The Kingsroad

Series 1 - Episode 2 The Kingsroad

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Review

The sweeping saga really flaunts its extras in episode two, with long migrations snaking across the screen on horseback. In fact, the land of Westeros is almost too populous, as there’s so much hierarchy and interrelationship for viewers to take in.

Wisely, then, the makers concentrate on the people of the frozen North, where there’s a ticking time-bomb. Young scally Bran Stark lies unconscious after an attempt on his life, having discovered a shocking secret. Despite his mother’s bedside vigil, Bran is looking increasingly vulnerable...

In a world awash with swaggering machismo and brutish deeds, it’s cheering to see scenes of tenderness. Game of Thrones has a scope (and a budget) that other dramas would kill for, but it’s a moot point how much we really care for these characters.

Summary

Bran clings to life as Ned prepares to head south with the king - only for the youngster to come under attack once more. Jon discovers a different side to Tyrion when he accompanies him on a journey to the Wall, while Daenerys becomes more assertive toward her new husband, the warlord Khal Drogo. Fantasy drama, starring Sean Bean, Mark Addy and Peter Dinklage.

Cast & 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
Prince Joffrey Baratheon Jack Gleeson
Daenerys Targaryen Emilia Clarke
Viserys Targaryen Harry Lloyd
Khal Drogo Jason Momoa
Illyrio Mopatis Roger Allam
Director Tim Van Patten
Writer David Benioff
Writer DB Weiss
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