This episode aired April 11, 2011 on HBO
In the opening credits we see King’s Landing (Baratheon sigil), Winterfell (Stark sigil) – I love the godswood, The Wall (complete with elevator), Dothraki Sea, and Vaes Dothrak.
From iMDB trivia: 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 Baratheon 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.
We open with the crossing of the Dothraki Sea which is not really a sea but a massive meadow. Dany is a bit haughty. Jorah tries to calm Dany with a little horse jerky and as she looks at her Sun and Moon he says “It will get easier.” He is a little creepy at this point. Well, he stays creepy pretty much throughout.
Tyrion! Hair of the dog? HOLY SHIT! I forgot that Tyrion draws back and smacks the shit out of Joffrey!!! YAS! And he smacks him again in the opposite direction! DOUBLE YAS! Little shit.
“I’m telling Mother!” “Go, tell her.” And another smack. “The prince will remember that little lord.” I wonder how much time passed between the filming of Ep 1 and Ep2? His hair is a tad darker in this ep. Tyrion will be headed to The Wall. “I just want to stand on top off the wall and piss off the edge of the world.” Death is so final… I love that Tyrion knows there is something odd about the injury of Bran and he mentions to Jamie how he hopes he wakes because he is curious what he’d say. Jamie does not go on the defense but more or less shrugs it off.
Wait, in the book Cersei never had a child by Robert. When she goes to see Ned to discuss his realization of who fathered her children, she tells him that she became pregnant with Robert’s child and had an abortion out of her hatred for the King. In researching this blog, I read that Lena Headey was actually pregnant during the filming of this scene. I think I prefer the show’s version. It gives a more human light to Cersei. I truly feel like she is an amazing actress to draw out our anger and loathing for this character.
Also unlike the book, the show allows us to see John at the smith having needle made for Arya. I love the exchange with Jamie, about the Night’s Watch. “It’s only for life.” Jamie is such a dick!
Jon then makes his way to see Arya as she packs to leave for King’s Landing. The story of the love of siblings, knowing one is a bastard. Needle! “It’s so skinny.” “So are you.” The one tool, other than her wit, that would carry her throughout the story. “First lesson, stick them with the pointy end.”
“I’m going to miss you.” And so begins a separation of siblings that, when eventually reunited, would make our hearts burst at the seams! He then goes to say goodbye to Bran and again I remember why I hate Lady Catelyn. He speaks to Bran despite the protestations of Catelyn. Jon truly loves each of his siblings. And she ends with “I want you to leave.”
I like the book version better. He stands up for himself more in the book. And Ned Stark does not see the exchange. I feel like he is a lesser person for not standing up for Jon. Oh Sean Bean… you should really just stay.
And then the exchange with Rob, Jon says he knows Bran will be ok because “You Starks are hard to kill.”
“You might not have my name but you have my blood.” Slight clue? Ned deflects questions about his mother and tells him the next time they see each other he will tell him about his mother. And so begins the tearing apart of a family…
“Thank the gods for Bessie and her tits!” Speaking with the king, Ned gives a fake name for the mother of his bastard. I don’t like that. The book allowed him to refuse to give it, which bolsters his honor (IMHO).
Oh hey… there are Emilia’s boobs! QUICK scene of a quickie and then we move on to the group making their way to The Wall.
“My repulsive nephew will be the king after him…” At least Tyrion is honest. They speak of grumpkins and snarks!
The show glosses over how batshit Catelyn becomes at the bedside of Bran. I like actually hearing the wolves baying at the window. FIRE! And Catelyn stays with Bran….
“You’re not supposed to be here. Nobody’s supposed to be here. It’s a mercy. He’s dead already.” I am amazed by how the faces of some of the most minor (and brief) characters stayed in my mind as I listened to the book on Audibles! I still wince though, watching this scene. Her hands grasping the blade. And the direwolf!! His mouth red with the assassin’s blood.
Ah, the dragon origin story being told to Dany. The moon was a dragon egg. “Can you teach me how to make the Khal happy?”
The scenes are quickly paced and switch back and forth a lot. I didn’t remember that about this first season. There is a QUICK scene of the group making it to the wall and Jon’s uncle telling him, “Welcome.” We get a good look at the immensity of The Wall.
While Catelyn makes her way to the scene of the crime to find out why Bran is now broken, there is a really great overhead shot of her looking up. There is a scene in a later season where Sansa stands in the same place and has the exact same shot. I never put those two together until reading a blog on the comparisons of mother to daughter and their show arcs.
Her detective work pays off as she finds one of Cersei’s hairs on the cleared floor where the twins tousled. She gathers her people together (those left behind after the royals have left with her husband). She tells them that something is afoot and she believes it is the Lannister’s undertaking, that they shoved Bran from the window. And we get a first look at the dagger.
Of course Lady Catelyn takes it upon herself (arrogantly) to travel to Ned to tell him of the assassination attempt and her belief that the Lannisters are the ones who set it up. If only she had let someone else go. If only.
Now, we have Sex Ed with the Khaleesi. “Are you a slave Khaleesi? Then don’t make love like a slave.”
Dothraki Sex Education
Oh hey… Let’s see what she has learned…
Who says an old Drogo can’t learn a new trick? And just like the sibling quickie, we move quickly along to Sansa and the scene that gives me anxiety – the wooden sword fight that would be the demise of the innocent direwolf, Lady.
And this is when Joffrey changes and the Stark girls are worse for the wear. Oh, Nymeria!
This is a turning point. This is the beginning of the end for Ned. Robert betrayed Ned in this moment, the trust felt broken. Then Sansa betrays Arya and another trust is broken. This, in my opinion, is a pivotal moment. Cersei “And what of the direwolf?” Ugh – the queen took her vengeance on Ned by killing Lady. Bitch.
The wolf is of the north, she deserves better than a butcher.
And then the Hound. He ran down the butcher’s boy.
And, as Ned snaps the neck of the wolf, Bran’s eyes open. Was this meant to be a sacrifice? The coincidence of Bran waking at the same moment that Ned Stark has to kill Sansa’s Direwolf Lady may be the first harbinger of his destiny that he will become the Three-Eyed Raven, who sees through the eyes of animals as well as has visions of the past, present, and future.
After the events in this episode, Lady, real name Zunni, was adopted by the actress Sophie Turner, who played her owner Sansa Stark.
And now for a few extras:
|Sean Bean||…||Eddard ‘Ned’ Stark|
|Mark Addy||…||Robert Baratheon|
|Nikolaj Coster-Waldau||…||Jaime Lannister|
|Michelle Fairley||…||Catelyn Stark|
|Lena Headey||…||Cersei Lannister|
|Emilia Clarke||…||Daenerys Targaryen|
|Iain Glen||…||Jorah Mormont|
|Harry Lloyd||…||Viserys Targaryen|
|Kit Harington||…||Jon Snow|
|Sophie Turner||…||Sansa Stark|
|Maisie Williams||…||Arya Stark|
|Richard Madden||…||Robb Stark|
|Alfie Allen||…||Theon Greyjoy|
|Isaac Hempstead Wright||…||Bran Stark|
|Jack Gleeson||…||Joffrey Baratheon|
|Rory McCann||…||Sandor ‘The Hound’ Clegane|
|Peter Dinklage||…||Tyrion Lannister|
|Donald Sumpter||…||Maester Luwin|
|Jamie Sives||…||Jory Cassel|
|Ron Donachie||…||Rodrik Cassel|
|Joseph Mawle||…||Benjen Stark|
|Wilko Johnson||…||Ilyn Payne|
|Luke Barnes||…||Rast (as Luke McEwan)|
|Lalor Roddy||…||Catspaw Assassin|
|Conor Delaney||…||Lannister Guard|
|Callum Wharry||…||Tommen Baratheon|
|Aimee Richardson||…||Myrcella Baratheon|
|Jason Momoa||…||Khal Drogo|