Game of Thrones

Series 1 - 1. Winter Is Coming

Winter Is Coming
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Radio Times
Review by:
Jonathan Holmes

Fights, betrayal, a splayed, headless corpse and so much breast and leg you’re getting sick of the sight of it. It’s Christmas all right. If you’re looking to escape the annual family massacre, find a quiet place and settle in for this festive Game of Thrones marathon.

For the next 12 days Sky Atlantic is showing the entire series up to the end of series four, with three or four episodes every night. It’s perfect for getting new viewers hooked, but longtime fans will also enjoy a refresher: from three dragons a-laying (waste to the countryside) and two siblings kissing to a red wedding ceremon-ee.

If you can’t wrest control of the TV from the kids (when you play the game of the remote, you win or you watch Shaun the Sheep for a fortnight) it’s all available online and on your phone afterwards. Lock the door to the bathroom, install yourself on the throne and have a very bloody Christmas.

About this programme

1/10. First episode of the fantasy drama based on George RR Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series of novels. Lord Eddard Stark is torn between his family and an old friend when he is asked to serve at the side of King Robert Baratheon. However, neither man is aware that their country is on the verge of a bitter power struggle that could lead to its destruction. Starring Sean Bean, Mark Addy, Lena Headey and Emilia Clarke.

Cast and crew


Lord Eddard `Ned' Stark
Sean Bean
King Robert Baratheon
Mark Addy
Queen Cersei Lannister
Lena Headey
Jaime Lannister
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
Tyrion Lannister
Peter Dinklage
Jon Snow
Kit Harington
Lady Catelyn Stark
Michelle Fairley
Robb Stark
Richard Madden
Bran Stark
Isaac Hempstead-Wright
Sansa Stark
Sophie Turner
Arya Stark
Maisie Williams
Daenerys Targaryen
Emilia Clarke
Viserys Targaryen
Harry Lloyd
Khal Drogo
Jason Momoa
Illyrio Mopatis
Roger Allam


Tim Van Patten
David Benioff
DB Weiss