Game of Thrones (2011–2019)
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You Win or You Die 

Robert has been injured while hunting and is dying. Jon and the others finally take their vows to the Night's Watch. A man, sent by Robert, is captured for trying to poison Daenerys. Furious, Drogo vows to attack the Seven Kingdoms.

Director:

Daniel Minahan

Writers:

David Benioff (created by), D.B. Weiss (created by) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Sean Bean ... Eddard 'Ned' Stark
Mark Addy ... Robert Baratheon
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau ... Jaime Lannister
Lena Headey ... Cersei Lannister
Emilia Clarke ... Daenerys Targaryen
Iain Glen ... Jorah Mormont
Aidan Gillen ... Petyr 'Littlefinger' Baelish
Kit Harington ... Jon Snow
Alfie Allen ... Theon Greyjoy
Jack Gleeson ... Joffrey Baratheon
Rory McCann ... Sandor 'The Hound' Clegane
Donald Sumpter ... Maester Luwin
Conleth Hill ... Lord Varys
James Cosmo ... Jeor Mormont
Owen Teale ... Alliser Thorne
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Storyline

Ned confronts Cersei about her children but she dismisses his allegations. The head of the Lannister clan tells his son Jaime to be a leader and sends him to rescue Tyrion. Ros, the prostitute from Winterfell begins working for Littlefinger in King's Landing. At the wall, a riderless horse belonging to Jon Snow's uncle Benjen returns to the wall. Jon takes his vows as a Night's Watchman but is disappointed to not having been named a Ranger but Sam sees it differently. King Robert is injured while out boar hunting with his brother. He knows he will not survive and names Ned Lord Regent until Joffrey comes of age. Knowing that Joffrey is not Robert's son, he feels Robert's brother should succeed him but Littlefinger counsel's otherwise. A wine vendor tries to poison Daenerys and Drogo promises to put their son on the throne of the Seven Kingdoms. Written by garykmcd

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Certificate:

TV-MA | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 May 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

You Win or You Die See more »

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Budget:

GBP6,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Dolby Atmos (Blu-ray release)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

This is the only episode in the series where the phrase "game of thrones" is spoken. See more »

Goofs

When Maester Aemon is assigning the duties for the stewards, he tells Pyp to report to Bowen Marsh in the kitchens. However, when Lord Commander Mormont is assigning the new nights watchmen to their various orders, he tells 'Mick' to go to the kitchens - Pyp should have been included in those sent to the kitchens at the start instead of to the stewards (or Mick should also have been sent to the stewards). See more »

Quotes

[at the Lannisters' army camp, Jaime enters the tent where his father is. Tywin is busy sharpening a knife, his back turns to his son. A carcass of dead stag is on the table. Jaime reads aloud the royal decree which declares Gregor Clegane as an outlaw]
Jaime Lannister: Poor Ned Stark. Brave man, terrible judgement.
Tywin Lannister: Attacking him was stupid.
[Tywin starts butchering the stag]
Tywin Lannister: Lannisters don't act like fools.
[...]
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Crazy Credits

The cities and places featured in the opening credits change as the series progresses. For example, in the first episode, Pentos is shown whereas in later episodes, because it is not pertinent to the episode's narrative, it is not. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Game of Thrones: Book of the Stranger (2016) See more »

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Main Title
(uncredited)
Written and Performed by Ramin Djawadi
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Twists and turns
23 June 2019 | by IamIngeSee all my reviews

Another good episode. "When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die," Cersei says - which in time will prove to be quite accurate. For now, some are better at playing this sort of game than others, it seems ...


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