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Game of Thrones: Season 1 (2011)




Critic Consensus: Its intricate storytelling and dark themes may overwhelm some viewers, but Game of Thrones is a transportive, well-acted, smartly written drama even non-genre fans can appreciate.


Air date: Apr 17, 2011
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Get in the 'Game'! Experience the first season of this visionary HBO series set in a mythical world whose inhabitants vie for control of the Iron Throne. But in a land where seasons can last a lifetime, winter is coming...and an ancient evil has awakened.

Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Network: HBO
Premiere Date: Apr 17, 2011
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Mark Addy
as King Robert Baratheo...
Sean Bean
as Eddard "Ned" Stark
Nikolaj Coster-Walda...
as Jaime Lannister
Lena Headey
as Cersei Lannister
Michelle Fairley
as Catelyn Stark
Peter Dinklage
as Tyrion Lannister
Emilia Clarke
as Daenerys Targaryen
Aidan Gillen
as Petyr Baelish
Jason Momoa
as Khal Drogo
Richard Madden
as Robb Stark
Kit Harington
as Jon Snow
Harry Lloyd
as Viserys Targaryen
Alfie Allen
as Theon Greyjoy
Jack Gleeson
as Joffrey Baratheon
Iain Glen
as Jorah Mormont
David Bradley
as Walder Frey
Rory McCann
as Sandor "The Hound" C...
Sophie Turner
as Sansa Stark
Maisie Williams
as Arya Stark
Charles Dance
as Tywin Lannister
Ian McElhinney
as Barristan Selmy
Ron Donachie
as Ser Rodrik Cassel
Donald Sumpter
as Maester Luwin
Joseph Mawle
as Benjen Stark
James Cosmo
as Jeor Mormont
Art Parkinson
as Rickon Stark
Owen Teale
as Allister Thorne
Callum Wharry
as Tommen Baratheon
Aimee Richardson
as Myrcella Baratheon
Kate Dickie
as Lysa Arryn
Wilko Johnson
as Ilyn Payne
Jamie Sives
as Jory Cassel
Julian Glover
as Grand Maester Pycell...
Dominic Carter
as Janos Slynt
Roger Allam
as Illyrio Mopatis
Gethin Anthony
as Renly Baratheon
Dar Salim
as Qotho
Finn Jones
as Ser Loras Tyrell
Lalor Roddy
as Catspaw
Peter Vaughan
as Maester Aemon
Susan Brown
as Septa Mordane
Miltos Yerolemou
as Syrio Forel
Emun Elliott
as Marillion
Miltos Yerolemou
as Syrio Forel
Clive Mantle
as Greatjon Umber
John Standing
as Jon Arryn
John Bradley
as Samwell Tarly
Mia Soteriou
as Mirri Maz Duur
Rob Ostlere
as Waymar Royce
Lino Facioli
as Robin Arryn
Elyes Gabel
as Rakharo
Brendan McCormack
as Vardis Egen
Brendan McCormack
as Vardis Egen
Conan Stevens
as Gregor Clegane
Eugene Simon
as Lancel Lannister
Simon Lowe
as Wine Merchant
David Michael Scott
as Beric Dondarrion
Brian Fortune
as Bowen Marsh
Ben Hawkey
as Hot Pie
Andrew Wilde
as Tobho Mott
Eros Vlahos
as Lommy Greenhands
Ian Gelder
as Kevan Lannister
Gerry O'Brien
as Lord Bracken
Vinnie McCabe
as Rickard Karstark
Susie Kelly
as Masha Heddle
Ian Beattie
as Meryn Trant
Jefferson Hall
as Hugh of the Vale
Simon Stewart
as Lannister Messenger
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Critic Reviews for Game of Thrones: Season 1

All Critics (34) | Top Critics (20)

Special praise to Peter Dinklage's sardonic dwarf Tyrion, Michelle Fairley's Stark mother-bear Catelyn, and Sean Bean's super-Beany silent glower as Ned Stark.

October 31, 2017 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
Empire Magazine

It's the stuff of fantasy geek heaven; a gritty period drama with letter-perfect clothes, weapons and lingo, yet unencumbered by historical facts or the weight of real events.

February 7, 2014 | Full Review…
Tampa Bay Times

The series was created with such care, it has so many intricate elements that brings this world alive. It's like peeking into a microcosm!

February 7, 2014 | Full Review…

What we have here is the successful pairing of an acclaimed collection of fantasy books with a television series that illuminates and expands what's on the page.

February 7, 2014 | Full Review…
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

The main accomplishment of Game of Thrones is that, while it should keep the hard-core fans satisfied, even viewers who don't care whether Theon is a Greyjoy or a Tully can play along and have a good time.

February 7, 2014 | Full Review…
Media Life
Top Critic

HBO has found its answer to Lord of the Rings in adapting George R.R. Martin's enthralling, sprawling, ruthlessly brutal and magnificently entertaining series of page-turners.

April 17, 2011 | Full Review…
TV Guide

Audience Reviews for Game of Thrones: Season 1

This adaptation of George R.R. Martin's mythical tale is grand and mystic. Even though those who do not follow the eerie and fantastical theme may not catch on, Game of Thrones Season 1 has enough violence, drama, exploitation and splendor to surprise audiences. 4/5

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer


Five years later, revisiting where it all started is strange. In a way, it seems like yesterday when, in 2011, I sat down to watch "Winter Is Coming". Every year since has dominated fans with when the new season will start.

In retrospect, the first season of Game of Thrones is like a wine that is yet to be fine wine. This is one of the most realistic fantasies in terms of storytelling and making a fictional world seem real. Unlike most fantasies where you know the protagonist will pull through, Thrones has at least five major protagonists in Season 1 and nobody is safe. Anyone could die at any moment as it is in real war, although the Seven Kingdoms and the Baratheon Dynasty are ruling in peace at the start.

What flaws Season 1 has is mostly in pacing. Yes, the first half of the season can come off as slow, I will admit that. You wonder how Eddard Stark will fulfill his role as the Hand of the King, what threat really has The Night's Watch in controlled turmoil, and how Viserys and Daenerys Targaryen can possibly hope to reclaim Westeros and restore House Targaryen when the Usurper rules in relative peace. However, this peace it thrown out the window, never to fully return when a poorly judged suspect captured for an attempted Stark murder sets the Westerlands and the Riverlands at each-others throats, and a rash, poorly thought out coup leads to total and irreversible war due to an execution which should never have been.

Game of Thrones Season 1 is in truth a mixed blessing. Yes, it doesn't really hold up well in terms of pacing compared to the rest of the series, and yes the first six episodes are slow. But a redemption does come in episode 7 onwards when a lot of the Game of Thrones traditional qualities the show possesses blossom into formation as the Iron Throne becomes highly sought after.

If one has even a casual liking for fantasy and can sit through the first seven episodes without getting entirely bored, this show will suit you well. A true and faithful adaption of A Song Of Ice And Fire.

Kal X. Attenborough
Kal X. Attenborough

Super Reviewer

One of the best TV shows ever made.

Wildaly M

Super Reviewer

7 episodes in and I'm still waiting for something to happen. It has a strange lackluster in action and overflow of explicit skinemax sex scenes instead of the reverse. Nothing fantasy or magical like has happens at all yet with the exception of revealing fossilized dragon eggs.. wow. I'm done. two stars for the boobs.

Vincent Tilghman

Super Reviewer

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