Game of Thrones (2011–2019)
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You Win or You Die 

Robert has been injured while hunting and is dying. Jon and the others finally take their vows to the Night's Watch. A man, sent by Robert, is captured for trying to poison Daenerys. Furious, Drogo vows to attack the Seven Kingdoms.


Daniel Minahan


David Benioff (created by), D.B. Weiss (created by) | 3 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Sean Bean ... Eddard 'Ned' Stark
Mark Addy ... Robert Baratheon
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau ... Jaime Lannister
Lena Headey ... Cersei Lannister
Emilia Clarke ... Daenerys Targaryen
Iain Glen ... Jorah Mormont
Aidan Gillen ... Petyr 'Littlefinger' Baelish
Kit Harington ... Jon Snow
Alfie Allen ... Theon Greyjoy
Jack Gleeson ... Joffrey Baratheon
Rory McCann ... Sandor 'The Hound' Clegane
Donald Sumpter ... Maester Luwin
Conleth Hill ... Lord Varys
James Cosmo ... Jeor Mormont
Owen Teale ... Alliser Thorne


Ned confronts Cersei about her children but she dismisses his allegations. The head of the Lannister clan tells his son Jaime to be a leader and sends him to rescue Tyrion. Ros, the prostitute from Winterfell begins working for Littlefinger in King's Landing. At the wall, a riderless horse belonging to Jon Snow's uncle Benjen returns to the wall. Jon takes his vows as a Night's Watchman but is disappointed to not having been named a Ranger but Sam sees it differently. King Robert is injured while out boar hunting with his brother. He knows he will not survive and names Ned Lord Regent until Joffrey comes of age. Knowing that Joffrey is not Robert's son, he feels Robert's brother should succeed him but Littlefinger counsel's otherwise. A wine vendor tries to poison Daenerys and Drogo promises to put their son on the throne of the Seven Kingdoms. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

29 May 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

You Win or You Die See more »


Box Office


GBP6,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Dolby Atmos (Blu-ray release)



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Jorah says that Aegon the Conquerer seized six of the Seven Kingdoms. Indeed, the seventh kingdom, Dorne, successfully resisted the invasion during the First Dornish War. It peacefully joined the Iron Throne's rule two centuries later through marriage. See more »


In the establishing shot of the first scene, before we see Tywin and Jaime talking inside the tent, two tribesmen of the Vale can be seen walking between the row of tents. This is before the point where Tyrion returned to his father with the tribesmen, so what are they doing there? See more »


[Littlefinger instruct the whores Ros and Armeca how to pleasure men]
Petyr 'Littlefinger' Baelish: [to Ros] Play with her ass.
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Crazy Credits

The cities and places featured in the opening credits change as the series progresses. For example, in the first episode, Pentos is shown whereas in later episodes, because it is not pertinent to the episode's narrative, it is not. See more »


Referenced in Game of Thrones: Blood of My Blood (2016) See more »


Main Title
Written and Performed by Ramin Djawadi
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The King Is Shortsighted, Even in Death
23 April 2015 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

Ned is going to pay a price for the King's odd lack of foresight. He has been badly wounded by a wild boar he was hunting. He knows he has little time left. Two things come in to play in this episode. First of all, it is the king just signing a piece of paper giving Ned dominion over his kingdom until his son is of age. The other is a man, trying to poison the queen of the horse people. The first sets up Ned as a traitor, and the queen responds with a vengeance. The second incites Drogo to cross the water and gain control of the Seven Kingdoms. Before this, he was happy to maintain his own kingdom and stay put on one side of the water. Now he is a force to be reckoned with. More complications. Ned's daughters' lives become more complicated. The one who would be queen is now seen as a traitor's daughter. The little one gets her first taste of blood. The last we see, her "dancing instructor" (teacher of swordsmanship) stands with a wooden stump to face a knight with a sword. She rushes away at his advising.. Things are now split wide open, with Ned no longer useful to the monarchy.

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