The Old Gods and the New
Game of Thrones Season 2



Critic Ratings: 26
Critics Consensus

Thanks to a balance of thrilling action, complex character work, and a savage twist, "The Old Gods and The New" justifies its deviation from the source material.

Episode Info

Theon completes his master stroke. In King's Landing, the Lannisters send Myrcella from harm's way in the nick of time. Arya gets a surprise visitor; Dany vows to take what is hers; Robb and Catelyn receive crucial news; Jon has a chance to prove himself.

Cast & Crew

Peter Dinklage
Tyrion Lannister
Lena Headey
Queen Cersei Lannister
Michelle Fairley
Lady Catelyn Stark
Emilia Clarke
Daenerys Targaryen
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
Ser Jaime Lannister
Aidan Gillen
Petyr Baelish
Sophie Turner
Sansa Stark
Jack Gleeson
Prince Joffrey Baratheon
Charles Dance
Tywin Lannister
Alfie Allen
Theon Greyjoy
Rory McCann
Sandor Clegane
Iain Glen
Ser Jorah Mormont
John Bradley
Samwell Tarly
James Cosmo
Commander Mormont
Liam Cunningham
Davos Seaworth
Stephen Dillane
Stannis Baratheon
Natalie Dormer
Margaery Tyrell
Donald Sumpter
Maester Luwin
Ron Donachie
Rodrik Cassel
Nonso Anozie
Xaro Xhoan Daxos
Tom Wlaschiha
Jaqen H'ghar
Oona Chaplin
Talisa Maegyr
Simon Armstrong
Qhorin Halfhand
Ralph Ineson
Dagmer Cleftjaw
Ian Beattie
Meryn Trant
Forbes KB
Black Lorren
David Verrey
High Septon
David Coakley
Aimee Richardson
Myrcella Baratheon
Art Parkinson
Rickon Stark
Callum Wharry
Tommen Baratheon
Reg Wayment
Rioter No. 1
Aiden Condron
Lannister Captain
Marko Juraga
Rioter No. 2
Rea Separovic
Rioter No. 3
Paul Caddell
Aidan Crowe
David Benioff
Executive Producer
D.B. Weiss
Executive Producer
Carolyn Strauss
Co-Executive Producer
Guymon Casady
Co-Executive Producer
Vince Gerardis
Co-Executive Producer
Ralph Vicinanza
Co-Executive Producer
George R.R. Martin
Co-Executive Producer
Vanessa Taylor
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Critic Reviews for The Old Gods and the New

The show gets better as its characters start to reach the point of no return. Theon Greyjoy has passed that point, and the other characters are approaching it.

Mar 20, 2019 | Full Review…

The chaos and animal savagery that has always lurked just below Westeros's scrim of courtliness and gentility has finally broken through the surface and is bleeding out everywhere.

Mar 24, 2016 | Full Review…

This week -- after a trip across the map that contains no new territory -- we plunge into media res so fast my head is spinning... Welcome back, Theon!

Mar 23, 2016 | Full Review…

After a slightly slow episode five... series two took off explosively again in episode six.

Mar 20, 2019 | Full Review…

Much as we saw in the first season, mercy is a complicated thing in Game of Thrones. It's not always the best move, but it's also not always the wrong one.

Mar 20, 2019 | Full Review…

There's no show on TV with higher stakes than Game of Thrones, and in vicious hours like 'The Old Gods and the New', it makes for captivating drama.

Feb 13, 2020 | Rating: A | Full Review…

It's not just that grimness and fear that propels the show, it's an uncommon depth of writing and strength of character that makes it so remarkable an achievement.

Apr 11, 2019 | Full Review…

King's Landing was the location of this week's most satisfying moment as Joffrey finally gets what he deserves.

Mar 20, 2019 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Game of Thrones, even in the quietest episode, is still full of killing, but this week's episode featured more killing, and more graphic killing, than any episode of the entire series thus far.

Mar 20, 2019 | Full Review…

So, lots of plot development this week and it's all really meaty. I love the direction that the show is going in and we're really starting to feel the race for the Iron Throne take off.

Mar 20, 2019 | Full Review…

All in all, a very satisfying episode. A new character, plus plenty of solid action and pacing make for an enjoyable watch.

Mar 20, 2019 | Rating: B | Full Review…

In 'The Old Gods and the New', there's plenty of action and relationships are starting to flourish. After so much set-up, pay-off is finally coming thick and fast.

Mar 20, 2019 | Full Review…