Pilot Script Review of HBO’s A Game of Thrones

gameofthrones 197x300The guys over at Winter is Coming, have an exclusive review of the script for the pilot episode of A Game of Thrones. A Game of Thrones is the first book in George RR Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series. This is the best book series that I’ve read in several years (even though only 4 of the 7 books are completed). There’s murder, war, incest, who could ask for anything more. George Martin isn’t afraid to kill off his characters which makes for an exciting story.

Check out the full article at Winter is Coming, here’s the synopsis:

As already mentioned by Benioff and Weiss, we open with the prologue. Waymar, Gared and Will ranging beyond the wall when they are set up by Others.

After the prologue, the credit sequence. A raven is sent from Castle Black to King’s Landing. As it flies over Westeros we see the map, the raven dips down over points of interest (Winterfell, The Eyrie, etc.) and the map fades from view to show the actual castles. Eventually, the raven flies into the Red Keep and lands on the Iron Throne. End credits.

Next the beheading scene. Plays out almost exactly like the book, down to Theon kicking the disembodied head. Then the direwolf pups are discovered.

Cut to Dany in Pentos. Viserys and her discuss the wedding and his plan to retake Westeros. Illyrio introduces Viserys and Daenerys to Drogo.

Next, we jump to King’s Landing. The lifeless body of Jon Arryn on his deathbed. Cersei and Pycelle discuss his final words. “The seed is strong.” Cut to a brothel. Tyrion is enjoying the company of one the “employees” there. Jaime barges in, tells him they are heading to Winterfell.

Cut to Catelyn and Ned in the godswood, they talk about the King coming to Winterfell. The King and his party arrive. Robert and Ned go down to the crypts to talk. Next scene, the feast in the Great Hall. There is an exchange between Ned and Jaime that wasn’t in the book. Jon and Benjen talk about the Night’s Watch. Tyrion and Jon talk about bastards. Cut to Catelyn and Ned in their bedchamber. They receive the message from Lysa. Ned decides to accept the King’s offer. The next day, we see the Stark and Lannister boys at their sword play. All these scenes play out very closely to the book, with the exception of the Ned-Jaime encounter, albeit condensed quite a bit.

Cut back to Pentos. Drogo and Dany’s wedding feast. We see some dancing, some raping, some killing. The gifts are given. Dany and Drogo consummate the marriage.

Back to Winterfell, Robert and Ned speak before leaving to go on a hunt. Bran climbs. Spys Jaime and Cersei in the act. “The things I do for love.” Fade to black.