The Old Gods and the New



Critic 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

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 25, 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 24, 2016 | Full Review…

Hooray for war! Sweet, off-camera war!

Jun 12, 2018 | Full Review…

This one may have strayed the furthest afield of any Game of Thrones episode yet. But oh, as far as compelling television goes, it was meaty.

Mar 24, 2016 | Full Review…

Theon's betrayal is the most gripping storyline in "The Old Gods and the New." But for a more fully realized backstabber, Baelish appears to yet another encampment.

Mar 23, 2016 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

I don't know what it costs HBO to shoot those north scenes in Iceland, but it is worth every penny. Wow, are those sequences gorgeous.

Mar 23, 2016 | Full Review…

The moment where characters start to lose control is an exciting point in every story. And on tonight's Game of Thrones, some of our favorites battled to hold onto power in the face of naked rebellion.

Mar 24, 2016 | Full Review…

There will be those who disagree but I still feel sorry for Theon. One of the most interesting things about Game of Thrones is that it isn't simply a story of upright good guys and black-hearted villains.

Mar 23, 2016 | Full Review…

This show has been as compelling as ever right out of the gate and has never flagged. With this many plot elements spinning around, there's just always much more to look forward to every week.

Mar 22, 2016 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
Top Critic

The second season of Game Of Thrones has done a fair amount of shifting from the book, A Clash Of Kings, but I haven't been bothered by almost any of it... the story still maintains the core themes and emotions that motivated the book.

Mar 22, 2016 | Rating: A | Full Review…