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DAENERYS TARGARYEN: I am Daenerys Stormborn of House Targaryen, of the blood of old Valyria. I am the dragon’s daughter, and I swear to you that those who would harm you will die screaming. The first season finale of Game of Thrones starts with the sight of blood, and ends in a vision of fire. …

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NED STARK: You think my life is some precious thing to me? That I would trade my honor for a few more years… of what? I grew up with soldiers. I learned how to die a long time ago. Numerous precedents are set by Game of Thrones with ‘Baelor’. It is the first episode to …

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VARYS: Ah, the children. It’s always the innocents. One of the interesting aspects of ‘You Win or You Die’, which I failed to mention in my analysis of that episode, was how the children were completely eliminated from view, at least the younger children who will prove so crucial to the central narrative of Game …

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CERSEI: When you play the game of thrones, you either win or you die. There is no middle ground. If ever you wanted to point to an early episode of Game of Thrones which would serve as a mission statement for the iconic series to come, outside of ‘Winter Is Coming’, you could do worse …

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VISERYS TARGARYEN: Who can rule without wealth, or fear, or love? As we move into the second half of Game of Thrones’ debut season, two of the most central concepts of George R.R. Martin’s saga begin to assert themselves in deeper ways: children and lineage. ‘A Golden Crown’ is an episode filled with the lingering …

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NED STARK: “Jon was a man of peace. He was Hand for seventeen years, seventeen good years. Why kill him?” VARYS: “He started asking questions.” Halfway into the first season of Game of Thrones and establishment is beginning to give way to narrative momentum. ‘The Wolf and the Lion’ may not, on the face of …

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TYRION: “I have a tender spot in my heart for cripples, bastards and broken things.” To understand Game of Thrones’ fourth episode, you need only to consider the title, for ‘Cripples, Bastards and Broken Things’ quite adequately sums up the focus David Benioff & D.B. Weiss’ series lends as the world building continues to manifest. This …

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