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Two Swords



Critic Consensus: While not particularly eventful, "Two Swords" expertly lays the foundation for the coming excitement of season four with superb writing.

Episode Info

In the Season 4 premiere, Tyrion welcomes a surprise guest to King's Landing for the royal wedding, but fears he's come to the Red Keep for something else. Meanwhile, Jon warns his skeptical Night's Watch superiors about an impending attack; Jaime struggles to regain his status at home; Arya encounters a face from her past; and Daario Naharis discusses strategy with Daenerys on the journey to the slave city Meereen.


Peter Dinklage
as Tyrion Lannister
Michelle Fairley
as Catelyn Stark
Lena Headey
as Cersei Lannister
Emilia Clarke
as Daenerys Targaryen
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
as Jaime Lannister
Aidan Gillen
as Petyr Baelish
Charles Dance
as Tywin Lannister
Iain Glen
as Jorah Mormont
Kit Harington
as Jon Snow
Richard Madden
as Robb Stark
Sophie Turner
as Sansa Stark
Maisie Williams
as Arya Stark
Rose Leslie
as Ygritte
Jack Gleeson
as Joffrey Baratheon
Alfie Allen
as Theon Greyjoy
Rory McCann
as Sandor "The Hound" Clegane
Diana Rigg
as Olenna Tyrell
Indira Varma
as Ellaria Sand
Michiel Huisman
as Daario Naharis
James Cosmo
as Jeor Mormont
Stephen Dillane
as Stannis Baratheon
Pedro Pascal
as Oberyn Martell
Ian McElhinney
as Barristan Selmy
Liam Cunningham
as Davos Seaworth
Peter Vaughan
as Maester Aemon
Owen Teale
as Alliser Thorne
Natalie Dormer
as Margaery Tyrell
Jacob Anderson
as Grey Worm
Dominic Carter
as Janos Slynt
Daniel Portman
as Podrick Payne
Ian Beattie
as Meryn Trant
Tony Way
as Dontos Hollard
Will Tudor
as Olyvar
Brian Fortune
as Bowen Marsh
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Critic reviews for Two Swords

The season four debut plodded. But it's important to see episode one for what it is. Before any major battle, the lines must be drawn, the strategies mapped out, the allegiances solidified, the soldiers placed in position.

January 5, 2015 | Full Review…

It's impossible not to enjoy the return of a show that gives us the pleasure of the immensely entertaining Lannister clan. I could listen to those family members insult each other for hours.

January 5, 2015 | Full Review…

Again, excellent episode, but if the previews are straight up, the wedding between Joffrey and Margery is next week? Next Effin week? Naw, I'm not ready.

June 21, 2018 | Full Review…

All on par with the usual Game of Thrones we've come to expect, with a bit of movement on all sides, but nothing particularly standout for a premiere

June 13, 2018 | Full Review…

"Two Swords" shows the messy and downright depressing attempts to move on from a war-torn Westeros, but its real purpose is to reveal who will be prepared for the oncoming storm.

January 5, 2015 | Full Review…

"Two Swords" wasn't a super eventful episode, but it didn't need to be. Game of Thrones is a heavy, meaty show, and sometimes it's best to ease the audience back into things.

January 5, 2015 | Full Review…

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