The Lion and the Rose



Critic Consensus: The perfect pacing of "The Lion and the Rose" leads to one of the most excruciating -- and gratifying -- sequences in the series.

Episode Info

A who's who of honored guests turns out for Joffrey and Margaery's wedding in King's Landing, but the king's taste in entertainment rubs many of them the wrong way. Meanwhile, Bronn gives a lesson to an unlikely pupil; Bran's vision helps map out his journey; Stannis loses patience with Davos; and Ramsay takes a perverse delight in his new pet.


Peter Dinklage
as Tyrion Lannister
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
as Jaime Lannister
Lena Headey
as Cersei Lannister
Charles Dance
as Tywin Lannister

The Lion and the Rose Videos

The Lion and the Rose Photos

Critic Reviews for The Lion and the Rose

But this wedding proved a joyous event, for the simple reason that Joffrey had it coming.

Mar 29, 2019 | Full Review…

After a slow-paced season premiere, Game of Thrones ripped the rug out from under its viewers with a shocker this week. If this is a sign of things to come in the Seven Kingdoms, then it's sure to be a spirited season.

Jan 5, 2015 | Full Review…

Do they know how to throw a wedding on this series or what?

Jan 5, 2015 | Full Review…

It's a delicate road we've started down at the end of "The Lion and the Rose," but one that has begun with a beautifully orchestrated moment of chaos. We'll see soon enough where it takes us and if the scales start to even out.

Jan 5, 2015 | Full Review…

I first watched a critic's screening copy of the episode a few weeks ago, and struggled not to share my joy with everyone around me. A few days ago, I needed a pick-me-up, so I watched King Joffrey die again. Still great the second time.

Jan 5, 2015 | Full Review…
Top Critic

It's not as graphic as last season's bloodbath down the aisle, but the death count in last night's episode is still a game changer. All men must die, sure, but do they all have to die at a wedding?

Jan 5, 2015 | Full Review…

There was a sense that finally, finally the tide is beginning to turn against the Lannisters in a meaningful, impactful way.

Apr 8, 2019 | Full Review…

The Lion and the Rose was taken up by the wedding; and when this show devotes that much contiguous running time to one event, you know something big is about to go down.

Apr 8, 2019 | Full Review…

It's almost comforting to know that, even with Joffrey gone, there will still be at least one sadistic twerp whose death we can all look forward to enjoying together.

Apr 8, 2019 | Full Review…

The terrific dialogue between the two [Jeffrey and Tyrion] ratchets up the tension.

Apr 8, 2019 | Full Review…

News & Interviews for The Lion and the Rose