A Golden Crown
Game of Thrones Season 1



Critic Ratings: 18
Critics Consensus

The character-focused "A Golden Crown" highlights Game of Throne's cast to exhilarating effect, with particularly entertaining comic relief courtesy of Peter Dinklage's Tyrion.

Episode Info

Reinstated as the Hand, Ned sits for the King while Robert is on a hunt. Ned issues a decree that could have long-term consequences. Tyrion confesses to his 'crimes'; Joffrey apologizes to Sansa; Viserys receives from Drogo his final payment for Daenerys.

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
Ron Donachie
Rodrik Cassel
Ian McElhinney
Barristan Selmy
Finn Jones
Loras Tyrell
Kate Dickie
Lysa Arryn
Julian Glover
Grand Maester Pycelle
Gethin Anthony
Renly Baratheon
Miltos Yerolemou
Syrio Forel
Susan Brown
Septa Mordane
Lino Facioli
Robin Arryn
Esmé Bianco
Brendan McCormack
Vardis Egen
Eugene Simon
Lancel Lannister
Amira Ghazalla
Dothraki Crone
Paddy Rocks
Jon Lynderly
Barrington Cullen
Eon Hunter
David Michael Scott
Beric Donarrion
Jane Espenson
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Critic Reviews for A Golden Crown

This may be my favorite episode yet -- and that's despite the fact that there's no Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, the sight of whom is becoming increasingly important to my continued happiness.

Mar 21, 2016 | Full Review…

Episode six was a corker: an hour of subterfuge [and] skulduggery.

Mar 14, 2019 | Full Review…

Ned's actions were morally correct but politically naive, given his family's precarious position and the size of the crown's debt to Tywin. That said there was something magnificent about the way he dismissed the idea that gold wins war .

Mar 22, 2016 | Full Review…

This was a strong episode for just about everybody (save Jon, who sits another week out).

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

I can hardly complain that this wasn't an action-packed episode.

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

Speaking of flying things, all the most entertaining scenes are happening at the Eyrie this time.

Mar 21, 2016 | Full Review…

In this episode... we saw just how dangerous a game this is.

Apr 10, 2019 | Full Review…

It's a flawless piece of television pulled off with the style and confidence of a major big-screen event.

Mar 14, 2019 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Exciting, funny, scary, (slightly) tragic... though it didn't feature every character,... it had a whole lot of them, and a whole lot of what's quickly made this one of the best hours on television.

Mar 14, 2019 | Full Review…

Harry Lloyd (Viserys) has played the role with a magnificent balance of charm and menace.

Mar 14, 2019 | Full Review…

We have one really twisted royal family on our hands. I guess that makes Lannisport the Arkansas of Westeros.

Mar 21, 2016 | Full Review…

Still no Jon Snow this week in "A Golden Crown," but we did get a lot of movement in the Daenerys storyline, including the unceremonious demise of her bi-polar brother Viserys.

Mar 21, 2016 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…