The Pointy End
Game of Thrones Season 1



Critic Ratings: 18
Critics Consensus

"The Pointy End" is a fast-paced transitional episode which, though written by source novelist George R.R. Martin, proves the show is now finding its own way as a separate entity from from the books.

Episode Info

The Lannisters press their advantage over the Starks; Robb rallies his fathers northern allies and heads south to war; Tyrion forms an uneasy alliance with the hill tribes and reunites with his father.

Cast & Crew

Peter Dinklage
Tyrion Lannister
Lena Headey
Queen Cersei Lannister
Michelle Fairley
Lady Catelyn Stark
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
Ser Jaime Lannister
Harry Lloyd
Viserys Targaryen
Sophie Turner
Sansa Stark
Jack Gleeson
Prince Joffrey Baratheon
Iain Glen
Ser Jorah Mormont
Alfie Allen
Theon Greyjoy
Aidan Gillen
Petyr Baelish
Rory McCann
Sandor Clegane
Donald Sumpter
Maester Luwin
James Cosmo
Commander Mormont
Owen Teale
Alliser Thorne
Ron Donachie
Rodrik Cassel
Ian McElhinney
Barristan Selmy
John Bradley
Samwell Tarly
Julian Glover
Grand Maester Pycelle
Miltos Yerolemou
Syrio Forel
Kate Dickie
Lysa Arryn
Susan Brown
Septa Mordane
Clive Mantle
Greatjon Umber
Mia Soteriou
Mirri Maz Duur
Robert Sterne
Royal Steward
Ian Gelder
Kevan Lannister
Lino Facioli
Robin Arryn
Art Parkinson
Rickon Stark
Ian Beattie
Meryn Trant
Simon Stewart
Lannister Messenger
Frank O'Sullivan
Night's Watch Messenger
Brian Fortune
Othell Yarwyck
Chris Gallagher
Lannister Scout
Rick Burn
Stark Guard
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Critic Reviews for The Pointy End

So, Robb's rebellion's already going well.

Mar 21, 2016 | Full Review…

The Wall storyline was again a bit detached from the themes and action of the rest of the episode, but I like how the series has kept it in motion.

Mar 14, 2019 | Full Review…

Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) continues to both get and deliver the funniest lines.

Mar 14, 2019 | Full Review…

If any heroes emerged this week, I'd have to put Robb at the top of the list, albeit with a big asterisk.

Mar 22, 2016 | Full Review…

The scene between Arya and Syrio Forel is one of the most iconic in the books and lived up to that billing on screen.

Mar 22, 2016 | Full Review…

"The Pointy End," the show's best episode since its fifth and probably its best so far, was the first episode of the show that created that never once made me think, "Eh, I preferred that in the book."

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

The Pointy End, is perhaps the pivotal sixty minutes in this first breathtaking season.

Apr 10, 2019 | Full Review…

It's a beautifully written episode: tense, dramatic, heart-rending, hilarious and horrifying all at the same time, and testament to a master's hand on the tiller behind the scenes.

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

[There's] some crackling dialogue, a few good character moments and some of the best action the show has featured to date.

Mar 14, 2019 | Full Review…

No one can deny that Game Of Thrones is a cinematic series, but luckily, it's avoided straying into cinematic cliches.

Mar 14, 2019 | Full Review…

There's a lot of [moving pieces around the chess board], yes, but also some crackling dialogue, a few good character moments and some of the best action the show has featured to date.

Mar 22, 2016 | Full Review…

All told, "The Pointy End" was a set-up episode for the final two hours of Season 1. But the manner in which intensity never faded and new faces were thrown into the mix made it another riveting installment of Game of Thrones.

Mar 21, 2016 | Full Review…