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6. A Golden Crown

Lord Ned Stark awakens from a drug-induced slumber to find King Robert and Queen Cersei Baratheon standing over his bed. Robert demands that Ned tell his wife to release Tyrion Lannister. Cersei wants the Starks to be punished, and when Robert declines, she tells him, "I should wear the armor, and you the gown." He responds by slapping her across the face. His wife leaves the room, and Robert pours himself a glass of wine before telling Ned that he can't rule the kingdom with the Starks and Lannisters at war - especially considering how much gold the crown owes to Lord Tywin Lannister.

6. A Golden Crown


In a hut at Vaes Dothrak, Khal Drogo and Dany sit as their people dance and feast. Viserys, drunk, stumbles in with a sword on his hip, flouting the law that no one carry arms in the sacred city. Drogo orders the exiled prince to sit in the back of the room. Angry and humiliated, Viserys draws his sword and lays its point at Dany's belly. "I want the crown he promised me," Viserys says to his sister. "I'm taking you back. He can keep the baby. I'll cut it out and leave it for him." Drogo speaks in Dothraki, and Dany translates, telling her brother that the horselord will give him a golden crown that men will tremble to behold. Viserys lowers the blade, satisfied that he's finally receiving his due. But Drogo's men seize the young man and drive him to his knees. Drogo melts down his golden medallions in a stew pot and pours the molten gold over Viserys' head. Her brother's lifeless body hits the dirt floor, and Dany tells Jorah: "He was no dragon. Fire cannot kill a dragon."

In Robert's absence, Ned learns that Ser Gregor "The Mountain" Clegane was seen attacking villages in the Riverlands. Realizing this is revenge for Tyrion's arrest, Eddard orders Lord Beric Dondarrion to arrest Gregor and summons his overlord Tywin Lannister to answer for Gregor's actions. Fearing war with the Lannisters, Ned orders Arya and Sansa return to Winterfell for their safety. Sansa declares her desire to have golden-haired babies with Joffrey, which leads Ned to revisit Arryn's research: Joffrey does not share the dark hair of Robert and his ancestors and bastards; Ned realizes that Joffrey is not truly Robert's son.

A drunken Viserys threatens his sister at swordpoint, and Drogo agrees to give him the "golden crown" he desires; as his bloodriders restrain Viserys, Drogo pours molten gold on his head. Watching her brother burn to death while he begs for her to not let them kill him, Daenerys coldly remarks, "He was no dragon. Fire cannot kill a dragon."

The Dothraki scenes that culminate with the "crowning" of Viserys Targaryen was acclaimed by critics. Writing for Time, James Poniewozik highlighted an acting of "touching self-recognition by Harry Lloyd, who did an outstanding job humanizing a villain,"[16] and Maureen Ryan congratulated the actor for his "excellent job of showing the human side of this impetuous, cruel aristocrat" and "keeping Viserys just this side of sane in all his scenes."[17] The acting of Emilia Clarke, closing her arc initiated in the first episode from a frightened girl to an empowered woman was also praised. VanDerWerff commented on the difficulty to adapt such an evolution from page to screen, but concluded that "Clarke and Lloyd more than seal the deal here."[12] IGN's Matt Fowler also praised Clarke and noted that Daenerys's choice to watch Viserys die was "powerful" and an important shift in her character.[18]

He also orders Grand Maester Pycelle to send word to Casterly Rock, demanding Lord Tywin Lannister's presence in court to explain his bannerman's actions or be branded an enemy of the crown and a traitor to the realm. 'Littlefinger' Petyr Baelish, and Grand Maester Pycelle are both concerned with the harshness of these orders and Eddard's actions against the Lannisters, but Eddard wants to see justice done.

Drogo responds that he will give Viserys a golden crown "that men will tremble to behold", and Viserys is pleased until Drogo's bloodrider Qotho seizes him and breaks his arm, making him drop the sword, and kicks him to the floor. Drogo melts his golden belt of medallions in a pot, while Viserys begs Daenerys to help him. Ser Jorah tells her to look away, but she won't. She watches as Khal Drogo "crowns" Viserys by pouring molten gold over his head, causing Viserys to cry out horridly in agony. Viserys falls forward, his head making a loud clang as it connects with the floor. As Daenerys watches her brother die, she coldly states that, having been killed by fire, Viserys was no true dragon.

Viserys: "I want what I came for. I want the crown he promised me. He bought you, but he never paid for you. Tell him I want what was bargained for, or I'm taking you back. He can keep the baby, I'll cut it out and leave it for him." [Drogo replies in Dothraki.] "What's he saying?"

Be careful what you ask for, you just might get it. Want a golden crown? Want to capture the The Imp and put him on trial? Sure, but you might not like how things turn out. But I sure loved how Episode 6, "A Golden Crown," turned out. We got a trial that blended Court TV with Spartacus, saw Tyrion putting his famed wit to use, saw an ambush in the woods and, most shockingly, the death of a character who, yeah, had it coming, but I'm not sure anybody deserves that.

The Targaryens: Viserys finally got his golden crown, possibly the first person to die of irony. Dany is loved by the Dothraki and her husband, and carries a future king inside her. But King Robert has issued an order that she be killed.

Court inventories indicate that 344 rubies, sapphires, emeralds, diamonds and pearls adorned the crown, which sported miniature sculptures of the Virgin and Child and Saint George, as well as royal saints Edmund, Edward the Confessor and Henry VI, according to HRP. Though the crown originally featured three depictions of Christ in place of the three kings, Henry VIII had the figurines swapped out amid the iconoclasm of the English Reformation.

The petite gold statue is currently being held at the British Museum in London for safekeeping and assessment. If confirmed as a missing piece of the Tudor crown, Duckett and the owner of the land where the artifact was found may be eligible to receive a portion of the proceeds from its sale to a museum. Per the Sun, the figurine is worth an estimated 2 million, or $2.7 million.

We return to King's Landing, where Ned assembles his daughters and announces that he's sending them home for their own safety. Sansa, her head full of dreams, protests that she has to marry Joffrey: "He'll be the greatest king there ever was, a golden lion, and I'll give him sons with beautiful blond hair!" "The lion's not his sigil, idiot," says Arya with a trace of smugness. "He's a stag, like his father." "He's not, he's nothing like that old drunk king," Sansa retorts. Both of them are completely oblivious to the "Eureka!" Moment kindling behind their father's eyes. Ned sends them from the room and attends his giant book, The Lineage and Histories of the Great Houses of the Seven Kingdoms, where he sees that black hair is a Baratheon family trait. Every Baratheon has it, as does Gendry and the whore's infant from last episode. Every Baratheon has it... except Joffrey.

In Vaes Dothrak, a feast is in session. Things are going pretty well for Drogo and Dany until Viserys stumbles in, either drunk or more insane than usual (he was drunk in the book, but the TV show doesn't say anything either way) and calls for his sister. The Dothraki makes fun of him, and Khal Drogo tells Jorah to offer the prince a seat... in the back of the tent. "That is no place for a King!" the self-proclaimed Dragon spits at the humiliation. "You are no King," answers Drogo in common tongue with a scoff. Angered, the Beggar King draws his sword, and holds first Jorah, then Dany at swordpoint, threatening to spill blood in the sacred city. He demands the golden crown he was promised in exchange for his sister keeping her skin and unborn child intact. Drogo agrees, stating that he will receive a golden crown "that will make men tremble", but only a fool wouldn't realise that he is, by this point, absolutely seething with bloodlust. Viserys, said fool, is only too happy to have his demands met and lets his guard down, only to get his arm broken and get subsequently restrained by the Khal's bodyguards.

While Viserys shouts furious demands for the guards to unhand him, Drogo takes off his medallion-encrusted belt and tosses it into a pot over the cookfire, where the gold begins to melt, and a horrible realization dawns on Viserys. He starts desperately begging his sister to stop the Dothraki, but she just looks coldly at him as Drogo approaches him with the pot of molten metal. The Khal lifts the pot up and once again addresses the Beggar King in common tongue with the words: "A crown for a king." To quote the book: "Viserys began to scream the high, wordless scream of the coward facing death." He gets his golden crown... but he doesn't seem to enjoy it very much when it's being poured directly onto his head. He hits the ground with clanking finality and stays there. With no blood spilled, the Beggar King has died.

Fans in the Minute Maid Park bleachers are sporting gold crowns as a shoutout to Astros outfielder Kyle Tucker. The 25-year-old right fielder has become a favorite in recent years, and now with the gold crowns, his devotees have made their appreciation very clear. The crowns were made by season ticket holders Amber Stoltz and Stephanie Concialdi, and pregame, the headgear was passed around to give the right-field sections an extra sparkle.

This episode addresses three golden crowns. First the crowned stag, Robert as king; second, the yellow-haired Lannisters, and finally, the crown that was promised to Viserys Targaryen when Khal Drogo wed Daenerys.

The story then travels to Vaes Dothrak where Daenerys has successfully eaten the horse heart and the Dothraki celebration is in full force. Viserys enters the banquet armed (contrary to Dothraki law) and demands his crown, saying that if he does not get his crown, he will take Daenerys back and leave the baby, menacingly pointing his sword at her abdomen. 041b061a72


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