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Game of Thrones: Season 2 Episode 9 Reviews

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Rob Power
SFX Magazine
April 11, 2019

The fallout from "Blackwater" will not only shape the next season, but also act as a marker for what Game Of Thrones is capable of at its very best. Magnificent.

Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Devin Faraci
Birth.Movies.Death.
April 11, 2019

All of the character stuff was pretty top notch.

TK Burton
Pajiba
April 11, 2019

It was a monster of an episode, unique in many ways not only in terms of the show, but in terms of television in general.

Alyssa Rosenberg
Washington Post
Top Critic
March 26, 2019

I'm still trembling, even though this episode is over... [it's] an episode that was better than I expected, even if I had to fight my way through the gore of Battle of the Bastards.

Ed Cumming
Daily Telegraph (UK)
March 26, 2019

Episode nine was a grand spectacular in the truest sense.

James Poniewozik
TIME Magazine
Top Critic
March 26, 2019

Blackwater, the best hour of the season and possibly of the series altogether, bore down concentratedly on King's Landing and those trying to defend and take it, and it was astonishing.

Ron Hogan
Den of Geek
March 26, 2019

On a show that likes its violence over-the-top (yet also strangely realistic), Blackwater brings the sort of violence that the show has been building up to all season.

Kevin Yeoman
ScreenRant
March 26, 2019

Game of Thrones successfully focused on a single event and group of characters, by bringing to life the all-pervading subject of warfare that has resonated throughout this season.

Alan Sepinwall
Uproxx
March 26, 2019

Blackwater was an instance of more being more, in terms of how big and exciting the battle scenes were, but it was also a case of less being much, much more.

Jonathan Lack
We Got This Covered
March 26, 2019

Even if the hour didn't entirely connect, it's still a mighty impressive feat for television.

Alex Fletcher
Digital Spy
March 26, 2019

Of course, when it came to the crunch Tyrion and Cersei stole the show once again.

Kevin Fitzpatrick
ScreenCrush
June 11, 2018

An epic and finely shot battle to be sure, but now the biggest question remains just how everything will wrap up in the finale next week.

Andy Greenwald
Grantland
Top Critic
March 24, 2016

Of all the impressive feats accomplished by this remarkable episode, this may have been the greatest of them all, revealing the palpable sadness at the root of the Hound's sadism.

Luke Broadwater
Baltimore Sun
March 24, 2016

This was television not as mere television, but as a big, blockbuster action movie. If the show's produces wanted to add 30 minutes of more content, they could have shown "Blackwater" in theatres.

Jenifer D. Braun
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic
March 23, 2016

Welcome to 'Blackwater': This week, in Game of Thrones, we see who really has firepower in Westeros.

Tobias J. McGuffin
TV Equals
March 23, 2016

'Blackwater' just encapsulated most of what I love about the books and the television series. It's the perfect storm, and it's hitting at just the right moment.

James Hibberd
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic
March 23, 2016

Game of Thrones really delivered what's arguably the best battle sequence ever produced for television tonight.

Josh Jackson
Paste Magazine
March 22, 2016

The quiet scenes were as intimate and emotional as the fighting was epic. The battles only matter so much because we've come to care about those fighting them.

Full Review | Original Score: 9.3/10
Sarah Hughes
Guardian
Top Critic
March 22, 2016

This was a heart-stopping hour of near-perfect television in which various characters in King's Landing found inner strength or had their hidden weaknesses exposed while battle raged around them.

Alan Sepinwall
HitFix
March 22, 2016

It was a thrilling hour of television, among the show's best installments ever and every bit the worthy successor to last year's penultimate installment, the head-choppin' "Baelor."

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