Game of Thrones: Season 4 Episode 2 Reviews

Matt Fowler
IGN Movies
January 5, 2015

This episode was the great example of a source author being brought in to, all at once, replicate, rework, and re-envision their original story.

Kevin Yeoman
ScreenRant
January 5, 2015

While the episode doesn't have the grand sense of tragedy and unexpected brutality that "The Rains of Castamere" did (for obvious reasons), the "The Lion and the Rose" still delivers another sudden, shocking death.

Josh Jackson
Paste Magazine
January 5, 2015

Wow, did we get our money's worth!

Joseph Hannan
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic
January 5, 2015

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.

David Wiegand
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic
January 5, 2015

While the first episode of the series' fourth season moved the story forward from the slaughter of the Starks at the Red Wedding, it could be said that "The Lion and the Rose" episode sets a major part of the course for the new season.

Hillary Kelly
The New Republic
Top Critic
January 5, 2015

The writers primed us for Joffrey's lolling head, showcasing some of his very worst tendencies in this superbly paced episode.

Jake Cole
Slant Magazine
January 5, 2015

Game of Thrones eased into its fourth season with an episode that traded the unending forward motion of the show's previous season for a moment of ragged calm, but "The Lion and the Rose" reveals that respite as nothing more than the eye of a storm.

Joanne Ostrow
Denver Post
Top Critic
January 5, 2015

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

Nina Shen Rastogi
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic
January 5, 2015

Game of Thrones stresses again and again how pageantry and performance are crucial tools for establishing power, and Joffrey's particular genius for crude, bro-ish showmanship has never been more repulsively compelling.

Tim Surette
TV.com
January 5, 2015

OH MY GAWWWWWWWWWWD! "The Lion and the Rose" was straight-up awesome from start to finish, and with the Lord of Light as my witness, I declare it one of my favorite episodes of Game of Thrones ever.

Sean T. Collins
Rolling Stone
Top Critic
January 5, 2015

[In the] novels, Jaime and Brienne don't make it back to King's Landing until after the wedding, [so] some of the episode's best exchanges wouldn't be possible without the show's changes. But many of its strengths do originate with the originals.

David Malitz
Washington Post
Top Critic
January 5, 2015

One of the most hated characters on TV is gone and is it weird to already miss him a little bit? The final shot of his face -- eyes and veins bulging and blood leaking from his nose -- was perfect, I can't believe I won't get to wish him dead ever again.