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The Ghost of Harrenhal 

Tyrion investigates a secret weapon that King Joffrey plans to use against Stannis. Meanwhile, as a token for saving his life, Jaqen H'ghar offers to kill three people that Arya chooses.


David Petrarca


George R.R. Martin (based on "A Song of Ice and Fire" by), David Benioff (created by) | 3 more credits »




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
Iain Glen ... Jorah Mormont
Kit Harington ... Jon Snow
Charles Dance ... Tywin Lannister
Liam Cunningham ... Davos Seaworth
Alfie Allen ... Theon Greyjoy
John Bradley ... Samwell Tarly
Isaac Hempstead Wright ... Bran Stark
Maisie Williams ... Arya Stark
Stephen Dillane ... Stannis Baratheon
Natalie Dormer ... Margaery Tyrell


Catelyn and Renly come to an agreement and he agrees to join forces with Robb but witchcraft intervenes forcing her to flee with Brienne. As Stannis' fleet approaches Renly's camp, Petyr Baelish has advice for Margaery and her brother. At King's Landing, Cersei assures Tyrion that siege preparations are well under way and he learns the specifics from Lancel. In the Iron Islands Theon sets sail though has some difficulty gaining his crew's respect. Arya makes a deal with Jaqen H'ghar who promises her three lives in return for her having saved his. North of the Wall the Watchmen arrive at their camp. In Qarth, Daxos has gifts for Daenarys and has a proposition for her: access to his untold riches - and the Iron Throne - if he marries her. In Winterfell, Osha sees something in Bran's dreams. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

29 April 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Ghost of Harrenhal See more »

Filming Locations:

Vík, Iceland See more »


Box Office


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?


The episode won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Art Direction for a Single-Camera Series. See more »


Before Brienne swears her oath to Catelyn, she is seen leading a white horse. The horse initially has a muddy left-hindquarter, but the next time it is seen within the same scene, there is no mud. See more »


[Lancel is in Tyrion's palanquin to discuss Cersei's plans]
Lancel Lannister: It's wildfire.
Tyrion Lannister: Wildfire? You wouldn't lie to me, would you, cousin?
Lancel Lannister: No.
Tyrion Lannister: That's a lie right there.
Lancel Lannister: It is NOT a lie. Why would I lie?
Tyrion Lannister: Tell me: if the vile allegations against my brother and sister are true, do you think it will make Jaime more likely to kill you, or less likely? When I tell him you're fucking her, I mean.
Lancel Lannister: I'm telling you the truth...
Tyrion Lannister: The smart money would be on "more likely".
Lancel Lannister: She's making wildfire, I sw...
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Referenced in Game of Thrones: The House of Black and White (2015) See more »


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Best Episode Of Season Two So Far At Midway Point
11 November 2014 | by slightlymad22See all my reviews

At the midway point of the second season this, is my favourite episode so far.

Plot In A Paragraph:A King falls as the end of the Baratheon rivalry forces Catelyn to flee with Brianne. At King's Landing, Tyrion's source alerts him to Joffrey's flawed defence plan and secret weapon. Theon sets sail to prove he is worthy to be called Ironborn. In Harrenhal, Arya receives a special promise from Jaqen H'ghar, one of three prisoners she saved from the Gold Cloaks.

Special praise for this episode must go to Maisie Williams, I have been vocal about my praise for her, and now she ups the game and is even more brilliant in her scene with Charles Dance. Both are superb. She also shares a brilliant scene with Jaqen H'ghar, the brilliant Tom Wlaschiha. I hope we get to see a lot more of him, given his promise to Arya it looks like we will.

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