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Valar Dohaeris


Critic Score

Critic Consensus: "Valar Dohaeris" overextends itself trying to reintroduce a multitude of characters and plotlines, but is strengthened by its brilliantly acted two-person scenes (and three growing baby dragons).

Episode Info

'Valar Dohaeris.' Season Three Premiere. Jon is tested by the wildling king; Tyrion asks for his reward; Dany sails into Slaver's Bay. Ends 03/31

Genre: Drama
Network: HBO
Air Date: Mar 31, 2013
Directed By:
Written By: ,


Peter Dinklage
as Tyrion Lannister
Alfie Allen
as Barristan Selmy, The...
Lena Headey
as Cersei Lannister
Emilia Clarke
as Daenerys Targaryen
Kit Harington
as Jon Snow
Richard Madden
as Robb Stark
Iain Glen
as Jorah Mormont
Michelle Fairley
as Catelyn Stark
Aidan Gillen
as Petyr Baelish
Charles Dance
as Tywin Lannister
Liam Cunningham
as Davos Seaworth
Stephen Dillane
as Stannis Baratheon
Isaac Hempstead-Wrig...
as Bran Stark, Roose Bo...
Rory McCann
as Loras Tyrell, Sandor...
Nikolaj Coster-Walda...
as Jaime Lannister
Natalie Dormer
as Margaery Tyrell
Maisie Williams
as Arya Stark, Talisa
Jack Gleeson
as Joffrey Baratheon
Sophie Turner
as Sansa Stark
Conleth Hill
as Qyburn, Varys
Gwendoline Christie
as Brienne, Tormund
James Cosmo
as Jeor Mormont
Michael McElhatton
as Roose Bolton
Ian McElhinney
as Barristan Selmy
Finn Jones
as Loras Tyrell
Rose Leslie
as Ygritte
Ciarán Hinds
as Mance Rayder
John Stahl
as Rickard Karstark
Lucian Msamati
as Salladhor Saan
Ben Crompton
as Dolorous Edd
Daniel Portman
as Podrick Payne
Edward Dogliani
as Rattleshirt
Ian Beattie
as Meryn Trant
Ian Whyte
as The Giant
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Critic reviews for Valar Dohaeris

"Valar Dohaeris," an episode that's solid TV but also feels a bit too breathless in its attempt to catch viewers up with a good two-thirds of the cast.

Full Review… | March 22, 2016
AV Club
Top Critic

Exciting stuff! Daenerys is shopping for an army and those three dragons are growing up fast. For Game of Thrones fans, it's been worth the long wait.

Full Review… | March 22, 2016
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Producers understand sometimes you need to focus entirely on the fight for the throne itself... So let's all celebrate that the path there is no longer coming, it has returned.

Full Review… | March 22, 2016
TV Fanatic

The show is merely warming up with tonight's episode. However, Game of Thrones warming up remains better than many shows best work. Only more exciting things are ahead. Until then, let's just enjoy our return to Westeros.

Full Review… | March 21, 2016
TV Equals

So yeah, a nice hour of television. A few things left me cold, though. I find it impossible to care about the Stannis Baretheon storyline.

Full Review… | March 21, 2016
The Atlantic
Top Critic

This isn't just the start of another thrilling season of HBO's preeminent series; it's the continuation of an epic television saga that shows no signs of slowing down.

Full Review… | March 21, 2016

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