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High Sparrow



Critic Consensus: "High Sparrow" expertly weaves together characters from Game of Thrones' sprawling stories, though the episode ultimately belongs to Jon Snow, whose new position highlights unexpected qualities.

Episode Info

Cersei meets the High Sparrow after learning of a clergyman's embarrassing tale. Meanwhile, Davos talks to Jon about the future of Winterfell, where Ramsay Snow has just learned the identity of his future bride; Arya grows impatient doing menial tasks in the House of Black and White; and Tyrion searches for more comfortable surroundings on a long trip with Varys.


Peter Dinklage
as Tyrion Lannister
Lena Headey
as Cersei Lannister
Emilia Clarke
as Daenerys Targaryen
Aidan Gillen
as Petyr Baelish
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
as Jaime Lannister
Kit Harington
as Jon Snow
Charles Dance
as Tywin Lannister
Iain Glen
as Jorah Mormont
Maisie Williams
as Arya Stark
Sophie Turner
as Sansa Stark
Jack Gleeson
as Joffrey Baratheon
John Bradley
as Samwell Tarly
Alfie Allen
as Theon Greyjoy
Dean-Charles Chapman
as Tommen Baratheon
Rory McCann
as Sandor "The Hound" Clegane
Tom Wlaschiha
as Jaqen H'ghar
Michael McElhatton
as Roose Bolton
Iwan Rheon
as Ramsay Snow
Daniel Portman
as Podrick Payne
Stephen Dillane
as Stannis Baratheon
Jonathan Pryce
as The High Sparrow
Liam Cunningham
as Davos Seaworth
Owen Teale
as Alliser Thorne
Dominic Carter
as Janos Slynt
Rose Leslie
as Ygritte
Natalie Dormer
as Margaery Tyrell
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Critic reviews for High Sparrow

Its ending was plenty dramatic, but it matters much more that "High Sparrow" had what may well be the most haunting and beautiful opening of any episode in Thrones's history.

April 27, 2015 | Full Review…

Finally, some action. The first two episodes of the new season felt like early moves on a giant chess board, which is all well and good, but we were really starting to need some sparks to fly.

April 27, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

I would like to think that these references to the show's beginnings mean that we have turned the corner and that the story will be more concentrated on bringing characters back together and building toward the ending than separating them.

April 27, 2015 | Full Review…

Episode 3 was the best of the season so far. Which is simple to say, considering we've only just been, but after two episodes of "where we left off," the story is finally beginning to move and plots are thickening.

April 27, 2015 | Rating: A | Full Review…

Turns out Tommen is, ahem, ahead of the game a bit.

June 22, 2018 | Full Review…

Keeping both faithful and divergent to George R.R. Martin's books, giving us the best of both worlds.

June 20, 2018 | Full Review…

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