Lord Snow
Game of Thrones Season 1



Critic Ratings: 14
Critics Consensus

"Lord Snow" is an intriguing and heavy transitional episode with standout performances from Bean and Gillen, though it would be better served with more focus on character change and development.

Episode Info

Jon impresses Tyrion at Castle Black; Ned confronts his past and future at King's Landing; Daenerys finds herself at odds with Viserys.


Sean Bean
as Eddard "Ned" Stark
Mark Addy
as King Robert Baratheon
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
as Jaime Lannister
Peter Dinklage
as Tyrion Lannister
Lena Headey
as Cersei Lannister
Aidan Gillen
as Petyr Baelish
Michelle Fairley
as Catelyn Stark
Emilia Clarke
as Daenerys Targaryen
Harry Lloyd
as Viserys Targaryen
Jason Momoa
as Khal Drogo
Iain Glen
as Jorah Mormont
Jack Gleeson
as Joffrey Baratheon
Richard Madden
as Robb Stark
Rory McCann
as Sandor "The Hound" Clegane
Alfie Allen
as Theon Greyjoy
Sophie Turner
as Sansa Stark
Ian McElhinney
as Barristan Selmy
James Cosmo
as Jeor Mormont
Owen Teale
as Allister Thorne
Jamie Sives
as Jory Cassel
Ron Donachie
as Ser Rodrick Cassel
Joseph Mawle
as Benjen Stark
Julian Glover
as Grand Maester Pycelle
Gethin Anthony
as Renly Baratheon
Peter Vaughan
as Maester Aemon
Miltos Yerolemou
as Syrio Forel
Susan Brown
as Septa Mordane
Eugene Simon
as Lancel Lannister
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Critic Reviews for Lord Snow

The plot is not so much thickening as entangling like weeds around itself. And none of the many strands feel as though they are going to end well.

Mar 13, 2019 | Full Review…

Welcome back to Westeros, where last night everyone got good and spooked, and we learned a lot more about this country, especially its weather.

Mar 21, 2016 | Full Review…

The show continues to impress, and while the dense machinations are sometimes difficult to follow, it maintains its solid pacing and strong performances.

Apr 10, 2019 | Full Review…

I've talked before about how heavy on exposition this show is, and "Lord Snow" is particularly big on that. For the most part, though, it works this week, because the stories are being told with such passion.

Mar 13, 2019 | Full Review…

Episode 3 of Game Of Thrones requires you to take your concentration level to the next level, as a host of potential heroes and villains are introduced.

Mar 13, 2019 | Full Review…

This was more of a setup episode than anything else, and yet I still found it very entertaining. There's not enough ambitious TV series anymore, but Game of Thrones has already filled that void for me.

Mar 23, 2016 | Rating: 8.5/10 | Full Review…

I adore the way Sean Bean portrays Lord Eddard Stark, Hand of the King, and Ned Stark, father to Sansa, Arya and others. So much humanity is infused into the role.

Mar 22, 2016 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

I think I liked the looser, more rambling quality of "Lord Snow," an episode largely about transitions, fish out of water, and old ghosts.

Mar 22, 2016 | Full Review…

I like that Game of Thrones allows us some room to doubt how much of these magical tales are true.

Mar 14, 2019 | Full Review…

(1) I still find parts of the show deeply, deeply boring. Please, don't show me sword fighting - give me more of that national debt conversation! How riveting. (2) I need a little more development from the characters who are changing.

Mar 22, 2016 | Full Review…

Few actors do weaselly as well as Gillen - and his Baelish, all surface charm and furiously conniving brain, was a pleasure to watch.

Mar 22, 2016 | Full Review…

Game of Thrones, as far as I can tell, is the closest television has ever come to just reading a novel right at you and making that experience fun.

Mar 21, 2016 | Rating: A- | Full Review…