Game of Thrones

Series 1 - 3. Lord Snow

Lord Snow
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Radio Times
Review by:
Mark Braxton

The colourful and expensive fantasy epic almost grinds to a halt tonight in an episode that’s chunky on exposition but feather-light on action.
Arriving in the capital city, the grim, granite-jawed Lord Stark (Sean Bean) locks horns with the monarch’s advisers — among them the scheming Baelish (Queer as Folk’s Aidan Gillen looking spookily like Gary Oldman). Stark’s situation isn’t improved by the sudden appearance of his wife Catelyn (Michelle Fairley) with news of a further attempt on their son’s life.
With its elaborate sets and carefully carved world, this earthy cousin of Lord of the Rings is a lovely-looking series, anchored by the central performances of Bean and Fairley. But by gum, it’s slow

About this programme

3/10. Ned finally takes up his role at the side of the king, but struggles to deal with the political power games of Robert's cunning advisers. The weary lord is asked to organise a tournament, but finds the royal finances in a dire state - and his job is made even harder by troubling news from home. Meanwhile, Tyrion's visit to the Wall reveals the men of the Night's Watch are in desperate need of reinforcement, and relations between Daenerys and Viserys become increasingly strained. Fantasy drama, starring Sean Bean and Mark Addy.

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
Prince Joffrey Baratheon
Jack Gleeson
Petyr `Littlefinger' Baelish
Aidan Gillen
Conleth Hill
Grand Maester Pycelle
Julian Glover
Benjen Stark
Joseph Mawle
Lord Commander Jeor Mormont
James Cosmo
Syrio Forel
Miltos Yerolemou


Brian Kirk
David Benioff
DB Weiss