Valar Dohaeris
Game of Thrones Season 3



Critic Ratings: 42
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 & Crew

Peter Dinklage
Tyrion Lannister
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
Ser Jaime Lannister
Lena Headey
Queen Cersei Lannister
Kit Harington
Jon Snow
Iain Glen
Ser Jorah Mormont
Michelle Fairley
Lady Catelyn Stark
Aidan Gillen
Petyr Baelish
Liam Cunningham
Davos Seaworth
Stephen Dillane
Stannis Baratheon
Natalie Dormer
Margaery Tyrell
Sophie Turner
Sansa Stark
Alfie Allen
Theon Greyjoy
John Bradley
Samwell Tarly
Oona Chaplin
Talisa Stark
Jack Gleeson
Prince Joffrey Baratheon
James Cosmo
Commander Mormont
Rory McCann
Sandor Clegane
Ciarán Hinds
Mance Rayder
Ian McElhinney
Barristan Selmy
Finn Jones
Loras Tyrell
Kristofer Hivju
Tormund Giantsbane
John Stahl
Rickard Karstark
Lucian Msamati
Salladhor Saan
Ben Crompton
Eddison Tollett
Daniel Portman
Podrick Payne
Dan Hildebrand
Kraznys mo Nakloz
Edward Dogliani
Ian Beattie
Meryn Trant
Ian Whyte
White Walker No. 1
Michael Power
Boat Commander
Aisling Jarrett-Gavin
Margaery's Handmaiden
Max Barber
Orphan Kid
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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…

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…

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

Apr 12, 2019 | Full Review…

[A] solid opening considering the tall task it was handed of reintroducing and establishing the various characters in Westeros.

Feb 12, 2020 | Rating: B | 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…

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…

Despite the slow pace, it features some great moments, dramatic twists in fortune (hinting at Stannis and Davos who I have left unmentioned) and a heated assassination attempt.

Mar 18, 2019 | Full Review…

It's a solid start to a solid show, and if all the stars align, the very best book in the series... will shine throughout both Season 3 and 4, gracefully making its bloody way to our television screens and thus to our hearts.

Mar 18, 2019 | Full Review…

The more things change, the more they stay the same. Welcome back, Game Of Thrones.

Mar 18, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…