Season 1 is largely, if not entirely, based on the first novel of the A Song of Ice and Fire titled A Game of Thrones, although some events from the second novel, A Clash of Kings, was brought forward. There are also some events from the first book that were moved forward to Season 2, for reasons of cost.
Season 1 spans a period of several months on a world where the seasons last for years at a time. The action begins in the unified Seven Kingdoms of Westeros as the long summer ends and winter draws near. Lord Eddard Stark is asked by an old friend, King Robert Baratheon, to serve as the King's Hand following the death of its previous incumbent, Eddard and Robert's mentor Jon Arryn. Eddard is reluctant, but receives intelligence suggesting that Jon was murdered. Eddard accepts Robert's offer, planning to use his position and authority to invesitgate the alleged murder.
Meanwhile, on the eastern continent of Essos, the exiled children of House Targaryen, which Robert destroyed to claim the throne, are plotting to return to Westeros and unseat the "usurper". To this end, Viserys Targaryen arranges the marriage of his sister Daenerys to Khal Drogo, the leader of 40,000 Dothraki warriors, in return for the use of his warriors in invading Westeros. For her part, Daenerys just wants to find a safe refuge far away from King Robert's assassins and her brother's scheming ambition.
Finally, on the northern-most border of the Seven Kingdoms the sworn brothers of the Night's Watch guard the Wall, a 300 mile long colossal fortification of ice which has stood for thousands of years. The Watch defends the Wall against the depredations of the lawless wildlings who live beyond, but rumour speaks of a new threat arising in the lands of perputual winter.
|01|| ||April 17, 2011||2.22|
|Lord Stark is troubled by reports from a Night's Watch deserter; King Robert and the Lannisters arrive at Winterfell; Viserys Targaryen forges a new alliance.|
|02|| ||April 24, 2011||2.20|
|The Lannisters plot to ensure Bran's silence; Jon and Tyrion head to the Wall; Ned faces a family crisis en route to King's Landing.|
|03|| ||May 1, 2011||2.44|
|Jon impresses Tyrion at Castle Black; Ned confronts his past and future at King's Landing; Daenerys finds herself at odds with Viserys.|
|04|| ||May 8, 2011||2.45|
|Ned probes Arryn's death; Jon takes measures to protect Sam; Tyrion is caught in the wrong place.|
|05|| ||May 15, 2011||2.58|
|Ned refuses an order from the King; Tyrion escapes one perilous encounter, only to find himself in another.|
|06|| ||May 22, 2011||2.44|
|Ned makes a controversial decree; Tyrion confesses to his "crimes"; Viserys receives final payment for Daenerys.|
|07|| ||May 29, 2011||2.40|
|Ned confronts Cersei about her secrets; Jon takes his Night's Watch vows; Drogo promises to lead the Dothraki to King's Landing.|
|08|| ||June 5, 2011||2.72|
|The Lannisters press their advantage over the Starks; Robb rallies his father's northern allies and heads south to war.|
|09|| ||June 12, 2011||2.66|
|Ned makes a fateful decision; Robb takes a prized prisoner; Dany finds her reign imperiled.|
|10|| ||June 19, 2011||3.04|
- Sean Bean as Lord Eddard "Ned" Stark
- Mark Addy as King Robert I Baratheon
- Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Ser Jaime "Kingslayer" Lannister
- Michelle Fairley as Lady Catelyn Stark
- Lena Headey as Queen Cersei Lannister
- Emilia Clarke as Khaleesi/Princess Daenerys "Stormborn" Targaryen
- Iain Glen as Ser Jorah Mormont
- Aiden Gillen as Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish
- Harry Lloyd as Viserys Targaryen
- Kit Harrington as Jon Snow
- Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark
- Maisie Williams as Arya Stark
- Richard Madden as Lord Robb Stark
- Alfie Allen as Theon Greyjoy
- Isaac Hempstead-Wright as Bran Stark
- Jack Gleeson as Prince Joffrey Baratheon
- Rory McCann as Sandor "the Hound" Clegane
- Peter Dinklage as Tyrion "the Imp" Lannister
- Jason Momoa as Khal Drogo
The guest cast is in order of rank or social importance by region of Westeros and Essos.
- James Cosmo as Lord Commander Jeor Mormont
- Peter Vaughan as Maester Aemon
- Brian Fortune as Bowen Marsh
- Joseph Mawle as Benjen Stark
- Francis Magee as Yoren
- Owen Teale as Ser Alliser Thorne
- Jon Bradley-West as Samwell Tarly
- Josef Altin as Pypar
- Mark Stanley as Grenn
- Luke McEwan as Rast
- Art Parkinson as Rickon Stark
- Clive Mantle as Lord Jon "Greatjon" Umber
- Steve Blount as Lord Rickard Karstark
- Donald Sumpter as Maester Luwin
- Ron Donachie as Ser Rodrik Cassel
- Jamie Sives as Jory Cassel
- Susan Brown as Septa Mordane
- Margaret John as Old Nan
- Kristian Nairn as Hodor
- Natalia Tena as Osha
- Charles Dance as Lord Tywin Lannister
- Lino Facioli as Lord Robin Arryn
- David Bradley as Lord Walder Frey
- Kate Dickie as Lady Lysa Arryn
- Finn Jones as Ser Loras Tyrell
- Ian Gelder as Ser Kevan Lannister
- Conan Stevens as Ser Gregor "The Mountain" Clegane
- Brendan McCormack as Ser Vardis Egen
- Jerome Flynn as Bronn
- Sibel Kekilli as Shae
- Emun Elliott as Marillion
- Mark Lewis Jones as Shagga
- Callum Wharry as Prince Tommen Baratheon
- Aimee Richardson as Princess Myrcella Baratheon
- Gethin Anthony as Lord Renly Baratheon
- Julian Glover as Grand Maester Pycelle
- Conleth Hill as Lord Varys
- Ian McElhinney as Ser Barristan Selmy
- Ian Beattie as Ser Meryn Trant
- Wilko Johnson as Ser Ilyn Payne
- Dominic Carter as Lord Commander Janos Slynt
- Eugene Simon as Lancel Lannister
- Miltos Yerolemou as Syrio Forel
- Joe Dempsie as Gendry
- Esmé Bianco as Ros
- Eros Vlahos as Lommy Greenhands
- Ben Hawkey as Hot Pie
Across the Narrow Sea
Media releaseEditThe first season of Game of Thrones released on Blu-ray and DVD on March 6, 2012, a few weeks before the debut of Season 2 on HBO. As well as all ten episodes of the first season, this set includes extra and special features.
- Includes all DVD features, plus:
- Blu-Ray Complete Guide to Westeros - an interactive compendium of the noble houses and lands featured in Season 1, plus 24 exclusive histories of the Seven Kingdoms as told by the characters themselves done with animated illustrations that provide more information on the background of Game of Thrones.
- In-Episode Guide - in-feature resource that provides background information about on-screen characters, locations, and relevant histories while each episode plays.
- Anatomy of an Episode - an in-episode experience that explores the creative minds and colossal efforts behind episode 6, "A Golden Crown."
- Hidden Dragon Eggs - find the hidden dragon eggs to uncover even more never-before-seen content.
- Complete Guide to Westeros – an interactive compendium of the noble houses and lands featured in season one.
- Making Game of Thrones – an exclusive 30-minute feature including never-before-seen footage from the set and interviews from the cast and crew.
- Character Profiles – profiles of 15 major characters as described by the actors portraying them.
- Creating the Show Open – an inside look at the creation of the Emmy®-winning opening title sequence for Game of Thrones.
- From the Book to the Screen – executive producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss along with author George R.R. Martin talk about the challenges of bringing Martin’s epic fantasy novel to life on HBO.
- The Night’s Watch – an in-depth look at the unique order of men who patrol and protect the Wall, a 700 foot ice structure that separates the Seven Kingdoms from the darkness beyond.
- Creating the Dothraki Language – an insightful glance into the comprehensive language created for the Dothraki people in Game of Thrones.
- Audio Commentaries – Seven audio commentaries with cast and crew including David Benioff, D.B. Weiss, George R.R. Martin, Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington, Lena Headey, Mark Addy, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Maisie Williams, Sophie Turner, Isaac Hempstead Wright, Bryan Cogman, Harry Lloyd, Daniel Minahan and Alan Taylor.