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Game of Thrones: Season 1 Recap

Game of Thrones is finally coming to end. So we’re looking back at the road thus far starting with season one.

With Game of Thrones 8th and final season coming up this month, we’re taking a look at the road that led to the final battle for Westeros. Today we’re going through the first season with a rundown of what happened, who was killed, and our favorite line from each episode. Let’s dive in.

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Episode 1: Winter is Coming

What Happened:

  • We meet the Starks, led by Eddard “Ned” Stark, the reigning house of Winterfell.
  • King Robert Baratheon, his wife Cersei Lannister, and their children come to Winterfell so Robert can ask his old friend Ned to be Hand of the King.
  • The Stark Children are each given a Direwolf.
  • Daenerys Targaryen is given to the Dothraki warlord Khal Drogo by her brother, Viserys. In exchange, Drogo will give Viserys an army to help reclaim the Iron Throne of Wetseros.
  • At the wedding of Daenerys and Khal Drogo, Jorah Mormont pledges his allegiance to Daenerys and she is given three dragons eggs.
  • Catelyn Stark, Ned’s wife, is warned that the Lannister family may have killed Jon Arryn, her brother-in-law and the previous Hand of the King.
  • Ned beheads a Night’s Watchman who abandoned the Wall after seeing White Walkers in the North.
  • When Bran, one of the youngest Stark children, sees Cersei having sex with her brother Jaime Lannister in a tower, Jaime pushes him out a window.

Death count: 1

  • Will, member of the Night’s Watch. Beheaded by Ned Stark for abandoning the Wall.

Best Line:

  • “Never forget what you are. The rest of the world will not. Wear it like armor, and it can never be used to hurt you.” – Tyrion Lannister to Jon Snow.

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Episode 2: The Kingsroad

What Happens:

  • Jon Snow, the supposed bastard child of Ned Stark, leaves Winterfell to become a member of the Night’s Watch. Tyrion Lannister accompanies him in his journey.
  • Ned tells Jon he will tell him the truth of who his mother is the next time they see one another.
  • Ned leaves Winterfell to become Hand of the King and live in King’s Landing.
  • After surviving the fall from the tower, Bran is still unconscious and his fate uncertain when a man comes to murder him. Catelyn stops the man, and he is killed by Bran’s direwolf, Summer.
  • Catelyn informs Robb Stark, the eldest of the Stark children, and a trusted group of allies that it may be the Lannisters who coordinated the attacks on Bran. She leaves Winterfell to meet with Ned.
  • Ned and Robert make plans for Sanasa, Ned’s teenage daughter, and Joffrey Baratheon, Robert’s teenage son, to marry.
  • Sansa and Joffrey go for a walk and find Arya play fighting with a boy named Mycah. When Joffrey insults and assaults them, Arya fights back and her direwolf, Nymeria, attacks Joffrey.
  • As punishment for the attacks on Joffrey, Cersei has Sandor “The Hound” Clegane kill Mycah, and with Nymeria MIA, demands that Sansa’s direwolf, Lady, be killed.
  • Ned takes it upon himself to kill Lady given that the direwolf is the sign of the Stark house. As he does, Bran awakes in Winterfell.

Death count: 3

  • Assassin sent to kill Bran. Throat ripped open by Summer, Bran’s Dire Wolf.
  • Mycah, Killed by the Hound.
  • Lady the dire wolf. Killed by Ned Stark.

Best Line

  • “My dear brother, there are times you make me wonder whose side you’re on.” – Jaime Lannister to Tyrion Lannister.


Episode 3: Lord Snow

What Happens:

  • Ned meets with the grand council for the first time and we meet Lord Varys, Lord Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish, Grand Maester Pycelle, and Renly Baratheon.
  • Catelyn arrives in King’s Landing. We learn that she is childhood friends with Littlefinger and that the dagger used to try to kill Bran was his, but he lost it to Tyrion in a bet.
  • Littlefinger agrees to help the Starks against the Lannisters.
  • Viserys begins to threaten Daenerys as he feels she is trying to command him.
  • Daenerys finds out she is pregnant.
  • Jaime Lannister tells Robert Baratheon that Aerys Targaryen’s (The Mad King) final words were “burn them all” and that he had been saying those words for hours before he killed him.
  • Jon Snow is reminded by Tyrion and his uncle Benjen, a rider for the Night’s Watch, that he is no better than any other member of the Watch, and he is lucky to have the training he did.
  • Arya begins training to fight with a sword with Syrio Forel.

Death Count: 0

Best Line:

  • “They never tell you how they all shit themselves. They don’t put that part in the songs.” – Robert Baratheon.


Episode 4: Cripples, Bastards, and Broken Things

What Happens:

  • Bran begins having dreams of the three-eyed raven.
  • Tyrion gives Bran designs for a saddle so that he can ride a horse still.
  • Viserys tells a slave that the Seven Kingdoms were forged by those with dragons, and the skulls of dragons used to be held in the throne room of King’s Landing.
  • Jon begins butting heads with Alliser Thorne, the Master-at-arms of the Night’s Watch.
  • Samwell Tarly joins the Night’s Watch.
  • A jousting tournament is held and we meet Gregor “The Mountain” Clegane.
  • Littlefinger explains that The Mountain is the estranged older brother to The Hound and supposedly responsible for The Hound’s facial scars.
  • The Mountain kills Ser Hugh of the Vale in the tournament.
  • Ned investigates Jon Arryn’s death and realizes he found Robert’s bastard son, Gendry.
  • Catelyn Stark and Tyrion meet in an inn and she takes him as prisoner.

Death Count: 1

  • Ser Hugh of the Vale, killed in a jousting tournament by Gregor “The Mountain” Clegane.

Best Line:

  • “I have a tender spot in my heart for cripples, bastards, and broken things.” – Tyrion Lannister

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Episode 5: The Wolf and the Lion

What Happens:

  • Ned investigates the path that led Hugh of the Vale from Jon Arryn’s squire to a knight in the tournament.
  • Ser Loras Tyrell defeats The Mountain in a joust. The Mountain kills his horse and almost kills Loras before the Hound intervenes.
  • Catelyn and her group are ambushed on the road to the Vale. They arrive and her sister, Lysa, imprisons Tyrion.
  • Arya overhears men talking about the Lannisters conspiring against the Starks and warns Ned.
  • Ned resigns as the Hand of the King when he refuses to help Robert kill Daenerys.
  • Loras tries to convince Robert’s brother Renly to take the throne, and we learn they’re sleeping together.
  • Ned learns that Robert has other bastard children including a baby daughter.
  • Ned is ambushed by Jaime over Catelyn’s actions with Tyrion. They battle and Ned is impaled in the leg by another knight.

Kill Count: Unknown number

  • Jory, Ned’s most trusted soldier. Killed by Jaime Lannister.
  • Ned’s men are killed by Jaime’s men.
  • Almost all of Catelyn’s men are killed in the ambush.
  • The men that ambush Catelyn are all killed.

Best Line:

  • “Since you last saw me or since I last saw you?” – Lord Baelish to Lord Varys.

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Episode 6: A Golden Crown

  • Robert demands Ned stay on as Hand of the King and that Catelyn release Tyrion. He makes Ned the ruling leader while he goes out to hunt.
  • Theon Greyjoy, a ward of Ned Stark, prods Robb to start war with the Lannisters.
  • Bran is ambushed by Wildlings heading south. Robb and Theon kill them, but take one, Osha, as prisoner.
  • Daenerys eats a horse heart and names her unborn son Rhaego.
  • When a drunk Viserys threatens Daenerys and Rhaego, Khal pours molten gold over his head and he dies.
  • Tyrion demands trial by combat at the Vale. Ser Vardis and a northern man named Bronn fight. Bronn wins and Tyrion is set free.
  • Ned learns of destruction made by The Mountain. As sitting ruler of the Seven Kingdoms, he strips The Mountain of his title and riches and demands Tywin Lannister, his commander and patriarch of the Lannister family, to come to court or be remarked as a traitor to the throne.
  • Ned tells Sansa and Arya to leave King’s Landing and realizes that Robert and Cersei’s children are not Robert’s but in fact from Cersei’s affair with Jaime.

Death Count: 2

  • Ser Vardis, killed by Bronn in trial by combat.
  • Visery Targaryen, killed by Khal Drogo when molten gold was poured on his head.

Best lines:

  • “He was no dragon. Fire cannot kill a dragon.” – Daenerys.
  • “There is only one God and his name is Death, and there is only one thing we say to Death: Not today.” – Syrio Forel


Episode 7: You Win or You Die

What Happens:

  • Tywin tells Jaime he’s ashamed of him for being focused on vanity, gives him men to march on to the Vale.
  • Ned tells Cersei to leave before Robert’s return, as he plans to tell Robert the truth of their children.
  • Benjen’s horse returns to the wall with no one on it.
  • Jon and Sam take their vows, and Jon is given the role of steward to Lord Commander Mormont.
  • Robert comes back to King’s Landing with mortal wounds from a boar, and signs a decree that Ned rule until the next heir takes the throne.
  • Robert dies and Joffrey takes the throne. Ned refuses to bend the knee to Joffrey and is imprisoned.
  • There’s an assassination attempt on Daenerys. Jorah stops it, and Khal vows to give Daenerys the Iron Throne and to kill everyone that stands in their way.

Death Count: 1

  • King Robert Baratheon, dies from wounds after being attacked by a boar while hunting and drinking.

Best line:

  • “When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die; there is no middle ground.” – Cersei Lannister


Episode 8: The Pointy End

What Happens

  • The King’s Guard kills everyone from the North except Ned and his family.
  • Syrio fights off Lannister knights as Arya runs to safety.
  • Arya accidentally stabs a boy in the gut with Needle.
  • Cersei makes Sansa write letters to Catelyn and Robb asking for their allegiance.
  • Robb begins raising an army to stop the Lannisters. Catelyn and Robb meet on the road.
  • Tyrion and Bronn meet savage warriors near the Vale, and lead them to Tywin’s army.
  • Robb lets a Lannister spy believe they have 20,000 men coming for Tywin’s army.
  • Dead men found north of the wall come back to life and attack Lord Commander Mormont. Sam warns Jon that the men were touched by White Walkers.
  • Joffrey tells Sansa he’ll show Ned mercy if he admits to treason.
  • Khal is wounded in a battle with one of his men, and a woman from a village they destroyed says she’ll heal him.

Death Count: Number unknown

  • Nearly every northerner in King’s Landing.

Best Quote:

  • “What do we say to the God of Death?” – Syrio Forel

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Episode 9: Baelor

What Happens:

  • Varys begs an imprisoned Ned to bend the knee to Joffrey.
  • Commander Mormont gives Jon a new sword, Longclaw, made of Valyrian Steel.
  • Maester Aemon reveals to Jon that he is a Targaryen.
  • Khal gets sick from his wound, and the woman from the village says she can heal him but a life will be taken in the process. Daenerys goes into labor and Jorah takes her into the tent where the “witch” is reviving Khal.
  • Tyrion grows close to a whore named Shae. He recounts a time where he fell in love with a whore as part of a prank by Jaime and had to watch his father’s soldier have sex with her.
  • The Lannister army goes into battle against 2,000 Stark men and win. Tyrion is knocked out beforehand and misses everything.
  • Walder Frey agrees to help Robb if Arya marries one of his sons and Robb marries one of his daughters.
  • Robb and his 18,000 other men attack Jaime’s men and capture Jaime.
  • Ned confesses treason in an attempted plea for mercy, but Joffrey beheads him anyway.

Death Count: Number Unknown

  • Lannister and Stark soldiers lost in the two battles.
  • Ned Stark, beheaded by order of Joffrey Baratheon.

Best Lines:

  • Tyrion Lannister: And here we have Bronn, son of…
    Bronn: You wouldn’t know him.


Episode 10: Fire and Blood

What Happens:

  • Yoren takes Arya and helps disguise her as they leave for the North.
  • Joffrey makes Sansa look at her father’s head on a spike, and the Hound seems to look out for her.
  • Tywin heads for King’s Landing with Tyrion and tells Tyrion to get rid of Shae, but Tyrion plans to hide her.
  • Catelyn talks to Jaime and learns he pushed Bran but doesn’t know why.
  • Robb’s followers name him the King in the north and vow to help him claim the Iron Throne.
  • Lord Commander Mormont asks Jon if he’s going to stay or abandon his post. Jon stays and joins him in heading north of the Wall.
  • Daenerys learns that Rhaego’s life was taken to save Khal, and he was stillborn. She kills Khal Drogo when he’s left in a catatonic state. Daenerys vows to no longer keep slaves and that everyone can follow her or leave of their own free will. She ties the witch to the funeral pyre, sets the dragon eggs next to Drogo’s body and steps into the fire. The next morning she emerges unharmed with three baby dragons.

Kill Count: 3

  • Rhaego Targaryen, died in the womb to keep Khal Drogo alive.
  • Mirri Maz Duur, the witch that “healed” Khal Drogo, burned alive by Daenerys.
  • Khal Drogo, smothered to death by Daenerys to spare him a life in a catatonic state.

Best Line:

  • “When dead men and worse come hunting for us in the night, do you think it matters who sits the Iron Throne?” Lord Commander Jeor Mormont.

That’s it for Season 1 of Game of Thrones. Be sure to check back as we continue covering each season leading up to the final season of Game of Thrones which begins on April 14th on HBO.

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Written by Alex Lancaster
(Alex is a life long film fan, and has dedicated his life to watching, making and obsessing over films. His favorite film is Big Fish, and he despises Avatar. He has a 4 year old son. And a bad habit of saying more than he needs to. Follow @alex5348 on Twitter)

16 thoughts on “Game of Thrones: Season 1 Recap”

    1. Definitely! Thank you so much! We’re posting a recap and a review of each season every day this week. Later today we dive into Season 6 and tomorrow (Sunday) we’ve got Season 7. We’ll be posting some “Best of” pieces as well on Sunday!

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