The Watchers on the Wall
Game of Thrones Season 4

94%

TOMATOMETER

Critic Ratings: 52
Critics Consensus

Crass and cruel, Crossing Swords bleeds its thin premise dry.

Episode Info

The Night's Watch are confronted with the most dangerous challenge to Castle Black ever seen, as Wildlings attack the ancient fortress from both sides of the Wall.

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Critic Reviews for The Watchers on the Wall

While "The Watchers on the Wall" is a jam-packed bloody affair, it brings less of the shock factor than previous ninth episodes have.

Apr 4, 2019 | Full Review…

This was bravura cinema-on-TV, a production on a scale that would have been unimaginable in the medium just a few years ago.

Jan 7, 2015 | Full Review…

"The Watchers on the Wall" delivered all the dopamine-soaked CGI thrills of a $200 million summer blockbuster in half the time.

Jan 7, 2015 | Full Review…

Holy god. If you watched it on HBO GO, you're really cheating yourself out of an experience. Those giants! Those mammoths!

Jan 7, 2015 | Full Review…

By my estimate, what sets Game of Thrones apart from its fantasy counterparts are the characters. It has the requisite mythology and epic scale for this genre, but it excels in delivering characters that are nuanced

Jan 7, 2015 | Full Review…

"The Watchers on the Wall" is a highlight of the series, a perfect balance of impressive visuals, brutal imagery, and emotional narrative climaxes that cut deeper than the knife of a maniacal Thenn warrior.

Feb 26, 2020 | Full Review…

[It] was visually stunning and spent more time killing wildlings than just talking about it like in previous episodes.

Apr 9, 2019 | Full Review…

This was Game Of Thrones' big battle episode, and it featured huge set pieces. HUGE. But you know what was really huge? The characters, and their incredible defining moments.

Apr 9, 2019 | Full Review…

In terms of scale, thrills - and heartbreak, of course - it overdelivered.

Apr 5, 2019 | Full Review…

We've been building to the Wildling assault on Castle Black for an age, and in the event it didn't disappoint.

Apr 5, 2019 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

It ended up being one of my favorite episodes in a season that has consistently delivered some of the series' best.

Apr 5, 2019 | Full Review…

So overall "The Watchers on the Wall" was a surprisingly old-school swashbuckler. But I for one welcomed that.

Apr 5, 2019 | Full Review…