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This article contains spoilers for Seasons 1-7 of “Game of Thrones.”
The whole Westeros thing is a bit hazy after an 18-month hiatus, isn’t it?
But with T-minus eight weeks and counting until April 14, when the most obsessively tracked TV show in history returns for its final run, it is time to start getting back into a “Game of Thrones” mind-set.
This newsletter is here to help. What do you need? An epic binge of Seasons 1-7? A compact refresher of characters, events and themes? How about both? We’ve worked up a Citadel-worthy crash course on how we got here and what’s at stake, now that the end is nigh. We’ll take you through a different season each Monday between now and April 14, with in-depth follow-ups every Friday. This week is all about Season 1.
Newcomers beware: This newsletter is dark and full of spoilers. And now our watch begins.
If you want to catch up fast, there’s no need to binge the whole first season to refresh your memory. Concentrate on the installments that are central to the famously complicated plot and provide all the feels. Here are four must-watch episodes.
Episode 1, “Winter Is Coming”: Because it’s the last time you’ll see all the Starks as one big (mostly) happy family. Try not to choke up when you spot Hodor, or when Rickon runs up to Jon to hand him arrows. Also: baby direwolves.
Episode 3, “Lord Snow”: For a reminder of how Jaime Lannister has been trying to tell everyone about that business with the Mad King ALL ALONG. Extra fun: Tyrion goes to the top of the Wall and crosses something off his bucket list.
Episode 7, “You Win or You Die”: Delves into the touchy question of succession and sets into play the War of the Five Kings. Also: Dany goes wine tasting.
Episode 9, “Baelor”: For the excellent opportunity it offers to scream at the screen. Bonus: Tyrion bonds with Bronn and Shae during a drinking game.
[Ahead of the final season of “Game of Thrones,” relive it all with our ultimate watching guide, including episode recaps and deep plot dives.]5 Things to Watch For in Season 1
The most striking part of going back through “Game of Thrones” from the beginning is all the foreshadowing: So many things that might have felt unremarkable the first time around have since taken on new importance. (Especially from Episode 1. Pay close attention to Episode 1!)
But if you were ever confused by all the court intrigue or the murder plots, focusing on a few characters and situations might help. (Otherwise, just enjoy all the baby direwolves and dragons — they’re so cute when they’re little!)
R + L = J
It was right there the whole time: Bran’s recounting of his family history in the Winterfell crypt; the origins of Robert’s Rebellion, which started because Rhaegar Targaryen ran off with Lyanna Stark; Cersei’s bitterness at her husband’s continuing love for the long-gone Lyanna; and Robert’s insistence on killing all the remaining Targaryens.
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And there were so many clues even if you focused only on the doomed Ned Stark. There was his refusal to aid Robert in his murderous quest; his purposeful references to Jon as “my blood,” not “my son”; and his pained expression whenever the subject of Jon’s mother came up.
Ned was a man of honor who lied only to protect his family. He knew that his friend Robert would hunt down and kill even children because of their bloodlines. Amid the show’s other sly exposition dumps — hiding history lessons in the sex scenes or in what might seem like idle chatter — these half-hidden nuggets are particularly revealing. The show was practically screaming the story of Jon Snow’s not-so-illegitimate heritage: Rhaegar + Lyanna = Jon.
In Westeros, as anywhere else, it pays to get things in writing. And be sure to read the fine print (and keep it away from any paper-shredding queens). So many characters have a hard time understanding the provisions of the promises they make and that mistreating the other party might come back to haunt them.
Viserys sells his sister Daenerys to Khal Drogo, assuming he’ll get the use of the Dothraki army on his timetable. Wrong. The Starks promise betrothals to the Freys in exchange for a crossing, but then underestimate how touchy Walder Frey will be when they fail to honor the terms of the agreement. Bad idea. Even Joffrey’s decision to execute Ned Stark, after he “confessed” to treason, violates a plea agreement and leads to war. Jaime Lannister is reviled as the Kingslayer not because he killed a king, but because he killed a king he was sworn to protect. Time and again, “Game of Thrones” shows us that oath-breaking has very serious consequences.
Question everything that comes out of the mouth of Lord Petyr Baelish. He even tells Ned Stark: “Distrusting me was the wisest thing you’ve done since you climbed off your horse.”
Most of the events in Season 1 that lead to war — beginning with the murder of Jon Arryn, the Hand of the King, which was used to stoke Stark-Lannister tensions — stemmed from his schemes. Even when it seems he’s being helpful (identifying the dagger used in the attempt on Bran’s life, directing Ned Stark to question Ser Hugh of the Vale or to find Robert’s bastards), he’s actually playing a game of sly misdirection. (He’s not about to help Ned solve the mystery of a murder he helped commit, right?)
Maybe the only time we should believe Littlefinger is when he confesses to Ros that his plan is to “[expletive] them” all. She should have believed him, too. This won’t be the last we’ll see of that fateful dagger …
Such a slippery Spider. While Littlefinger is slightly more overt with his manipulations, Varys prefers to keep people in the dark. His eventual enthusiastic support for Team Dany is a little surprising considering he tried to assassinate the pregnant Khaleesi in Season 1. (Remember that? She certainly does.) For all the spymaster’s insistence to Ned that he serves the realm and wants peace, Varys was actually scheming with Illyrio Mopatis to give Westeros a Targaryen restoration via Dothraki invasion. Mopatis, you’ll recall, is his Pentos buddy, the man who brokered Daenery’s marriage to Khal Drogo. Arya overheard the two of them plotting.
But they really wanted Viserys on the Iron Throne, not Dany — she was expendable. Jorah Mormont was able to thwart the assassination attempt only because he had been spying on Dany for Varys in the hopes of earning a royal pardon. Watch when Jorah gets the news of Dany’s pregnancy, how he slips away from the Dothraki caravan, only to rejoin it later. Listen to what Varys says and doesn’t say. The Master of Whisperers always knows much more than he reveals.
It’s easy to overlook this future member of the Faith Militant as a youth. He is quiet, fumbling, and he often gets things wrong. And King Robert bullies him unmercifully.
But there’s more to this squire than initially meets the eye. Beneath his unremarkable exterior is someone eager to get in bed with his Lannister cousins — sometimes literally. We might not have thought much of Cersei’s seduction of Lancel in Season 1, but it’s clear now the two plotted together to speed along the king’s demise. Cersei is good at deflecting the blame (see her dismissal of Ser Barristan), but it was Lancel’s purposeful escalation of Robert’s inebriation that put him in harm’s way. More wine?Are Your Kids Ready for ‘Game of Thrones’?
Are you O.K. with your kid seeing casual nudity? Great, then you won’t have to worry about many of the brothel scenes. But you might want to steer clear of one in particular.
As for violence, are there any lines you’ve drawn? Are animal deaths O.K.? (Some people get genuinely upset when direwolves die, or when the Mountain or Mirri Maz Duur kill horses). How do you feel about seeing a character lose his head or tongue? These are issues that arise.
When my friend’s 13-year-old daughter begged to watch my “Thrones” DVDs, I pressed pause whenever an especially wild scene was about to start, gave a quick summary of what was about to happen and then jumped ahead to more kid-friendly material. I’m not saying it’s easy, but if you’re prepared, it is possible to get the show closer to PG-13.
Here are the top three things you might want to skip for kids in Season 1:
The Dothraki Wedding, Episode 1
“A Dothraki wedding without at least three deaths is considered a dull affair,” Illyrio Mopatis announces. Consider that your parental warning. It comes up about 50 minutes into the episode and the violence lasts just over seven minutes if you include Dany and Drogo’s consummation rape.
Ros’s Audition for Littlefinger, Episode 7
When Ros comes to King’s Landing, Littlefinger makes her role-play a few sexual scenarios with another prostitute while he delivers a monologue about his love for Catelyn Stark. This may be useful sexposition for the grown-ups in the room, but you might want to spare the kids with a light summary. (This scene arrives about 12 minutes into the episode and lasts about four minutes, although it feels longer.)
The Beheading of Ned Stark, Episodes 9 and 10
Not even Yoren would let Arya watch this one. (If you want to follow his lead, the scene to avoid comes up about 56 minutes into Episode 9. If you want to be super cautious, the scene continues into the first few minutes of Episode 10.)
Read The Times’s infamous “Thrones” pan
A guide for newbies
The birth of the phrase “sexposition” to describe the show’s trademark information dumps during sex scenes
George R.R. Martin, interviewed before the show’s debut
And The Atlantic critiqued Season 1 with series of five takes ...
Alyssa Rosenberg saw Season 1 revealing the ugly edge of fantasy.
Adam Serwer explores the realist heart of the “Game of Thrones” fantasy.
Nick Baumann wonders whether brutality and moral ambiguity will appeal to non-fantasy fans.
Amber Taylor on embracing the escapism.
Eleanor Barkhorn on getting past her initial dismissal of the series.
We want to hear from you! Let us know where you were when you first watched Season 1. What did you think at the time? What was your favorite scene? What confused you the most? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.Check your inbox on Friday for a deeper dive into Season 1.
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福建体彩367开奖结果【目】【前】，【如】【无】【意】【外】【的】【话】，【积】【分】【榜】【前】【五】【名】【已】【经】【基】【本】【上】【坐】【稳】【了】【正】【选】【五】【大】【起】【选】【名】【额】。 【接】【下】【来】，【就】【只】【剩】【下】【一】【个】【替】【补】【名】【额】【了】。 【如】【今】，【排】【在】【第】【六】【名】【的】【张】【云】【笙】【和】【排】【在】【第】【七】【名】【的】【姬】【芸】【最】【有】【可】【能】【获】【得】【替】【补】【名】【额】，【哈】【为】【她】【们】【的】【分】【数】【仅】【仅】【相】【差】1【而】【已】！ 【而】【选】【拔】【赛】【还】【有】15【分】【钟】【就】【要】【结】【束】【了】，【应】【时】，【蓝】【青】【等】【前】5【名】【的】【参】【赛】【者】【都】【已】【经】【停】【手】，
【车】【子】【在】【荒】【地】【里】【转】【了】【个】【弯】【重】【新】【回】【到】【马】【路】【上】，【向】【着】【省】【城】【继】【续】【出】【发】。 【对】【于】【这】【几】【个】【劫】【财】【的】【小】【混】【混】，【虽】【然】【他】【们】【是】【从】【市】【里】【上】【的】【车】，【但】【返】【回】【去】【的】【话】【太】【耽】【搁】【时】【间】【了】，【所】【以】【大】【家】【一】【致】【决】【定】【送】【到】【省】【城】【的】***【去】。 【一】【路】【上】【车】【里】【的】【气】【氛】【挺】【不】【错】【的】，【大】【家】【互】【相】【交】【谈】【着】，【那】【位】【姑】【娘】【告】【诉】【凌】【月】【她】【叫】【红】【鸾】，【家】【住】【省】【城】，【这】【次】【是】【和】【爷】【爷】【一】【起】【回】【县】【城】【探】
“【想】【偷】【袭】，【受】【死】【吧】！” 【唐】【果】【果】【大】【喝】【一】【声】，【身】【形】【一】【跃】【而】【起】，【大】【刀】【直】【接】【砍】【向】【那】【头】【高】【阶】【丧】【尸】。 “【吼】，【人】【类】，【吃】【了】【你】！” 【那】【头】【高】【阶】【丧】【尸】【发】【现】【暴】【露】【之】【后】，【也】【是】【不】【再】【掩】【饰】，【直】【接】【扑】【了】【上】【来】。 【唐】【果】【果】【和】【高】【阶】【丧】【尸】【激】【斗】【在】【一】【起】【的】【时】【候】，【其】【他】【几】【个】【方】【位】【也】【是】【出】【现】【了】【高】【阶】【丧】【尸】，【不】【过】【这】【些】【高】【阶】【丧】【尸】【很】【聪】【明】，【并】【没】【有】【直】【接】【扑】【上】【来】福建体彩367开奖结果【又】【是】【沉】【默】【了】【一】【会】【儿】，【唐】【珞】【看】【了】【看】【容】【心】【鸢】，【不】【知】【道】【该】【不】【该】【说】。 【容】【心】【鸢】【对】【一】【个】【大】【活】【人】【不】【时】【的】【注】【视】，【自】【然】【是】【有】【感】【觉】【的】。 “【你】【想】【说】【什】【么】【吗】？” 【唐】【珞】：“【如】【果】【你】【不】【想】【被】【卖】，【我】【有】【办】【法】。” 【她】【小】【心】【翼】【翼】【看】【了】【眼】【四】【周】，【因】【为】【二】【人】【一】【直】【都】【是】【小】【声】【交】【流】，【所】【以】【也】【没】【有】【多】【少】【人】【关】【注】。 “【我】【哥】【哥】【是】【最】【前】【面】【数】【着】【第】【三】【个】【人】，【看】
“【当】【然】【是】【准】【备】【好】【了】。” 【将】【手】【中】【的】【一】【团】【自】【然】【能】【量】【变】【幻】【出】【不】【同】【的】【模】【样】，【身】【披】【悲】【鸣】【斗】【篷】【的】【萤】【鸦】【就】【像】【是】【一】【位】【传】【说】【中】，【追】【逐】【自】【然】【的】【德】【鲁】【伊】。 “【我】【也】【没】【有】【问】【题】。” 【米】【迦】【勒】【周】【身】【的】【泯】【灭】【锁】【链】【在】【缓】【缓】【转】【动】，【让】【这】【位】【掌】【控】【着】【暗】【界】【之】【力】【的】【存】【在】，【就】【如】【同】【一】【只】【择】【人】【而】【噬】【的】【恐】【怖】【蜘】【蛛】，【这】【锁】【链】【就】【是】【其】【捕】【获】【猎】【物】【的】【蛛】【丝】。 “【那】【么】……
【余】【紫】【沫】【好】【像】【没】【有】【看】【到】【苏】【珊】【一】【样】，【完】【全】【没】【把】【苏】【珊】【当】【成】【什】【么】【了】【不】【起】【的】【人】【物】，【人】【吗】【都】【是】【相】【互】【尊】【重】【和】【理】【解】【了】，【别】【人】【冷】【冰】【冰】【的】【脸】，【她】【现】【在】【没】【有】【那】【个】【心】【情】【去】【伪】【装】【和】【讨】【好】。 【当】【褪】【去】【那】【一】【层】【虚】【伪】【的】【外】【壳】【的】【时】【候】，【苏】【珊】【也】【没】【有】【那】【么】【美】【好】，【苏】【珊】【质】【问】【余】【紫】【沫】：“【沫】【小】【姐】，【你】【好】【像】【只】【是】【一】【个】【秘】【书】【吧】，【谁】【给】【你】【的】【权】【利】【使】【唤】【秦】【秘】【书】【的】。” 【苏】【珊】
【想】【到】【这】，【莫】【非】【突】【然】【又】【想】【起】【了】【钱】【的】【事】【情】，【之】【前】【为】【了】【逃】【命】【迫】【不】【得】【已】【将】【战】【利】【品】【丢】【下】，【实】【在】【是】【令】【他】【十】【分】【痛】【心】，【本】【来】【以】【为】【这】【一】【路】【上】【可】【以】【吃】【好】【喝】【好】【享】【受】【好】，【现】【在】【看】【来】【这】【愿】【望】【怕】【是】【破】【灭】【了】。 【虽】【然】【不】【算】【特】【别】【有】【价】【值】【的】【东】【西】，【他】【心】【里】【还】【是】【不】【太】【爽】【快】，【恰】【巧】【看】【到】【前】【方】【奥】【古】【斯】【丁】【的】【背】【影】，【莫】【非】【发】【誓】【怎】【么】【也】【要】【让】【这】【家】【伙】【出】【点】【血】。 【他】【娘】【的】【要】【是】