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In the land of Winterfell, Lord Ned Stark begins to believe that something is amiss. A deserter from the Night Watch, the guardians of the giant ice wall at the northern boundary of their territory, says he's seen the white walkers. Later, Ned and his sons find animals slain in the woods, including a she-wolf whose six pups they keep, one for each of Ned's children. They also welcome the arrival of Ned's good friend King Robert who was once betrothed to Ned's sister. She was killed before they could marry and he wed Cersei Lannister who has given him a son, Joffrey. Along with them are Cersei's two brothers, the handsome Jaime and Tyrion, a dwarf with very large appetites. The King wants Ned to return with him to his capital, King's Landing, and become the King's Hand. Ned accepts but his young son Bran accidentally sees something he should not have and suffers a serious fall as a result. Meanwhile, in the land across the narrow sea, Viserys Targaryen needs an army to attack King's Landing and retake the throne that he believes is rightfully his. He arranges for his pretty sister Daenerys to marry warlord Khal Drogo.
- Writers: David Benioff, D.B. Weiss
- Stars: Aidan Gillen , Alfie Allen , Ben Crompton , Carice van Houten , Charles Dance , Conleth Hill , Daniel Portman , Emilia Clarke , Finn Jones , Gwendoline Christie , Hannah Murray , Iain Glen , Ian McElhinney , Isaac Hempstead Wright , Jack Gleeson , Jerome Flynn , John Bradley , Julian Glover , Kit Harington , Kristian Nairn , Kristofer Hivju , Lena Headey , Liam Cunningham , Maisie Williams , Mark Stanley , Michelle Fairley , Natalie Dormer , Nathalie Emmanuel , Nikolaj Coster-Waldau , Peter Dinklage , Raleigh Ritchie , Richard Madden , Rory McCann , Sibel Kekilli , Sophie Turner , Stephen Dillane