Cripples, Bastards, and Broken Things
Game of Thrones Season 1



Critic Ratings: 19
Critics 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
Richard Madden
as Robb Stark
Rory McCann
as Sandor "The Hound" Clegane
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

The highlight of the episode was the jousting tournament, which was everything good about the series so far. Loud, dirty, expensive and excessively gory.

Mar 13, 2019 | Full Review…

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

Mar 21, 2016 | Full Review…

[It] continues the show's remarkable ability to continue the narrative of the novel, while still narrowing its focus enough to create a common thematic thread.

Apr 10, 2019 | Full Review…

Thus far, no episode hasn't been dramatically improved by the appearance of a direwolf. They are awesome - and still growing, apparently.

Mar 13, 2019 | Full Review…

Production value is going to continue to be a struggle for the series, especially as we get to armies clashing, but as long as the character work remains as strong as this episode, I won't complain too much.

Mar 13, 2019 | Full Review…

The MVP of Game of Thrones,... we again see the complexity of Tyrion.

Mar 13, 2019 | Full Review…

It's all heating up. The only question is who will be left standing.

Mar 13, 2019 | 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.

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

The episode does a nice job both setting up the swords-drawn cliffhanger, as Catelyn takes Tyrion into custody, and complicating our picture of him.

Mar 13, 2019 | 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.

Mar 21, 2016 | 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.

Mar 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.

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