Two Swords
Game of Thrones Season 4

95%

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Critic Ratings: 43
Critics 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.

Cast & Crew

Peter Dinklage
Tyrion Lannister
Lena Headey
Queen Cersei Lannister
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
Ser Jaime Lannister
Aidan Gillen
Petyr Baelish
Iain Glen
Ser Jorah Mormont
Sophie Turner
Sansa Stark
Jack Gleeson
Prince Joffrey Baratheon
Alfie Allen
Theon Greyjoy
Rory McCann
Sandor Clegane
John Bradley
Samwell Tarly
Liam Cunningham
Davos Seaworth
Natalie Dormer
Margaery Tyrell
Stephen Dillane
Stannis Baratheon
Kristofer Hivju
Tormund Giantsbane
Iwan Rheon
Ramsay Snow
Diana Rigg
Lady Olenna Tyrell
Indira Varma
Ellaria Sand
Michiel Huisman
Daario Naharis
Ian McElhinney
Barristan Selmy
Peter Vaughan
Maester Aemon
Owen Teale
Alliser Thorne
Daniel Portman
Podrick Payne
Ian Beattie
Meryn Trant
Stuart Martin
Morgan's Friend
Joseph Gatt
Thenn Warg
Martin Walsh
Innkeeper
Daniel Rabin
Lord Blackmount
Brian Fortune
Othell Yarwyck
Dez McMahon
Endrew Tarth
Sara Dylan
Bernadette
Kristen Gillespie
Whore No. 1
Gabrielle Dempsey
Innkeeper's Daughter
Maria Sikavica
Whore No. 2
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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.

Jan 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.

Jan 5, 2015 | Full Review…

Two Swords, though," gives the Lannisters a long, luxurious, period of celebration, and it is both wonderful and extremely unsettling.

Apr 8, 2019 | Full Review…

It's an hour focused on small moments... but continues to push other stories forward in these moments.

Feb 26, 2020 | Full Review…

It's funny and almost light compared to past seasons with occasional moments of melancholy to remind us of the heartbreak that came before.

Apr 8, 2019 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

I feel great about what we just saw.

Apr 8, 2019 | Full Review…

This is one of those quieter Game of Thrones episodes where very little seems to happen, and yet a lot does.

Apr 8, 2019 | Full Review…

Two Swords, was a great start to the series with some bad-ass action from a brand new character, and, of course, Arya.

Apr 8, 2019 | Full Review…

GoT season 4 premiere never feels burdened by what it has to do, laying out the plot points of the season, due in part to all the small, character-driven moments that the show finds time to explore.

Apr 8, 2019 | Full Review…

Four seasons in, it's still brilliant.

Apr 8, 2019 | Full Review…

It was a solid episode that re-introduced us to our favorite - and not-so-favorite - characters, as well as brought us up to speed on a few new ones.

Apr 8, 2019 | Full Review…

The overall effect was one of increased solidity; remembering what's happened in a TV show is often a matter of relation and reference.

Apr 5, 2019 | Full Review…