Game Of Thrones Review Season 1 Episode 5 -Here we are, at the king’s tent and we see him preparing for the tournament. Ned visits Robert after he has visited the dead body of Ser Hugh who died in the tournament by fighting The Mountain. Ned was suspicious how the knight came to be matched up against The Mountain and now he persuades Robert not to fight in the tourney by saying “There’s not a man in the Seven Kingdoms who would risk hurting you.” At this point we can sense that Ned fears that someone might take the chance to kill or hurt the king and that’s why he is trying hard to convince him not to fight.
Before the beginning of the tournament, Littlefinger and Renly Baratheon make a bet if Ser Loras Tyrell or The Mountain will win this round. It is very obvious that Renly is found of Ser Loras as they share a secret smile before the tournament. The Mountain’s horse staggers and falls during the ride and so The Mountain kills it and attacks Loras on foot until his brother, Sandor Clegane- The Hound, steps in and fights with The Mountain. The audience is very amused with this fight until Robert stops them and Ser Loras thanks the Hound for saving him.
Catelyn Stark and her companions travel through the mountains on her way to the Eyrie to ask her sister, Lady Lysa Arryn, for support against the Lannisters, bringing Tyrion as her prisoner. On their way the party is attacked by men of the Hill Tribes and during the bloody battle Tyrion has an opportunity to save Catelyn’s life. This raises question of his innocence: if he was truly guilty of the charges wouldn’t he let his enemy die in this battle? Or is this some kind of a getaway trick he performs?
Still, he is brought at the Eyrie to confront Lysa who also accuses Tyrion for murdering her husband. “I’ve been a very busy man” he replies to her accusations, showing no fear about his current position until he is placed in a sky cell-a three walled room that is opened to a scary drop to the rocks below the cell.
While doing his work in his room, Ned has a visitor , Lord Varys, who presents to him as an ally by telling Ned that the previous Hand was poisoned “Because he started asking questions”. Now, this could also be warning for Ned because he has also been asking the same questions in search for the truth. This is more likely to be the truth, because in the next scene we see how Arya accidentally overheard the conversation of Varys with Magister Illyrio of Pentos about how close Ned is getting to the truth.
But which one? There are many secrets to be discovered and Ned is getting so close that everybody fears him. Arya runs to her father and tells him what she has heard and now Ned really fears for their safety and has change of mind. Later on, he receives even worse news about Cat’s capture of Tyrion. Will he stay to reveal the truth? Or will he run to Winterfell?
The decision is made after the small council meeting when Ned confronts the king about his decision to kill Daenerys Targaryen. Ned gives Robert a speech about honor when he replies “Honor? Do you think it’s honor that’s keeping the peace? It’s fear, fear and blood”. Being an honorable man, Ned disagrees with the statement and the decision of killing the girl and so he resigns his position and leaves the room.
At this moment we are very sure that he will immediately leave King’s Landing and that will be the smartest decision he has done so far. He rushes to his room and tells his men to prepare his daughters to leave for Winterfell. At the same moment Littlefinger appears and promises to take Ned to meet the last person Aryyn spoke to before he died. So, he takes Ned to his brothel where he meets a whore who gave birth to another bastard son of Robert.
Ned is still unsure what to do with this information about Robert’s bastard sons and at the moment when he leaves the brothel Ned and his men are attacked by Jaime Lannister after Ned’s confession for ordering Tyrion’s arrest. Ned’s been stabbed with a spike in his leg and left there.