Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones is an American fantasy drama television series created by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, based on the A Song of Ice and Fire novels by George R.R. Martin, which aired for eight seasons on HBO from April 2011 until May 2019.[9]

The series is set in the fictional Seven Kingdoms of Westeros, where a civil war erupts after the death of King Robert Baratheon as two claimants to the Iron Throne vie for power: Robert's scheming younger brother Joffrey, and their more mature half-brother Robb Stark, who is heir to another throne but currently holds power in another region—the North.

The series takes place on and around the continent of Westeros and the surrounding waters, spanning thousands of years across multiple generations as it follows a complex family drama. It focuses on several noble Houses of Westeros, but also features a vast number of other characters—called "background" or "supporting" characters—from both noble and common backgrounds: some are major characters in their own right while others appear only briefly.

The story begins with young warrior Jon Snow meeting legendary knight Ser Alliser Thorne at Castle Black, where he is being held prisoner by the mutineers who murdered his father Lord Eddard Stark at King's Landing, the capital. Thorne befriends him and warns him of the true nature of the world outside the Wall, where they live. Jon is disgusted to learn that one of his fellow captives, Bowen Marsh, is actually his uncle Benjen and that he has gone north to aid the "kingslayer" Rickon Stark in holding off a hostile tribe called Wights.

Meanwhile, Catelyn Stark arrives in King's Landing with her son Robb and his wife Talisa Maegyr to visit their imprisoned husband Eddard, who has been condemned as a traitor (due to having previously petitioned with King Robert for an invasion of the Kingdom of the Vale). When the royal family in King's Landing is killed in a plot orchestrated by Queen Regent Cersei Lannister, Robb takes his forces south to wage a war of vengeance against the Lannisters. Catelyn begs him not to leave but he refuses.

Robb wins a crushing victory at the Battle of Oxcross, where Lord Tywin Lannister's entire army is destroyed and his son Tyrion is severely injured (being saved only by his lover Shae, who smuggled him off the battlefield). Following this victory, Robb's forces take control of key locations including a vital river crossing and forcing Lord Roose Bolton to surrender the shattered remnants of his force. At the same time, a Stark marriage proposal is made to Catelyn's younger sister Lysa who instead of accepting warns her of an impending war which Robb's forces are preparing against the Freys, and advises her to flee. Catelyn sees this as a betrayal and swears vengeance.

In King's Landing, Tyrion and Shae meet in secret on the roof of a brothel where Tyrion confesses that he loved Joffrey but never intended him to be king. He is injured by an assassin and Shae flees. Catelyn arranges for him to be smuggled out of the city disguised as a labourer, but he is caught by Ser Harys Swyft and brought back to the Red Keep in chains.

Robb convenes the War Council, where he reveals his plan to bend the knee to House Targaryen in exchange for their military assistance against his enemies. Lord Roose Bolton refuses and instead lays siege to Riverrun, Robb's last remaining stronghold before he will bend the knee. When Sansa Stark gives birth to a son, Ser Jaime Lannister takes her away from King's Landing and into hiding with Tyrion under guard.

Catelyn goes north to Jaime's wife Queen Cersei and tries to convince her to abandon the plan, but she refuses. Catelyn says that the Starks and Lannisters have been allies for generations, but that is changing. Cersei refuses to believe that Robb would betray them. Tyrion manages to escape his guards and finds Varys, who smuggles him out of King's Landing on a piebald horse under a cloud of smoke. Tyrion then makes his way back as Ser Barristan Selmy is killed by a group of Bolton soldiers outside her door with his last words being "For the Watch".
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