Episode 6 A Golden Crown
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Game of Thrones Season 1 Episode 6 – Plot
A Golden Crown is the sixth episode of the HBO medieval fantasy television series Game of Thrones, first aired on May 22, 2011. The teleplay was written by Jane Espenson, David Benioff and D. B. Weiss from a story by Benioff and Weiss, and directed by Daniel Minahan.
The episode’s plot depicts the deterioration of the political balance of the seven kingdoms, with Eddard Stark having to deal with the Lannister aggressions while king Robert is away on a hunt. On the Eyrie the Imp is put on trial, and across the Narrow Sea Viserys Targaryen is determined to force Drogo to pay him his debts and get crowned as a king.
In the words of reviewer Jace Lacob, the episode “revolves around changes both great and small, about the way the scales can fall from our eyes and we can see the truth that has been standing in front of us for so long. For Ned, it’s a realization of just why Jon Arryn died, of the terrible secret he had gleaned from the book of royal lineages, and just what this could mean for the throne… and for the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros. For Dany, it’s the brutal truth of her brother’s real nature, of his insatiable thirst for power and the twisted quality of his rampant heart.”
In the North
Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead-Wright) is awakened from one of his recurring three-eyed crow dreams with the pleasant surprise that the specially designed saddle that will allow him to ride has been finished. He goes to test it in the forest under the supervision of his brother Robb (Richard Madden) and Theon Greyjoy (Alfie Allen).
While Theon is trying to convince Robb to avenge the Lannister attack to his father by calling the arms and marching South, a small group of wildings that have ventured south capture Bran. Between Robb and Theon they manage to kill all the men and capture the woman (Natalia Tena), but despite of Theon’s help Robb chastises him for having endangered Bran’s life shooting an arrow to the wilding that was holding him.
Theon encounters Ros riding on a turnip truck towards Kings Landing and says goodbye.
In the Vale
Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) is able to trick Lysa Arryn (Kate Dickie) into summoning a court to listen to his confession. After the Imp publicly demands a trial by battle and the sell-sword Bronn (Jerome Flynn) volunters to fight for him, she is forced to allow it. In the combat Bronn defeats the knight of the vale that defended the right of the accusation, and Tyrion is allowed to walk free much to the despair of the Tully sisters.
At King’s Landing
Ned awakes in his chambers with Robert and Cersei watching over him. Cersei accuses Ned of kidnapping her brother, Tyrion, and claims he was found stumbling drunk out of a brothel during midday. Robert hits Cersei to silence her, to which she responds “I shall wear this like a badge of honor.” After Cercei leaves, Robert tells Ned that he cannot rule the kingdoms if the Lannisters and Starks are at war and insists that Ned remain the Hand of the King, or else he will give the position to Jaime Lannister. He also informs Ned that he will be acting King while he is on a hunting trip.
Meanwhile, Arya deals with the distractions of losing Jori and her father’s injury during her sword-dance lessons. In the Stark’s common room, Sansa and Septa are interrupted by Prince Joffrey, who apologizes to Sansa and gives her a necklace.
Across the Narrow Sea
Dany takes one of the dragon eggs and places it on a stack of hot coals. She reaches in and picks it up, touching the coals and teh blisteringly hot egg, but never being burned. Her handmaiden rushes in to take the hot egg from her hands, but the handmaiden is burned in the process.
In Vaes Dothrak, Dany begins the rituals with the Khaleen. Dany struggles for a moment with the ritual (eating an entire raw horse heart) but she completes the task and stands up to proclaim her unborn son as the Khal who will unite the entire world under one banner, and she names him Rhaego. Viserys grows angry at her popularity among the Dothraki, but Jorah Mormont urges patience. Viserys will have none of it, though, and sneaks away to Dany’s tent to steal the dragon eggs presented to her as a gift. Jorah confronts him and wanrs him to leave the eggs behind. Viserys throws the bag of eggs to the ground and storms off.
Later, at a feast and party for Dany and Khal Drogo, Viserys staggers in, apparently drunk. He threatens Jorah with a sword, then turns the sword on Dany, telling her to order the Khal to give him an army to take back the Seven Kingdoms or he (Viserys) will take back Dany but leave the baby, after cutting it out of her. Khal Drogo agrees to give him the crown he wants. Two members of the Khalasar grab Viserys by the arms as Drogo melts his golden belt. Jorah cautions Dany to look away as Viserys pleads for his life. Dany refuses to look away or help her brother.
Drogo pours the molten gold over Viserys’s head, killing him. Dany watches him die, then says, “He was no dragon. Fire cannot kill a dragon.”