The Ghost of Harrenhal
Game of Thrones Season 2



Critic Ratings: 24
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.


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
Charles Dance
as Tywin Lannister
Liam Cunningham
as Davos Seaworth
Iain Glen
as Jorah Mormont
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

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…

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

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…

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…

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…