Game of Thrones - Season 2, Episode 5 - Rotten Tomatoes

The Ghost of Harrenhal



Critic 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.


Peter Dinklage
as Tyrion Lannister
Michelle Fairley
as Catelyn Stark
Aidan Gillen
as Petyr Baelish
Stephen Dillane
as Stannis Baratheon
Gethin Anthony
as Renly Baratheon
Alfie Allen
as Theon Greyjoy
Emilia Clarke
as Daenerys Targaryen
Maisie Williams
as Arya Stark
Charles Dance
as Tywin Lannister
Liam Cunningham
as Davos Seaworth
Iain Glen
as Jorah Mormont
Kit Harington
as Jon Snow
Lena Headey
as Cersei Lannister
Tom Wlaschiha
as Jaqen H'ghar
Natalie Dormer
as Margaery Tyrell
John Bradley
as Samwell Tarly
Donald Sumpter
as Maester Luwin
James Cosmo
as Jeor Mormont
Roy Dotrice
as Pyromancer Hallyne
Ron Donachie
as Rodrik Cassel
Ian Hanmore
as Pyat Pree
Eugene Simon
as Lancel Lannister
Finn Jones
as Loras Tyrell
Ben Crompton
as Edd Tollet
Steven Cole
as Kovarro
Nonso Anozie
as Xaro Xhoan Daxos
Gemma Whelan
as Yara Greyjoy
Ben Hawkey
as Hot Pie
Ralph Ineson
as Dagmer Cleftjaw
Forbes KB
as Black Lorren
Fintan McKeown
as Amory Lorch
Patrick Fitzsymons
as Reginald Lannister
Art Parkinson
as Rickon Stark
Aimee Richardson
as Myrcella Baratheon
Anthony Morris
as The Tickler
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Critic reviews for The Ghost of Harrenhal

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.

March 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.

March 23, 2016 | Full Review…

Great stuff, all, but we have to wonder if things might be becoming a bit too padded, the way Jon Snow up in the North hasn't had a whole lot to do in a full five episodes.

June 11, 2018 | Full Review…

The writers were smart to include more Daenerys Targaryen this episode. Even if she isn't central to the Stannis-versus-Joffrey plot, she was one of the most captivating characters of Season 1.

March 24, 2016 | Full Review…

A wicked good way of getting back on track after last week's (slight) misstep.

March 23, 2016 | Full Review…

Though the show can occasionally bog down in discussing the history of Westeros, I quite enjoyed Sam and then Jon musing about what the First Men thought when they stood on this spot waaaaay back in the day.

March 21, 2016 | Full Review…

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