The Lion and the Rose
Game of Thrones Season 4

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Critic Ratings: 53
Critics 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.

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
Tara Fitzgerald
Selyse Baratheon
Julian Glover
Grand Maester Pycelle
Finn Jones
Loras Tyrell
Dean-Charles Chapman
Tommen Baratheon
Daniel Portman
Podrick Payne
Ian Beattie
Meryn Trant
Kerry Ingram
Shireen Baratheon
Paul Bentley
High Septon
Elizabeth Webster
Walda Bolton
James McHale
Axell Florent
Jon Thor Birgisson
Musician No. 1
Orri P. Dyrason
Musician No. 2
Georg Holm
Musician No. 3
Raymond Griffiths
King Joffrey Baratheon Dwarf
Maxwell Laird
King Stannis Baratheon Dwarf
Dean Whatton
King Renly Baratheon Dwarf
George Appleby
King Robb Stark Dwarf
Krysten Coombs
King Balon Greyjoy Dwarf
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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.

Jan 5, 2015 | Full Review…

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

Jan 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.

Jan 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.

Jan 5, 2015 | Full Review…

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?

Jan 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.

Jan 5, 2015 | Full Review…

George R.R. Martin (credited with this week's screenplay) has a ball writing Joffrey's last episode, sucking every single bit of immature arrogance out of Jack Gleeson's severely underrated performance with meticulously-paced scenes.

Feb 26, 2020 | Full Review…

There was a sense that finally, finally the tide is beginning to turn against the Lannisters in a meaningful, impactful way.

Apr 8, 2019 | Full Review…

The Lion and the Rose was taken up by the wedding; and when this show devotes that much contiguous running time to one event, you know something big is about to go down.

Apr 8, 2019 | Full Review…

It's almost comforting to know that, even with Joffrey gone, there will still be at least one sadistic twerp whose death we can all look forward to enjoying together.

Apr 8, 2019 | Full Review…

The terrific dialogue between the two [Jeffrey and Tyrion] ratchets up the tension.

Apr 8, 2019 | Full Review…

It's a cracker of an episode, loaded with brilliant character beats and one of the great TV twists.

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

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