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QUICK REVIEW: Game of Thrones “Winter is Coming – Pilot” S1 E1

24 Apr

Game of Thrones premiered last Sunday night and is based of the books from George R.R. Martin “A Song of Fire and Ice.”   Apparently the first book is over 800 pages long and the first episode covers about the first 100.  I haven’t read the book and after watching the first episode, reading the book may be helpful!  I have to admit, embarrassingly so, that I was very confused.  I still am a little bit.   There was a lot of information thrown at us and I am still trying to digest it all.

The basic gist that I got is that King Robert’s right hand man (and Lord Eddard “Ned” Stark’s mentor) Jon Arynn has died (or been killed.)  As a result, King Robert comes to see the leader of Winterfall and his good friend Ned and asks him to take over Jon’s place in the capital of King’s Landing, Westeros.  Now, I believe there are 7 kingdoms and Ned Stark is the leader of the kingdom in the North, Winterfall.  King Robert, I think, is the ruler of all 7 kingdoms and therefore the most powerful in all the 7 kingdoms.  Now over in the land of Penros, Viserys Targaryen is trying to win back the throne.  I’m not sure if it’s Lord Robert’s throne on someone else’s but, none the less, he is after a throne.  In order to get that throne he needs to build an army so he enlists the help of the Dothraki warriors.  How does he do this?  He makes his sister, Daenerys, marry the leader of the Dothrakis.  This guy is such a sleaze.  When she tells him she doesn’t want to do this, he tells her that he doesn’t care if he has to make her sleep with 400 Dothraki warriors, she will do it so he can be King.   Really nice guy.  I can tell I am going to root for this jackass.   She marries him and she is miserable.   I don’t blame her.  We also learn that Targaryen is responsible for the death of Ned’s sister who was also going to marry King Robert.  Needless to say, Ned and Robert don’t like Targaryen too much.

Meanwhile, back in Winterfall, accompanying King Robert on his journey to Winterfall is his wife Queen Cersei, her twin brother Jaime, her dwarf brother and male whore Tyrion, and Cersei’s son and heir to the throne, Joffrey.  They all meet Ned’s family…his wife Catelyn and their 5 children: Robb, Sansa, Arya, Bran, and Rickon.  There is also another son, the bastard, Jon Snow, who is the son of Ned and an unknown woman at this point.  To help strengthen their alliance against possible invaders, Robert suggests that they become family.  He suggests that Ned’s oldest daughter, Sensa, marry Joffrey.  Ned isn’t sure about this but he doesn’t say no.

Catelyn receives word from her sister that Jon Arynn was killed and she believes it was someone from the Lannister family who killed him.  The Lannister family is the Queen’s family.  Uh oh.  So not only did the Lannister’s allegedly kill Arynn but they may possibly be coming after the King to take him down from the inside.  Even creepier is the fact that the Queen seems to be having a sexual affair with her twin brother Jaime.  Either he really isn’t her twin or they are both even more disgusting than previously thought.  Bran unfortunately has a bad habit of climbing up very high buildings and his mother has already scolded him for doing so.  On this day, when he went climbing, he came across the Queen having sex with her brother.  They catch him and decided what to do with him.  Jaime decides his best bet, is to push out the window of the tower.  And it is believed Bran falls to his death….or does he?

Like I said, there was a lot to follow and I’m not 100% sure I got all that right!  So if any of my information is incorrect, please feel free to correct me.   Either way, I thought the show was terrific and I am looking forward to watching more episodes and hopefully start to understand more about the characters and what the ultimate end game is.  Maybe I should start reading the books to get a better grasp of the story and the characters!!!  But I highly recommend you check out Game of Thrones.

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