The Kingsroad
Game of Thrones Season 1

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Critic Ratings: 17
Critics Consensus

"The Kingsroad" brings surprising new developments for characters undergoing change while pushing the various plots forward at an effective pace.

Episode Info

Bran's fate remains in doubt; Jon and Tyrion head to the Wall; Ned faces a family crisis en route to King's Landing; Viserys bides his time in hopes of winning back the throne; Dany focuses on pleasing her new husband, Drogo.

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Critic Reviews for The Kingsroad

So far, it seems that Jaime's chief function (when not, um, servicing his sister) is to meander around insulting people. At least he does it in a way that establishes plot points.

Mar 21, 2016 | Full Review…

The Kingsroad is something of a transition episode.

Mar 14, 2019 | Full Review…

This storyline, as I suspected, was the most controversial last week.

Mar 12, 2019 | Full Review…

The beauty of Game of Thrones, and why HBO seems such a good fit, is that it doesn't do anything by halves.

Mar 12, 2019 | Full Review…

"The Kingsroad" is a particularly eventful hour of Game Of Thrones, layering on plot point after plot point in a brisk, fairly economical matter.

Mar 21, 2016 | Rating: B | Full Review…

The killer performance in this episode, though, comes from Jack Gleeson as the sadistic, entitled little twerp Joffrey Baratheon, the most smackable scion of power HBO has seen since Ziggy Sobotka on The Wire.

Mar 21, 2016 | Full Review…

[It] was another strong entry in the series. Now that the main characters and a common understanding of the universe had been established... the story is ready to break open.

Apr 10, 2019 | Full Review…

Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau),... is quite good at evoking exactly what's intended with the character.

Mar 13, 2019 | Full Review…

It wasn't until the second viewing that I realized how great the scene between Cersei and Cat was. I'm actually not even sure it's in the book, but it should be.

Mar 12, 2019 | Full Review…

[It] picks up a few days after the events of the first, allowing the producers to keep the story moving, while skipping over a few parts that can be left up to the audience's assumption and intelligence.

Mar 12, 2019 | Full Review…

The mark of a good TV series, whether about gangs in Baltimore, '60s ad execs or mythical realms is good characters, and the second episode of Game of Thrones allows us to get to know some of them.

Mar 21, 2016 | Rating: 8.2/10 | Full Review…

"The Kingsroad" was a solid episode as it focused on shifting our characters out of their comfort zones.

Mar 21, 2016 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…