Despite Queen Cersei’s protests, King Robert reinstates Ned as the King’s Hand. As Robert heads off on a hunt, Ned deals with the monarch’s business and hears from the common folk that associates of the Lannisters are causing chaos in the Seven Kingdoms.
Back at Winterfell, Bran’s first trip out of the castle since his accident almost ends in tragedy when he is ambushed by Wildlings, leading to a fateful argument between Robb Stark and Theon Greyjoy.
Imprisoned at the Eyrie, Tyrion comes up with a risky scheme to free himself, hoping that the famed wealth of the Lannisters will be enough to buy him a champion as he demands trial by combat.
Meanwhile, in King’s Landing, Arya continues her sword training with Syrio Forel, while Ned makes a shocking discovery that could bring Westeros to the brink of war.
And in the sacred Dothraki city of Vaes Dothrak, Viserys Targaryen flaunts the strict laws of the nomadic warriors as he comes into conflict with his sister Daenerys’s fearsome husband Khal Drogo and finally receives the reward he has been asking for.
The shocks comes thick and fast in this sixth episode of HBO’s exceptional fantasy epic. Receiving Sky Atlantic’s highest viewing figures to date, Game of Thrones has already been renewed for a second season that will be based on George RR Martin’s follow-up book, A Clash of Kings.
It’s not hard to see why the series is getting such a phenomenal response, with this episode giving the magnetic Dinklage plenty of opportunity to shine as the wonderfully devious Tyrion, and having a stunning conclusion that will viewers gob-smacked.
Lord Eddard Stark (Sean Bean), King Robert Baratheon (Mark Addy), Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey), Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage), Jon Snow (Kit Harington), Catelyn Stark (Michele Fairley), Robb Stark (Richard Madden), Bran Stark (Isacc Hempstead- Wright), Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner), Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke), Khal Drogo (Jason Momoa), Peteyr ‘Littlefinger’ Baelish (Aidan Gillan), Varys (Conleth Hill), Grand Maester Pycelle (Julian Glover), Theon Greyjoy (Alfie Allen), Bronn (Jerome Flynn), Lysa Arryn (Kate Dickie), Ser Jorah Mormont (Iain Glen)