Season 1, Episode 1: "Winter Is Coming"
By bookending this episode with the White Walker attack on the Night's Watchmen and Jaime Lannister's quip about "the things we do for love," the creators establish the series' intense stakes and foreshadow two elements that fuel the show for its duration: the threat of the Night King and the Lannisters' dominance of power. However, this does not imply that the middle of the episode lacks emotional heft. On the contrary, across the Narrow Sea in Essos, Viserys Targaryen brokers a marriage between his sister Daenerys and the Dothraki warlord Khal Drogo in hopes that their military might can help him reclaim the Iron Throne. As one of her wedding gifts, Daenerys receives three petrified dragon eggs . . . and thus, the seeds of a new leader are sown.