The Bear and the Maiden Fair

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Critic Consensus: "The Bear and the Maiden Fair" feels like a bit of a holding pattern as Game of Thrones moves its pieces into place for the final three episodes.

Episode Info

'The Bear and the Maiden Fair.' (Season Three) Dany exchanges gifts in Yunkai; Brienne faces a formidable foe in Harrenhal. Ends 09/02

Cast

Peter Dinklage
as Tyrion Lannister
Michelle Fairley
as Catelyn Stark
Lena Headey
as Cersei Lannister
Emilia Clarke
as Daenerys Targaryen
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
as Jaime Lannister
Aidan Gillen
as Petyr Baelish
Iain Glen
as Jorah Mormont
Richard Madden
as Robb Stark
Charles Dance
as Tywin Lannister
Sophie Turner
as Sansa Stark
Jack Gleeson
as Joffrey Baratheon
Alfie Allen
as Theon Greyjoy
Rory McCann
as Sandor "The Hound" Clegane
John Bradley
as Samwell Tarly
James Cosmo
as Jeor Mormont
Stephen Dillane
as Stannis Baratheon
Liam Cunningham
as Davos Seaworth
Natalie Dormer
as Margaery Tyrell
Richard Dormer
as Beric Dondarrion
Clive Russell
as Brynden Tully
Tobias Menzies
as Edmure Tully
George Georgiou
as Razdal mo Eraz
Ian McElhinney
as Barristan Selmy
Ellie Kendrick
as Meera Reed
Jamie Michie
as Steelshanks
Art Parkinson
as Rickon Stark
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Critic Reviews for The Bear and the Maiden Fair

The show has been effective this season in weaving together several plot lines to create a sense of one great flow of forward movement.

Mar 19, 2019 | Full Review…

It's still a powerful programme, and it's rare that it wastes a scene. But there are now so many characters that some major plot points - Arya's latest misfortune, for example - are squeezed into too little space.

Mar 19, 2019 | Full Review…

That was a boring, frustrating episode, probably the worst of the season.

Mar 28, 2016 | Full Review…

They slowed things down, giving room for scenes to breathe and fold out naturally, but also wasted a good chunk of time.

Mar 28, 2016 | Full Review…

I'm starting to think that the show just hands off those Theon moments to Eli Roth. I actually had to leave the room the last two weeks during those extended scenes of torture porn.

Mar 28, 2016 | Full Review…

This episode RULED. High fives, all around my people.

Mar 28, 2016 | Full Review…

The good news is that even the most uneven of episodes is still better than the vast majority of other stories out there, and there were still some terrific moments to be mined from this week's entry.

Apr 12, 2019 | Full Review…

It's one of the more thorough of its kind, touching on early every plot this season has set in motion.

Apr 12, 2019 | Full Review…

That Ygritte used the same words to describe her relationship to Jon doesn't exactly bode well for how their story will play out this season. The vast impersonal forces of George R.R. Martin's world keep tearing spouses and lovers apart.

Mar 19, 2019 | Full Review…

All in all, this was a mediocre Game of Thrones episode. I was shocked when I found out it was actually George R. R. Martin who had written it - the man who initially created all the great characters and setting we've grown so fond of.

Mar 19, 2019 | Full Review…