Game of Thrones - Season 3, Episode 8 - Rotten Tomatoes

Second Sons



Critic Consensus: "Second Sons" shines through efficient storytelling -- and a comparatively low number of storylines to keep track of this week.

Episode Info

'Second Sons.' (Season Three) Dany meets the Titan's Bastard; King's Landing hosts a royal wedding. Ends 09/02


Peter Dinklage
as Tyrion Lannister
Lena Headey
as Cersei Lannister
Emilia Clarke
as Daenerys Targaryen
Aidan Gillen
as Petyr Baelish
Iain Glen
as Jorah Mormont
Charles Dance
as Tywin Lannister
Maisie Williams
as Arya Stark
Sophie Turner
as Sansa Stark
Jack Gleeson
as Joffrey Baratheon
Rory McCann
as Sandor "The Hound" Clegane
John Bradley
as Samwell Tarly
Stephen Dillane
as Stannis Baratheon
Liam Cunningham
as Davos Seaworth
Natalie Dormer
as Margaery Tyrell
Diana Rigg
as Olenna Tyrell
Julian Glover
as Grand Maester Pycelle
Ed Skrein
as Daario Naharis
Ian McElhinney
as Barristan Selmy
Finn Jones
as Loras Tyrell
Jacob Anderson
as Grey Worm
Ramon Tikaram
as Prendahl na Ghezn
Daniel Portman
as Podrick Payne
Ian Beattie
as Meryn Trant
Paul Bentley
as High Septon
Ross Mullan
as White Walker
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Critic reviews for Second Sons

White Walker aside, that was a pretty tranquil episode, right? Not boring, though. Just one of the few Game of Thrones installments that stuck to a mere number of storylines you can count on one hand.

March 29, 2016 | Full Review…

At this point, any episode not featuring Theon and his mysterious tormentor would get a passing grade from me, but "Second Sons" was much better than just a pass.

March 29, 2016 | Full Review…

Ever the underdog, [Sam] sticks to his whole whole "the meek shall inherit" bit by literally sticking it to one of the most feared and powerful beings we have seen on the show. He'll go on being my favorite accidental hero.

March 29, 2016 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Let's pour some wine and raise a toast to Episode 8, "Second Sons."

March 29, 2016 | Full Review…

The sight of Davos being freed from the Dragonstone dungeon warmed my heart and seasoned this entire excellent episode because it was a reminder of just how wonderful Game of Thrones can be when it digs in instead of spreading out.

March 29, 2016 | Full Review…

No one character has demonstrated a conclusive arc across the season, nor do we necessarily expect season 3 to unfold as concisely as its literary counterpart, but we wish for more focused storytelling among the final two episodes of the year.

June 12, 2018 | Full Review…

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