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Winter Is Coming



Critic Consensus: "Winter is Coming" is an introduction to a wonderfully bleak journey that honors its source material with stellar execution and an impressive cast.

Episode Info

Series Premiere. Lord Ned Stark is troubled by disturbing reports from a Night's Watch deserter; King Robert and Lannisters arrive at Winterfell; the exiled Viserys Targaryen forges a powerful new allegiance.


Mark Addy
as King Robert Baratheon
Sean Bean
as Eddard "Ned" Stark
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
as Jaime Lannister
Lena Headey
as Cersei Lannister
Michelle Fairley
as Catelyn Stark
Peter Dinklage
as Tyrion Lannister
Emilia Clarke
as Daenerys Targaryen
Aidan Gillen
as Petyr Baelish
Jason Momoa
as Khal Drogo
Richard Madden
as Robb Stark
Kit Harington
as Jon Snow
Harry Lloyd
as Viserys Targaryen
Alfie Allen
as Theon Greyjoy
Jack Gleeson
as Joffrey Baratheon
Iain Glen
as Jorah Mormont
Rory McCann
as Sandor "The Hound" Clegane
Sophie Turner
as Sansa Stark
Maisie Williams
as Arya Stark
Ron Donachie
as Ser Rodrik Cassel
Donald Sumpter
as Maester Luwin
Joseph Mawle
as Benjen Stark
Art Parkinson
as Rickon Stark
Callum Wharry
as Tommen Baratheon
Aimee Richardson
as Myrcella Baratheon
Jamie Sives
as Jory Cassel
Roger Allam
as Illyrio Mopatis
Dar Salim
as Qotho
Susan Brown
as Septa Mordane
John Standing
as Jon Arryn
Rob Ostlere
as Waymar Royce
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Critic reviews for Winter Is Coming

It's grim -- and beautiful, if you're into that kind of thing (and I am).

March 21, 2016 | Full Review…

I must say that while it was by no means perfect, HBO certainly appears up to the task.

April 9, 2019 | Full Review…

Many fine actors on display here, who are often required to establish what their character is about in very short order, and usually do.

March 12, 2019 | Full Review…

The network has another hit on its hands that will not only please fans of Martin's work, but draw in new viewers, thanks to its realistic world, complex characters and good old fashioned sex and violence.

March 12, 2019 | Full Review…

As an opening chapter of a story, Game of Thrones is impressive. However, in several instances I'm still mystified about what the series is going to be about.

March 23, 2016 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

And there you have your pilot-a very different one from many first episodes, even on HBO, in that it didn't so much tell a single story or establish symmetries among the subplots. Rather, it just set a very large table.

March 14, 2019 | Full Review…

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