The Night Lands
Game of Thrones Season 2



Critic Ratings: 27
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.


Peter Dinklage
as Tyrion Lannister
Lena Headey
as Cersei Lannister
Emilia Clarke
as Daenerys Targaryen
Aidan Gillen
as Petyr Baelish
Iain Glen
as Jorah Mormont
Liam Cunningham
as Davos Seaworth
Alfie Allen
as Theon Greyjoy
Stephen Dillane
as Stannis Baratheon
John Bradley
as Samwell Tarly
Julian Glover
as Grand Maester Pycelle
Robert Pugh
as Craster
Patrick Malahide
as Balon Greyjoy
Dominic Carter
as Janos Slynt
Tom Wlaschiha
as Jaqen H'ghar
Ben Crompton
as Dolorous Edd
Steven Cole
as Kovarro
Ben Hawkey
as Hot Pie
Eros Vlahos
as Lommy Greenhands
Gemma Whelan
as Yara Greyjoy
Kerr Logan
as Matthos Seaworth
Lucian Msamati
as Salladhor Saan
Karl Davies
as Alton Lannister
Ian Whyte
as White Walker
Sam Callis
as Goldcloak
Amy Dawson
as Captain's daughter
Daniel Portman
as Podrick Payne
Jer O'Leary
as Lordsport dockhand
Derek Reid
as Ros's dissatisfied customer
Josephine Gillan
as New prostitute
Dennis Stokes
as 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…

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…

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…

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…