The Ghost of Harrenhal
Game of Thrones Season 2

96%

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Critic Ratings: 25
Critics Consensus

"The Ghost of Harrenhal" utilizes some unexpected character pairings to explore GOT's shifting power structure and build momentum leading into the second half of the season.

Episode Info

The Baratheon rivalry ends; Tyrion learns of Cersei's secret weapon; Dany suffers a loss; Arya collects a debt she didn't know was owed; Jon and the Night's Watch man an ancient fortress and meet a legend.

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
Donald Sumpter
Maester Luwin
Roy Dotrice
Wisdom Hallyne
Ron Donachie
Rodrik Cassel
Gethin Anthony
Renly Baratheon
Tom Wlaschiha
Jaqen H'ghar
Eugene Simon
Lancel Lannister
Simon Armstrong
Qhorin Halfhand
Finn Jones
Loras Tyrell
Ben Crompton
Eddison Tollett
Nonso Anozie
Xaro Xhoan Daxos
Gemma Whelan
Yara Greyjoy
Ralph Ineson
Dagmer Cleftjaw
Forbes KB
Black Lorren
Patrick FitzSymons
Reginald Lannister
Art Parkinson
Rickon Stark
Aimee Richardson
Myrcella Baratheon
Anthony Morris
The Tickler
Donagh Deeney
Winterfell Shepherd
Kristina Krepela
Qartheen Woman
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Critic Reviews for The Ghost of Harrenhal

Anyone can be killed in the world of Game Of Thrones for any reason now, including magic. And while I may dislike the magical assassination that drives "The Ghost Of Harrenhal," this is a story about the effects of war and death.

Mar 20, 2019 | Full Review…

In its second season, Game of Thrones has become so skilled at creating memorable characters that it finds itself in the curious position of not having enough time to service them.

Mar 24, 2016 | Full Review…

I feel like this show has done such a good job courting folks who don't like fantasy that all those converts were a little shocked when it turned out they were watching...a fantasy show.

Mar 23, 2016 | Full Review…

It was a classic mid-series episode... most of the action was expository rather than climactic.

Mar 20, 2019 | Full Review…

I've been waiting all season to see Qarth on the inside... it's cool, enticing and menacing all the same.

Mar 20, 2019 | Full Review…

The women of Westeros don't dominate every story this week, but they have enough strong moments.

Mar 19, 2019 | Full Review…

Still a very strong episode with a great central theme, and particularly great for the different female characters of Westeros.

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

After a pretty disturbing hour last week, "Game of Thrones" is back in fine form this week with The Ghost Of Harrenhal.

Apr 11, 2019 | Full Review…

A satisfactory episode if not entirely satisfying after the jaw dropper that preceded it, "The Ghost of Harrenhal" perhaps moved too fast and too much for its own good.

Mar 20, 2019 | Full Review…

As every character is driven by his or her own motivations, the concern of what the endgame is becomes even more pressing as events compound and begin to spin out of control.

Mar 20, 2019 | Full Review…

I love the way Game of Thrones is handling its large cast. They can't get everyone in every episode, but what they have been doing is finding a way to pair off characters who seem to complement one another.

Mar 19, 2019 | Full Review…

The Ghost of Harrenhal, definitely gives the scenes some time to breathe. Not every character gets serviced this week, and that's okay.

Mar 19, 2019 | Full Review…