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Game of Thrones - Episode 1.01/1.02 Full Press Release


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Episode #1: "Winter Is Coming"

Debut: SUNDAY, APRIL 17 (9:00-10:05 p.m. ET/PT)
Other HBO playdates: April 17 (10:05 p.m., 11:15 p.m.), 18 (9:00 p.m.), 19 (11:00p.m.), 20 (10:00 p.m.) and 23 (10:45 p.m.), and May 4 (8:00 p.m.) and 7 (1:30 p.m.)
HBO2 playdates: April 18 (9:00 p.m., 10:05 p.m., 11:15 p.m.), 21 (8:00 p.m.), 22 (12:40 a.m.) and 24 (1:30 p.m.)

A Night's Watch deserter is tracked down outside of Winterfell, prompting swift justice by Lord Eddard "Ned" Stark and raising concerns about the dangers in the lawless lands north of the Wall. Returning home, Ned learns from his wife Catelyn that his mentor, Jon Arryn, has died in the Westeros capital of King's Landing, and that King Robert is on his way north to offer Ned Arryn's position as the King's Hand. Meanwhile, across the Narrow Sea in Pentos, Viserys Targaryen hatches a plan to win back the throne, which entails forging an allegiance with the nomadic Dothraki warriors by giving its leader, Khal Drogo, his lovely sister Daenerys' hand in marriage. Robert arrives at Winterfell with his wife, Queen Cersei, and other members of the Lannister family: her twin brother Jaime, dwarf brother Tyrion and Cersei's son and heir to the throne, 12-year old Joffrey. Unable to refuse his old friend and king, Ned prepares to leave for King's Landing, as Jon Snow decides to travel north to Castle Black to join the Night's Watch, accompanied by a curious Tyrion. But a startling act of treachery directed at young Bran may postpone their departures.

Written by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss; directed by Tim Van Patten.


Episode #2: "The Kingsroad"

Debut: SUNDAY, APRIL 24 (9:00-10:00 p.m.)
Other HBO playdates: April 24 (11:00 p.m.), 26 (11:00 p.m.), 27 (10:00 p.m.) and 30 (9:45 p.m.), and May 4 (9:00 p.m.) and 7 (2:30 p.m.) HBO2 playdates: April 25 (9:00 p.m.), 28 (8:00 p.m.) and 29 (midnight)

Bran's fate remains in doubt. Having agreed to become the King's Hand, Ned leaves Westeros with daughters Sansa and Arya, while Catelyn stays behind to tend to Bran. Jon Snow heads north to join the brotherhood of the Night's Watch. Tyrion decides to forego the trip south with his family, instead joining Jon in the entourage heading to the Wall. Viserys bides his time in hopes of winning back the throne, while Daenerys focuses her attention on learning how to please her new husband, Drogo.

Written by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss; directed by Tim Van Patten.

Source: HBO

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