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season 1

season 1


First broadcast (USA):

April 17, 2011 -
June 19, 2011

First broadcast (DE):

November 2, 2011 -
4th January 2012

DVD release:

DVD: April 2, 2012
BluRay: March 30, 2012


Year of production:


The first season of game of Thrones consists of ten episodes. Filming began on July 23, 2010 and ended on December 18, 2010, with the exception of the pilot, which was taped in October and November 2009. The first season premiered on April 17, 2011 on HBO with the episode "Winter is Coming". The last episode that aired in the US on Wednesday June 19, 2011 was called "Fire and Blood". In Germany, the first season was broadcast on the station TNT series from November 2, 2011 to January 4, 2012.

The course of the first season is based closely on "A Game of Thrones", the first novel in the saga "A Song of Ice and Fire" by George R. R. Martin. In German-speaking countries, the novel was divided into two volumes, "The Lords of Winterfell" and "The Legacy of Winterfell". Some characters and events were not mentioned for production and cost reasons or were preferred from the second novel "A Clash of Kings", in German-speaking countries the volumes "The Throne of the Seven Kingdoms" and "The Saat of the Golden Lion", on their plot the second season is based.

The shooting of the first season took place in different countries. The film was primarily shot in Northern Ireland and in the Paint Hall studio in Belfast. For the recordings of Pentos they worked in Malta.

The budget for Season 1 was an estimated $ 60,000,000.


The summers last for several decades and the winters can last a lifetime in the fantastic world of the new outstanding HBO® series based on the successful fantasy book series The Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin. From the wicked south to the wild eastern countries, in the icy north and on the ancient wall that separates the land from darkness, the powerful families of the seven kingdoms fight doggedly for the Iron Throne. It is an enigmatic and deceitful game of influence and honor, submission and triumph. In Game of Thrones, the game for the throne, there are only two options: win or die.

TNT series


Seven kingdoms

The series begins at a time when a new power struggle threatens to break out. The main participants are the powerful aristocratic families Stark, Lannister and Baratheon. Robert Baratheon asks his old friend Eddard Stark if he would like to serve as his chief adviser. Eddard suspects that his predecessor Jon Arryn, who was like a surrogate father to him and Robert, was murdered. It turns out that House Lannister, from which Robert's wife Cersei comes, has its own goals for the Iron Throne. The conflict between these families and the other influential noble houses (such as the Greyjoys, Tullys, Arryns, and Tyrells) eventually leads to civil war.

Beyond the wall

At the same time, an ancient and dangerous power is awakening in the north, beyond the mighty wall that shields the Seven Kingdoms, of which hardly anyone takes any notice during the battles for the throne in the south.

Beyond the strait

Across the sea on the continent of Essos, meanwhile, the last surviving members of the former Targaryen royal family plan to return to Westeros to regain the throne.


David Benioff and D. B. Weiss worked as the main writers and showrunners for the first season. They contributed eight out of ten episodes, including the script for an episode they co-wrote with Jane Espenson. The two remaining episodes were written by Bryan Cogman and the author of the novel, George R. R. Martin.

Tom McCarthy directed the original pilot episode, but much of it was later remixed by Tim Van Patten, who also directed the second episode. However, McCarthy was named as a consulting producer in the credits of the pilot that was broadcast. Brian Kirk and Daniel Minahan directed three episodes each, and Alan Taylor filmed the last two.

Prior to Game of Thrones, Benioff and Weiss worked on films and were unfamiliar with developing a television series. As a result, several episodes of the first season were about 10 minutes short for HBO, forcing both of them to write hundreds of new pages of script within two weeks. Due to a lack of funds, the scenes were written in such a way that they could be produced cheaply, like two actors talking in a room. Benioff and Weiss later found that some of their favorite scenes from season one were created as a result of this dilemma, including the one between Robert and Cersei talking about their marriage.


On May 5, 2009, it was announced that Peter Dinklage had signed to star Tyrion Lannister in the pilot and that Tom McCarthy would direct. On July 9, 2009, a number of other casts were revealed, including Sean Bean as Eddard Stark, confirming rumors circulating a few days earlier. Other cast members who signed for the pilot episode included: Kit Harington as Jon Snow, Jack Gleeson as Joffrey Baratheon, Harry Lloyd as Viserys Targaryen and Mark Addy as Robert Baratheon.

In early August 2009 it was announced that Catelyn Stark will be played by Jennifer Ehle. Further cast announcements were made on August 20, including Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Jaime Lannister and Tamzin Merchant as Daenerys Targaryen, as well as Richard Madden as Robb Stark, Ser Jorah Mormont, Alfie Allen as Theon Graufreud, Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark, and Maisie Williams as Arya Stark. On September 1, Lena Headey was announced as Cersei Lannister. On September 23, Martin confirmed that Rory McCann will play the role of Sandor Clegane. Isaac Hempstead-Wright as Bran Stark was confirmed on October 14, followed by the announcement that Jason Momoa would portray Khal Drogo three days later.

After the pilot was shot and work began on the series, it was announced that the role of Catelyn would be replaced, with Michelle Fairley instead of Jennifer Ehle. It was later also confirmed that Emilia Clarke will replace Tamzin Merchant as Daenerys. The remaining cast was made public in the second half of the year, including Charles Dance as Tywin Lannister, Aidan Gillen as Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish, and Conleth Hill as Varys.


Most of the scenes were filmed in Northern Ireland and the border area of ​​the Irish Republic. Filming was scheduled to begin on July 26, 2010, with locations at the Paint Hall Studio in the Titanic Quarter of Northern Ireland's capital Belfast, as well as in other outdoor areas. Castle Ward and Doune Castle in Scotland served as the backdrop for Winterfell. For the 2009 pilot to begin filming, the locations also included Cairncastle, Shane's Castle, Castle Ward, Magheramorne Quarry and Tollymore Forest Park, all in Northern Ireland. Working in Northern Ireland and at the Paint Hall Studio created hundreds of new jobs for local residents and made the area a focal point for film and television production.

The exterior of "King's Landing" was filmed in various locations in Malta, including the old town of Mdina. The filming in Malta caused controversy because the protected ecosystem was damaged by a subcontractor.


Main cast

So starring

Supporting cast

The secondary cast in the order of their social or societal importance, according to the regions of Westeros in which they appeared.

The wall
In the North
In the south
King's Landing
Beyond the strait

Episode list

Main article: Episode list
# picture title
Original title
First broadcast (USA)
First broadcast (DE)
US quotas
01"Winter is coming"
Winter is coming
Tim Van Patten
David Benioff & D. B. Weiss
April 17, 2011
November 2, 2011
2.22 million
Behind the gigantic ice wall that separates Westeros from the inhospitable north, three members of the night watch encounter the undead "white hikers". The Stark family's children find young direwolves that they raise from now on. Meanwhile, King Robert Baratheon and his entourage arrive in Winterfell to ask his friend Lord Eddard Stark to be his chief adviser. He reluctantly agrees after learning of a possible murder of his predecessor Jon Arryn. Bran Stark discovers the king's wife having sex with her brother, whereupon he is pushed from a tower of the castle by the latter. At the same time Viserys Targaryen plans to marry his sister Daenerys to the tribal chief Khal Drogo in order to conquer Westeros with his troops.
02"The Royal Route"
The Kingsroad
Tim Van Patten
David Benioff & D. B. Weiss
April 24, 2011
November 9, 2011
2.20 million
Ned Stark has agreed to accompany the king to the capital and takes his two daughters Arya and Sansa (who is to marry Prince Joffrey) with him on the journey south. During the trip, Prince Joffrey and Arya clash, with Arya's wolf coming to her aid. Meanwhile, Jon Snow and Tyrion Lannister travel north to the wall and become friends on the way there. In Essos, Daenerys gets to know the Dothraki customs and tries to assert himself. Bran Stark is unconscious after his fall in Winterfell. Catelyn and Brans Wolf save his life from an assassin.
03"Lord Snow"
Lord Snow
Brian Kirk
David Benioff & D. B. Weiss
May 1, 2011
November 16. 2011
2.44 million
While Ned Stark arrives in the capital Königsmund, Jon Schnee reaches the ice wall. At the same time, Catelyn Stark sets out on a journey south to track down the Bran assassin and meets her childhood friend Petyr Baelish again in King's Landing, who is now the "master of the coin". Arya gets her first fighting lessons from the sword master Syrio Forel. Daenerys and Viserys quarrel on the road to Vaes Dothrak.
04"Cripples, bastards and broken things"
Cripples, Bastards, and Broken Things
Brian Kirk
Bryan Cogman
May 8, 2011
November 23, 2011
2.45 million
Ned Stark begins research to find out what his predecessor Jon Arryn died of. The former squire dies at a tournament in King's Landing. While training at the Night's Watch, Jon meets the outsider Samwell Tarly and the two become friends. The now pregnant Daenerys asserts herself against her brother Viserys. Catelyn learns that the assassin's weapon allegedly belongs to Tyrion Lannister and meets him shortly afterwards in a tavern, where she has him arrested for the attempt on her son.
05"The Wolf and the Lion"
The Wolf and the Lion
Brian Kirk
David Benioff & D. B. Weiss
May 15, 2011
November 30, 2011
2.58 million
King Robert orders the assassination of Daenerys Targaryen, against which Ned protests violently and even resigns from his position as the hand of the king. Political intrigues also intensified at court. Meanwhile, Catelyn goes with the captured Tyrion Lannister to Hohenehr, where her mad sister Lysa Arryn rules. Arya overhears a conversation about the possible murder of her father and the soon to be expected war between the wolf (House Stark) and the lion (House Lannister). There is an open confrontation between Ned Stark and Jaime Lannister over the capture of Tyrion.
06"A golden crown"
A golden crown
Daniel Minahan
David Benioff, D. B. Weiss & Jane Espenson
May 22, 2011
December 7, 2011
2.44 million
King Robert hunts while Ned takes care of the affairs of state and uncovered a dangerous secret concerning the queen. Tensions with the House of Lannister are also increasing: due to repeated raids in the river lands, Ned orders that Tywin Lannister must answer to the king. At Hohenehr there is a trial against Tyrion and an unexpected turnaround. Bran is slowly recovering on Winterfell and is allowed to ride again for the first time, where he meets wildlings from the north. Viserys, apparently upset by Daenerys ’self-confident new stance, takes on Khal Drogo in what ends up fatally for him.
07"Win or die"
You Win or You Die
Daniel Minahan
David Benioff & D. B. Weiss
May 29, 2011
December 14, 2011
2.40 million