Second Sons
Game of Thrones Season 3



Critic Ratings: 36
Critics Consensus

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

Episode Info

Dany meets the Titan's Bastard; King's Landing hosts a royal wedding.


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
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
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

Um, did he leave that dagger there? Homie best be returning to pick that damn thing up.

Mar 19, 2019 | Full Review…

Where the last couple of episodes have been heavy on people having a moan in damp castles, this episode had stronger focus on those truly advancing the "game of thrones".

Mar 19, 2019 | Full Review…

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.

Mar 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.

Mar 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.

Mar 29, 2016 | Full Review…
Top Critic

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

Mar 29, 2016 | Full Review…

"Second Sons" isn't exactly "Blackwater 2," but it's the most focused episode of the series since that one.

Apr 12, 2019 | Full Review…

[It] brings a closer, oft-uncomfortable scrutiny to bear on not just these frequently unusual relationships.

Apr 12, 2019 | Full Review…

The result was a fantastic look at characters we've known as they dealt with new circumstances we didn't expect.

Mar 19, 2019 | Full Review…

It's rare to see a TV this thematically coherent, let alone one based on a series of novels whose themes may not be exactly the same. What a pity this season is almost over - it's really hitting its stride.

Mar 19, 2019 | Full Review…