The Pointy End
Game of Thrones Season 1



Critic Ratings: 18
Critics Consensus

"The Pointy End" is a fast-paced transitional episode which, though written by source novelist George R.R. Martin, proves the show is now finding its own way as a separate entity from from the books.

Episode Info

The Lannisters press their advantage over the Starks; Robb rallies his fathers northern allies and heads south to war; Tyrion forms an uneasy alliance with the hill tribes and reunites with his father.


Sean Bean
as Eddard "Ned" Stark
Aidan Gillen
as Petyr Baelish
Peter Dinklage
as Tyrion Lannister
Lena Headey
as Cersei Lannister
Emilia Clarke
as Daenerys Targaryen
Michelle Fairley
as Catelyn Stark
Richard Madden
as Robb Stark
Jason Momoa
as Khal Drogo
Miltos Yerolemou
as Syrio Forel
Miltos Yerolemou
as Syrio Forel
Charles Dance
as Tywin Lannister
Owen Teale
as Alliser Thorne
Jack Gleeson
as Joffrey Baratheon
Iain Glen
as Jorah Mormont
Alfie Allen
as Theon Greyjoy
Rory McCann
as Sandor "The Hound" Clegane
Sophie Turner
as Sansa Stark
Donald Sumpter
as Maester Luwin
James Cosmo
as Jeor Mormont
Ron Donachie
as Ser Rodrick Cassel
Ian McElhinney
as Barristan Selmy
John Bradley
as Samwell Tarly
Julian Glover
as Grand Maester Pycelle
Kate Dickie
as Lysa Arryn
Dominic Carter
as Janos Slynt
Susan Brown
as Septa Mordane
Clive Mantle
as Greatjon Umber
Mia Soteriou
as Mirri Maz Duur
Dar Salim
as Qotho
Robert Sterne
as Small Council Steward
Ian Gelder
as Kevan Lannister
Lino Facioli
as Robin Arryn
Art Parkinson
as Rickon Stark
Ian Beattie
as Meryn Trant
Simon Stewart
as Lannister Messenger
Brian Fortune
as Bowen Marsh
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Critic Reviews for The Pointy End

Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) continues to both get and deliver the funniest lines.

Mar 14, 2019 | Full Review…

So, Robb's rebellion's already going well.

Mar 21, 2016 | Full Review…

The Pointy End, is perhaps the pivotal sixty minutes in this first breathtaking season.

Apr 10, 2019 | Full Review…

It's a beautifully written episode: tense, dramatic, heart-rending, hilarious and horrifying all at the same time, and testament to a master's hand on the tiller behind the scenes.

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

[There's] some crackling dialogue, a few good character moments and some of the best action the show has featured to date.

Mar 14, 2019 | Full Review…

No one can deny that Game Of Thrones is a cinematic series, but luckily, it's avoided straying into cinematic cliches.

Mar 14, 2019 | Full Review…

There's a lot of [moving pieces around the chess board], yes, but also some crackling dialogue, a few good character moments and some of the best action the show has featured to date.

Mar 22, 2016 | Full Review…

All told, "The Pointy End" was a set-up episode for the final two hours of Season 1. But the manner in which intensity never faded and new faces were thrown into the mix made it another riveting installment of Game of Thrones.

Mar 21, 2016 | Full Review…

The Wall storyline was again a bit detached from the themes and action of the rest of the episode, but I like how the series has kept it in motion.

Mar 14, 2019 | Full Review…

If any heroes emerged this week, I'd have to put Robb at the top of the list, albeit with a big asterisk.

Mar 22, 2016 | Full Review…

The scene between Arya and Syrio Forel is one of the most iconic in the books and lived up to that billing on screen.

Mar 22, 2016 | Full Review…

"The Pointy End," the show's best episode since its fifth and probably its best so far, was the first episode of the show that created that never once made me think, "Eh, I preferred that in the book."

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