The Kingsroad
Game of Thrones Season 1



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.


Sean Bean
as Eddard "Ned" Stark
Mark Addy
as King Robert Baratheon
Lena Headey
as Cersei Lannister
Peter Dinklage
as Tyrion Lannister
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
as Jaime Lannister
Harry Lloyd
as Viserys Targaryen
Michelle Fairley
as Catelyn Stark
Emilia Clarke
as Daenerys Targaryen
Jason Momoa
as Khal Drogo
Aidan Gillen
as Petyr Baelish
Iain Glen
as Jorah Mormont
Jack Gleeson
as Joffrey Baratheon
Richard Madden
as Robb Stark
Rory McCann
as Sandor "The Hound" Clegane
Sophie Turner
as Sansa Stark
Alfie Allen
as Theon Greyjoy
Donald Sumpter
as Maester Luwin
Jamie Sives
as Jory Cassel
Ron Donachie
as Ser Rodrick Cassel
Joseph Mawle
as Benjen Stark
Dar Salim
as Qotho
Wilko Johnson
as Ilyn Payne
Callum Wharry
as Tommen Baratheon
Aimee Richardson
as Myrcella Baratheon
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Critic Reviews for The Kingsroad

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…

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…

[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…

The Kingsroad is something of a transition episode.

Mar 14, 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…

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

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…

With the heavy lifting of introducing the rival families out of the way, the producers started having fun with these characters and playing them off each other. It is known.

Mar 21, 2016 | Full Review…