What is Dead May Never Die
Game of Thrones Season 2



Critic Ratings: 25
Critics Consensus

Superbly written and directed, "What is Dead May Never Die" evokes a range of emotions as uneasy alliances are forged, past traumas are explored, and the stakes grow ever higher.

Episode Info

At the Red Keep, Tyrion plots three alliances through the promise of marriage. Catelyn arrives in the Stormlands to forge an alliance of her own. But King Renly, his new wife Margaery, and her brother Loras Tyrell have other plans in mind.


Peter Dinklage
as Tyrion Lannister
Lena Headey
as Cersei Lannister
Michelle Fairley
as Catelyn Stark
Kit Harington
as Jon Snow
James Cosmo
as Jeor Mormont
Jonathan Ryan
as Iron Island Priest
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Critic Reviews for What is Dead May Never Die

This episode did a fine job of introducing her character [Brienne] without making her the entire focus.

Mar 19, 2019 | Full Review…

Maybe the most fascinating alliance introduced in the episode, though, is the pairing of Sansa and Shae.

Mar 18, 2019 | Full Review…

As I'm yelling at the screen, Theon takes in that his Dad plans to lay waste to the place he's called home for a decade, and attack the man he's called brother. He doesn't bat an eyelash.

Mar 23, 2016 | Full Review…

Each story remains distinct, and the show rarely flags. Three episodes in, it seems that the "difficult second season" is being skillfully navigated.

Mar 19, 2019 | Full Review…

[The] writing and acting [is] wickedly tight and delightful.

Apr 11, 2019 | Full Review…

"What Is Dead May Never Die," the third episode of this highly enjoyable second season of Game of Thrones. Spanning the length of an already quite lengthy continent, it was a compelling and rich hour.

Mar 24, 2016 | Full Review…

The storylines were all engaging and it was very nice to see things moving forward.

Mar 19, 2019 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

The individual stories have more impact, when we're not bouncing around quite as much.

Mar 18, 2019 | Full Review…

There were multiple transitions this week that were impressive, either due to their wit or due to the way they were executed.

Mar 18, 2019 | Full Review…

Another strong example of the fine balance of "Game of Thrones," she joins the cadre of empowered women ruthlessly vying for power, though her techniques are atypical.

Mar 19, 2019 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

[It's] an intriguing examination of the troubles plagued upon the children.

Apr 11, 2019 | Full Review…

We're starting to see the shape that this season is going to take. The quest for power is a theme made very prevalent this week and everyone seems to want it.

Mar 18, 2019 | Full Review…