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Cripples, Bastards, and Broken Things



Critic Consensus: Nuanced characters and a gripping plot help "Cripples, Bastards, and Broken Things" set a new first-season benchmark for Game of Thrones.

Episode Info

Ned looks to a book for clues to the death of his predecessor, and uncovers one of King Robert's bastards. Robert and his guests witness a tournament honoring Ned. Jon takes measures to protect Sam; a frustrated Viserys clashes with Daenerys.


Sean Bean
as Eddard "Ned" Stark
Mark Addy
as King Robert Baratheon
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
as Jaime Lannister
Lena Headey
as Cersei Lannister
Peter Dinklage
as Tyrion Lannister
Michelle Fairley
as Catelyn Stark
Aidan Gillen
as Petyr Baelish
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
Kit Harington
as Jon Snow
Richard Madden
as Robb Stark
Rory McCann
as Sandor "The Hound" Clegane
Maisie Williams
as Arya Stark
Alfie Allen
as Theon Greyjoy
Sophie Turner
as Sansa Stark
Donald Sumpter
as Maester Luwin
Owen Teale
as Allister Thorne
Jamie Sives
as Jory Cassel
Ron Donachie
as Ser Rodrick Cassel
Ian McElhinney
as Barristan Selmy
Dominic Carter
as Janos Slynt
Julian Glover
as Grand Maester Pycelle
Gethin Anthony
as Renly Baratheon
Emun Elliott
as Marillion
Susan Brown
as Septa Mordane
John Bradley
as Samwell Tarly
Conan Stevens
as Gregor Clegane
Andrew Wilde
as Tobho Mott
Callum Wharry
as Tommen Baratheon
Aimee Richardson
as Myrcella Baratheon
Susie Kelly
as Masha Heddle
Jefferson Hall
as Hugh of the Vale
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Critic reviews for Cripples, Bastards, and Broken Things

Things are about to get complicated. Wait, you thought it was complicated already? Oh, hahahahahaha.

March 21, 2016 | Full Review…

Credit George R.R. Martin, along with screenwriters and casting directors for giving us women with the strength to challenge the misogyny of their fictional time and place.

March 21, 2016 | Rating: 8.4/10 | Full Review…

There was a ton of history shoved into this chapter and some of the scenes actually stood out a little bit as being a bit heavy with details.

March 21, 2016 | Rating: 8.5/10 | Full Review…

It seems like we still have a lot of ground to cover. But Game of Thrones is the best HBO series in a long while and it's easily one of the most epic shows currently on TV.

March 23, 2016 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

I felt this was the most solid episode to date, as we have come to know most of the major players. The less introductions, the better.

March 22, 2016 | Rating: 4.8/5 | Full Review…

Welcome back. Thrones is once again stuffed with character moments, but also spices things up with snarling wolves, bathtub nookie, fighting and jousting, all winding up to next week when ... well, let's not get ahead of ourselves.

March 21, 2016 | Full Review…

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