I Rewatched Game Of Thrones’ Pilot 13 Years After Its Premiere, And I Need To Rethink My Favorite Characters


Game of Thrones delivered eight seasons of very high highs and very low lows, and it was and still is a pop culture juggernaut. After all, 2024 sees the premiere of House of the Dragon Season 2 as the first GOT spinoff and major progress has been made on the Dunk and Egg series. So, when I realized that the 13-year anniversary of the pilot – called “Winter is Coming” – was approaching, I rewatched the episode to see if it hits differently now than it did in 2011. And it sure does when it comes to certain characters!

I hadn’t yet read the A Song of Ice and Fire novels when I caught up on the first season of Game of Thrones back in the day, and really only checked out the pilot based on word-of-mouth buzz. This was my first rewatch of the first episode since reading all books and watching every season, and I discovered that some characters who I didn’t think too much of in the pilot the first time around were among my favorites by the end of the series. Read on for who the pilot rewatch changed my mind on, and why!

(Image credit: HBO)

Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau)

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