Game of Thrones: Season 2 Episode 5 - TV Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Game of Thrones: Season 2 Episode 5 Reviews

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Joanna Robinson
Pajiba
April 11, 2019

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

Jesse Carp
CinemaBlend
March 20, 2019

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.

Kevin Yeoman
ScreenRant
March 20, 2019

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.

Rowan Kaiser
indieWire
Top Critic
March 20, 2019

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.

Ed Cumming
Daily Telegraph (UK)
March 20, 2019

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

James Poniewozik
TIME Magazine
Top Critic
March 20, 2019

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

Ron Hogan
Den of Geek
March 19, 2019

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.

Alan Sepinwall
Uproxx
March 19, 2019

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

Devin Faraci
Birth.Movies.Death.
March 19, 2019

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

Rob Power
SFX Magazine
March 19, 2019

Powerhouse plotting, topped and tailed by dramatic deaths and stuffed full of stand-out moments, "The Ghost Of Harrenhal" carries on the Game Of Thrones trend for each episode topping the last.

Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Laremy Legel
ComingSoon.net
March 19, 2019

Overall, a nice return to form, setting up episode six well.

Full Review | Original Score: B+
Kevin Fitzpatrick
ScreenCrush
June 11, 2018

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.

Andy Greenwald
Grantland
Top Critic
March 24, 2016

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.

Luke Broadwater
Baltimore Sun
March 24, 2016

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.

Jenifer D. Braun
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic
March 23, 2016

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.

Tobias J. McGuffin
TV Equals
March 23, 2016

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

James Hibberd
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic
March 22, 2016

A man watches Game of Thrones. He sees the latest episode, "The Ghost of Harrenhal," and thinks the season is gathering steam. The power structure has shifted once again in one of the strongest season two episodes yet.

Alan Sepinwall
HitFix
March 21, 2016

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.

David Sims
AV Club
Top Critic
March 21, 2016

Harrenhal, luckily, isn't quite the horror show that it was in the previous episode.

Full Review | Original Score: A-
Emily VanDerWerff
AV Club
Top Critic
March 21, 2016

There's perhaps a bit too much in the way of laying out just why everybody's ready to lay down their lives for Dany, but I liked that the show decided to spend a little time in Qarth, not just rush through the obligatory plot points.

Full Review | Original Score: B+
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