Dark Wings, Dark Words
Game of Thrones Season 3



Critic Ratings: 37
Critics Consensus

Burdened with character and plot reintroductions, "Dark Wings, Dark Words" starts slow before revving up and delving into the real intrigues of the season.

Episode Info

Arya runs into the Brotherhood Without Banners; Jaime finds a way to pass the time.


Peter Dinklage
as Tyrion Lannister
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
as Jaime Lannister
Lena Headey
as Cersei Lannister
Kit Harington
as Jon Snow
Richard Madden
as Robb Stark
Michelle Fairley
as Catelyn Stark
Natalie Dormer
as Margaery Tyrell
Jack Gleeson
as Joffrey Baratheon
Sophie Turner
as Sansa Stark
Alfie Allen
as Theon Greyjoy
John Bradley
as Samwell Tarly
James Cosmo
as Jeor Mormont
Rory McCann
as Sandor "The Hound" Clegane
Diana Rigg
as Olenna Tyrell
Ciarán Hinds
as Mance Rayder
Ellie Kendrick
as Meera Reed
Finn Jones
as Loras Tyrell
Ben Hawkey
as Hot Pie
Art Parkinson
as Rickon Stark
Ben Crompton
as Dolorous Edd
John Stahl
as Rickard Karstark
Iwan Rheon
as Ramsay Snow
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Critic Reviews for Dark Wings, Dark Words

These early-season episodes tend to be about cautiously positioning strands of plot like the first moves in an elaborate game of chess. Yet the action still moved along briskly enough.

Mar 18, 2019 | Full Review…

If the opening episode of Season Three of "Game of Thrones" was mostly talking, Episode Two is mostly walking, though it sets a brisk pace and there's a lot to see along the way.

Mar 18, 2019 | Full Review…

I am bothered when the writers try to shove too many story lines into a single episode, leaving it overburdened and punchless.

Mar 24, 2016 | Full Review…

Several of the major characters have found a new bestie in this episode, and these first-timers are played by some of our favorite "Oh yeah, that guy!" Brits.

Mar 23, 2016 | Full Review…

"Dark Wings, Dark Words," catches us up with the remaining characters not featured in the inaugural episode and moves the story forward in a more decided fashion.

Mar 23, 2016 | Full Review…

Last night, the relentless, unforgiving slog of story reminded me of the Night's Watch's torturous death march toward The Wall.

Mar 23, 2016 | Full Review…

Her [Marge] seduction of him [Joffrey] ... is among the most memorable, and disturbing, scenes of this young season.

Apr 12, 2019 | Full Review…

I appreciate the slow burn, though I confess that I thirst for a bit more action now and again.

Apr 12, 2019 | Full Review…

Lots happened this week. Too much, perhaps?

Mar 18, 2019 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

This episode was mostly talking, and there were no boobies, no dragons, and no one was murdered. But we did get a little bit of gross torture, so that's cool, and fortunately there was plenty of political intrigue.

Mar 18, 2019 | Full Review…

Game of Thrones is back in fighting shape after a bit of a lull last week as HBO's epic fantasy rose sleepily from its hibernation to reintroduce us to its web of plots, sub-plots, and its myriad characters.

Mar 18, 2019 | Full Review…

A lot of exposition this week touching on a lot of stories after a more restrained premiere, but still a strong episode.

Mar 18, 2019 | Rating: A- | Full Review…