iMDb synopsis for this episode: While recovering from his battle with Jaime, Eddard is forced to run the kingdom while Robert goes hunting. Tyrion demands a trial by combat for his freedom. Viserys is losing his patience with Drogo.
In the opening credits we see: King’s Landing (Baratheon sigil), Inn At The Crossroads, The Eyrie, The Bite sea, Winterfell (Stark sigil), The Wall, (backtrack to Kings Landing), The Narrow Sea, Dothraki Sea, and Vaes Dothrak. Same as last week. Just realized that the Eyrie has no sigil.
Poor Ned, in a fevered state after his leg was sliced. He wakes to the king and Cersei. After Robert hesitates to punish Ned, Cersei receives a smack in the face for: “I should wear the armor and you should wear the gown.” With a mark on her cheek she says she will wear it like a badge of honor. She leaves. RIGHT NOW Ned should lay it all out for Robert. RIGHT NOW. And yet… And Robert admits that his kingdom is so in debt to the Lannisters that he would be unable to do anything to punish Jamie for his actions. “We’ll talk when I return from the hunt.” RIGHT NOW…. still he does not tell Robert all that is wrong that he should know about
We then move to Daenerys with the dragon eggs and placing them in the hot fire. Her handmaid tries to stop her as she picks it up. The handmaids hands are burnt, but not the hands of Daenerys.
In the book, her internal monologue helps offer so many layers to her actions. She talks herself through the need to do things, things that SHOULD burn her.
Back to Bran and the three eyed raven. We know it is a dream because…well… there’s a three eyed raven. And Bran is walking. But then Hodor wakes him up with a new saddle!
Listening to Theon in this first season as well as the passages in the first two books, I had forgotten how arrogant and self entitled he was. The north folk try to steal Bran’s horse and they realize he is crippled. But Rob storms in to save the day! And an arrow from Theon saves Bran from a red smile! We now have met Osha, who will become an endearing, albeit harsh, lovable character.
We then see Tyrion in his sky dungeon almost rolling off into the abyss. He calls for Mord, who is not putting up with any shit.
The scenes are coming at a rapid pace. Arya is with her water dancer and does not feel like training. He continues to train her even though she worries about her father and his injury. “There is only one god and his name is death. And there is only one thing we say to death: Not today.”
We return to Daenerys eating a stallion heart while everyone watches. She has to eat the whole heart. Eating through the tough sinew while Jorah and her brother have a conversation to the side of the crowd. Her brother has no faith in her. Jorah translates the chanting, You can see the change in his eyes when he realizes that she has the love of her people. She finishes and the wisewoman screams “The stallion that mounts the world.” She names her son Rhaego! The crowd chants his name.
While filming the scene where she eats the heart, Emilia Clarke (Daenerys) got the fake blood all over her body which made her sticky. One time, between takes, she disappeared because she was stuck to the toilet. In the book, Daenerys had her handmaids feed her cups of blood to prepare her for the event.
Drogo carries her around the circle and as Jorah looks to his side he realizes that Viserys has left. He finds him in Daenerys tent, trying to steal the dragon eggs. Viserys has a sword and confronts Jorah on his love for his sister. Jorah tells him he can flee but without the eggs.
Viserys mocks Jorah who blocks his path by saying “And yet here you stand”, to which Mormont replies “And yet here I stand.” According to semi-canon sources, “Here We Stand” is the motto of House Mormont. It is not clear whether this is an intentional reference.
We return to Tyrion again screaming for Mord. In the book, Tyrion is starving by this point and half crazed. He tells Mord that he has gold to give to him if he will just carry a message to Lady Arryn on his behalf. He wishes to confess his crimes. The next scene is in Lady Arryn’s throne room where Tyrion plays her for a fool. He admits to gambling and whoring, not the crimes they had anticipated. “I once brought a jackass and a honeycomb into a brothel.” When confronted with the real crimes he was there to be tried for, he denies them. Now, in front of the crowd, he calls out for justice. He demands a trial. Once agreed upon, he demands a trial by combat and to choose a warrior to fight on his behalf. Bronn volunteers to battle the champion of the Vale. Although he does not come across on the show as much, Bronn was a real badass in the books.
Before the battle of champions, we switch to the boar hunt. Robert is being given quite a large amount of wine while he is frustrated with his brother’s assessment of his actions as king.
Back in Kings Landing, Ned hears the grievances of the people. The common folk tell of their lands being pillaged. The culprit’s description has Ned realizing it is The Mountain’s work. Ned sends the King’s Justice to take control of and put to death The Mountain. Things are out of control!! And all before he has had a chance to tell Robert!
Eddard assigns Beric Dondarrion to find and kill Gregor “the Mountain” Clegane. The subsequent encounter between Beric and the Mountain, known as the Battle at the Mummer’s Ford, does not occur in the show. It is only referred to very vaguely.
We head back to the Eyrie where the battle of the champions is about to commence. Whoever loses gets tossed through the moon door. Bronn, not encumbered by heavy armor, makes quick work of it, tiring the knight out. by deflecting his blows. Bronn is victorious, much to Lady Catelyn’s dismay. This is the beginning of a long friendship between Bronn and Tyrion. Tyrion pays his debt to Mord and leaves the Eyrie.
According to the novel, Bronn killed Ser Vardis Egen without throwing him out of the Moon Door. The Moon Door was also not located in the floor, but rather was a side door.
We move to the sitting room where Sansa works on her needlepoint. She is horrible to Septa Mordane, very short. I am reflecting on how her teenage arrogance and the arrogance of Theon are both interesting at this point in their stories. This scene might have been the one that solidified my dislike of her when I watched the show the first go around.
Joffrey shows up with a trinket and promises of sweetness. He asks for forgiveness and she tells him that there is nothing to forgive. He talks about their future and promises to never disrespect her or be cruel to her again. “You’re my lady now. From this day to my last day.” And he kisses her. The little liar asshole!
Back to Winterfell and we see Theon chasing a cart with Ros the whore on the back. She is leaving the area for Kings Landing. She was such an unnecessary character. She was not in the books. He tosses her a coin so she will flash him the lady parts one last time. Just…unnecessary. She added no value.
Ned tells the girls he is sending them home to Winterfell. Neither want to go. Joffrey and Syrio mean more to them than anything. But Sansa says something that makes Ned visualize the missing piece to the puzzle. She says, “I will give him baby lions with golden hair.” And when Arya tells her his sigil is a stag, she says it is not and that he is nothing like his father Robert…
Ned returns to his study where he pulls out the book on the history of the families and looks at the descriptions of the descendants. All Baratheons are black of hair for centuries until… Joffrey. TA DA!
We move to the ceremony to celebrate Khaleesi and her pregnancy. Her brother shows up drunk and demands his crown of gold. Which Drogo is glad to give him…of sorts. I am sad that his title of “Cart King” is not fully recognized in the show. “You shall have a golden crown that men shall tremble to behold.” Does gold melt that fast? “He was no dragon,. Fire cannot kill a dragon.”
Viserys Targaryen’s death is reminiscent of an actual practice by the Mongols of Genghis Khan, who were known to execute royal or noble enemies by pouring molten gold on their heads or down their throats. The Mongols did this because they had a strict prohibition against shedding the blood of any member of nobility, while Khal Drogo does it because it is forbidden for anyone to draw a blade in the sacred Dothraki city of Vaes Dothrak.
|Sean Bean||Eddard ‘Ned’ Stark|
|Mark Addy||Robert Baratheon|
|Nikolaj Coster-Waldau||Jaime Lannister|
|Michelle Fairley||Catelyn Stark|
|Lena Headey||Cersei Lannister|
|Aidan Gillen||Petyr ‘Littlefinger’ Baelish|
|Sophie Turner||Sansa Stark|
|Maisie Williams||Arya 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|
|Conleth Hill||Lord Varys|
|Jamie Sives||Jory Cassel|
|Ron Donachie||Rodrik Cassel|
|Ian McElhinney||Barristan Selmy|
|Kate Dickie||Lysa Arryn|
|Julian Glover||Grand Maester Pycelle|
|Gethin Anthony||Renly Baratheon|
|Roger Allam||Illyrio Mopatis|
|Finn Jones||Loras Tyrell|
|Conan Stevens||Gregor ‘The Mountain’ Clegane|
|Susan Brown||Septa Mordane|
|Jefferson Hall||Hugh of the Vale|
|Lino Facioli||Robin Arryn|