A Golden Crown
Game of Thrones Season 1



Critic Ratings: 18
Critics Consensus

The character-focused "A Golden Crown" highlights Game of Throne's cast to exhilarating effect, with particularly entertaining comic relief courtesy of Peter Dinklage's Tyrion.

Episode Info

Reinstated as the Hand, Ned sits for the King while Robert is on a hunt. Ned issues a decree that could have long-term consequences. Tyrion confesses to his 'crimes'; Joffrey apologizes to Sansa; Viserys receives from Drogo his final payment for Daenerys.


Sean Bean
as Eddard "Ned" Stark
Mark Addy
as King Robert Baratheon
Lena Headey
as Cersei Lannister
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
as Jaime Lannister
Peter Dinklage
as Tyrion Lannister
Emilia Clarke
as Daenerys Targaryen
Harry Lloyd
as Viserys Targaryen
Jason Momoa
as Khal Drogo
Aidan Gillen
as Petyr Baelish
Michelle Fairley
as Catelyn Stark
Kate Dickie
as Lysa Arryn
Richard Madden
as Robb Stark
Alfie Allen
as Theon Greyjoy
Iain Glen
as Jorah Mormont
Jack Gleeson
as Joffrey Baratheon
Gethin Anthony
as Renly Baratheon
Rory McCann
as Sandor "The Hound" Clegane
Sophie Turner
as Sansa Stark
Ron Donachie
as Ser Rodrick Cassel
Ian McElhinney
as Barristan Selmy
Julian Glover
as Grand Maester Pycelle
Susan Brown
as Septa Mordane
Brendan McCormack
as Vardis Egen
Brendan McCormack
as Vardis Egen
Lino Facioli
as Robin Arryn
Eugene Simon
as Lancel Lannister
Miltos Yerolemou
as Syrio Forel
Mia Soteriou
as Mirri Maz Duur
Finn Jones
as Loras Tyrell
Dar Salim
as Qotho
David Michael Scott
as Beric Dondarrion
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Critic Reviews for A Golden Crown

Episode six was a corker: an hour of subterfuge [and] skulduggery.

Mar 14, 2019 | Full Review…

This may be my favorite episode yet -- and that's despite the fact that there's no Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, the sight of whom is becoming increasingly important to my continued happiness.

Mar 21, 2016 | Full Review…

In this episode... we saw just how dangerous a game this is.

Apr 10, 2019 | Full Review…

It's a flawless piece of television pulled off with the style and confidence of a major big-screen event.

Mar 14, 2019 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Exciting, funny, scary, (slightly) tragic... though it didn't feature every character,... it had a whole lot of them, and a whole lot of what's quickly made this one of the best hours on television.

Mar 14, 2019 | Full Review…

Harry Lloyd (Viserys) has played the role with a magnificent balance of charm and menace.

Mar 14, 2019 | Full Review…

We have one really twisted royal family on our hands. I guess that makes Lannisport the Arkansas of Westeros.

Mar 21, 2016 | Full Review…

Still no Jon Snow this week in "A Golden Crown," but we did get a lot of movement in the Daenerys storyline, including the unceremonious demise of her bi-polar brother Viserys.

Mar 21, 2016 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

Ned's actions were morally correct but politically naive, given his family's precarious position and the size of the crown's debt to Tywin. That said there was something magnificent about the way he dismissed the idea that gold wins war .

Mar 22, 2016 | Full Review…

This was a strong episode for just about everybody (save Jon, who sits another week out).

Mar 21, 2016 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

I can hardly complain that this wasn't an action-packed episode.

Mar 21, 2016 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
Top Critic

Speaking of flying things, all the most entertaining scenes are happening at the Eyrie this time.

Mar 21, 2016 | Full Review…