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Valar Dohaeris

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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

Cast

Alfie Allen
as Barristan Selmy, Theon Greyjoy
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
Isaac Hempstead-Wright
as Bran Stark, Roose Bolton
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
as Jaime Lannister
Rory McCann
as Loras Tyrell, Sandor "The Hound" Clegane
Natalie Dormer
as Margaery Tyrell
Maisie Williams
as Arya Stark, Talisa
John Bradley
as Samwell Tarly
Jack Gleeson
as Joffrey Baratheon
Conleth Hill
as Qyburn, Varys
Sophie Turner
as Sansa Stark
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

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.

March 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.

March 21, 2016 | Full Review…

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

March 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.

March 21, 2016 | Full Review…

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.

March 21, 2016 | Full Review…

"Valar Dohaeris" isn't the most dynamic Game of Thrones episode ever, but the morning after a fierce battle is more about picking up the pieces, regrouping and recalibrating than it is rushing headfirst into another battles.

March 21, 2016 | Full Review…

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