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Song of Ice and Fire

In the mid ‘90s George R.R. Martin began work on his epic fantasy series, A Song of Ice and Fire. He has been in the Seven Kingdoms ever since.

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Episode Highlights

Some of the Night’s Watchmen, including Tarly and Jeor, survive the White Walkers’ attack and pledge to return to the Wall to warn the Seven Kingdoms.

Jon Snow is brought before Rayder, the “King beyond the Wall”, and pledges his loyalty to the Wildlings.

A scarred Tyrion tries to get Casterly Rock from Tywin, who promises other things instead.

Margaery engages in charity work with the orphans of King’s Landing.

Littlefinger offers to help Sansa escape King’s Landing.

Ros advises Shae not to trust Littlefinger.

Davos is rescued by Saan, who does not want any more connections with Baratheon, and returned to Dragonstone, where he unsuccessfully tries to kill Melisandre, who blames him for convincing Baratheon not to let her join the battle, and is imprisoned.

In Essos, Targaryen arrives in the city of Astapor to buy an army of brutally-trained slave soldiers, the “Unsullied”. She is saved from an assassination attempt by the warlocks of Qarth by Selmy, the former Kingsguard commander, who pledges his loyalty.

Related Chapters in the Books

A Clash of Kings:

  • Chapter 63, Daenerys V: Daenerys Targaryen is saved from an assassin sent by the Warlocks of Qarth. Her benefactor swears himself to her service.

A Storm of Swords:

  • Prologue: The White Walkers attack the Night’s Watch in a battle at the Fist of the First Men.
  • Chapter 2, Catelyn I: Catelyn Stark remains under guard for freeing Jaime Lannister.
  • Chapter 4, Tyrion I: Tyrion Lannister recovers from his injury. He asks Tywin for his inheritance of Casterly Rock, but is refused.
  • Chapter 5, Davos I: Davos Seaworth, marooned on a spit of land after the Battle of the Blackwater, is rescued by Salladhor Saan.
  • Chapter 7, Jon I: Jon Snow is brought before Mance Rayder, who allows him to join the Free Folk.
  • Chapter 8, Daenerys I: Daenerys, along with Jorah Mormont and what remains of her khalasar, sails for Astapor.
  • Chapter 10, Davos II: Davos reveals his plan to kill Melisandre to Salladhor Saan, who tries in vain to dissuade him. Davos returns to Dragonstone, where he is arrested and thrown in the castle dungeon.
  • Chapter 18, Samwell I: Samwell Tarly flees from the Fist of the First Men.
  • Chapter 23, Daenerys II: Daenerys meets Kraznys mo Nakloz and his slave Missandei to inspect the Unsullied, and expresses ethical doubts about buying an army of slaves.

CHARACTER DEATHS

There were no on-screen deaths of named characters in Episode 1.

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  • How would you rate episode 301? March 31, 2013
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  • Ghost/Jon parted ways April 2, 2013
    I cant get it. I don't get it, and I don't like it. Can someone help me understand?
  • [Book Spoilers] So, did Littlefinger recognize Arya at Harrenhal? April 1, 2013
    First I have to say that I'm a little disappointed that we never got Tywin's reaction when we learns that Cersei doesn't have Arya, they even made it a topic of few conversations in season 2.But more to the topic, Littlefinger tells Sansa what could be understood as I saw your sister or your sister is eager to see you. Either way he is telling […]
  • Language Danny speaks in Astapor April 2, 2013
    When Danny is bargaining with the Unsullied seller, is the spoken tongue the real Valyrian? I watched the thronecast after the episode and it was confirmed it was Valyrian (High), but in the subtitles, it's mentioned that it's Dothraki. I'm more convinced it's Valyrian and I've forgotten how Dothraki actually sounds; I still know it […]
  • [TV Spoilers] Focused on great verbal duels January 21, 2014
    The pre-credits scene was great, picking up where the last shot of Season 2 left off. I could tell how nervous Sam was, especially since it turns out he screwed up.The main episode was full of great tense conversations between two people or amongst small groups. While Daenerys was always with other people, she was the only character to dominate their scenes. […]
  • Hilarious satire: EP1 as if on Facebook April 7, 2013
    Saw this getting kicked around on the internet, so in case nobody else shared, here:"If S3 Episode 1 was on Facebook"http://www.happyplace.com/22775/game-of-thrones-facebook-recap-season-3-episode-1?fb_action_ids=10151833402492506&fb_action_types=og.likes&fb_source=other_multiline&action_object_map=%7B%2210151833402492506%22%3A195690327 […]
  • Charles Dance deserves awards April 7, 2013
    I've been re-reading book 3 since the season started and I just can't get over the performance of Charles Dance. His portrayal of Tywin has eclipsed the character as I had pictured him from reading the books. His scene with Tyrion in episode 1 was more powerful than reading it. Of course it helps that his monologue was taken almost word for word fr […]
  • [Book Spoilers] Robb Onscreen April 5, 2013
    I was reading up on stories about what people, who had not read the books, thought about the episode. One thing said repeatedly was that many of them do not have much interest in TV Robb, least of all an emotional involvment with the character. Do you think it is getting to a point where it might affect how the RW scenes will be seen by general viewers? Do y […]
  • [NO SPOILERS] Need Advice May 12, 2013
    So, I finished ASOS: Part 1 yesterday, and have Season 3 recorded. I want to read the book before I watch the TV Season. Now, my question is, I remember reading somewhere that Season 3 is only based on the first half of the book, so can I watch the TV Season without revealing any book spoilers from ASOS: Part 2?