Critic Consensus: Though surprisingly bloodless, hard-fought reunions, bone-chilling surprises, and unexpected humor help "Winterfell" set the stage for what should be an epic final season.

Episode Info

Arriving at Winterfell, Jon and Daenerys struggle to unite a divided North.


Peter Dinklage
as Tyrion Lannister
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
as Jaime Lannister
Lena Headey
as Cersei Lannister
Emilia Clarke
as Daenerys Targaryen
Aidan Gillen
as Petyr Baelish
Sophie Turner
as Sansa Stark
Alfie Allen
as Theon Greyjoy
John Bradley
as Samwell Tarly
Liam Cunningham
as Davos Seaworth
Iain Glen
as Jorah Mormont
Kristofer Hivju
as Tormund Giantsbane
Rory McCann
as Sandor "The Hound" Clegane
Pilou Asbæk
as Euron Greyjoy
Richard Dormer
as Beric Dondarrion
Gemma Whelan
as Yara Greyjoy
Ben Crompton
as Eddison Tollett
Daniel Portman
as Podrick Payne
Bella Ramsey
as Lyanna Mormont
Marc Rissmann
as Harry Strickland
Megan Parkinson
as Alys Karstark
Richard Rycroft
as Maester Wolkan
Harry Grasby
as Ned Umber
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Critic Reviews for Winterfell

Peter Dinklage is simply outstanding, in a performance of genuine magnificence.

Apr 16, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

It was the most dramatic moment of an otherwise restrained scene-setter, largely composed of reunions and introductions. With only five more episodes of the show left to come, the lack of urgency did feel slightly frustrating.

Apr 16, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

I found myself thrilled by getting to go inside the cuckoo clock, but mostly I was reassured by the underlying implication. After so many years of sprawl, Thrones now wants to go deep, not wide.

Apr 15, 2019 | Full Review…

If anything, this episode made me marvel at just how much has changed since this whole journey began, which is clearly what Benioff and Weiss intended to do before they knock down the next set of dominoes.

Apr 15, 2019 | Full Review…

After a two-year gap and a dragon's-feast worth of hype, fans probably wanted grand plot movements. Instead, they got a buffet of inevitabilities... Yet I'd argue that this was one of the best Thrones episodes in a long time.

Apr 15, 2019 | Full Review…

It feels like the show's burning through the stuff it knows we're expecting so it can start doing the stuff we aren't.

Apr 15, 2019 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The first episode of any season of Game of Thrones is essentially one that establishes what is to come. "Winterfell" was no different, but the stakes feel higher than ever before.

Apr 22, 2019 | Full Review…

EVERYTHING HAPPENED. Because this table-setting episode is the equivalent of Lumière singing "Be our guest" while shoving LITERALLY EVERY FOOD ITEM at your face AT THE SAME TIME. The table was set FOR A FEAST.

Apr 22, 2019 | Full Review…

If Game of Thrones manages to spend its remaining time wisely, maybe I'll be equally glad the show didn't waste more time on Jon's other milestones

Apr 15, 2019 | Full Review…

Rather than using that highly anticipated ride as a game-changing confirmation of Jon's true birth, it was used to set up a fun joy ride that ended with a big laugh.

Apr 22, 2019 | Full Review…

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