Original Air Date: November 11, 2012
Ned Stark arrives in King’s Landing with his daughters and other minor characters. He is immediately summoned to a meeting of King Robert’s small council.
On the way there, he runs into the Queen’s twin brother, renowned swordsman and Kingslayer Jamie Lannister. Ned was there just after Jamie killed the previous king, and the two are not on good terms.
At the council meeting, Ned meets master of coin Littlefinger, gossiping eunuch Varys, and the king’s brother, Renly. It becomes quickly apparent that King Robert does not attend any of his council meetings, and that the realm is in massive debt.
Queen Cersei cleans and wraps the wound her son, Prince Joffrey, suffered at the hands of Arya’s pet direwolf. They discuss Joffrey’s promised marriage to Sansa Stark and the way in which he shall rule the Seven Kingdoms, giving us an insight into the queen’s devotion for her son and Joffrey’s somewhat psychopathic, selfish, single-minded worldview.
While Sansa eats dinner, Arya uses a piece of meat to practice stabbing Joffrey in retribution for the deaths of Sansa’s direwolf and the butcher’s boy, Micah. Ned returns in the midst of a sibling squabble. His attempt to win over Sansa with a doll are useless, however, he and Arya bond over the secret of her sword, given to her by bastard brother Jon Snow in the first episode. Ned allows Arya to keep the sword, but insists she must learn how to use it.
In Winterfell, crippled Bran wastes away in his bed, being told stories by his caretaker. Robb arrives and fails to comfort his death-wishing younger brother.
Lady Catelyn arrives in King’s Landing, come to tell her husband of the attempted murder on herself and Bran. She is intercepted by Littlefinger, who brings Ned to meet her under the cover of a brothel. Littlefinger reveals the owner of the dagger used to attack Bran: Tyrion Lannister.
At the wall, Jon Snow’s noble upbringing has made him a much stronger fighter than the other recruits. This does not earn him the respect of Allister Thorne, or the other recruits, who seek revenge agaisnt him. He is defended by Tyrion, who has come to see the wall and piss off the edge of the world. The two bond over their outcast nature—Jon a bastard, and Tyrion a dwarf.
The queen and her twin brother continue their incestuous relationship, not feeling guilt for having thrown Bran, witness to their forbidden love, out of a window.
Catelyn must return to Winterfell. She and Ned exchange goodbyes, not knowing if they will see each other again.
Across the Narrow Sea, Daenerys is disgusted by the Dothraki treatment of slaves. When she leaves the group for a moment, her brother Viserys pursues and attacks her. The Dothraki defend their queen and easily incapcitate Viserys, shocking the Prince and wounding his pride. Later, she receives dramatic news.
Arya meets Syrio Forell, an enigmatic man who shall teach her the art of swordsmanship. The two begin their training.
Ned watches afar, proud of the person his rebellious young daughter is becoming.
Tyrion may be responsible for the attack on Bran. Dany is pregnant with her husband’s child. The kingdom’s finances are in serious trouble. There is a pig in the house.
Family. Duty versus Honor. Nobility versus Hard Work. Skateboarding.
Moral of the Week:
It’s okay to take risks…sometimes.
As many new viewers find the show hard to follow due to its large cast of characters and the long, intertwined histories they share, Disney has released a handy guide to the cast’s lineage: