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With Sansa's life in danger, Ned makes a fateful decision. Catelyn brokers an unsavory deal with the slippery Walder Frey. Tyrion acquires a mistress and is forced by his father to fight on the front lines. Robb wins his first major victory and captures a prized prisoner. Jon is rewarded for his valor and discovers a dark secret about Maester Aemon. As Drogo?s wound festers, Dany defies her bloodrider Qotho and puts her trust in the enslaved witch Mirri Maz Duur.

Source: HBO

Episode Info
Episode number: 1x9
Airdate: Sunday June 12th, 2011

Alternate Airdates:

FI (YLE TV2) Mar 08, 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)
Art ParkinsonArt Parkinson
As Rickon Stark (Youngest Son of Eddard and Catelyn Stark)
Charles DanceCharles Dance
As Tywin Lannister (Head of House Lannister)
Clive MantleClive Mantle
As Lord Greatjon Umber (Lord of Last Hearth and House Stark Bannerman)
Conleth HillConleth Hill
As Varys (Eunuch and Master of Whisperers)
Dar SalimDar Salim
As Qotho (Dothraki Bloodrider to Khal Drogo)
David BradleyDavid Bradley
As Lord Walder Frey (Lord of the Crossing and Head of House Frey)
Donald SumpterDonald Sumpter
As Maester Luwin (Maester of Winterfell)
Elyes GabelElyes Gabel
As Rakharo (Daenerys Targaryen's Dothraki Bodyguard)
Francis MageeFrancis Magee
As Yoren (Recruiter for The Night's Watch)
Ian GelderIan Gelder
As Kevan Lannister (Brother and Loyal Adviser to Lord Tywin Lannister)
James CosmoJames Cosmo
As Lord Commander Jeor Mormont (Lord Commander of The Night's Watch)
Jerome FlynnJerome Flynn
As Bronn (Bodyguard for Tyrion Lannister)
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)
Kristian NairnKristian Nairn
As Hodor (Bran's Servant at House Stark at Winterfell)
Luke McEwanLuke McEwan
As Rast (Ranger in The Night's Watch)
Margaret JohnMargaret John
As Old Nan (Elderly Servant at Winterfell, Tells Bran Stories)
Mark Lewis JonesMark Lewis Jones
As Shagga (Leader of The Stone Crows)
Mark StanleyMark Stanley
As Grenn (Ranger in The Night's Watch)
Mia SoteriouMia Soteriou
As Mirri Maz Duur (Lhazareen Godswife, Uses Blood Magic On Khal Drogo)
Peter Vaughan (1)Peter Vaughan (1)
As Maester Aemon (Maester at Castle Black)
Ron DonachieRon Donachie
As Ser Rodrik Cassel (Master-at-Arms at Winterfell)
Roxanne MckeeRoxanne Mckee
As Doreah (Handmaiden of Daenerys Targaryen)
Sibel KekilliSibel Kekilli
As Shae (Prostitute For Tyrion Lannister)
Wilko JohnsonWilko Johnson
As Ser Ilyn Payne (Mute Knight and The King's Justice)
Bryan McCaughertyBryan McCaugherty
As Walder Rivers (Bastard Son of Lord Walder Frey)
Colin CarnegieColin Carnegie
As Stevron Frey (Heir of Lord Walder Frey)
Edward MerciecaEdward Mercieca
As King's Landing Baker
Marcus LambMarcus Lamb
As Night's Watchman
Stephen GrechStephen Grech
As King's Landing Urchin
Main Cast
Peter DinklagePeter Dinklage
As Tyrion Lannister
Nikolaj Coster-WaldauNikolaj Coster-Waldau
As Ser Jaime Lannister
Lena HeadeyLena Headey
As Queen Cersei Lannister
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
Richard MaddenRichard Madden
As Robb Stark
Michelle FairleyMichelle Fairley
As Lady Catelyn Stark
Sophie Turner (2)Sophie Turner (2)
As Sansa Stark
Maisie WilliamsMaisie Williams
As Arya Stark
Alfie AllenAlfie Allen
As Theon Greyjoy


Lord Stark in the dungeon gets yet another visit from Varys. This time again, he gets water. However, he also gets to know his daughter Sansa begged for mercy on her knees. He is dejected, but Varys tells him how every person has a role to play – something he learnt from the actors with whom he would roam the free cities. When Stark wants him to say what he wants, without riddles, he hopes peace will prevail. He only wants Lord Stark to see sense in confessing to his treason, and accepting Joffrey as the king. Cersei will understand – she already takes Stark as an honorable man. However, he refuses. He will not trade his respect for the few years he has left. Varys leaves saying it’s a pity – even if he is not worried about his own life, he should be about his daughter’s...

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Episode Notes
Ratings: 2.66 Million Viewers

Episode Title: 'Baelor' refers to the Great Sept of Baelor, the building where the event with Lord Eddard Stark takes place in King's Landing.

Casting: This episode marks the final appearance of Sean Bean as 'Lord Eddard Stark.'

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Ramin DjawadiMain TitleOpening Credits, Closing Credits

Episode Quotes
Tyrion Lannister: Ferocious? Last night, a Moon Brother stabbed a Stone Crow over a sausage. Three Stone Crows seized the Moon Brother and opened his throat. Bronn managed to keep Shagga from chopping off the dead man's c--k, which was fortunate but even still, Olf is demanding blood money, which Shagga and Gunther refuse to pay.
Tywin Lannister: When soldiers lack discipline, the fault lies with their commander.
Tyrion Lannister: Surely there are ways to have me killed that would be less detrimental to the war effort!

Eddard Stark: You think my life is some precious thing to me? That I would trade my honor for a few more years... of what? You grew up with actors. You learned their craft and you learnt it well. But I grew up with soldiers. I learned to die a long time ago.
Lord Varys: Pity. Such a pity. What of your daughter's life, my lord? Is that a precious thing to you?

Robb Stark: I sent two thousand men to their graves today.
Theon Greyjoy: The bards will sing songs of their sacrifice.
Robb Stark: Aye, but the dead won't hear them.

Joffrey Baratheon: My mother wishes me to let Lord Eddard join the Night's Watch. Stripped of all titles and powers, he would serve the realm in permanent exile. And my Lady Sansa has begged mercy for her father. But they have the soft hearts of women. So long as I am your king, treason shall never go unpunished. Sir Ilyn, bring me his head!

Maester Aemon: Tell me, did you ever wonder why the men of the Night's Watch take no wives and father no children?
Jon Snow: No.
Maester Aemon: So they will not love. Love is the death of duty. If the day should ever come when your lord father was forced to choose between honor on the one hand and those he loves on the other, what would he do?
Jon Snow: He... he would do whatever was right. No matter what.

Jaime Lannister: We could end this war right now, boy, save thousands of lives. You fight for the Starks, I fight for the Lannisters. Swords or lances, teeth, nails - choose your weapons, and let's end this here and now.
Robb Stark: If we do it your way, Kingslayer, you'd win. We're not doing it your way.

Qotho: You did this, witch.
Daenerys Targaryen: Stop it. I don't want her hurt.
Qotho: No? No? You don't want her hurt? Pray we don't hurt you, too. You let this witch put her hands on our Khal.
Jorah Mormont: Rein in your tongue. She is still your Khaleesi.
Qotho: Only while the blood of my blood lives. When he dies, she is nothing.
Daenerys Targaryen: I have never been nothing. I am the blood of the dragon.
Qotho: The dragons are all dead, Khaleesi.

Cultural References
The Big Bang Theory: Jon Snow's Longclaw sword from this episode was mentioned in 'The Big Bang Theory's' episode 1x05 'The Russian Rocket Reaction' by Leonard and Sheldon.

Wilhelm Scream: The famous scream is heard on the battlefield after the Lannister-Stark fight when Tyrion wakes up.

Episode References
Season 1, Episode 8: Sansa begged King Joffrey to forgive her father in 1x08 "The Pointy End" for his treason. Joffrey agreed to forgive him, only if he announced that Joffrey was the rightful King.

Season 1, Episode 8: In 1x08 "The Pointy End" Rob Stark sent a Lannister spy to tell Tywin to prepare for war.

Season 1, Episode 8: Khal Drogo was injured in 1x08 "The Pointy End" during a fight.

Season 1, Episode 8: Khal Drogo was injured in 1x08 "The Pointy End" during a fight.

Other Episode Crew

Co-ProducerGreg Spence
Associate ProducerJonathan Brytus
Line ProducerChristopher Newman
Unit Production ManagerLisa McAtackney
First Assistant DirectorRichard Goodwin
Second Assistant DirectorCiara Tinney
Music EditorRobin Whittaker  |  David Klotz
Music SupervisorEvyen Klean
HairstylistCandice Banks
GripFelix Milburn Foster
Set DecoratorRichard Roberts
Location ManagerRobert Boake
Property MasterGordon Fitzgerald
Construction CoordinatorBrian Martin (3)
Script SupervisorLynda Marshall
Production CoordinatorLisa Byrne
Script CoordinatorSusie McIlwaine
Supervising Sound EditorStefan Henrix
Re-Recording MixerMark Taylor (2)
GafferTom Gates  |  Liam McGill
Stunt CoordinatorPaul Jennings (2)
Production SecretaryZara Hamill
Storyboard ArtistWilliam Simpson
Art DirectorThomas Brown  |  Tom McCullagh  |  Ashleigh Jeffers
Assistant Production CoordinatorStacey Quigley
Post Production CoordinatorMartin Mahon
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 DirectorLaura Ng  |  Sophie Hervieu  |  Mark Lowry  |  Heather Greenless
Graphic ArtistJim Stanes
Makeup ArtistLiz Boston  |  Melissa Lackersteen  |  Clare Ramsey
Concept ArtistJulian Caldow  |  Mark Holmes  |  Kimberley Pope
Production BuyerAnnie Gilhooly
Supervising Art DirectorPaul Inglis
Construction ManagerTom Martin (4)
Still PhotographerHelen Sloan
Make-up DesignerPaul Engelen
Hair DesignerKevin Alexander (1)
Second 2nd Assistant DirectorAdam Philpott
Financial ControllerNeil Chaplin
Set SupervisorJames O'Dee
Assistant Stunt CoordinatorBuster Reeves
Sound MaintenanceSimon Kerr (1)
Make-up AssistantDaniel Lawson Johnson
Hair AssistantDana Kalder  |  Rosalia Culora
Best Boy ElectricCarlo McDonnell
SFX SupervisorStuart Brisdon
Video AssistLisa Trinder
Children's Acting CoachJulie Austin
A Camera GripRonan Murphy
B Camera GripDean Morris
Stunt ManagerAmie Stephenson
Set Supervisor (malta)Domonkos Pardanyi
Travel/accomodation CoordinatorMichelle Burns
Extras Coordinator NiCarla Mercer
A Camera Operator/StedicamGerry Vasbenter
Grip AssistantIan McGurrell
Transportation AssistantGail McIlvenny
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