Jorah Mormont
Aidan Gillen ... Petyr 'Littlefinger' Baelish
Kit Harington ... Jon Snow
Alfie Allen ... Theon Greyjoy
Jack Gleeson ... Joffrey Baratheon
Rory McCann ... Sandor 'The Hound' Clegane
Donald Sumpter ... Maester Luwin
Conleth Hill ... Lord Varys
James Cosmo ... Jeor Mormont
Owen Teale ... Alliser Thorne
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Storyline

Ned confronts Cersei about her children but she dismisses his allegations. The head of the Lannister clan tells his son Jaime to be a leader and sends him to rescue Tyrion. Ros, the prostitute from Winterfell begins working for Littlefinger in King's Landing. At the wall, a riderless horse belonging to Jon Snow's uncle Benjen returns to the wall. Jon takes his vows as a Night's Watchman but is disappointed to not having been named a Ranger but Sam sees it differently. King Robert is injured while out boar hunting with his brother. He knows he will not survive and names Ned Lord Regent until Joffrey comes of age. Knowing that Joffrey is not Robert's son, he feels Robert's brother should succeed him but Littlefinger counsel's otherwise. A wine vendor tries to poison Daenerys and Drogo promises to put their son on the throne of the Seven Kingdoms. Written by garykmcd

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TV-MA | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 May 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

You Win or You Die See more »

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Budget:

GBP6,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Dolby Atmos (Blu-ray release)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

The episode title is part of a quote Cersei says to Eddard: "When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die. There is no middle ground." This catchphrase has been frequently used during the promotion of both the novels and the TV series. See more »

Goofs

The wine merchant, who attempts to poison Daenerys, offers her "a dry red, from the Arbors", and later describes it to Ser Jorah as "sweet". Dry wines are not sweet. See more »

Quotes

[at the Lannisters' army camp, Jaime enters the tent where his father is. Tywin is busy sharpening a knife, his back turns to his son. A carcass of dead stag is on the table. Jaime reads aloud the royal decree which declares Gregor Clegane as an outlaw]
Jaime Lannister: Poor Ned Stark. Brave man, terrible judgement.
Tywin Lannister: Attacking him was stupid.
[Tywin starts butchering the stag]
Tywin Lannister: Lannisters don't act like fools.
[...]
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Crazy Credits

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 »

Connections

Referenced in Game of Thrones: Blood of My Blood (2016) See more »

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Main Title
(uncredited)
Written and Performed by Ramin Djawadi
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Win or Die!
13 June 2015 | by g-bodylSee all my reviews

This is the seventh episode of the first season of the Game of Thrones. It's a very good episode, and it one of the better episodes to have appear so far in the first season. The stakes are higher, the feelings are more emotional, and now we have Kings Landing in danger from an enemy across the seas. Also, stay tuned for a great ending. It's an ending that you may or may not have seen coming.

In this episode, "You Win or You Die," King Robert is back from the boar hunt, but he lays dying after a grave injury. Ned Stark confronts Cersei and tells her who her son really is. Jon Snow makes his Night Watch vows, despite feeling unhappy for his new role as steward and the disappearance of his Uncle Benji. Finally, after Vaenarys is nearly poisoned by a man sent by Robert, Drogo calls for war against King Robert.

Overall, this is a great episode. It's one that kind of sad to for various reasons. Once again, we get fantastic acting all around. The final few episodes are going to be something to keep an eye on.

My Grade: A


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