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The Best Episodes of Game of Thrones Season 1

Every episode of Game of Thrones Season 1 ranked from best to worst. Discover the Best Episodes of Game of Thrones Season 1!

Seven noble families fight for control of the mythical land of Westeros. Friction between the houses leads to full-scale war. All while a very ancient evil awakens in the farthest north. Amidst the war, a neglected military order of misfits, the Night's Watch, is all that stands between the realms of men and icy horrors beyond.

Genres:Sci-Fi & FantasyDramaAction & Adventure
Network:HBO

Season 1 Highlight

The best episode of "Game of Thrones" season 1 is "Winter Is Coming", rated 8.9/10 from 54690 user votes. It was directed by Tim Van Patten and written by D.B. Weiss, David Benioff. "Winter Is Coming" aired on 4/17/2011 and is rated 0.3 point(s) higher than the second highest rated, "The Kingsroad".

  • Winter Is Coming
    8.9/10 54,690 votes

    #1 - Winter Is Coming

    Season 1 Episode 1 - Aired 2011-04-17

    Jon Arryn, the Hand of the King, is dead. King Robert Baratheon plans to ask his oldest friend, Eddard Stark, to take Jon's place. Across the sea, Viserys Targaryen plans to wed his sister to a nomadic warlord in exchange for an army.

    Director: Tim Van Patten

    Writer: D.B. Weiss, David Benioff

  • The Kingsroad
    8.6/10 41,289 votes

    #2 - The Kingsroad

    Season 1 Episode 2 - Aired 2011-04-24

    While Bran recovers from his fall, Ned takes only his daughters to Kings Landing. Jon Snow goes with his uncle Benjen to The Wall. Tyrion joins them.

    Director: Tim Van Patten

    Writer: D.B. Weiss, David Benioff

  • Lord Snow
    8.5/10 39,053 votes

    #3 - Lord Snow

    Season 1 Episode 3 - Aired 2011-05-01

    Lord Stark and his daughters arrive at King's Landing to discover the intrigues of the king's realm.

    Director: Brian Kirk

    Writer: D.B. Weiss, David Benioff

  • Cripples, Bastards, and Broken Things
    8.6/10 37,142 votes

    #4 - Cripples, Bastards, and Broken Things

    Season 1 Episode 4 - Aired 2011-05-08

    Eddard investigates Jon Arryn's murder. Jon befriends Samwell Tarly, a coward who has come to join the Night's Watch.

    Director: Brian Kirk

    Writer: Bryan Cogman

  • The Wolf and the Lion
    9.0/10 38,648 votes

    #5 - The Wolf and the Lion

    Season 1 Episode 5 - Aired 2011-05-15

    Catelyn has captured Tyrion and plans to bring him to her sister, Lysa Arryn, at The Vale, to be tried for his, supposed, crimes against Bran. Robert plans to have Daenerys killed, but Eddard refuses to be a part of it and quits.

    Director: Brian Kirk

    Writer: D.B. Weiss, David Benioff

  • A Golden Crown
    9.1/10 38,185 votes

    #6 - A Golden Crown

    Season 1 Episode 6 - Aired 2011-05-22

    While recovering from his battle with Jamie, Eddard is forced to run the kingdom while Robert goes hunting. Tyrion demands a trial by combat for his freedom. Viserys is losing his patience with Drogo.

    Director: Daniel Minahan

    Writer: N/A

  • You Win or You Die
    9.1/10 38,664 votes

    #7 - You Win or You Die

    Season 1 Episode 7 - Aired 2011-05-29

    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.

    Director: Daniel Minahan

    Writer: D.B. Weiss, David Benioff

  • The Pointy End
    8.9/10 36,207 votes

    #8 - The Pointy End

    Season 1 Episode 8 - Aired 2011-06-05

    Eddard and his men are betrayed and captured by the Lannisters. When word reaches Robb, he plans to go to war to rescue them. The White Walkers attack The Wall. Tyrion returns to his father with some new friends.

    Director: Daniel Minahan

    Writer: George R. R. Martin

  • Baelor
    9.6/10 50,867 votes

    #9 - Baelor

    Season 1 Episode 9 - Aired 2011-06-12

    Robb goes to war against the Lannisters. Jon finds himself struggling on deciding if his place is with Robb or the Night's Watch. Drogo has fallen ill from a fresh battle wound. Daenerys is desperate to save him.

    Director: Alan Taylor

    Writer: D.B. Weiss, David Benioff

  • Fire and Blood
    9.4/10 44,416 votes

    #10 - Fire and Blood

    Season 1 Episode 10 - Aired 2011-06-19

    With Ned dead, Robb vows to get revenge on the Lannisters. Jon must officially decide if his place is with Robb or the Night's Watch. Daenerys says her final goodbye to Drogo.

    Director: Alan Taylor

    Writer: D.B. Weiss, David Benioff