Game of Thrones - Season 8, Episode 1 - Rotten Tomatoes




Critic Consensus: Though surprisingly bloodless, hard-fought reunions, bone-chilling surprises, and unexpected humor help "Winterfell" set the stage for what should be an epic final season.

Episode Info

Jon and Daenerys arrive at Winterfell with Unsullied and Dothraki forces, but the Northerners aren't sure what to make of the newcomers. Meanwhile, Cersei learns what happened at the Wall, Theon plots to save his sister, and Arya is reunited with a number of old faces.


Peter Dinklage
as Tyrion Lannister
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
as Jaime Lannister
Lena Headey
as Cersei Lannister
Emilia Clarke
as Daenerys Targaryen
Aidan Gillen
as Petyr Baelish
Kit Harington
as Jon Snow
Sophie Turner
as Sansa Stark
Maisie Williams
as Arya Stark
Alfie Allen
as Theon Greyjoy
John Bradley
as Samwell Tarly
Liam Cunningham
as Davos Seaworth
Iain Glen
as Jorah Mormont
Kristofer Hivju
as Tormund Giantsbane
Rory McCann
as Sandor "The Hound" Clegane
Pilou Asbæk
as Euron Greyjoy
Richard Dormer
as Beric Dondarrion
Gemma Whelan
as Yara Greyjoy
Ben Crompton
as Eddison Tollett
Daniel Portman
as Podrick Payne
Bella Ramsey
as Lyanna Mormont
Marc Rissmann
as Harry Strickland
Megan Parkinson
as Alys Karstark
Richard Rycroft
as Maester Wolkan
Harry Grasby
as Ned Umber
Staz Nair
as Qhono
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Critic reviews for Winterfell

Lovers may become rivals. Siblings have become enemies. And a gigantic zombie army is marching south to kill everyone. Seems as if this final "Game Of Thrones" is off to an exciting and well-crafted start.

November 22, 2019 | Full Review…
Top Critic

I found myself thrilled by getting to go inside the cuckoo clock, but mostly I was reassured by the underlying implication. After so many years of sprawl, Thrones now wants to go deep, not wide.

April 15, 2019 | Full Review…

If anything, this episode made me marvel at just how much has changed since this whole journey began, which is clearly what Benioff and Weiss intended to do before they knock down the next set of dominoes.

April 15, 2019 | Full Review…

After a two-year gap and a dragon's-feast worth of hype, fans probably wanted grand plot movements. Instead, they got a buffet of inevitabilities... Yet I'd argue that this was one of the best Thrones episodes in a long time.

April 15, 2019 | Full Review…

It feels like the show's burning through the stuff it knows we're expecting so it can start doing the stuff we aren't.

April 15, 2019 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The writing is fairly blunt, as all the plot strands hurtle towards their respective climaxes, but atmospheric direction by David Nutter and stellar performances from all, particularly John Bradley, anchor the proceedings and give a sense of gravitas.

April 15, 2019 | Rating: 16/20 | Full Review…

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