Game of Thrones: Season 1 (2011)

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Its intricate storytelling and dark themes may overwhelm some viewers, but Game of Thrones is a transportive, well-acted, smartly written drama even non-genre fans can appreciate.

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User Ratings: 7228

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Air date: Apr 17, 2011

Series Premiere. Lord Ned Stark is troubled by disturbing reports from a Night's Watch deserter; King Robert and Lannisters arrive at Winterfell; the exiled Viserys Targaryen forges a powerful new allegiance.

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Air date: Apr 24, 2011

Bran's fate remains in doubt; Jon and Tyrion head to the Wall; Ned faces a family crisis en route to King's Landing; Viserys bides his time in hopes of winning back the throne; Dany focuses on pleasing her new husband, Drogo.

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Air date: May 1, 2011

Jon impresses Tyrion at Castle Black; Ned confronts his past and future at King's Landing; Daenerys finds herself at odds with Viserys.

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Air date: May 8, 2011

Ned looks to a book for clues to the death of his predecessor, and uncovers one of King Robert's bastards. Robert and his guests witness a tournament honoring Ned. Jon takes measures to protect Sam; a frustrated Viserys clashes with Daenerys.

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Air date: May 15, 2011

Incensed over news of Daenerys' alliance with the Dothrakis, Robert orders a pre-emptive strike on the Targaryens that drives a wedge in his relationship with Ned. A captive Tyrion helps Catelyn. Arya overhears a plot against her father.

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Air date: May 22, 2011

Reinstated as the Hand, Ned sits for the King while Robert is on a hunt. Ned issues a decree that could have long-term consequences. Tyrion confesses to his 'crimes'; Joffrey apologizes to Sansa; Viserys receives from Drogo his final payment for Daenerys.

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Air date: May 29, 2011

Ned confronts Cersei about her secrets; Jon takes his Night's Watch vows; Drogo promises to lead the Dorthraki to King's Landing.

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Air date: Jun 5, 2011

The Lannisters press their advantage over the Starks; Robb rallies his fathers northern allies and heads south to war; Tyrion forms an uneasy alliance with the hill tribes and reunites with his father.

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Air date: Jun 12, 2011

With Sansas's life in danger, Ned makes a fateful decision. Catelyn brokers an unsavory deal. Tyrion is forced to fight on the front lines. Robb captures a prized prisoner. Jon discovers a dark secret about Maester Aemon.

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Air date: Jun 19, 2011

Season One Finale. As tragic news spreads across the Seven Kingdoms, Bran and Rickon share a prophetic dream, Catelyn interrogates Jaime about her sons fall, and Robbs destiny is forever changed.

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Get in the 'Game'! Experience the first season of this visionary HBO series set in a mythical world whose inhabitants vie for control of the Iron Throne. But in a land where seasons can last a lifetime, winter is coming...and an ancient evil has awakened.

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Critic Reviews for Game of Thrones Season 1

All Critics (42) | Top Critics (21)

The main accomplishment of Game of Thrones is that, while it should keep the hard-core fans satisfied, even viewers who don't care whether Theon is a Greyjoy or a Tully can play along and have a good time.

Feb 7, 2014 | Full Review…
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There is the sense of intricacy having been confused with intrigue and of a story transferred all too faithfully from its source and thus not transformed to meet the demands of the screen.

Apr 17, 2011 | Full Review…
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Game of Thrones, one of the supposed biggies this spring, is a big letdown. Why is it so convoluted and punishing? It is to television what the Spider-Man musical is to Broadway.

Apr 17, 2011 | Full Review…

But the story at hand regularly slows to a crawl, making HBO's at times pokey but otherwise magnificent five-hour Mildred Pierce re-do seem like a 100-meter sprint in comparison.

Apr 17, 2011 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
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Fans of the acclaimed Game of Thrones books, or even fans of fantasy realms in general, will find much to admire and enjoy here.

Apr 17, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

I mostly loved Game of Thrones, but occasionally grew a little weary of it as well. (And just to answer the obvious question, this is not a small-screen Lord of the Rings.)

Apr 17, 2011 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
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[E]vents that feel bold and shocking based on what we've been trained to expect from television pop up regularly. ... [I]t means that we cannot trust what our instincts tell us about what television cannot or will not do.

Sep 3, 2020 | Full Review…

[T]here is a deep and bitter socio-political study at the core of Game of Thrones, and quite a good one at that.

Feb 12, 2020 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Maybe the series goes someplace more interesting eventually, but the pilot's lack of imagination, and lack of faith, bodes ill for a fantasy tale.

Sep 16, 2019 | Full Review…

if you replace the gladiators with a Lord of the Rings aesthetic, it's like a classier Spartacus: Gods of the Arena. And praise doesn't come any higher than that.

May 23, 2019 | Full Review…

Martin's saga goes to considerable lengths to create alternatives to the narratives of male growth.

Mar 6, 2019 | Full Review…

As an über-fan of the books, this scratched most of my itches just perfectly. The casting is brilliant.

May 11, 2018 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Game of Thrones: Season 1

  • Sep 20, 2020
    A great adaptation of an even greater source material. Watch this season and then go read the books.
  • Sep 03, 2020
    "Only pass the time." ... As promised, I rethought the note I gave to "game of thrones". The last episode of the season there deserved another half star. The person knows why I improved the grade. Hug and congratulations!
  • Aug 11, 2020
    I kept thinking "that looks like something from 1980's 'Excalibur"...that looks like something from one of those 'story-themed' porn movies from about the same time...they sure did have great training equipment at the gym...are those private parts silicone...fabulous dental work...I'll take Tarantino's ridiculous cartoon violence over all these amputations...thank goodness for the episode recaps cause I was mostly confused." Overall, I liked 'Caligula' better: both stupendously violent with lots of sex all kinds of sex. But at least 'Caligula' knew it was absurd. I'll try one more season...after all, the people are rather beautiful.
  • Aug 09, 2020
    First season sets the atmosphere of game of thrones: Dark, raw, exciting and captivating
  • Aug 04, 2020
    Great season but takes a bit to get into at first because theres so many characters and storylines happening everytime I'd look away from the screen I had to rewind it just so I didn't miss anything and it was slow at times but halfway through the season I was proper into it
  • Jul 29, 2020
    Absolutely fantastic.
  • Jul 23, 2020
    Can't stop thinking about this story and season, after you've watched it. Simply stunning.
  • Jul 21, 2020
    This was so awesome I still can't believe how it turned into a total shitshow in the last, awfully wrong season 8. Thankfully I didn't know at that time so I will always cherish in my memories.
  • Jul 17, 2020
    Who's going to die next? I don't even know
  • Jul 14, 2020
    Game of Thrones Season 1 | Detailed note: 9.2

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