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Game of Thrones: Cripples, Bastards, and Broken Things

Ned looks to a book for clues to the death of his predecessor, and uncovers one of King Robert's bastards. Robert and his guests witness a tournament honoring Ned. Jon takes measures to protect Samwell from further abuse at Castle Black; a frustrated Viserys clashes with Daenerys in Vaes Dothrak; Sansa imagines her future as a queen, while Arya envisions a far different future. Catelyn rallies her husband's allies to make a point, while Tyrion finds himself caught in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Source: HBO


Episode Info


Episode number: 1x4
Airdate: Sunday May 08th, 2011

Director: Brian Kirk
Writer: Bryan Cogman

Alternate Airdates:

UK (sky ATLANTIC) May 09, 2011
FI (YLE TV2) Feb 02, 2012

  • Currently 8.8/10
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Starring Roles
Jason MomoaJason Momoa
As Khal Drogo (Chieftain of Dothraki People, Daenerys' Husband)
Recurring

Guest Stars
Aimee RichardsonAimee Richardson
As Myrcella Baratheon (Daughter of Robert Baratheon and Cersei Lannister)
Recurring
Amrita AchariaAmrita Acharia
As Irri (Handmaiden of Daenerys Targaryen)
Recurring
Callum WharryCallum Wharry
As Tommen Baratheon (Son of Robert Baratheon and Cersei Lannister)
Recurring
Conan StevensConan Stevens
As Ser Gregor Clegane (Head of House Clegane)
Recurring
Conleth HillConleth Hill
As Varys (Eunuch and Master of Whisperers)
Recurring
Dominic CarterDominic Carter
As Commander Janos Slynt (Commander of The City Watch In King's Landing)
Recurring
Donald SumpterDonald Sumpter
As Maester Luwin (Maester of Winterfell)
Recurring
Emun ElliottEmun Elliott
As Marillion (Singer in The Seven Kingdoms)
Recurring
Francis MageeFrancis Magee
As Yoren (Recruiter for The Night's Watch)
Recurring
Gethin AnthonyGethin Anthony
As Lord Renly Baratheon (Robert Baratheon's Brother, Lord of Storm's End)
Recurring
Ian McElhinneyIan McElhinney
As Lord Commander Barristan Selmy (Lord Commander of the Kingsguard)
Recurring
Jamie SivesJamie Sives
As Jory Cassel (Captain of The Guards to House Stark)
Recurring
Jefferson HallJefferson Hall
As Ser Hugh of the Vale (Newly Made Knight)
Recurring
Jerome FlynnJerome Flynn
As Bronn (Bodyguard For Tyrion Lannister)
Recurring
Joe DempsieJoe Dempsie
As Gendry (Blacksmith, Bastard Son of King Robert Baratheon)
Recurring
John Bradley (2)John Bradley (2)
As Samwell Tarly (Steward in The Night's Watch, Friend of Jon Snow)
Recurring
Josef AltinJosef Altin
As Pypar (Steward in The Night's Watch, Friend to Jon Snow)
Recurring
Julian GloverJulian Glover
As Pycelle (Former King's Grand Maester)
Recurring
Kevin KeenanKevin Keenan
As Kurleket (Man-at-Arms of House Bracken)
Recurring
Kristian NairnKristian Nairn
As Hodor (Bran's Servant at House Stark at Winterfell)
Recurring
Luke McEwanLuke McEwan
As Rast (Ranger in The Night's Watch)
Recurring
Margaret JohnMargaret John
As Old Nan (Elderly Servant at Winterfell, Tells Bran Stories)
Recurring
Mark StanleyMark Stanley
As Grenn (Ranger in The Night's Watch, Fights Jon Snow)
Recurring
Owen TealeOwen Teale
As Alliser Thorne (Castle Black Master-at-Arms, Trains New Recruits)
Recurring
Ron DonachieRon Donachie
As Ser Rodrik Cassel (Master-at-Arms at Winterfell)
Recurring
Roxanne MckeeRoxanne Mckee
As Doreah (Handmaiden of Daenerys Targaryen)
Recurring
Ryan McKennaRyan McKenna
As Willis Wode (Knight in Service of House Whent)
Recurring
Susan Brown (1)Susan Brown (1)
As Septa Mordane (Tutor and Septa at Winterfell)
Recurring
Patrick RyanPatrick Ryan
As Knight of House Frey
Susie KellySusie Kelly
As Masha Heddle (Innkeeper at The Crossroads Inn)
Main Cast
Harry LloydHarry Lloyd
As Viserys Targaryen
Mark AddyMark Addy
As King Robert Baratheon
Alfie AllenAlfie Allen
As Theon Greyjoy
Sean BeanSean Bean
As Lord Eddard Stark
Rory McCannRory McCann
As Sandor Clegane
Nikolaj Coster WaldauNikolaj Coster Waldau
As Ser Jaime Lannister
Peter DinklagePeter Dinklage
As Tyrion Lannister
Jack GleesonJack Gleeson
As Prince Joffrey Baratheon
Iain GlenIain Glen
As Ser Jorah Mormont
Kit HaringtonKit Harington
As Jon Snow
Lena HeadeyLena Headey
As Queen Cersei Lannister
Richard MaddenRichard Madden
As Robb Stark
Michelle FairleyMichelle Fairley
As Lady Catelyn Stark
Emilia ClarkeEmilia Clarke
As Daenerys Targaryen
Sophie Turner (2)Sophie Turner (2)
As Sansa Stark
Maisie WilliamsMaisie Williams
As Arya Stark
Aidan GillenAidan Gillen
As Petyr Baelish

Recap

The scene opens with Bran walking up to a crow and sees that it has three eyes. He wakes up from his dream to find Theon there. He tells that Robb is Lord of Winterfell and want to talk with Bran. He says that he doesn’t want to go, but Theon tells Hoder to carry Bran down to Robb. Meanwhile, Robb tells Tyrion that he is Lord now while Ned is away and says that he has to obey him and show respect. Bran is brought in and Tyrion says that the rumors are true. Hoder kneels down to have Tyrion giving him plans to a device that will allow Bran to ride a horse still. Robb asks why Tyrion is helping Bran and Tyrion says that he has a soft spot for broken things. Robb tells Tyrion that he has done a good service and offers Winterfell to him. However, Tyrion says that he doesn’t need anything besides a brothel and a bed and both can sleep easily. Theon goes outside as Tyrion is about to ride off. He tells Tyrion to go to Rosiline at the brothel. Tyrion asks where Lady Stark is. He tells him that he doesn’t need to know. Tyrion laughs and says that Theon is being nice to his captures. Tyrion talks about that he is his enemy’s squire now and says that he will try not to wear out Rosiline before his next time with her...

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Episode Notes
Ratings: 2.45 Million Viewers

Episode Title: The episode title, 'Cripple, Bastards, and Broken Things,' is derived from a quote from Tyrion Lannister, "I have a tender spot in my heart for cripples and bastards and broken things".



Music
ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Ramin DjawadiMain TitleOpening Credits, Closing Credits


Episode Quotes
Jaime Lannister: Do you remember Thoros of Myr charging through the breach?
Jory Cassel: With his burning sword? I'll remember that 'til the day I die.

Arya Stark: Now that Bran's awake, will he come live with us?
Eddard Stark: Well, he needs to get his strength back first.
Arya Stark: He wants to be a knight of the Kingsguard. He can't be one now, can he?
Eddard Stark: No, but someday he could be lord of a holdfast, or sit on the king's council, or he might raise castles like Brandon the Builder.
Arya Stark: Can I be lord of a holdfast?
Eddard Stark: You will marry a high lord and rule his castle, and your sons shall be knights and princes and lords.
Arya Stark: No... that's not me.

Pypar: Where have you been?
Jon Snow: Watch duty with Sam.
Pypar: Ah, Prince Porkchop. Where is he?
Jon Snow: He wasn't hungry.
Pypar: Impossible!
Jon Snow: That's enough. Sam's no different from the rest of us. There was no place for him in the world, so he's come here. We're not gonna hurt him in the training yard anymore. Never again, no matter what Thorne says. He's our brother now, and we're going to protect him.
Rast: You are in love, Lord Snow. You girls can do as you please. But if Thorne puts me up against Lady Piggy, I'm gonna slice me off a side of bacon.

Eddard Stark: Lord Baelish, perhaps I was wrong to distrust you.
Petyr Baelish: Distrusting me was the wisest thing you've done since you climbed off your horse.

Ser Jorah Mormont: The common people pray for rain, health, and a summer that never ends. They don't care what games the high lords play.
Daenerys Targaryen: What do you pray for, Ser Jorah?
Ser Jorah Mormont: Home.

Daenerys Targaryen: (to Viserys) I am a Khaleesi of the Dothraki! I am the wife of the great Khal and I carry his son inside me! The next time you raise a hand to me will be the last time you have hands.



Episode Goofs
Continuity:

When Jon Snow is fighting off three trainees to defend Sam, one of the trainees says that he yields. He is holding his sword when he says this. The camera shot changes and his sword is suddenly on the ground a few feet away.




Cultural References
Dragonslayer: Viserys Targaryen says that 'Vermithrax' is the name of one of the dragon skulls in the throne hall.

'Vermithrax Perjorative' is the name of the dragon that attacks in the 1981 film, 'Dragonslayer,' which is one of George R. R. Martin's favourite movies.



Episode References
Season 1, Episode 3: Jon Snow started his training on the Night's Watch at the Wall in 1x03 "Lord Snow."

Season 1, Episode 3: Daenerys found out she was pregnant in 1x03 "Lord Snow" after being married to Khal Drogo for two months.



Other Episode Crew

Co-ProducerGreg Spence
Associate ProducerJonathan Brytus
Line ProducerChristopher Newman
Unit Production ManagerLisa McAtackney
First Assistant DirectorMartin Harrison
HairstylistCandice Banks
GripFelix Milburn Foster
Set DecoratorRichard Roberts
Location ManagerRobert Boake
Property MasterGordon Fitzgerald
Construction CoordinatorBrian Martin (3)
Script SupervisorJeanette McGrath
Script CoordinatorSusie McIlwaine
GafferTom Gates
Stunt CoordinatorPaul Jennings (2)
Production SecretaryZara Hamill
Storyboard ArtistWilliam Simpson
Art DirectorAshleigh Jeffers  |  Tom McCullagh  |  Thomas Brown
Sound MixerRonan Hill
Costume SupervisorRachael Webb Crozier
Visual Effects SupervisorAdam McInnes
Transportation CaptainAlan Crozier
Casting AssociateKharmel Cochrane
Visual Effects ProducerLucy Ainsworth-taylor
Unit ManagerDamien Glenholmes
Dialoge CoachBrendan Gunn
Rigging GafferSteve Casey
Assistant Art DirectorSophie Hervieu  |  Mark Lowry  |  Laura Ng  |  Heather Greenless
Graphic ArtistJim Stanes
Makeup ArtistClare Ramsey  |  Melissa Lackersteen  |  Liz Boston
Concept ArtistKimberley Pope  |  Mark Holmes  |  Julian Caldow
Production BuyerAnnie Gilhooly
Supervising Art DirectorPaul Inglis
Construction ManagerTom Martin (4)
Still PhotographerHelen Sloan
Make-up DesignerPaul Engelen
Hair DesignerKevin Alexander (1)
Financial ControllerNeil Chaplin
Set SupervisorJames O'Dee
Assistant Stunt CoordinatorBuster Reeves
Make-up AssistantDaniel Lawson Johnson
Hair AssistantRosalia Culora  |  Dana Kalder
Best Boy ElectricCarlo McDonnell
SFX SupervisorStuart Brisdon
Children's Acting CoachJulie Austin
A Camera GripRonan Murphy (1)
B Camera GripDean Morris
Stunt ManagerAmie Stephenson
Set Supervisor (malta)Domonkos Pardanyi
Extras Coordinator NiCarla Mercer
Assistant Production BuyerSarah Speers
Assistant Property Master/storemanNick Milner
Grip AssistantIan McGurrell
Transportation AssistantGail McIlvenny
 
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