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The Lion and the Rose



Critic Consensus: The perfect pacing of "The Lion and the Rose" leads to one of the most excruciating -- and gratifying -- sequences in the series.

Episode Info

A who's who of honored guests turns out for Joffrey and Margaery's wedding in King's Landing, but the king's taste in entertainment rubs many of them the wrong way. Meanwhile, Bronn gives a lesson to an unlikely pupil; Bran's vision helps map out his journey; Stannis loses patience with Davos; and Ramsay takes a perverse delight in his new pet.


Peter Dinklage
as Tyrion Lannister
Michelle Fairley
as Catelyn Stark
Lena Headey
as Cersei Lannister
Charles Dance
as Tywin Lannister
Emilia Clarke
as Daenerys Targaryen
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
as Jaime Lannister
Aidan Gillen
as Petyr Baelish
Stephen Dillane
as Stannis Baratheon
Iain Glen
as Jorah Mormont
Kit Harington
as Jon Snow
Richard Madden
as Robb Stark
Maisie Williams
as Arya Stark
Sophie Turner
as Sansa Stark
Jack Gleeson
as Joffrey Baratheon
Iwan Rheon
as Ramsay Snow
Alfie Allen
as Theon Greyjoy
Rory McCann
as Sandor "The Hound" Clegane
Diana Rigg
as Olenna Tyrell
Indira Varma
as Ellaria Sand
Pedro Pascal
as Oberyn Martell
Daniel Portman
as Podrick Payne
James Cosmo
as Jeor Mormont
Dean-Charles Chapman
as Tommen Baratheon
Julian Glover
as Grand Maester Pycelle
Liam Cunningham
as Davos Seaworth
Kerry Ingram
as Shireen Baratheon
Michael McElhatton
as Roose Bolton
Finn Jones
as Loras Tyrell
Natalie Dormer
as Margaery Tyrell
Thomas Sangster
as Jojen Reed
Ellie Kendrick
as Meera Reed
Ian Beattie
as Meryn Trant
Tony Way
as Dontos Hollard
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Critic reviews for The Lion and the Rose

After a slow-paced season premiere, Game of Thrones ripped the rug out from under its viewers with a shocker this week. If this is a sign of things to come in the Seven Kingdoms, then it's sure to be a spirited season.

January 5, 2015 | Full Review…

Do they know how to throw a wedding on this series or what?

January 5, 2015 | Full Review…

It's a delicate road we've started down at the end of "The Lion and the Rose," but one that has begun with a beautifully orchestrated moment of chaos. We'll see soon enough where it takes us and if the scales start to even out.

January 5, 2015 | Full Review…

I first watched a critic's screening copy of the episode a few weeks ago, and struggled not to share my joy with everyone around me. A few days ago, I needed a pick-me-up, so I watched King Joffrey die again. Still great the second time.

January 5, 2015 | Full Review…
Top Critic

It's not as graphic as last season's bloodbath down the aisle, but the death count in last night's episode is still a game changer. All men must die, sure, but do they all have to die at a wedding?

January 5, 2015 | Full Review…

The most impressive part of Thrones is the way even the scenes pitched toward the future feel essential in the present.

January 5, 2015 | Full Review…

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