Game of Thrones - Season 1, Episode 7 - Rotten Tomatoes

You Win or You Die



Critic Consensus: The cinematic, fast-paced "You Win or You Die" thrusts the plot forward while hinting at painful moments looming for fans.

Episode Info

Ned confronts Cersei about her secrets; Jon takes his Night's Watch vows; Drogo promises to lead the Dorthraki to King's Landing.


Mark Addy
as King Robert Baratheon
Alfie Allen
as Theon Greyjoy
Sean Bean
as Eddard "Ned" Stark
Emilia Clarke
as Daenerys Targaryen
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
as Jaime Lannister
Michelle Fairley
as Catelyn Stark
Peter Dinklage
as Tyrion Lannister
Aidan Gillen
as Petyr Baelish
Jack Gleeson
as Joffrey Baratheon
Iain Glen
as Jorah Mormont
Kit Harington
as Jon Snow
Lena Headey
as Cersei Lannister
Harry Lloyd
as Viserys Targaryen
Richard Madden
as Robb Stark
Rory McCann
as Sandor "The Hound" Clegane
Sophie Turner
as Sansa Stark
Maisie Williams
as Arya Stark
Charles Dance
as Tywin Lannister
Jason Momoa
as Khal Drogo
Peter Vaughan
as Maester Aemon
Gethin Anthony
as Renly Baratheon
Donald Sumpter
as Maester Luwin
Owen Teale
as Alliser Thorne
Ian McElhinney
as Barristan Selmy
John Bradley
as Samwell Tarly
Julian Glover
as Grand Maester Pycelle
Dominic Carter
as Janos Slynt
Elyes Gabel
as Rakharo
Dar Salim
as Qotho
Robert Sterne
as Small Council Steward
Simon Lowe
as Wine Merchant
Brian Fortune
as Bowen Marsh
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Critic reviews for You Win or You Die

Okay, raise you hand if you saw that coming. Really? 'Cause even with Baelish's little porn-assisted monologue, I didn't.

March 21, 2016 | Full Review…

[This episode] sees the consequences of this "game" continue to reach their bloody fruition. If there's a theme for this week, betrayal is certainly one of the top contenders.

April 10, 2019 | Full Review…

There was a real sense throughout the episode that things are being set up for an almighty showdown, and it's coming soon.

April 10, 2019 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

What a terrific episode (probably my favorite so far), and especially in the way it turned the spotlight on the characters who are villains in Ned Stark's version of the story.

March 14, 2019 | Full Review…

The action has been steadily climbing since eppy one, and we're finally getting some of the fruits of that labor.

March 14, 2019 | Full Review…

So much happened in this episode... it wasn't until the credits rolled that I realized we hadn't seen Tyrion at all. And I didn't even mind.

March 14, 2019 | Full Review…

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