Dark Wings, Dark Words
Game of Thrones Season 3



Critic Ratings: 38
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.

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
Diana Rigg
Lady Olenna Tyrell
Ciarán Hinds
Mance Rayder
Paul Kaye
Thoros of Myr
Iwan Rheon
Ramsay Snow
Kristofer Hivju
Tormund Giantsbane
Finn Jones
Loras Tyrell
John Stahl
Rickard Karstark
Ben Crompton
Eddison Tollett
Art Parkinson
Rickon Stark
Michael Shelford
Master Torturer
Joe Purcell
Riverlands Traveller
Joe Cassidy
King's Landing Tailor
Will Rastall
Tyrell Servant
Vanessa Taylor
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Critic Reviews for Dark Wings, Dark Words

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…

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.

Mar 24, 2016 | Full Review…

Overall, 'Dark Wings, Dark Words' is an improvement from the first episode, allowing itself to be a little more grandiose with introductions... and very quietly connecting the scenes together with the feminine entities of Westeros.

Feb 12, 2020 | Rating: B+ | 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…