The Bear and the Maiden Fair
Game of Thrones Season 3



Critic Ratings: 36
Critics 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

Dany exchanges gifts in Yunkai; Brienne faces a formidable foe in Harrenhal.

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
Richard Dormer
Beric Dondarrion
Paul Kaye
Thoros of Myr
Clive Russell
Brynden Tully
Ian McElhinney
Barristan Selmy
Iwan Rheon
Ramsay Snow
Kristofer Hivju
Tormund Giantsbane
George Georgiou
Razdal mo Eraz
Jamie Michie
Steelshanks Walton
Art Parkinson
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…

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 Bear and the Maiden Fair" wasn't a particularly good episode of Game of Thrones. I found it draggy and digressive, which was a surprise considering it was written by author George R.R. Martin.

Mar 28, 2016 | Full Review…

[A]n exquisitely shot episode... without a whole lot going on.

Feb 12, 2020 | Rating: B | 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…

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…

Yet while "The Beast And The Maiden Fair" had its moments - and there's no denying it did - it still felt uneven, with storylines piled up too high and payoffs lacking impact.

Mar 19, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

While I didn't think this was the strongest episode of the season at all and felt a little bored here and there for the first time since the Season Premiere, I still enjoyed watching all the pieces line up.

Mar 19, 2019 | Full Review…