Welcome to our “Game of Thrones” season one recap! We will start recapping “Game of Thrones” season three when it returns on March 31, so we thought it might be best to give a quick overview of what has happened the last two seasons of the show. For those of you who have watched “Game of Thrones” or read the book series in which the show is based on, “A Song of Ice and Fire”, you know it is an epic and lengthy series, so we will try our best to cover all of the basics before the show starts again. For those of you who have watched the show, this will be a helpful reminder of what has happened; for those who haven’t, hopefully this will get you invested in the show and you will start watching with us when the new season begins at the end of the month!
Season one of “Game of Thrones” begins at the Wall, the northernmost boundary of Westeros, the region in which most of the show takes place. Three men of the Night’s Watch venture north of the Wall to investigate a missing party of their brothers. The Night’s Watch is an ancient order that protects the southern realm of Westeros from the Wildings and other beings that live north of the Wall. Soon after they start their search, the three men encounter a group of dead wildings. One of the dead wildings wakes up, and the three men run. Two of the Night’s Watch are murdered by a large white human-like being, and one of the men, Will, escapes and flees to the Wall.
After this dramatic opening, we are quickly introduced to Winterfell and the Stark family. Lord Eddard Stark (commonly known as Ned) is the Warden of the North. He is married to Catelyn Tully of Riverun and they have five children together: Robb, Sansa, Arya, Bran, and Rickon. Ned also has a bastard born son named Jon Snow who lives with the Starks. Ned is alerted by his men that a man from the Nights Watch, Will, has fled the Wall and abandoned his Night’s Watch post, which is considered treason and has a penalty of death. Ned must execute Will, but before he carries out the punishment, Will warns Ned he saw White Walkers north of the Wall.