The Wolf and the Lion
Game of Thrones Season 1



Critic Ratings: 21
Critics 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.

Cast & Crew

Peter Dinklage
Tyrion Lannister
Lena Headey
Queen Cersei Lannister
Michelle Fairley
Lady Catelyn Stark
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
Ser Jaime Lannister
Harry Lloyd
Viserys Targaryen
Sophie Turner
Sansa Stark
Jack Gleeson
Prince Joffrey Baratheon
Iain Glen
Ser Jorah Mormont
Alfie Allen
Theon Greyjoy
Aidan Gillen
Petyr Baelish
Rory McCann
Sandor Clegane
Donald Sumpter
Maester Luwin
Jamie Sives
Jory Cassel
Ron Donachie
Rodrik Cassel
Ian McElhinney
Barristan Selmy
Kate Dickie
Lysa Arryn
Julian Glover
Grand Maester Pycelle
Gethin Anthony
Renly Baratheon
Roger Allam
Illyrio Mopatis
Finn Jones
Loras Tyrell
Conan Stevens
Gregor Clegane
Susan Brown
Septa Mordane
Esmé Bianco
Jefferson Hall
Hugh of the Vale
Lino Facioli
Robin Arryn
Brendan McCormack
Vardis Egen
Robert Sterne
Royal Steward
Alan Paris
Ryan McKenna
Willis Wode
Eugene Simon
Lancel Lannister
Emily Diamond
King's Landing Whore
Callum Wharry
Tommen Baratheon
Aimee Richardson
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.

Mar 21, 2016 | Full Review…

An episode notable for a dramatic leap in both the quantity and the quality of the sex and violence, as well

Mar 13, 2019 | Full Review…

With "The Wolf and the Lion," the strongest episode of the season yet, Thrones has put its pieces in place and is ready to start putting them into motion.

Mar 13, 2019 | 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.

Aug 29, 2017 | Full Review…

What could have felt extraneous considering how much is currently going on in Game Of Thrones instead serves as a pointed reminder that nothing is forgotten.

Apr 10, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

For those of you who've been wondering when this show would start to pick up, when things would start to get nasty and violent, I give you "The Wolf And The Lion."

Apr 10, 2019 | Full Review…

Once again, Tyrion's storyline offers the most complexity and entertainment for your HBO dollar.

Mar 13, 2019 | Full Review…

Her [Maisie Williams (Arya)] scenes in this week's episode are among the strongest.

Mar 13, 2019 | Full Review…

The Wolf and the Lion is the first episode to really get deep into the downside of sitting on the throne, even as it introduces more potential challengers to it.

Mar 13, 2019 | Full Review…

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

Mar 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.

Mar 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.

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