Game of Thrones - Season 1, Episode 7 - Rotten Tomatoes

You Win or You Die



Critic Consensus: The cinematic, fast-paced "You Win or You Die" thrusts the plot forward while hinting at painful moments looming for fans.

Episode Info

Ned confronts Cersei about her secrets; Jon takes his Night's Watch vows; Drogo promises to lead the Dorthraki to King's Landing.


Mark Addy
as King Robert Baratheon
Alfie Allen
as Theon Greyjoy
Sean Bean
as Eddard "Ned" Stark
Emilia Clarke
as Daenerys Targaryen
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
as Jaime Lannister
Michelle Fairley
as Catelyn Stark
Peter Dinklage
as Tyrion Lannister
Aidan Gillen
as Petyr Baelish
Jack Gleeson
as Joffrey Baratheon
Iain Glen
as Jorah Mormont
Kit Harington
as Jon Snow
Lena Headey
as Cersei Lannister
Harry Lloyd
as Viserys Targaryen
Richard Madden
as Robb Stark
Rory McCann
as Sandor "The Hound" Clegane
Sophie Turner
as Sansa Stark
Maisie Williams
as Arya Stark
Charles Dance
as Tywin Lannister
Jason Momoa
as Khal Drogo
Peter Vaughan
as Maester Aemon
Gethin Anthony
as Renly Baratheon
Donald Sumpter
as Maester Luwin
Owen Teale
as Alliser Thorne
Ian McElhinney
as Barristan Selmy
John Bradley
as Samwell Tarly
Julian Glover
as Grand Maester Pycelle
Dominic Carter
as Janos Slynt
Elyes Gabel
as Rakharo
Dar Salim
as Qotho
Robert Sterne
as Small Council Steward
Simon Lowe
as Wine Merchant
Brian Fortune
as Bowen Marsh
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Critic reviews for You Win or You Die

Okay, raise you hand if you saw that coming. Really? 'Cause even with Baelish's little porn-assisted monologue, I didn't.

March 21, 2016 | Full Review…

The hour went very quickly, and yet the landscape of Westeros and the Free Cities changed forever.

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

There's an interesting contrast throughout the episode between those who know exactly who they are (Cersei, Littlefinger, Khal Drogo) versus those who don't (Ned, Jon Snow, perhaps Jaime Lannister).

March 22, 2016 | Full Review…

I can't finish this article without talking a little more about that devious Littlefinger. I know we're all supposed to hate the guy, but I can't help but love him.

March 21, 2016 | Full Review…

"You Win or You Die" is an excellent, pivotal episode where Ned gets unfortunately thwarted by his own honorable intentions.

March 21, 2016 | Rating: 9.5/10 | Full Review…

Pluses: Khal Drogo called Dani "moon of my life." Aw. Direwolf appearance (Ghost). Hilarious woman-on-woman porno-coaching from Littlefinger.

March 22, 2016 | Full Review…

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