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Game of Thrones: You Win or You Die

Explaining that the future of the Lannisters is at stake, Tywin presses Jaime to “be the man you were meant to be” as they prepare for battle. Ned confronts Cersei about the secrets that killed Jon Arryn. With the fate of the missing Benjen very much on his mind, Jon Snow takes his Night’s Watch vows, though not with the assignment he coveted. After Ser Jorah saves Daenerys from treachery, an enraged Drogo vows to lead the Dothraki where they’ve never gone before. An injured Robert takes pains to ensure an orderly transition at King’s Landing.

Episode Info
Episode number: 1x7
Airdate: Sunday May 29th, 2011

Alternate Airdates:

FI (YLE TV2) Feb 23, 2012

Starring Roles
Jason MomoaJason Momoa
As Khal Drogo (Chieftain of Dothraki People, Daenerys' Husband)

Guest Stars
Amrita AchariaAmrita Acharia
As Irri (Handmaiden of Daenerys Targaryen)
Brian FortuneBrian Fortune
As Othell Yarwyck (Night's Watch)
Charles DanceCharles Dance
As Lord Tywin Lannister (Head of House Lannister)
Conleth HillConleth Hill
As Varys (Eunuch and Master of Whisperers)
Dar SalimDar Salim
As Qotho (Dothraki Bloodrider to Khal Drogo)
Dominic CarterDominic Carter
As Commander Janos Slynt (Commander of The King's Landing City Watch)
Donald SumpterDonald Sumpter
As Maester Luwin (Maester of Winterfell)
Elyes GabelElyes Gabel
As Rakharo (Daenerys Targaryen's Dothraki Bodyguard)
Esmé BiancoEsmé Bianco
As Ros (Prostitute in Auditioning For Little Finger)
Gethin AnthonyGethin Anthony
As Lord Renly Baratheon (Robert Baratheon's Brother, Lord of Storm's End)
Ian McElhinneyIan McElhinney
As Lord Commander Barristan Selmy (Lord Commander of the Kingsguard)
James CosmoJames Cosmo
As Lord Commander Jeor Mormont (Lord Commander of The Night's Watch)
John Bradley (2)John Bradley (2)
As Samwell Tarly (Steward in The Night's Watch, Friend of Jon Snow)
Josef AltinJosef Altin
As Pypar (Steward in The Night's Watch, Friend to Jon Snow)
Julian GloverJulian Glover
As Pycelle (Former King's Grand Maester)
Luke McEwanLuke McEwan
As Rast (Ranger in The Night's Watch)
Mark StanleyMark Stanley
As Grenn (Ranger in The Night's Watch, Fights Jon Snow)
Natalia TenaNatalia Tena
As Osha (Woman of The Free Folk, Servant to House Stark)
Owen TealeOwen Teale
As Alliser Thorne (Castle Black Master-at-Arms, Trains New Recruits)
Peter Vaughan (1)Peter Vaughan (1)
As Maester Aemon (Maester at Castle Black)
Robert SterneRobert Sterne
As Royal Steward
Roxanne MckeeRoxanne Mckee
As Doreah (Handmaiden of Daenerys Targaryen)
Sahara KniteSahara Knite
As Armeca (Prostitute Working For Little Finger)
Dennis McKeeverDennis McKeever
As Night's Watch Officer
Graham CharlesGraham Charles
As Varly (Guardsman Sworn to House Stark)
Jeffrey OJeffrey O'Brien
As Ser Jaremy Rykker (Officer in The Rangers of The Night's Watch)
Phil DixonPhil Dixon
As Tomard (A Guard Sworn to House Stark)
Simon LoweSimon Lowe
As Wineseller (Tries to Poison Daenerys Targaryen)
Tristan MerciecaTristan Mercieca
As Little Bird (Informant for Varys)
Main Cast
Nikolaj Coster-WaldauNikolaj Coster-Waldau
As Ser Jaime Lannister
Lena HeadeyLena Headey
As Queen Cersei Lannister
Mark AddyMark Addy
As King Robert Baratheon
Emilia ClarkeEmilia Clarke
As Daenerys Targaryen
Sean BeanSean Bean
As Lord Eddard Stark
Kit HaringtonKit Harington
As Jon Snow
Rory McCannRory McCann
As Sandor 'The Hound' Clegane
Aidan GillenAidan Gillen
As Petyr Baelish
Jack GleesonJack Gleeson
As Prince Joffrey Baratheon
Iain GlenIain Glen
As Ser Jorah Mormont
Alfie AllenAlfie Allen
As Theon Greyjoy


The scene opens with Lord Stark visiting Lannister, and he learns about his wishes. Lannister will not allow Jamie to rot in jail. Every day Jamie stays in prison, their family becomes less feared. Besides, Lord Stark should not be bothered about what other people think. If he keeps thinking that way, their entire family will go one by one, and then be rotting in the ground. The only thing that lives on is the family’s name. A lion is never worried about the opinion of sheep. Besides, he should consider living up for the Lannister family’s glory. He can have 30,000 men – half the forces – and become the man he is destined to be – not next year, not tomorrow, but now. When Lord Stark looks is in pain, Queen Cersei attends to him. Is his pain the reason why he wanted to see her in the yard? Lord Stark says he’s had worse. He knows the reason for which Joan Arren died. Is that the reason he called her – to pose her riddles? When Stark points at a light bruise under the Queen’s eye, she tells him Jamie would have killed him. ..

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Episode Notes
Ratings: 2.40 Million Viewers

Casting: Starring cast members Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister), Michelle Fairley (Catelyn Stark), Isaac Hempstead-Wright (Bran Stark), Richard Madden (Robb Stark), Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark), and Maisie Williams (Arya Stark) do not appear in this episode.

Episode Title: 'You Win or You Die' refers to a direct quote from Cersei Lannister in this episode: "When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die. There is no middle ground."

Symbolism: Tywin Lannister skinning the stag is an act of symbolism, representing the desire of the Lannister house to overthrow the House of Baratheon, whose sigil is the stag.

Trivia: This episode marks the last appearance of Mark Addy (Robert Baratheon).

Casting: Many believed Brian Fortune, who played an unnamed Night's Watch Officer, was Bowen Marsh. However, in 'Mockingbird' (Season 4, Episode 7), he is revealed to be Othell Yarwyck when Alliser Thorne addresses him as "First Builder Yarwyck".

Dennis McKeever, who also played an unnamed Night's Watch Officer, was originally thought to be Othell Yarwyck. His character's identity is still unknown.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Ramin DjawadiMain TitleOpening Credits, Closing Credits

Episode Quotes
Petyr Baelish: You know what I learnt losing that duel? I learnt that I'll never win. Not that way. That's their game, their rules. I'm not going to fight them: I'm going to f--k them. That's what I know, that's what I am, and only by admitting what we are can we get what we want.
Ros: And what do you want?
Petyr Baelish: Everything, my dear. Everything there is.

Jon Snow: Hear my words, and bear witness to my vow: Night gathers and now my watch begins. It shall not end until my death. I shall take no wife, hold no lands, father no children. I shall wear no crowns and win no glory. I shall live and die at my post. I am the sword in the darkness. I am the watcher on the walls. I am the shield that guards the realm of men. I pledge my life and honour to the Night's Watch, for this night and all the nights to come.

Cersei Lannister: You should have taken the realm for yourself. Jaime told me about the day King's Landing fell. He was sitting on the Iron Throne and you made him give it up. All you needed to do was climb those steps yourself. Such a sad mistake.
Eddard Stark: I've made many mistakes in my life, but that wasn't one of them.
Cersei Lannister: Oh but it was. When you play the game of thrones you win, or you die. There is no middle ground.

Tywin Lannister: You're gonna to say something clever? Go on, say something clever.
Jaime Lannister: Catelyn Stark took my brother.
Tywin Lannister: Why is he still alive?
Jaime Lannister: Tyrion?
Tywin Lannister: Ned Stark.
Jaime Lannister: One of our men interfered, speared him through the leg before I could finish him.
Tywin Lannister: Why is he still alive?
Jaime Lannister: It wouldn't have been clean.
Tywin Lannister: Clean? You spend too much time worrying what other people think of you.

Eddard Stark: What you suggest is treason.
Petyr Baelish: Only if we lose.

Eddard Stark: You've always hated him.
Cersei Lannister: Hated him? I worshipped him. Every girl in the Seven Kingdoms dreamed of him, but he was mine by oath. And when I finally saw him on our wedding day in the Sept of Baelor, lean and fierce and black-bearded, it was the happiest moment of my life. Then that night he crawled on top of me, stinking of wine and he did what he did, what little he could do, and whispered in my ear, "Lyanna". Your sister was a corpse and I was a living girl, and he loved her more than me.

Khal Drogo: (in Dothraki) And to my son, the stallion who will mount the world, I will also pledge a gift. I will give him the iron chair that his mother's father sat upon. I will give him Seven Kingdoms. I, Drogo, will do this. I will take my Khalasar west to where the world ends and ride wooden horses across the black salt water as no Khal has done before. I will kill the men in iron suits and tear down their stone houses. I will rape their women, take their children as slaves, and bring their broken gods back to Vaes Dothrak. This, I vow, I, Drogo, son of Bharbo. I swear before the Mother of Mountains as the stars look down in witness. As the stars look down in witness.

Episode Goofs
Revealing Mistake:

When Tywin Lannister is butchering a deer in his tent, you can see that the deer has been prepped. There are visible cuts in it's skin that were made before filming to make it easier for the actor to skin the animal.

Cultural References
Yojimbo: The dog that carries a hand in it's mouth is a reference to the 1961 film 'Yojimbo.'

Episode References
Season 1, Episode 6: Lord Eddard Stark learned in 1x06 "A Golden Crown" that Joffrey, and the rest of Cersei's children, are not the children of King Robert Baratheon.

Season 1, Episode 6: Tyrion Lannister won his freedom in 1x06 "A Golden Crown" by having someone fight in his place in a duel.

Season 1, Episode 1: Lord Eddard Stark confronts Cersei Lannister about her relationship with Jaime, and that he knows what she did to Bran in 1x01 "Winter is Coming."

Other Episode Crew

Co-ProducerGreg Spence
Associate ProducerJonathan Brytus
Line ProducerChristopher Newman
Unit Production ManagerLisa McAtackney
First Assistant DirectorMartin Harrison
Second Assistant DirectorChris Stoaling
HairstylistCandice Banks
GripFelix Milburn Foster
Set DecoratorRichard Roberts
Location ManagerRobert Boake
Property MasterGordon Fitzgerald
Construction CoordinatorBrian Martin (3)
Script SupervisorJeanette McGrath
Production CoordinatorLisa Byrne
Script CoordinatorSusie McIlwaine
GafferLiam McGill
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
Additional Sound MixerPaddy Kelly
Dialoge CoachBrendan Gunn
Rigging GafferSteve Casey
Assistant Art DirectorSophie Hervieu  |  Heather Greenless  |  Mark Lowry  |  Laura Ng
Graphic ArtistJim Stanes
Makeup ArtistMelissa Lackersteen  |  Clare Ramsey  |  Liz Boston
Concept ArtistMark Holmes  |  Kimberley Pope  |  Julian Caldow
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
Sound MaintenanceSimon Kerr (1)
Make-up AssistantDaniel Lawson Johnson
Hair AssistantDana Kalder  |  Rosalia Culora
Best Boy ElectricIwan Williams
SFX SupervisorStuart Brisdon
Video AssistLisa Trinder
Children's Acting CoachJulie Austin
A Camera GripRonan Murphy
B Camera GripDean Morris
Stunt ManagerAmie Stephenson
Extras Coordinator NiCarla Mercer
Transportation AssistantGail McIlvenny
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