The Night Lands
Game of Thrones Season 2

89%

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Critic Ratings: 28
Critics Consensus

Moodier than the premiere and full of dark intrigue, "The Night Lands" introduces viewers to exotic new locations in Westeros and delivers some pivotal character moments.

Episode Info

Arya shares a secret with a familiar recruit; a scout returns to Dany with disturbing news; Theon comes home to the Iron Islands and his real family; Tyrion administers justice; Jon witnesses a terrible crime.

Cast & Crew

Peter Dinklage
Tyrion Lannister
Lena Headey
Queen Cersei Lannister
Michelle Fairley
Lady Catelyn Stark
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
Ser Jaime Lannister
Aidan Gillen
Petyr Baelish
Sophie Turner
Sansa Stark
Jack Gleeson
Prince Joffrey Baratheon
Alfie Allen
Theon Greyjoy
Rory McCann
Sandor Clegane
Iain Glen
Ser Jorah Mormont
John Bradley
Samwell Tarly
James Cosmo
Commander Mormont
Liam Cunningham
Davos Seaworth
Stephen Dillane
Stannis Baratheon
Natalie Dormer
Margaery Tyrell
Julian Glover
Grand Maester Pycelle
Patrick Malahide
Balon Greyjoy
Tom Wlaschiha
Jaqen H'ghar
Ben Crompton
Eddison Tollett
Eros Vlahos
Lommy Greenheads
Gemma Whelan
Yara Greyjoy
Kerr Logan
Matthos Seaworth
Lucian Msamati
Salladhor Saan
Karl Davies
Alton Lannister
Amy Dawson
Captain's Daughter
Jer O'Leary
Lordsport Dockhand
Daniel Portman
Podrick Payne
Ian Whyte
White Walker No. 1
Sam Callis
Goldcloak
Derek Reid
Brothel Customer
Dennis Stokes
Male Prostitute
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Critic Reviews for The Night Lands

The Night Lands is tense and fast-paced despite its relative lack of event.

Mar 18, 2019 | Full Review…

So maybe it's not a surprise that the smartest guy in the room is the one who no one wanted at all. Peter Dinklage is really taking Tyrion to an entirely different level this season.

Mar 24, 2016 | Full Review…

Yet as ugly as it got,... "The Night Lands," was also a thing of beauty, more impressive on a purely visual level than even its immediate predecessor.

Apr 11, 2019 | Full Review…

It's kind of a remarkable confrontation between Tyrion and Cersei, in part because she doesn't present as an utter monster.

Mar 18, 2019 | Full Review…

Things were a little more straightforward and predictable this week - but nonetheless still great, and obviously only going to get better moving forward.

Feb 13, 2020 | Rating: B | Full Review…

This was one of those episodes where every single interaction was a marvel to watch, a testament to the strength of the show's writers.

Apr 11, 2019 | Full Review…

It'd be enough to make you sick in your mouth if it wasn't so bloody entertaining, and true to form Game Of Thrones continues to intrigue and titillate in equal measure.

Apr 11, 2019 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

All of the characters on "Game of Thrones" struggle, nothing comes easy, and this mirrors the demand on the audience's patience and intellect. But the struggle is well worth it.

Mar 19, 2019 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Game of Thrones has done some astonishing casting, and the fact that the actors who play these young characters have such incredible chemistry feels like a blessing. I'm going to enjoy watching these two [Arya and Gendry] interact.

Mar 18, 2019 | Full Review…

The second season is well-and-truly on now, and I am very pleased with the progress so far.

Mar 18, 2019 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Just as we know that all this scene-setting and meandering is going somewhere spectacular - but on its own, 'The Night Lands' looks like one of John Norman's embarrassingly juvenile Gor books come to life.

Mar 18, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

While magic and superstition were largely spoken of in the past tense during season 1, Game of Thrones has put these various notions front and center in season 2.

Mar 18, 2019 | Full Review…