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Game of Thrones

  • 2011
  • Season 1
  • 10 episodes
  • Drama

Summary

Summers span decades. Winters can last a lifetime. And the struggle for the Iron Throne has begun. It will stretch from the south, where heat breeds plots, lusts and intrigues; to the vast and savage eastern lands; all the way to the frozen north, where an 800-foot wall of ice protects the kingdom from the dark forces that lie beyond.

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Episode 5: The Wolf and the Lion

Summary

Ned tries to stop Rober from entering the tournament after a suspicious death threatens to overshadow the event - and the competition is plunged into chaos when one of the favourites suffers a surprise defeat. Meanwhile, Catelyn takes the captive Tyrion east in search of refuge at the Eyrie, home of her sister Lysa. Fantasy drama, starring Sean Bean and Mark Addy.
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Review

Those who have weathered the wordy longueurs will be rewarded as the x-rated fantasy explodes into vicious life. Bookended by extravagant violence (horse fans, skip the tournament), it’s an episode of bristling exchanges: between Ned Stark and his friend, King Baratheon; the king and his wayward wife Cersei; and, crucially, Stark and the hot-headed knight Jaime Lannister.
As the honourable Stark, conflicted by punishing codes of conduct, Sean Bean is the robust heart of the series, and the glue that binds together all the peripheral intrigues. The genre “fantasy” seems inappropriate amid all the earthy cut-and-thrusting, but then you catch sight of some impossible landscapes, which are rather beautiful, in a Roger-Dean-album-cover kind of way.

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Lord Eddard `Ned' StarkSean Bean
King Robert BaratheonMark Addy
Queen Cersei LannisterLena Headey
Jaime LannisterNikolaj Coster-Waldau
Tyrion LannisterPeter Dinklage
Jon SnowKit Harington
Lady Catelyn StarkMichelle Fairley
Robb StarkRichard Madden
Bran StarkIsaac Hempstead Wright
Sansa StarkSophie Turner
Arya StarkMaisie Williams
Daenerys TargaryenEmilia Clarke
Khal DrogoJason Momoa
Illyrio MopatisRoger Allam
Petyr `Littlefinger' BaelishAidan Gillen
VarysConleth Hill
Grand Maester PycelleJulian Glover
Theon GreyjoyAlfie Allen
BronnJerome Flynn
Lysa ArrynKate Dickie
Gregor CleganeConan Stevens

Crew

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DirectorBrian Kirk
WriterDavid Benioff
WriterDB Weiss

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