Before the Eddard and his two daughters leave for King’s Landing in South Westeros, Eddard's young son Bran Stark witnesses Cersei Lannister committing incest with her twin brother Jaime, who flings Bran from a tower to conceal the secret. Bran survives the fall, but is put into a coma. During Bran’s recovery, an assassin attempts to murder him; whereupon Bran's direwolf kills the assassin. Catelyn, on grounds that only dire intrigue with Bran would necessitate killing him, visits King's Landing in secret to warn Eddard of the failed assassination, leaving Eddard’s eldest son, Robb Stark, to rule Winterfell. Not long after Catelyn's departure to King’s Landing does Bran awaken from his coma as a paraplegic, with no memory of Jaime pushing him from the tower.
In King’s Landing, Sansa (daughter of Eddard and Catelyn Stark) is betrothed to King Robert's son Joffrey, the heir to the throne. Joffrey takes Sansa out for a picnic, witnessing Arya and Mycah play sword fighting. When Joffrey sees Mycah fencing with a...
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... the Dothraki, in exchange for use of Drogo's army to reclaim the Throne for House Targaryen. Magister Illyrio, hosting Viserys and Daenerys, gives a wedding gift to Daenerys of three petrified dragon eggs; and Ser Jorah Mormont, a knight exiled from Westeros, joins Viserys as an advisor. When Drogo shows little interest in conquering Westeros, Viserys initially tries to intimidate Daenerys into coercing Drogo; but Daenerys, emboldened by her position, refuses to be bullied. Initially, Drogo endures Viserys and punishes his outbursts with public humiliation; but when Viserys publicly threatens the pregnant Daenerys, Drogo executes him by pouring a pot of molten gold on his head, and ironically giving him the "golden crown" he had been promised in return for Daenerys. As the last Targaryen, Daenerys takes up her brother's quest to reclaim the Throne in King’s Landing.
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