Game of Thrones - Season 1, Episode 5 - Rotten Tomatoes

The Wolf and the Lion



Critic Consensus: With "The Wolf and the Lion," Game of Thrones tightens its grip while ratcheting up the tension through powerful writing, terrific acting, and an evocative, immersive setting.

Episode Info

Incensed over news of Daenerys' alliance with the Dothrakis, Robert orders a pre-emptive strike on the Targaryens that drives a wedge in his relationship with Ned. A captive Tyrion helps Catelyn. Arya overhears a plot against her father.


Sean Bean
as Eddard "Ned" Stark
Mark Addy
as King Robert Baratheon
Lena Headey
as Cersei Lannister
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
as Jaime Lannister
Aidan Gillen
as Petyr Baelish
Peter Dinklage
as Tyrion Lannister
Michelle Fairley
as Catelyn Stark
Harry Lloyd
as Viserys Targaryen
Emilia Clarke
as Daenerys Targaryen
Iain Glen
as Jorah Mormont
Jack Gleeson
as Joffrey Baratheon
Kit Harington
as Jon Snow
Richard Madden
as Robb Stark
Alfie Allen
as Theon Greyjoy
Rory McCann
as Sandor "The Hound" Clegane
Maisie Williams
as Arya Stark
Sophie Turner
as Sansa Stark
Donald Sumpter
as Maester Luwin
Jamie Sives
as Jory Cassel
Ron Donachie
as Ser Rodrick Cassel
Ian McElhinney
as Barristan Selmy
Kate Dickie
as Lysa Arryn
Julian Glover
as Grand Maester Pycelle
Gethin Anthony
as Renly Baratheon
Roger Allam
as Illyrio Mopatis
Emun Elliott
as Marillion
Finn Jones
as Ser Loras Tyrell
Conan Stevens
as Gregor Clegane
Susan Brown
as Septa Mordane
Jefferson Hall
as Hugh of the Vale
Lino Facioli
as Robin Arryn
Brendan McCormack
as Vardis Egen
Brendan McCormack
as Vardis Egen
Eugene Simon
as Lancel Lannister
Callum Wharry
as Tommen Baratheon
Aimee Richardson
as Myrcella Baratheon
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Critic reviews for The Wolf and the Lion

Hang on to your hats, folks, this one moves fast. And it gets ugly.

March 21, 2016 | Full Review…

Game of Thrones... has become unequivocally the best epic on TV. Especially when it comes to fantasy, there's no contest.

March 23, 2016 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

Was I disappointed not to see Jon Snow or Daenerys tonight? A little, but I thought the episode had a better flow than the ones we've seen in the past.

March 22, 2016 | Full Review…

King Robert and Ned had some amusing moments to start "The Wolf and the Lion." It seems no matter what your role, it's never what you think it will be.

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

We still don't have an answer on whether Jaime's speed and agility would be able to carry the day over Ned's strength and grit, but that was another damned exciting climactic scene from a show that's coming to specialize in them.

March 22, 2016 | Full Review…

Clack-clack-clack-clack-clack....That's the Game of Thrones roller coaster climbing the hill for the past four episodes, ratcheting up the intrigue, danger and suspense. Tonight, we crested the rise and started the downward plunge.

August 29, 2017 | Full Review…

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