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Game of Thrones: Season 1 (2011)




Critic 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.


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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
Kit Harington
as Jon Snow
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
Maisie Williams
as Arya Stark
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
Elyes Gabel
as Rakharo
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
Lalor Roddy
as Catspaw
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.

February 7, 2014 | Full Review…

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.

April 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.

April 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.

April 17, 2011 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

Fans of the acclaimed Game of Thrones books, or even fans of fantasy realms in general, will find much to admire and enjoy here.

April 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.)

April 17, 2011 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
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Audience Reviews for Game of Thrones: Season 1


Five years later, revisiting where it all started is strange. In a way, it seems like yesterday when, in 2011, I sat down to watch "Winter Is Coming". Every year since has dominated fans with when the new season will start. In retrospect, the first season of Game of Thrones is like a wine that is yet to be fine wine. This is one of the most realistic fantasies in terms of storytelling and making a fictional world seem real. Unlike most fantasies where you know the protagonist will pull through, Thrones has at least five major protagonists in Season 1 and nobody is safe. Anyone could die at any moment as it is in real war, although the Seven Kingdoms and the Baratheon Dynasty are ruling in peace at the start. What flaws Season 1 has is mostly in pacing. Yes, the first half of the season can come off as slow, I will admit that. You wonder how Eddard Stark will fulfill his role as the Hand of the King, what threat really has The Night's Watch in controlled turmoil, and how Viserys and Daenerys Targaryen can possibly hope to reclaim Westeros and restore House Targaryen when the Usurper rules in relative peace. However, this peace it thrown out the window, never to fully return when a poorly judged suspect captured for an attempted Stark murder sets the Westerlands and the Riverlands at each-others throats, and a rash, poorly thought out coup leads to total and irreversible war due to an execution which should never have been. Game of Thrones Season 1 is in truth a mixed blessing. Yes, it doesn't really hold up well in terms of pacing compared to the rest of the series, and yes the first six episodes are slow. But a redemption does come in episode 7 onwards when a lot of the Game of Thrones traditional qualities the show possesses blossom into formation as the Iron Throne becomes highly sought after. If one has even a casual liking for fantasy and can sit through the first seven episodes without getting entirely bored, this show will suit you well. A true and faithful adaption of A Song Of Ice And Fire.

Kal X.A.

Super Reviewer

Watching this again, not for the new season. The first season is still my favourite season, and Bean makes for the most interesting character in the series. Strong female characters and story arcs are laid here.


Super Reviewer

This adaptation of George R.R. Martin's mythical tale is grand and mystic. Even though those who do not follow the eerie and fantastical theme may not catch on, Game of Thrones Season 1 has enough violence, drama, exploitation and splendor to surprise audiences. 4/5


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