Game of Thrones

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SEASON 1 : The action begins in the unified Seven Kingdoms of Westeros as the long summer ends and winter draws near. Lord Eddard ‘Ned’ Stark of Winterfell is asked by his old friend, King Robert Baratheon, to serve as the King’s Hand following the death of the previous incumbent and Eddard’s mentor, Jon Arryn. Eddard is reluctant, but receives intelligence suggesting that Jon was mysteriously murdered. Ned accepts Robert’s offer, planning to use his position and authority to investigate the alleged murder. Meanwhile, on the eastern continent of Essos, the exiled children of House Targaryen, which Robert destroyed to claim the throne, are plotting to return to Westeros and unseat the ‘usurper’. To this end, Viserys Targaryen arranges the marriage of his sister Daenerys to Khal Drogo, the leader of Dothraki warriors, in return for the use of his soldiers in invading Westeros. For her part, Daenerys just wants to find a safe refuge far away from King Robert’s assassins and her brother’s scheming ambition. However, Daenerys’ growing love for Drogo and newfound mental strength as the Khaleesi of the tribe mean Viserys’ plans go unexpectedly and powerfully awry. Angered by Drogo’s disrespect to uphold his end of the bargain, Viserys threatens Daenerys and in response, Drogo kills the ‘dragon prince’ by pouring melted gold on his head.  

 

On the northern-most border of the Seven Kingdoms the sworn brothers of the Night’s Watch guard the Wall, a 300-mile-long colossal fortification of ice which has stood for thousands of years. The Watch defends the Wall against the attacks of the lawless wildlings who live beyond, but rumour speaks of a new threat arising in the lands of perpetual winter. At Winterfell though, there is an attempt to kill Bran, Ned’s son, after he sees Jaime Lannister and Cersei Lannister making love. As Eddard is busy at Westeros, Tyrion Lannister is arrested for the attempted murder of Bran by Catelyn Stark. Tyrion goes back to Westeros unhurt after a trial by combat. On the other hand, Ned finds the truth of Cersei and Jaime’s illicit relationship and tries to unravel it to the king. Robert meets an accident and, on his death bed, makes Ned the new king till Joffrey comes of age. Cersei, however, alters the order and arrests Ned for treachery and Joffrey orders a public execution of Ned for his sedition against the kingdom. While Arya is able to run away during her father’s punishment, Sansa is left at Joffrey’s mercy in King’s Landing. 

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SEASON 2 : The Seven Kingdoms are at war, with Robb Stark, Ned’s eldest son, fighting to win independence for his people and those of the Riverlands. Having won three wars, Robb offers the Lannisters peace in exchange for the North’s independence, sending Theon Greyjoy to gain Balon Greyjoy’s support and Catelyn Stark to seek Renly Baratheon’s. Theon betrays the Starks and joins his father to take over Winterfell and kill all the Stark supporters. Bran and Rickon manage to escape Winterfell with the support of their loyals. Arya finds her way to Harrenhal, Tywin’s home, and prepares her list to kill the people who destroyed her family. Meanwhile, Joffrey holds the Iron Throne with the backing of the powerful House Lannister, but his uncle Renly has also claimed the throne with the support of House Tyrell, whose armies are much larger. As they struggle for the throne, Tyrion Lannister arrives in King’s Landing to take matters in hand, only to face opposition from his scheming sister, Cersei, now the Queen Regent. However, another faction enters the picture. Stannis Baratheon, Robert’s younger brother and Renly’s older, also claims the Iron Throne. A proven battle commander and veteran of several wars, Stannis is known to be a man without mercy to his enemies and will do what is right even if it destroys him. Advising him is Melisandre, an enigmatic priestess from the east, who believes Stannis is meant for a greater destiny. Far to the east, Daenerys Targaryen hatches the only three dragons in the world at the cremation of her husband Drogo. With her khalasar gone, Daenerys, now a respected Khaleesi, and her small band of followers must find a way across a forbidding wasteland and find new allies to support her claim to the Iron Throne. At the King’s Landing, Stannis attacks with this full army to take the iron throne and rages a war in the battle of blackwater. Tyrion takes control of the situation, only to get injured and wake up to a changed scenario.

SEASON 3 : The Seven Kingdoms of Westeros remain gripped by the civil war. Would-be king Renly Baratheon gets assassinated, altering the alliances in the war. The cruel boy-king Joffrey has won a great victory by securing an alliance with House Tyrell, with his supporters defeating his uncle Stannis in an epic battle. Joffrey now commands the largest armies in the realm and his triumph appears inevitable. Beyond the Wall, the White Walkers are on the move, threatening both the Seven Kingdoms and the lands of the Free Folk. While the Night’s Watch faces the threat of the White Walkers in the field, Jon Snow infiltrates the wildling army of Mance Rayder and discovers the King-Beyond-the- Wall’s plans. Stannis may be defeated but his status as the last legitimate heir to his older brother Robert still casts a shadow over Joffrey’s claim to the throne. The lives of many others still hang in the balance. Bran Stark and his protectors are in a bid to cross the frozen wastelands of the North to reach the Wall, while Arya braves the war-torn Riverlands in search of her mother and brother. Brienne also has the thankless task of taking the captive Jaime Lannister home across hundreds of miles of battlefields and carnage. Theon Greyjoy must face the consequences of his actions at Winterfell. And in King’s Landing both Tyrion Lannister and Sansa Stark must brave the currents of a much more dangerous court in order to survive. On the eastern continent, Daenerys’ dragons are growing and her fame is spreading, but to take the Iron Throne she will need supporters and an army. Both may be found in the corrupt cities of Slaver’s Bay... for a price. King Robb Stark remains in the field, however his homeland, the North, is partially under ironborn occupation. Robb needs to decide on a course of action to win an overall victory. He must also win back the allegiance of House Frey, whom he has offended by breaking his marriage pact to them but things go haywire as Robb, Catelyn and the soldiers get killed at the compromised wedding ceremony, which was a set up by Freys, Boltons and Lannisters.

SEASON 4 : As reward for their betrayal against Starks, Tywin grants the Boltons rule of the North, and the Freys with nominal rule of Riverrun, though the castle remains under the command of “Blackfish” Tully. Though the mainland of Westeros is mostly under Lannister control, there are still two factions defying them: the Greyjoys and the Baratheons. Ironborn occupiers remaining in the North are being hunted down by Ramsay Snow, bastard son of Roose Bolton. Ramsay holds Theon Greyjoy hostage, horribly torturing him at whim, but Balon Greyjoy considers his son as good as dead. Stannis Baratheon, as the rightful heir to his older brother King Robert, still refuses to surrender, despite having only the remnants of an army. However, following the advice of Melisandre, he has focused his attention of the threat of the wildlings marching against the Wall. The Lannisters only managed to win on the battlefield with the key support of House Tyrell of the Reach, which they won through promising a marriage alliance between King Joffrey and Margaery Tyrell, daughter of Lord Mace Tyrell. A royal wedding takes place between Joffrey and Margaery. And as marriages have a history of bloodshed, Joffrey is poisoned to death on his wedding feast, but not before blaming Tyrion for his death. Tyrion is again held for murder.

The only two kingdoms which have remained entirelyaloof from the was so far are the Vale of Arryan and Dorne.

While Lysa Arryan chose to remain neutral, former master of Coin and new Lord of Harrenhal Petyr Baelish has been sent by Lord Tywin to woo her with a marriage proposal, now that he's a high lord and a suitable match for the Lady Regent of the Vale.

Meanwhile, across the Narrow Sea in Slaver's Bay, perhaps the greatest threat to Lannister's rule is rapidly growing in strength. Daenerys Targaryen now commands not just three live dragons - who are starting to grow large enough to serve as decisive weapons of war - but also an army of eight thousand unsullied warrior-eunuchs.

Far to the north, not only are the Night's watch outnumbered and their remaining leadership fractured, but advanced raiding bands of wildlings have infiltrated behnd the Wall by climbing over it, preparing to attack the weakly defended sudden side of Castle Black. These warbands are lead by Tormund Giantsbane and the fearsome Styr, Magnar of Thenn - as well as Jon Snow's ex-lover Ygritte, whom he betrayed when he revealed his true loyalty and returned to the Night's Watch. At Westeros, Tyrion demands a trial by combat as Oberyn Martell fights for Tyrion to avenge his sister's death at the hands of Lannisters. As Oberyn gets killed, Tyrion has no escape. Coming to his rescue is Jamie who helps Tyrion run away from the Kings Landings, but he kills Tywin before leaving Westeros to leave the King's Landing under serious threat.

EXPECTATIONS FROM SEASON 5 : There is no way you can predict what's next in Game of Thrones. Because the moment you think everything is going good, shit happens. So, there comes nothing in mind when taking about Game of Thrones, EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED!

As things go out of control in King's Landing, Margaery has wooed new king Tommen Baratheon into marrying her. Danaerys is still finding her way to Westeros and has to go through the free cities in order to strengthen her army. Starks are all but over, with Arya in search of Valar Morghulis, Bran srill finding the truth behind the three-eyed raven and his dreams and Sansa scripting her own plot with Littlefinger.

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