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Game of Thrones: The Old Gods and the New

Arya has a surprise visitor; Dany vows to take what is hers; Joffrey meets his subjects; Qhorin gives Jon a chance to prove himself.

Source: HBO

Episode Info
Episode number: 2x6
Airdate: Sunday May 06th, 2012

Director: David Nutter
Writer: Vanessa Taylor

Alternate Airdates:

UK (sky ATLANTIC) May 07, 2012
HU (HBO) May 20, 2012

Guest Stars
Aimee RichardsonAimee Richardson
As Myrcella Baratheon (Daughter of Robert Baratheon and Cersei Lannister)
Amrita AchariaAmrita Acharia
As Irri (Handmaiden of Daenerys Targaryen)
Art ParkinsonArt Parkinson
As Rickon Stark (Youngest Son of Eddard and Catelyn Stark)
Callum WharryCallum Wharry
As Tommen Baratheon (Son of Robert Baratheon and Cersei Lannister)
Donald SumpterDonald Sumpter
As Maester Luwin (Maester of Winterfell)
Fintan McKeownFintan McKeown
As Amory Lorch (Knight Fighting for House Lannister)
Forbes Keir-BucknallForbes Keir-Bucknall
As Black Lorren (Veteran Ironborn Raider Working For Theon Greyjoy)
Gwendoline ChristieGwendoline Christie
As Brienne of Tarth (Former Member of King Renly Baratheon's Kingsguard)
Ian BeattieIan Beattie
As Ser Meryn Trant (Knight of The Kingsguard)
Kristian NairnKristian Nairn
As Hodor (Bran's Servant at House Stark at Winterfell)
Michael McElhattonMichael McElhatton
As Roose Bolton (Lord of the Dreadfort and Head of House Bolton)
Natalia TenaNatalia Tena
As Osha (Woman of The Free Folk, Servant to House Stark)
Nicholas BlaneNicholas Blane
As Spice King (Resident of Qarth, Member of The Thirteen)
Nonso AnozieNonso Anozie
As Xaro Xhoan Daxos (Powerful Merchant in City of Qarth)
Oona ChaplinOona Chaplin
As Talisa (Healer Working on The Battlefields)
Ralph InesonRalph Ineson
As Dagmer Cleftjaw (Ironborn Reaver Working For Theon Greyjoy)
Ron DonachieRon Donachie
As Ser Rodrik Cassel (Master-at-Arms at Winterfell, Killed By Theon)
Rose LeslieRose Leslie
As Ygritte (Wildling North of The Wall)
Simon ArmstrongSimon Armstrong
As Qhorin Halfhand (Experienced Member of The Night's Watch)
Steven ColeSteven Cole
As Kovarro (Dothraki Bloodrider fo Khaleesi Daenerys Targaryen)
Tom WlaschihaTom Wlaschiha
As Jaqen H'ghar (Former Criminal Of The Night's Watch, Helps Arya)
David VerreyDavid Verrey
As High Septon (Head of The Faith of The Seven)
Main Cast
Peter DinklagePeter Dinklage
As Tyrion Lannister
Lena HeadeyLena Headey
As Queen Cersei Lannister
Emilia ClarkeEmilia Clarke
As Daenerys Targaryen
Kit HaringtonKit Harington
As Jon Snow
Rory McCannRory McCann
As Sandor 'The Hound' Clegane
Aidan GillenAidan Gillen
As Petyr Baelish
Charles DanceCharles Dance
As Lord Tywin Lannister
Jack GleesonJack Gleeson
As Prince Joffrey Baratheon
Richard MaddenRichard Madden
As Robb Stark
Michelle FairleyMichelle Fairley
As Lady Catelyn Stark
Sophie Turner (2)Sophie Turner (2)
As Sansa Stark
Maisie WilliamsMaisie Williams
As Arya Stark
Alfie AllenAlfie Allen
As Theon Greyjoy


The episode begins, with Winterfell Maester Luwin barricades himself inside and scrambles to write a note to send with a raven. There are noises of a battle outside. He lets the raven go and guards bust down the door. Meanwhile, Theon of Greyjoy busts in on Bran and in an almost friendly, brotherly manner, tells him hes taking Winterfell. He tells Bran to publically tell the people he’s yielding Winterfell to save them. Bran asks Theon if he always hated them. Outside, Bran tells the people of Winterfell that hes yielding. Theon orders Luwin to send a raven to his sister notifying her of his victory and a raven to his father asking for 500 men. Meanwhile, Osha, the captive wildling, asks Theon for permission to fight for him, but he laughs her off. ..

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Episode Notes
Ratings: 3.88 Million Viewers

Episode Title: 'The Old Gods and the New' is a reference to the Old Gods, which are worshipped in the North, and the New Gods, which are worshipped in the rest of Westeros.

Location: The scenes featuring Jon Snow and Qhorin Halfhand beyond the Wall were filmed in Iceland. The landscape and glaciers in the background are real.

Trivia: The character of Irri was never meant to be killed off. Amrita Acharia, the actress playing Irri, could not get an extension on her EU work visa and had to be written out of the series.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Ramin DjawadiMain TitleOpening Credits, Closing Credits

Episode Quotes
Maester Luwin: I urge you not to make a hasty decision.
Theon Greyjoy: He disrespected me in front of my men, that was his decision, not mine.
Maester Luwin: He is worth more to you alive than dead. The Starks will pay, please. Theon, think what you do.
Theon Greyjoy: You'll address me as Prince Theon, or you'll be next.

Robb Stark: How can I call myself 'King' if I can't hold my own castle? How can I ask men to follow me if...?
Roose Bolton: You are a king! And that means you don't have to do everything yourself.
Catelyn Stark: Let me go and talk to Theon.
Robb Stark: There will be no talk. He will die for this!
Roose Bolton: Theon holds the castle with a skeleton crew. Let me send word to my bastard at the Dreadfort. He can raise a few hundred men and retake Winterfell before the new moon. We have the Lannisters on the run. If you march all the way back north now, you'll lose what you gained. My boy would be honoured to bring you Prince Theon's head.
Robb Stark: Tell your son Bran and Rickon's safety is paramount. And Theon...I want him brought to me alive. I want to look him in the eye and ask him 'Why?'...and then I will take his head myself!

Joffrey Baratheon: Traitors! I'll have all their heads!
Tyrion Lannister: Oh you blind, bloody fool!
Joffrey Baratheon: You can't insult me!
Tyrion Lannister: We've had vicious kings, and we've had idiot kings...but I don't know if we've ever been cursed with a vicious idiot for a king!
Joffrey Baratheon: You, you can't!
Tyrion Lannister: I can, I am!
Joffrey Baratheon: They attacked me!
Tyrion Lannister: They threw a cowpie at you! So you decide to kill them all?! They're starving, you fool! All because of a war you started!
Joffrey Baratheon: You're talking to a king!
(Tyrion slaps Joffrey)
Tyrion Lannister: And now I've struck a king! Did my hand fall from my wrist?! Where is the Stark girl?!
Joffrey Baratheon: Let them have her!
Tyrion Lannister: If she dies you'll never get your uncle Jaime back! You owe him quite a bit, you know!

Daenerys Targaryen: I'm not asking you for the Kingdoms, I'm asking you for ships. I need to cross the Narrow Sea.
Spice King: I need my ships, as well. I use them, you see, to bring spices from one port to another.
Daenerys Targaryen: Whatever you grant me now will be repaid three times over when I retake the Iron Throne.
Spice King: Retake? Did you once sit on the Iron Throne?
Daenerys Targaryen: My father sat there before he was murdered.
Spice King: But if you did not sit on it yourself, would it not be correct to say "take the Iron Throne"?
Daenerys Targaryen: I didn't come here to argue grammar.
Spice King: Of course not, you came to take my ships!

Ygritte: Strike hard and true, Jon Snow, or I'll come back and haunt you.

Episode Goofs
Editing Error:

In the original airing of the episode, the sigil next to Jack Gleeson's (King Joffrey Baratheon) name was mistakenly the Stark direwolf, instead of the Lannister stag.

Episode References
Season 2, Episode 5: Theon Greyjoy decided in 2x05 "The Ghost of Harrenhal,' that he was going to invade Winterfell.

Season 2, Episode 5: Tyrion found out in 2x05 "The Ghost of Harrenhal" that Cersei Lannister had been planning to fight Stannis Baratheon using wildfire.

Season 2, Episode 5: Renly Baratheon was killed in 2x05 "The Ghost of Harrenhal" by a demon birthed by Melisandre.

Season 2, Episode 5: Daenerys found out at the end of 2x05 "The Ghost of Harrenhal" that King Robert Baratheon is dead. She plans to sail to Westeros.

Season 2, Episode 5: Xaro Xhoan Daxos asked Daenerys to marry him in 2x05 "The Ghost of Harrenhal" and in return he would make her rich.

Other Episode Crew

Co-ProducerGreg Spence  |  Christopher Newman
Associate ProducerJonathan Brytus  |  Oliver Butler
Line ProducerLisa McAtackney
First Assistant DirectorRaymond Kirk
Music SupervisorEvyen Klean
Story EditorBryan Cogman
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