Game of Thrones

Series 1 - 1. Winter Is Coming

Radio Times
Review by:
Mark Braxton

So, risk-taking cable network HBO strays into the could-go-either-way realm of fantasy. Will it scale the snow-capped peaks of The Lord of the Rings or scrape the barrel of Kull the Conqueror? Well, the first thing to know about this epic ten-part saga is that serious spondoolicks have been spent on it: the brutal world of George RR Martin's bestsellers has been brought to grunting, slashing life with grimly earnest intent. With its scattergun baring and swearing, it's like Excalibur coupled with Rome. A largely British cast (Sean Bean and Lena Headey) lends import to the unwieldy script: "A dothraki wedding without at least three deaths is considered a dull affair," comments Mark Addy at one debauched juncture. It'll need patience to master the political argy-bargy and absorb who's who in Westeros, but Harry Lloyd jumps out of the screen as hissable Viserys, who has the hair of Lucius Malfoy and the morals of Caligula.

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