Arya Teams Up With the Hound (Episode One: 'Two Swords')
In the midst of a brawl with Lannister thugs, Sandor "The Hound" Clegane got an unlikely assist from his young hostage Arya Stark, who exacted a very personal revenge against a soldier who'd killed one of her few friends. The sequence, from the dialogue's Tarantinoesque blend of absurdity and menace to the concluding shot of the duo riding off into the distance, showcased some of 'Game of Thrones' finest knock-down, drag-out filmmaking. It closed the premiere with a flourish, started the season with a bang, gave the proceedings some welcome shading — and, surprisingly, left us cheering for the transformation of a little girl into a cold-blooded killer. And given their partnership's gutwrenching dissolution in the season's finale ("Kill me! Kill me! Kill me!"), this first-episode scene's triumph is now laced with a sense of tragedy.