“Game of Thrones” Season 1 Recap: Where Did the Best & Worst “GoT” Characters End Up?
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It’s time for another season of gargantuan plots, politics, and war in the latest season of Game of Thrones. But those of you who have not been able to catch up, or forgot what happened, should not worry as we have a GoT refresher with our episode-by-episode recaps of season 1. How many episodes are there in season 1? Which characters live and die in the first season? For everything you need about Game of Thrones from season 1 episode 1, and more, watch the show online or read on to know about all the characters, deaths, and plot twists in our Game of Thrones season 1 wiki.

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Game of Thrones season 7 premieres on on July 16, 2017. As fans of the show know, a lot happens in just one episode of the hit HBO show, so it is really easy to forget what happened in the past seven seasons. GoT is a medieval fantasy drama written by George R.R. Martin, and turned into a TV show by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. The plot follows the leaders of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros who are determined to sit on the Iron Throne and rule. There are multiple storylines that unfold to reveal many dark secrets behind the characters making their way to King’s Landing, each one more difficult and dripping with dirty politics than the next. For those who need a GoT season 1 recap, you have come to the right place. We have an in-depth look at how it all began with our Game of Thrones season 1 wiki.

Episode 1: “Winter Is Coming”

Overview

Eddard (Ned) Stark is in charge of learning the details about Hand of the King’s death. His son, Bran, discovers an ugly truth and soon is punished for it. An exiled prince marries off his sister for a Dothraki army.

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The Hand of the King, Jon Arryn, is dead under mysterious circumstances. The king, Robert Baratheon, heads to Winterfell with his guards, wife Queen Cersei Lannister, her twin brother, Jaime and their dwarf brother, Tyrion. Robert appoints Ned Stark to find out about Jon’s death and offers a marital union between his son, Joffrey, and Ned’s eldest daughter, Sansa. Meanwhile, Ned’s wife, Catelyn, receives news from her sister, Jon Arryn’s widow, claiming that the Lannister family murdered her husband. Ned’s 10-year-old son, Bran, catches Cersei and Jamie Lannister having sex, while climbing a tall tower. To silence him, the boy is pushed out of the window. Ned travels to King’s Landing with Robert, the Lannisters, and his daughters, Sansa and Arya, leaving Catelyn in Winterfell with his three sons, and bastard, Jon Snow. Over in Essos, the exiled prince Viserys Targaryen makes a deal with Dothraki warlord Khal Drogo, to marry Viserys’ sister, Daenerys in exchange for an army so he can reclaim the Iron Throne. Daenerys receives three dragon eggs as a wedding gift.

Episode 2: “The Kingsroad”

Overview

Joffrey threatens Arya Stark but is protected by her direwolf, Nymeria, leading to create problems between the Starks and the Lannisters. As Arya sends Nymeria away to protect her, Ned is forced to kill Sansa’s direwolf, Lady, in order to keep the peace between the two families.

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When Bran is nearly assassinated in his sickbed, Catelyn goes to King’s Landing to inform Ned about her suspicions that the Lannisters were involved. Meanwhile, Jon Snow joins the Night’s Watch, who are the protectors of the Wall, keeping the White Walkers away from invading the citizens of Westeros. When Joffrey threatens Arya, her direwolf, Nymeria, protects her by attacking Joffrey, which causes a rift between the Starks and the Lannisters. As Nymeria runs away, Ned is forced to kill Lady, Sansa’s direwolf.

Episode 3: “Lord Snow”

Overview

Bran is now handicapped, unable to walk, with no memory of his fall. Daenerys is carrying Khal Drogo’s child, and begins to stand up to her brother.

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Ned joins the King’s Small Council while Jon Snow is still adapting to the lifestyle at the Wall. Bran finds out that he can never walk again, and does not remember what led to his fall. Meanwhile, Daenerys learns that she is pregnant and starts standing up to Viserys.

Episode 4: “Cripples, Bastards, and Broken Things.”

Overview

Ned discovers an illegitimate son of King Robert. Catelyn captures Tyrion for planning to kill her son.

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Tyrion Lannister is helping Bran learn to ride horses again, while trying to learn more about Jon Arryn’s death. Ned finds out about an illegitimate son of King Robert. Viserys and a now empowered Daenerys are in a cold war. Catelyn rallies her father’s allies to arrest Tyrion with charges of plotting to kill her son.

Episode 5: “The Wolf and the Lion”

Overview

Jamie and Ned fight it out for answers about Tyrion when Ned is stabbed in the leg from behind.

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Ned is against the plot to murder a pregnant Daenerys, which angers Robert and results in Ned quitting his post. Catelyn and Tyrion now arrive at her sister, Lysa’s, home in Eyrie, and the news of Tyrion’s capture reaches Jamie Lannister. He confronts Ned about his brother’s capture, and the two fight, ending with Ned being stabbed from behind in the leg.

Episode 6: “A Golden Crown”

Overview

Tyrion is freed when he asks for a trial by combat. Drogo kills Viserys for trying to kill his unborn child.


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Robert reinstates Ned as the Hand of the King while he is off on a hunting trip. Ned wants to send Sansa and Arya back to Winterfell, when he discovers that Joffrey is not Robert’s biological son. Tyrion asks for a trial by combat in exchange for his freedom and Lysa chooses her captain of the guard, Sir Vardis, as her champion. One of Catelyn’s aides, Bronn, volunteers to champion for Tyrion, and kills Vardis. Meanwhile, Viserys is enraged with Drogo and tries to kill Daenerys’ unborn child. Drogo retaliates, and kills Viserys by pouring molten gold on his head.

Episode 7: “You Win, or You Die”

Overview

Robert dies in a wild boar accident and names Ned Protector of the Realm. Drogo decides to rule the Seven Kingdoms for his son.

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In King’s Landing, Ned confronts Cersei about the fact truth that none of her children are Robert’s and about her incestuous relationship with Jamie. Robert has an accident involving a wild boar and just before dying names Ned the Protector of the Realm until Joffrey is of age. Cersei and the men that Ned trusted betray him and attack his men. In Essos, the man who killed Robert is captured right before he could poison Daenerys, and Drogo starts marching towards Westeros in order to give his unborn son the chance to rule the Seven Kingdoms.

Episode 8: “The Pointy End”

Overview

Arya, who has been taking sword fighting lessons, has the chance to escape King’s Landing after her sword trainer, Syrio Forel, fights off the guards who were sent to capture her. Drogo captures slaves to sell for money and ships.

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While guards are sent to capture the Stark sisters, Arya manages to escape King’s Landing, looking like a boy with her short hair, but Sansa is captured, leading to their eldest brother Robb bringing an army to fight the Lannisters. Lysa does not want to fight but Catelyn joins Robb’s camp. In King’s Landing, Joffrey appoints his grandfather Tywin as the Hand and Sansa begs him to show mercy to Ned. Meanwhile Drogo’s army is on the move, fighting and enslaving people to sell in order to make money for ships to cross the narrow sea.

Episode 9: “Baelor”

Overview

Joffrey has Ned Stark beheaded in an act of revenge. Drogo is facing death while Daenerys goes into labor.

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The Stark army, now at Twin’s castle at House Frey, is given permission as Caitlyn promises Robb and Arya’s hand to Lord Frey’s children. Robb also sacrifices 2000 soldiers in order to take Jaime as his captive. Meanwhile, Ned makes a public announcement that Joffrey is the rightful heir to the throne, with the impression that his only punishment would be banishment to the Wall. Instead, Joffrey has Ned beheaded in front of his daughters and a waiting crowd. In Essos, Drogo is wounded and septic without chance of survival, but Daenerys asks a slave woman to use blood magic to save him. While the spell is being performed, Daenerys goes into labor and is taken into the forbidden tent.

Episode 10: “Fire and Blood”

Overview

Jon Snow attempts to leave the Night’s Watch in order to avenge Ned’s death, but sent to find his uncle, Benjen Stark. Daenerys kills Drogo in an act of mercy, and sets fire to his lifeless body, the witch’s living one, and her three dragon eggs. She walks into fire and emerges with three newborn dragons.

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The North has now made Robb their king and Tywin appoints Tyrion as Hand of the King while Jamie is still a prisoner of the Starks. Jon attempts to leave the wall to avenge Ned’s death but is stopped by his friends and instead joins an expedition to find his uncle, Benjen Stark. Daenerys learns that her unborn child is dead, and Drogo is left in a senseless state due to a witch’s magic. She mercifully kills Drogo, builds a pyre, and burns the witch alive along with her husband and three dragon eggs. Daenerys walks into the fire herself and, after the embers cool, walks out unharmed with three newborn dragons by her side.

 
 
 
 

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