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Dark Wings, Dark Words



Critic 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

'Dark Wings, Dark Words.' (Season Three) Arya runs into the Brotherhood Without Banners; Jaime finds a way to pass the time. Ends 09/02


Peter Dinklage
as Tyrion Lannister
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
as Jaime Lannister
Emilia Clarke
as Daenerys Targaryen, Talisa
Lena Headey
as Cersei Lannister
Kit Harington
as Jon Snow
Richard Madden
as Robb Stark
Aidan Gillen
as Gendry, Petyr Baelish
Michelle Fairley
as Catelyn Stark
Natalie Dormer
as Margaery Tyrell
Jack Gleeson
as Joffrey Baratheon
Charles Dance
as Olenna Tyrell, Tywin Lannister
Sophie Turner
as Sansa Stark
Maisie Williams
as Arya Stark
Alfie Allen
as Theon Greyjoy
John Bradley
as Samwell Tarly
Rory McCann
as Sandor "The Hound" Clegane
Conleth Hill
as Brienne, Varys
Diana Rigg
as Olenna Tyrell
James Cosmo
as Jeor Mormont
Stephen Dillane
as Mance Rayder, Stannis Baratheon
Ciarán Hinds
as Mance Rayder
Carice van Houten
as Jojen Reed, Melisandre
Thomas Sangster
as Jojen Reed
Ellie Kendrick
as Meera Reed
Liam Cunningham
as Davos Seaworth, Meera Reed
Finn Jones
as Loras Tyrell
Rose Leslie
as Ygritte
Ben Hawkey
as Hot Pie
Paul Kaye
as Thoros
Art Parkinson
as Rickon Stark
Ben Crompton
as Dolorous Edd
Michael McElhatton
as Roose Bolton
John Stahl
as Rickard Karstark
Iwan Rheon
as Ramsay Snow
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Critic reviews for Dark Wings, Dark Words

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

March 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.

March 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.

March 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.

March 23, 2016 | Full Review…

Natalie Dormer's Margaery, too, is unfolding delightfully as the season progresses. I'd put her on the short list, with Bronn and Tywin, of the characters who've been most improved in the translation from page to screen.

March 24, 2016 | Full Review…

Played by thespian royalty Diana Rigg, [Olenna Tyrell] absolutely steals the entire show in her brief appearance

January 10, 2019 | Full Review…

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