Game of Thrones: Season 1 (2011)


Season 1
Game of Thrones

Critics Consensus

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.



Critic Ratings: 40


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User Ratings: 6718
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Air date: Apr 17, 2011
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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.


Sean Bean
as Eddard "Ned" Stark
Mark Addy
as King Robert Baratheon
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
as Jaime Lannister
Lena Headey
as Cersei Lannister
Peter Dinklage
as Tyrion Lannister
Michelle Fairley
as Catelyn Stark
Aidan Gillen
as Petyr Baelish
Emilia Clarke
as Daenerys Targaryen
Alfie Allen
as Theon Greyjoy
Richard Madden
as Robb Stark
Iain Glen
as Jorah Mormont
Jack Gleeson
as Joffrey Baratheon
Harry Lloyd
as Viserys Targaryen
Jason Momoa
as Khal Drogo
Rory McCann
as Sandor "The Hound" Clegane
Sophie Turner
as Sansa Stark
Ron Donachie
as Ser Rodrik Cassel
Donald Sumpter
as Maester Luwin
Julian Glover
as Grand Maester Pycelle
Charles Dance
as Tywin Lannister
Ian McElhinney
as Barristan Selmy
Jamie Sives
as Jory Cassel
Gethin Anthony
as Renly Baratheon
Owen Teale
as Allister Thorne
Susan Brown
as Septa Mordane
Dar Salim
as Qotho
John Bradley
as Samwell Tarly
James Cosmo
as Jeor Mormont
Kate Dickie
as Lysa Arryn
Miltos Yerolemou
as Syrio Forel
Peter Vaughan
as Maester Aemon
Joseph Mawle
as Benjen Stark
Mia Soteriou
as Mirri Maz Duur
Callum Wharry
as Tommen Baratheon
Aimee Richardson
as Myrcella Baratheon
Art Parkinson
as Rickon Stark
Eugene Simon
as Lancel Lannister
Dominic Carter
as Janos Slynt
Emun Elliott
as Marillion
Wilko Johnson
as Ilyn Payne
Clive Mantle
as Greatjon Umber
Miltos Yerolemou
as Syrio Forel
Lino Facioli
as Robin Arryn
Ian Gelder
as Kevan Lannister
Roger Allam
as Illyrio Mopatis
Brendan McCormack
as Vardis Egen
David Bradley
as Walder Frey
Finn Jones
as Ser Loras Tyrell
Conan Stevens
as Gregor Clegane
Jefferson Hall
as Hugh of the Vale
Brian Fortune
as Bowen Marsh
Ian Beattie
as Meryn Trant
Brendan McCormack
as Vardis Egen
John Standing
as Jon Arryn
Rob Ostlere
as Waymar Royce
Simon Lowe
as Wine Merchant
David Michael Scott
as Beric Dondarrion
Ben Hawkey
as Hot Pie
Eros Vlahos
as Lommy Greenhands
Andrew Wilde
as Tobho Mott
Gerry O'Brien
as Lord Bracken
Susie Kelly
as Masha Heddle
Vinnie McCabe
as Rickard Karstark
Simon Stewart
as Lannister Messenger
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Critic Reviews for Game of Thrones Season 1

All Critics (40) | 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…
Top Critic

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…
Top Critic

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…
Top Critic

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 09, 2019
    A perfect adaptation of one of the best works in the fantasy genre! A must watch for anyone, especially those who are fans of the fantasy genre! So much can be said about this series. This season does a great job introducing all the regular fantasy archetypes that are used later to subvert fantasy tropes. Personally, this is my favorite season, as many of the first episodes provide a sense of comfort and escapism that is quickly replaced later by well-written political intrigue and tense plotlines. Both the ending of the first episode and the first season overall definitely work to hook the viewer into watching the entire series.
  • Sep 07, 2019
    Television perfection.
  • Sep 06, 2019
    People say that this is the TV show of all times for a reason. The start is genius and episode 9 is one of the best episodes of the TV show. The best TV shows I have ever seen :)
  • Sep 06, 2019
    I feel these first run of episodes were a great introduction to this fantastic series!
  • Sep 05, 2019
    The beginning of something great. Unfortunately it had to end basically after Season 4 because the writers didn't want to even try to put in any effort into their show after that. To rank the Season really quickly, I'd put it in this order: 4,3,1,2,6,5,7,8. Season 1 does not get good as the climax Season like 3 or 4, but that's only because those Seasons have the most dramatic turning points and moments of greatness. What Season 1 does have is the beginning of everything, and it sets up this world that we love so much brilliantly. Season 1 may not be as good as or 3 or 4, but it's importance to the show is as irreplaceable as the other three Seasons that come after it.
  • Aug 30, 2019
    Ok so this show is a top 5 of all time for me. This season would probably rank as the best season of a show I've ever seen. The Wire is still #1 overall but damn this season was good.
  • Aug 20, 2019
    I was two seasons behind when I first started watching this but after watching the first scene unfold I quickly caught up within a couple of weeks. The casting is impeccable and the stories make for great entertainment. I love the fact that it can go from funny and light-hearted one minute to brutal and soul-destroying in the next.
  • Aug 12, 2019
    A start to a show that promises tons and delivers! With great characters like the innocent Sansa to the nasty Joffrey this shows got it all. The narrative is great and the world building is some of the best I've seen, though it feels light on the action.
  • Aug 12, 2019
    Hooks you right in, from episode 1. A couple of the newer actors are finding their feet, but still pulling it off. The rest are brilliant. Sean Bean's presence, and Mark Addy's, with Peter Dinklage a revelation ... actually almost all of them are so wonderful, along with top-notch writing and a great story, that the less well-budgeted sets and production values are not noticeable. Wonderful.
  • Jul 31, 2019
    A show with heavy hitting acting and drama with a budget to match its grand vision. Perhaps one of the best fantasy shows ever. Definitely worth watching, though the final season falls flat without the source book having already been written and the script writers focusing on their next project.

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