First of His Name
Game of Thrones Season 4

98%

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Critic Ratings: 57
Critics Consensus

Only slow by Game of Thrones standards, "First of His Name" demonstrates how carefully constructed this show has been since season one.

Episode Info

Jon starts a new mission; Cersei and Tywin consider the next move for the Crown; Daenerys makes plans for the future after hearing the latest news from King's Landing; Baelish and Sansa reach their destination.

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
Michiel Huisman
Daario Naharis
Burn Gorman
Karl Tanner
Kate Dickie
Lysa Arryn
Ian McElhinney
Barristan Selmy
Julian Glover
Grand Maester Pycelle
Dean-Charles Chapman
Tommen Baratheon
Daniel Portman
Podrick Payne
Finn Jones
Loras Tyrell
Ben Crompton
Eddison Tollett
Lino Facioli
Robin Arryn
Paul Bentley
High Septon
Alisdair Simpson
Donnel Waynwood
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Critic Reviews for First of His Name

I thought it was a nice mid-season episode, propelled by Michelle MacLaren's elegant direction, Benioff and Weiss's smart dialogue, and the refreshing fact that storylines from Essos to King's Landing seemed to enter new chapters.

Jan 5, 2015 | Full Review…

You have to feel for Sansa, who almost got to relax for half a second with her lemon cakes before her aunt went all Lifetime Originals on her.

Jan 5, 2015 | Full Review…

I'm starting to think that Cersei Lannister is the most important character on Game of Thrones. No one else so perfectly captures the show's myriad contradictions.

Jan 5, 2015 | Full Review…

The man who wants everything (Littlefinger) will stop at nothing. And he's just succeeded in single-handedly taking the strongest fortress in Westeros. Not a bad place to start a bid for the Iron Throne, I'd say.

Jan 5, 2015 | Full Review…

Some stories show good people overcoming injustices, and reassure us that all is right with the world. But the more powerful stories may be the ones where the injustices go unpunished.

Jan 5, 2015 | Full Review…

"First of His Name," offered some of the goriest battle scenes so far, thanks to Jon Snow and the Nights Watch, balanced by some of the funniest comic relief, in the form of Brianne and her hapless squire Pod.

Jan 5, 2015 | Full Review…

Though it mostly feels like another table-setting episode for Game of Thrones (which it most certainly is), "First of His Name" is quietly one of the most philosophic episodes of the show.

Feb 26, 2020 | Full Review…

The standout moment of the episode is the assault on Craster's Keep. It's tense, gruesome and well shot - everything we've come to expect from a Game Of Thrones fight scene.

Apr 9, 2019 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

It's not just about violence and abuse for entertainment's sake,... But the show has a message, as Martin told the Times: "the true horrors of human history derive not from orcs and Dark Lords, but from ourselves."

Apr 9, 2019 | Full Review…

First Of His Name was, at best, a thoroughly average episode. There were a couple of high points, often due more to some excellent performances rather than inspired writing

Apr 9, 2019 | Full Review…

This show takes its time unspooling its mysteries and revealing its dark secrets. Case in point: Last night's episode, First of His Name.

Apr 3, 2019 | Full Review…

That said, I think last night's "First of His Name" ultimately acquitted itself well on that score [rape].

Apr 3, 2019 | Full Review…