A Nightâ€™s Watch deserter is tracked down outside of Winterfell, prompting swift justice by Lord Eddard â€œNedâ€ Stark and raising concerns about the dangers in the lawless lands north of the Wall. Returning home, Ned learns from his wife Catelyn that his mentor, Jon Arryn, has died in the Westeros capital of Kingâ€™s Landing, and that King Robert is on his way north to offer Ned Arrynâ€™s position as the Kingâ€™s Hand. Meanwhile, across the NarrowSeain Pentos, Viserys Targaryen hatches a plan to win back the throne, which entails forging an allegiance with the nomadic Dothraki warriors by giving its leader, Khal Drogo, his lovely sister Daenerysâ€™ hand in marriage. Robert arrives at Winterfell with his wife, Queen Cersei, and other members of the Lannister family: her twin brother Jaime, dwarf brother Tyrion and Cerseiâ€™s son and heir to the throne, 12-year-old Joffrey. Unable to refuse his old friend and king, Ned prepares to leave for Kingâ€™s Landing, as Jon Snow decides to travel north to Castle Black to join the Nightâ€™s Watch, accompanied by a curious Tyrion. But a startling act of treachery directed at young Bran may postpone their departures.