Valar Dohaeris
Game of Thrones Season 3

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Critic Ratings: 41
Critics 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

Jon is tested by the wildling king; Tyrion asks for his reward; Dany sails into Slaver's Bay.

Cast

Peter Dinklage
as Tyrion Lannister
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
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
as Jaime Lannister
Natalie Dormer
as Margaery Tyrell
John Bradley
as Samwell Tarly
Jack Gleeson
as Joffrey Baratheon
Sophie Turner
as Sansa Stark
James Cosmo
as Jeor Mormont
Ian McElhinney
as Barristan Selmy
Finn Jones
as Loras Tyrell
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

A perfectly calibrated masterclass demonstration of how well these showrunners understand the material, its pull and its rhythms, and the patient dedication of the audience they have summoned to join them around the campfire.

Mar 18, 2019 | Full Review…

That said, as with any series this complex, the first episode had to do a lot of narrative heavy lifting, and we will have to wait for the real climaxes. But there was much to whet the appetite.

Mar 18, 2019 | Full Review…

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.

Mar 21, 2016 | Full Review…

This wasn't the kind of episode fans will be clamoring to rewatch, but as a table-setter for the season it's aces, establishing plot and tone with expert craftsmanship.

Mar 21, 2016 | Full Review…

That's just life, isn't it? You live, you serve and then you die, hopefully not by zombies.

Mar 21, 2016 | Full Review…

The episode took on the air of the very best caper flicks: the clearing of throats, the setting of stages, and, most important, the reintroducing of the gang.

Mar 21, 2016 | Full Review…

It was a deceptively quiet episode, more a gathering of forces and wills than an action-packed opener.

Apr 12, 2019 | Full Review…

With even more characters and more locales than before, "Valar Dohaeris" is particularly full.

Apr 12, 2019 | Full Review…

Overall, this episode was a bit slow for me-it felt like 60 minutes of set-up, albeit setup for awesome things to come. I think I might've enjoyed it more had I not read the books and wasn't able to anticipate future plot points.

Mar 18, 2019 | Full Review…

"Valar Dohaeris" did its job nicely: checking in on the series' main players and giving a few hints of what Season 3 has in store for them

Mar 18, 2019 | Full Review…