Game of Thrones - Season 4, Episode 5 - Rotten Tomatoes

First of His Name



Critic 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.


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
Iain Glen
as Jorah Mormont
Sophie Turner
as Sansa Stark
Kit Harington
as Jon Snow
Richard Madden
as Robb Stark
Charles Dance
as Tywin Lannister
Maisie Williams
as Arya Stark
Jack Gleeson
as Joffrey Baratheon
Alfie Allen
as Theon Greyjoy
Pedro Pascal
as Oberyn Martell
Michiel Huisman
as Daario Naharis
Rory McCann
as Sandor "The Hound" Clegane
Kate Dickie
as Lysa Arryn
Ian McElhinney
as Barristan Selmy
Julian Glover
as Grand Maester Pycelle
James Cosmo
as Jeor Mormont
Stephen Dillane
as Stannis Baratheon
Thomas Sangster
as Jojen Reed
Liam Cunningham
as Davos Seaworth
Ellie Kendrick
as Meera Reed
Rose Leslie
as Ygritte
Jacob Anderson
as Grey Worm
Natalie Dormer
as Margaery Tyrell
Dean-Charles Chapman
as Tommen Baratheon
Daniel Portman
as Podrick Payne
Finn Jones
as Loras Tyrell
Ben Crompton
as Dolorous Edd
Lino Facioli
as Robin Arryn
Paul Bentley
as High Septon
Alisdair Simpson
as 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.

January 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.

January 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.

January 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.

January 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.

January 5, 2015 | Full Review…
Top Critic

"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.

January 5, 2015 | Full Review…

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