Season 1 of Game of Thrones consists of ten episodes, including a re-shot version of the pilot episode originally filmed in October and November 2009, and was otherwise filmed between 23 July and 18 December 2010. Season 1 had a budget of $60 million. Season 1 of Game of Thrones was released on DVD and Blu-ray in the United States and United Kingdom on 5 March 2012, setting new sales records for first-week sales of a HBO series. On 2 September 2012, the first season of Game of Thrones won a Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation. David Benioff and D.B. Weiss were the executive producers and show runners. The season premiered on 17 April 2011. Season 1 is mostly based on A Game of Thrones, the first book in the A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin.
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 rumor speaks of a new threat arising in the lands of perpetual winter.
|01||“Winter is Coming“||17 April 2011||2.2/0.9|
|Lord Eddard Stark, ruler of the North, is summoned to court by his old friend, King Robert Baratheon, to serve as the King’s Hand. Eddard reluctantly agrees after learning of a possible threat to the King’s life. Eddard’s bastard son Jon Snow must make a painful decision about his own future, while in the distant east Viserys Targaryen plots to reclaim his father’s throne, usurped by Robert, by selling his sister in marriage.|
|02||“The Kingsroad“||24 April 2011||2.2/1.0|
|An incident on the Kingsroad threatens Eddard and Robert’s friendship. Jon and Tyrion travel to the Wall, where they discover that the reality of the Night’s Watch may not match the heroic image of it.|
|03||“Lord Snow“||1 May 2011||2.4./1.1|
|Jon Snow attempts to find his place amongst the Night’s Watch. Eddard and his daughters arrive at King’s Landing.|
|04||“Cripples, Bastards and Broken Things“||8 May 2011||2.5/1.1|
|Tyrion stops at Winterfell on his way home and gets a frosty reception from Robb Stark. Eddard’s investigation into the death of his predecessor gets underway.|
|05||“The Wolf and the Lion“||15 May 2011||2.6/1.2|
|Catelyn’s actions on the road have repercussions for Eddard. Tyrion enjoys the dubious hospitality of the Eyrie.|
|06||“A Golden Crown“||22 May 2011||2.4/1.1|
|Viserys is increasingly frustrated by the lack of progress towards gaining his crown.|
|07||“You Win or You Die“||29 May 2011||2.4/1.2|
|Eddard’s investigations in King’s Landing reach a climax and a dark secret is revealed.|
|08||“The Pointy End“||5 June 2011||2.7/1.2|
|Tyrion joins his father’s army with unexpected allies. Events in King’s Landing take a turn for the worse as Arya’s lessons are put to the test.|
|09||“Baelor“||12 June 2011||2.7/1.2|
|Catelyn must negotiate with the irascible Lord Walder Frey.|
|10||“Fire and Blood“||19 June 2011||3.0/1.4|
|Daenerys must realize her destiny. Jaime finds himself in an unfamiliar predicament.|
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