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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.

Director:

David Nutter

Writers:

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
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Storyline

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

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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Budget:

GBP6,000,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital | Dolby Atmos (Blu-ray release)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

First appearance of Rose Leslie as Ygritte the wildling. See more »

Goofs

When Jon is talking to Ygritte, it is quite apparent his sword is made of aluminum. See more »

Quotes

Theon Greyjoy: Why on earth would I take the word of a lying little savage like you?
Osha: I'm no liar.
Theon Greyjoy: All wildlings are liars and savages with no loyalty to anything or anyone.
Osha: I done what I had to do to stay alive. I hate the Starks as well as you do. Let me serve you, my lord.
Theon Greyjoy: How? And don't tell me to put a spear in your hand.
Osha: There are other ways to serve, my lord.
Theon Greyjoy: I'm a prince now, and you'd do well...
Osha: There are other ways to serve, my prince.
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Featured in WatchMojo: Top 10 Game of Thrones Betrayals (2017) See more »

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Main Title
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Written and Performed by Ramin Djawadi
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In no way does it feel old
27 December 2017 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Came to 'Game of Thrones' fairly late in the game and due to being so busy the binge-watching was gradual. Have found myself truly loving the show, very quickly becoming one of my favourites. It totally lives up to the hype and not only does it do the brilliant source material justice (a rarity in television) it is on its own merits one of the finest, most addictive and consistently compelling shows in recent years and quality-wise it puts a lot of films in recent years to shame.

"The Old Gods and the New" is one of the best episodes of 'Game of Thrones' up to this point and along with "Garden of Bones" the best episode of Season 2, or at least to me it is. It is a quite different episode and there are many deviations from the book. The heart of the book is still kept, and while the book is just great in its own way the changes here in the episodes were not for the worse. "The Old Gods and the New" is a tightly paced, rich in story, development and characterisation, thrilling and emotional episode.

There is a huge amount going on in the storytelling and the characterisation and how they're developed. The good news is that, like with "Garden of Bones", all interesting and important, nothing is superfluous here. The scenes between Tywin and Arya, the King's Landing Riot and the scene between Tyrion and Joffrey (as chillingly evil as ever) are particularly brilliantly executed scenes.

Visually, "The Old Gods and the New" looks amazing. The scenery is throughout spectacular, the sets are hugely atmospheric and beautiful on the eyes with a real meticulous eye for detail and the costumes suit the characters to a tee. The make-up is beautifully done. The visual effects are some of the best of any television programme and are not overused or abused, the scale, the detail and how they actually have character and soul are better than those in a lot of the big-budget blockbusters. As well the cinematography and editing, which are cinematic quality as well.

One cannot talk about "The Old Gods and the New" without mentioning the thematically, orchestrally and atmospherically multi-layered music scoring and the unforgettable main theme. Again, worthy of a high-budget fantasy/action/drama film.

It is hard not to be bowled over by the quality of the writing, outstanding isn't a strong enough adjective to describe how good the writing is once again. It always has a natural flow, is layered and thought-provoking and demonstrates a wide range of emotions such as suspenseful tension, poignant pathos and witty humour. The story is paced beautifully, structured with such nuance and attention to coherence, a high emotional level and is done with intelligence, passion and sensitivity.

Direction is superb as is, even more so, the acting. Peter Dinklage continues to show why he is a fan favourite, Jack Gleeson sends chills up the scenes and Charles Dance and Maisie Williams act and interact beautifully in their scenes.

Concluding, a 'Game of Thrones' high point. 10/10 Bethany Cox


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