Game of Thrones Season 1
The first season of the television drama series Game of Thrones premiered on April 17, 2011, and concluded on June 19, 2011. It consisted of 10 episodes, each running approximately 55 minutes in length. Game of Thrones is based on the novel A Game of Thrones, the first entry in A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R. R. Martin. The story takes place in a fictional world, primarily upon a continent called Westeros but also on another continent, to the east, known as Essos, where the noble House Stark, led by Lord Eddard Stark (Sean Bean) is drawn into schemes against King Robert Baratheon when Jon Arryn, his chief advisor, known as the Hand of the King, dies mysteriously.
HBO broadcast Season 1 on Sunday nights at 9:00 pm in the United States, with a repeat showing at 11:00 pm.
The cable television series closely follows the multiple story lines of the A Song of Ice and Fire novel series, whose author said that the show’s pilot script was very faithful to his work. The series begins with Ned Stark (Sean Bean) being asked to be the chief advisor (known as the Hand of the King) to King Robert Baratheon, (Mark Addy). Ned and his wife Catelyn (Michelle Fairley) receive a letter from Catelyn’s sister, Lysa (Kate Dickie) that gives them reason to believe that rival House Lannister – who the King’s wife Cersei belongs to – was the cause of the previous Hand’s death. Ned must travel south to help the king and find out who killed the Hand of the King, Jon Arryn (John Standing), while trying to protect his family from the Lannisters. As he tries to uncover the reasons behind Jon Arryn’s death he uncovers the dark secrets about the Lannisters that Arryn himself died trying to expose.
Meanwhile, across the Narrow Sea in the continent of Essos, the exiled, arrogant Viserys Targaryen (Harry Lloyd), son of the former king whose throne was usurped, believes he still has the rightful claim to the throne. He marries off his younger sister, Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke), whom he has psychologically and physically abused for years, to the leader of the Dothraki warrior tribe, Khal Drogo (Jason Momoa), in an exchange for an army to return to Westeros and take the throne. However, Daenerys’ growing love for Drogo and newfound mental strength as the Khaleesi of the tribe means Viserys’ plans go unexpectedly and powerfully awry.
And beyond the wall, Ned’s bastard son Jon Snow joins the Night’s Watch, an ancient brotherhood sworn to watch over the massive Wall that separates the Seven Kingdoms from the dangerous unknown beyond. But an ancient force, long believed dead, threatens the land.