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The Old Gods and the New 

Theon seizes control of Winterfell. Jon captures a wildling, named Ygritte. The people of King's Landing begin to turn against King Joffrey. Daenerys looks to buy ships to sail for the Seven Kingdoms.


David Nutter


George R.R. Martin (based on "A Song of Ice and Fire" by), David Benioff (created by) | 2 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Dinklage ... Tyrion Lannister
Lena Headey ... Cersei Lannister
Michelle Fairley ... Catelyn Stark
Emilia Clarke ... Daenerys Targaryen
Aidan Gillen ... Petyr 'Littlefinger' Baelish
Kit Harington ... Jon Snow
Charles Dance ... Tywin Lannister
Isaac Hempstead Wright ... Bran Stark
Richard Madden ... Robb Stark
Sophie Turner ... Sansa Stark
Maisie Williams ... Arya Stark
Alfie Allen ... Theon Greyjoy
Jack Gleeson ... Joffrey Baratheon
Sibel Kekilli ... Shae
Rory McCann ... Sandor 'The Hound' Clegane


In a surprise attack, Theon Greyjoy captures Winterfell demanding an oath of loyalty from everyone there in return for their lives. He is chastised however by the locals for turning on the family that raised him. The execution of a Stark family retainer shows just how serious Theon is. Robb Stark can't believe what's happened and swears to get his revenge. He is also growing fonder of Lady Talisa. At King's Landing, Tyrion knows better than most that war will devastate them and makes arrangements for Cersei's daughter, Myrcella, to be send away to marry. On returning to the palace after seeing her off, King Joffrey and others of the royal court learn exactly what the public thinks of them. North of the wall, Jon Snow and others are on patrol looking for wildlings. They kill a few but one of the survivors is an attractive young woman, Ygritte. At Harrenhall, Arya continues to work as Lord Tywin Lannister's cup bearer. She's taken aback however when a visitor from King's Landing - ... Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

6 May 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Old Gods and the New See more »

Filming Locations:

Vík, Iceland See more »


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GBP6,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Dolby Atmos (Blu-ray release)



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


According to the novel, when Osha requested to serve Theon as fighter - he agreed immediately, on condition that she bent her knee and swore an oath to him, and she did. She did not offer to sleep with him, and there was never any sexual intercourse between them. See more »


Upon receiving the bad news about the fall of Winterfell and Ser Rodrik's death, Catelyn exclaims: "I told you, never trust a Greyjoy!". Catelyn never said that: in Game of Thrones: The North Remembers she told Robb that Balon Greyjoy was untrustworthy; she did not tell Robb that he should not trust Theon or the Greyjoys in general. See more »


Ygritte: You never killed a woman before, did you? Now you don't need to do it. Mance would take you, I know he would. There are secret ways. The crows will never catch us.
Jon Snow: I'm as much a crow as they are.
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Referenced in Game of Thrones: The Last of the Starks (2019) See more »


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Written and Performed by Ramin Djawadi
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Incredible Plot Developments
1 May 2015 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

I can't add much to what has been said, other than to point out that my criticism of the last episode for gratuitous sex and violence (more of the sadistic variety) was quelled a bit. This episode, while not for shrinking violets, gave cause for the acts of its characters, so even if violence was employed, there was a logic to it. This could be one of the best of the episodes because we get inside the psyches of the ambitious and and the survivors. There is more humanity to the people. I've missed some of that. Joffrey and his mother really believe that somehow they have been wronged as Tyrion sees the big picture. Is Danaerys supposed to be a sympathetic character? Her continual demands to take her rightful place get kind of tiresome. I recognize that she is a supernatural being and has those dragons and everything, but when I saw the carnage of her people, it was the way the game seems to be played. Theon is also interesting. He is about as despicable as one can be and seems to be a hollow threat. Like Joffrey, he is impulsive and paranoid. When he is pushed by others he acts for them, not for himself.

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