The Wolf and the Lion
Game of Thrones Season 1



Critic Ratings: 21
Critics Consensus

With "The Wolf and the Lion," Game of Thrones tightens its grip while ratcheting up the tension through powerful writing, terrific acting, and an evocative, immersive setting.

Episode Info

Incensed over news of Daenerys' alliance with the Dothrakis, Robert orders a pre-emptive strike on the Targaryens that drives a wedge in his relationship with Ned. A captive Tyrion helps Catelyn. Arya overhears a plot against her father.


Sean Bean
as Eddard "Ned" Stark
Mark Addy
as King Robert Baratheon
Lena Headey
as Cersei Lannister
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
as Jaime Lannister
Aidan Gillen
as Petyr Baelish
Peter Dinklage
as Tyrion Lannister
Michelle Fairley
as Catelyn Stark
Harry Lloyd
as Viserys Targaryen
Emilia Clarke
as Daenerys Targaryen
Iain Glen
as Jorah Mormont
Jack Gleeson
as Joffrey Baratheon
Richard Madden
as Robb Stark
Alfie Allen
as Theon Greyjoy
Rory McCann
as Sandor "The Hound" Clegane
Sophie Turner
as Sansa Stark
Donald Sumpter
as Maester Luwin
Jamie Sives
as Jory Cassel
Ron Donachie
as Ser Rodrick Cassel
Ian McElhinney
as Barristan Selmy
Kate Dickie
as Lysa Arryn
Julian Glover
as Grand Maester Pycelle
Gethin Anthony
as Renly Baratheon
Roger Allam
as Illyrio Mopatis
Emun Elliott
as Marillion
Finn Jones
as Ser Loras Tyrell
Conan Stevens
as Gregor Clegane
Susan Brown
as Septa Mordane
Jefferson Hall
as Hugh of the Vale
Lino Facioli
as Robin Arryn
Brendan McCormack
as Vardis Egen
Eugene Simon
as Lancel Lannister
Callum Wharry
as Tommen Baratheon
Aimee Richardson
as Myrcella Baratheon
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Critic Reviews for The Wolf and the Lion

Hang on to your hats, folks, this one moves fast. And it gets ugly.

Mar 21, 2016 | Full Review…

An episode notable for a dramatic leap in both the quantity and the quality of the sex and violence, as well

Mar 13, 2019 | Full Review…

With "The Wolf and the Lion," the strongest episode of the season yet, Thrones has put its pieces in place and is ready to start putting them into motion.

Mar 13, 2019 | Full Review…

Clack-clack-clack-clack-clack....That's the Game of Thrones roller coaster climbing the hill for the past four episodes, ratcheting up the intrigue, danger and suspense. Tonight, we crested the rise and started the downward plunge.

Aug 29, 2017 | Full Review…

Her [Maisie Williams (Arya)] scenes in this week's episode are among the strongest.

Mar 13, 2019 | Full Review…

The Wolf and the Lion is the first episode to really get deep into the downside of sitting on the throne, even as it introduces more potential challengers to it.

Mar 13, 2019 | Full Review…

What could have felt extraneous considering how much is currently going on in Game Of Thrones instead serves as a pointed reminder that nothing is forgotten.

Apr 10, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

King Robert and Ned had some amusing moments to start "The Wolf and the Lion." It seems no matter what your role, it's never what you think it will be.

Mar 22, 2016 | Rating: 4.8/5 | Full Review…

For those of you who've been wondering when this show would start to pick up, when things would start to get nasty and violent, I give you "The Wolf And The Lion."

Apr 10, 2019 | Full Review…

Once again, Tyrion's storyline offers the most complexity and entertainment for your HBO dollar.

Mar 13, 2019 | Full Review…

Was I disappointed not to see Jon Snow or Daenerys tonight? A little, but I thought the episode had a better flow than the ones we've seen in the past.

Mar 22, 2016 | Full Review…

Game of Thrones... has become unequivocally the best epic on TV. Especially when it comes to fantasy, there's no contest.

Mar 23, 2016 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…