The Old Gods and the New
Game of Thrones Season 2



Critic Ratings: 25
Critics Consensus

Thanks to a balance of thrilling action, complex character work, and a savage twist, "The Old Gods and The New" justifies its deviation from the source material.

Episode Info

Theon completes his master stroke. In King's Landing, the Lannisters send Myrcella from harm's way in the nick of time. Arya gets a surprise visitor; Dany vows to take what is hers; Robb and Catelyn receive crucial news; Jon has a chance to prove himself.


Alfie Allen
as Theon Greyjoy
Emilia Clarke
as Daenerys Targaryen
Charles Dance
as Tywin Lannister
Michelle Fairley
as Catelyn Stark
Peter Dinklage
as Tyrion Lannister
Aidan Gillen
as Petyr Baelish
Jack Gleeson
as Joffrey Baratheon
Donald Sumpter
as Maester Luwin
Lena Headey
as Cersei Lannister
Richard Madden
as Robb Stark
Rory McCann
as Sandor "The Hound" Clegane
Sophie Turner
as Sansa Stark
Ron Donachie
as Rodrick Cassel
Nicholas Blane
as Spice King
Nonso Anozie
as Xaro Xhoan Daxos
Tom Wlaschiha
as Jaqen H'ghar
Ralph Ineson
as Dagmer Cleftjaw
Ian Beattie
as Meryn Trant
Fintan McKeown
as Amory Lorch
Forbes KB
as Black Lorren
Steven Cole
as Kovarro
Aimee Richardson
as Myrcella Baratheon
Art Parkinson
as Rickon Start
Callum Wharry
as Tommen Baratheon
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Critic Reviews for The Old Gods and the New

After a slightly slow episode five... series two took off explosively again in episode six.

Mar 20, 2019 | Full Review…

The show gets better as its characters start to reach the point of no return. Theon Greyjoy has passed that point, and the other characters are approaching it.

Mar 20, 2019 | Full Review…

The chaos and animal savagery that has always lurked just below Westeros's scrim of courtliness and gentility has finally broken through the surface and is bleeding out everywhere.

Mar 24, 2016 | Full Review…

This week -- after a trip across the map that contains no new territory -- we plunge into media res so fast my head is spinning... Welcome back, Theon!

Mar 23, 2016 | Full Review…

It's not just that grimness and fear that propels the show, it's an uncommon depth of writing and strength of character that makes it so remarkable an achievement.

Apr 11, 2019 | Full Review…

King's Landing was the location of this week's most satisfying moment as Joffrey finally gets what he deserves.

Mar 20, 2019 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Game of Thrones, even in the quietest episode, is still full of killing, but this week's episode featured more killing, and more graphic killing, than any episode of the entire series thus far.

Mar 20, 2019 | Full Review…

So, lots of plot development this week and it's all really meaty. I love the direction that the show is going in and we're really starting to feel the race for the Iron Throne take off.

Mar 20, 2019 | Full Review…

Much as we saw in the first season, mercy is a complicated thing in Game of Thrones. It's not always the best move, but it's also not always the wrong one.

Mar 20, 2019 | Full Review…

All in all, a very satisfying episode. A new character, plus plenty of solid action and pacing make for an enjoyable watch.

Mar 20, 2019 | Rating: B | Full Review…