Games of Thrones Season One began on April 17th, 2011 and ended June 19th, 2011. The season consisted of 10 episodes, each episode running about 55 minutes. Season one is based on the novel A Game of Thrones from A Song of Ice and Fire. The series is very faithful to the book according the the author of the novel series. Season one is primarily on Westeros but also features some scenes on Essos. The series begins with Lord Eddard Start from House Stark scheming against King Robert Baratheon after the mysterious death of Jon Arryn, the Hand of the King.
The ten episodes of season one include “Winter is Coming”, “The Kingsroad”, “Lord Snow”, “Cripples, Bastards, and Broken Things”, “The Wolf and the Lion”, “A Golden Crown”, “You Win or You Die”, “The Pointy End”, “Baelor” and “Fire and Blood”. There are 19 main cast members for season one and an extensive guest cast.
Eddard Stark, also known as Ned, is asked to become the Hand of the King, the chief advisor to the King, by King Robert Baratheon in the first episode. Ned and his wife also receive a letter from Catelyn’s, Ned’s wife, sister warning them they believe House Lannister may be responsible for the previous Hand’s death. House Lannister is the rival house of House Stark and the King is married to Cersei Lannister. Ned decides to return to King’s Landing with the king to help him and try to discover who killed Jon Arryn. He must try and uncover the reasons Jon Arryn died and uncovers many dark secrets about the Lannisters, these secrets are what Arryn was trying to expose when he died.
In Essos, a continent beyond the Narrow Sea, the former king’s children are also plotting to return to the throne. The children were exiled after King Baratheon took the throne. Viserys Targaryen believe he has the rightful claim to the throne. His sister Daenerys Targaryen is also part of the story. Viserys marries his sister off to the leader of the Dothraki warrior tribe named Khal Drogo. They agree that the Viserys will give Khal his sister in exchange for an army to help him retake the Throne in Westeros. Daenerys begins to fall for Drogo and she finds strength in being the “Khaleesi” or queen of the tribe, this causes Viserys’ plans to fall apart and going very very awry.
Jon Snow, the bastard son of Ned Stark, is sworn into the ancient brotherhood of the Night’s Watch where he is part of the watchmen that patrol the Wall that separates the Seven Kingdoms from the dangerous unknown north of the wall. An ancient force begins to threaten the land and soon they may have another war to fight.
The main writers and show runners for season one of Games of Thrones are David Benioff and D. B. Weisss. They contributed to seven of the 10 episodes and co-wrote one episode with Jane Espenson. The remaining two episodes were written by Bryan Cogman and George R. R. Martin, the author of the A Song of Ice and Fire series. Tom McCarth directed the original pilot but much of it was re-shot by Tim Van pattern who also directed the second episode. Daniel Minahan and Brian Kirk each directed three episodes and Alan Taylor directed the final two.
Games of Thrones began to develop a fan base before the show even aired and many reports called the series the most anticipated television event of 2011. The reviews for season one were very positive the high production values, well-realized world, and compelling characters were praised. The first episode of Games of Thrones attracted 2.2 million viewers during the initial airing and 5.4 million viewers after additional airings on Sunday and Monday night. By the end of Season one the ratings had climbed to over 3 million viewers per episode.
Season one of Games of Thrones was nominated for 13 episodes including Outstanding Drama Series. The series won two of these awards, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series and Outstanding Main Title Design. Peter Dinklage, the actor who plays Tyrion, was also named the best support actor by the Emmys, Golden Globes, Scream Awards and the Satellite Awards.
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