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Ned’s first small council meeting

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Official Synopsis – Ned reaches the council chamber and is greeted by the group’s members: Lord Varys, Master of Whisperers; Lord Renly Baratheon, the king’s brother and lord of Storm’s End; Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish, Master of Coin; and Grand Maester Pycelle, an aged maester who’s served King’s Landing for decades. Ned speaks gruffly with each of them – except for Renly, whom he embraces. When the council gets down to the business of planning a tournament to honor Ned’s appointment as Hand, he is shocked to learn that the crown is deeply in debt. Ned orders the tournament canceled, but quickly realizes his outburst is impolitic and begs the council’s pardon. (Source: HBO)



Ned enters the small council’s chamber which is richly furnishes.  The members of the council were already waiting for him seated around a large rectangle meeting table. On the wall next to the table is a mural depicting two rearing white horses in the wood. Upon seeing their newly appointed Hand of the King everyone (except Grand Maester Pycelle) stands.   

Varys: Lord Stark.

Varys is the first to approach Ned.

Eddard Stark: Lord Varys.

Varys greets him by grasping his arm with both hands. 

Varys: I was grievously sorry to hear of your troubles on the Kingsroad. We are all praying for Prince Joffrey’s full recovery.

Eddard Stark: A shame you didn’t say a prayer for the butcher’s son. (He says grimly.)

Ed disentangles his arm from Varys grip, and walks toward Renly.     

Eddard Stark:  Renly! (Ed smiles) You’re looking well.

Ed gives Renly a sincere hug and pat on the back.

Renly Baratheon: And you look tired from the road. I told them this meeting could wait another day, but…

Petyr Baelish: But we have a Kingdom to look after.

Ed looks over at Petyr listening all the while Ed moves to the other side of the table.   

Petyr Baelish:  I’ve hoped to meet you for some time, Lord Stark. No doubt Lady Catelyn has mentioned me.

Eddard Stark: She has, Lord Baelish.

Ned drops his cloak on a chair.

Eddard Stark:  I understand you knew my brother Brandon as well.

Petyr Baelish: All too well. I still carry a token of his esteem from navel to collarbone.

Eddard Stark: Perhaps you chose the wrong man to duel with.

Petyr Baelish: It wasn’t the man that I chose, my Lord. It was Catelyn Tully. A woman worth fighting for, I’m sure you’ll agree.

The camera pans over to Pycelle who has remained seated. 

Grand Maester Pycelle: I humbly beg your pardon, my Lord Stark.

Eddard Stark: Grand Maester.

Grand Maester Pycelle: How many years has it been? You were a young man.

Eddard Stark: And you served another King.

Pycelle pauses, and reaches into his pocket for the Badge of the Hand, a broach for the chest,  which he gives to Ed.  

The council begins

Grand Maester Pycelle: How forgetful of me. This belongs to you, now. Should we begin?

Ed looks around the room. 

Eddard Stark: Without the King?

Varys and Petyr Baelish immediately take their seats. 

Renly Baratheon: Winter may be coming, but I’m afraid the same cannot be said for my brother.

Varys: His Grace has many cares. He entrusts some small matters to us that we might lighten the load.

Petyr Baelish: We are the lords of small matters here.

Money matters

Renly gives a tightly rolled piece of paper to Ed. Before opening it, Ed sits down in his chair.    

Renly Baratheon (to the others): My brother instructs us to stage a tournament in honor of Lord Stark’s appointment as Hand of the King.

Petyr Baelish: Mmm, how much?

Eddard Stark: 40,000 gold dragons to the champion, 20,000 to the runner-up, 20,000 to the winning archer.

Grand Maester Pycelle (to Petyr Baelish): Can the treasury bear such expense?

Petyr Baelish: I’ll have to borrow it. The Lannisters will accommodate, I expect. We already owe Lord Tywin 3 million gold. What’s another 80,000?

Eddard Stark: Are you telling me the Crown is three million in debt?

Petyr Baelish: I’m telling you the Crown is six million in debt.

Eddard Stark: How could you let this happen?

Petyr Baelish: The Master of Coin finds the money. The King and the Hand spend it.

Eddard Stark: I will not believe Jon Arryn allowed Robert to bankrupt the realm.

Grand Maester Pycelle: Lord Arryn gave wise and prudent advice, but I fear His Grace doesn’t always listen.

Renly Baratheon: “Counting coppers,” he calls it.

Eddard Stark: I’ll speak to him tomorrow. This tournament is an extravagance we cannot afford.

Petyr Baelish: As you will. But still, we’d best make our plans.

Ed raises his voice. 

Eddard Stark: There will be no plans until I speak to Robert.

Ed places his hands up to his face. 

Eddard Stark: Forgive me, my Lords. I had a long ride.

Varys: You are the King’s Hand, Lord Stark, we serve at your pleasure.

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King’s Landing

King's Landing is the capital, and largest city, of the Seven Kingdoms. It is located on the east coast of Westeros, overlooking Blackwater Bay. It is the site of the Iron Throne and the Red Keep, the seat of the King.


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