Episode: “A Golden Crown” (Season 1, Episode 6)
Original Air Date: May 22, 2011
Director: Daniel Minahan
Plot (via HBO)
Ned makes a controversial decree; Tyrion confesses to his ‘crimes’; Viserys receives final payment for Daenerys.
Best Moment: Khal Drogo gives Viserys a crown
Well this wasn’t a particularly good moment for Viserys—and maybe he didn’t deserve to be killed like that—but something had to happen to the tyrannical Targaryen. Daenerys eating the stallion’s heart was another step of the separation from her brother, and the separation was final when her husband Khal Drogo gave Viserys a crown that cannot be taken off, with Dany showing no feelings as basically the only person she’s really known for most of her life suffered an excruciating death.
“He was no dragon. Fire cannot kill a dragon.” — Daenerys Targaryen
Trivia (via IMDB)
Viserys Targaryen’s death is reminiscent of an actual practice by the Mongols of Genghis Khan, who were known to execute royal or noble enemies by pouring molten gold on their heads or down their throats. The Mongols did this because they had a strict prohibition against shedding the blood of any member of nobility, while Khal Drogo does it because it is forbidden for anyone to draw a blade in the sacred Dothraki city of Vaes Dothrak.
Tyrion was in a tough predicament as a prisoner of Catelyn Stark, but he declared a trail by combat before asking if there were any “volunteers” to fight for him. The sellsword Bronn stepped up for the rich Lannister lord, showing the superb swordsmanship that has kept him alive for all these years. Bronn, of course, would be handsomely rewarded by the Lannisters—and without him, Tyrion would have never made it out of the Eyrie.
Inside The Episode