Stannis Baratheon's fleet and army arrive at King's Landing and the battle for the city begins. Cersei plans for her and her children's future.



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Confident of victory, Stannis Baratheon's fleet and army arrive at King's Landing and the battle for the city begins. The Lannisters are badly outnumbered but Tyrion has make sensible preparations and strikes a blow. When no one else will lead the troops beyond the city wall, Tyrion decides he will do so himself. Cersei plans for her and her children's future. It appears they are all headed for certain death but help suddenly arrives. Written by garykmcd

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27 May 2012 (USA)  »

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The episode won 2 Emmy Awards for Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series (One-Hour) and Outstanding Sound Editing for a Series. See more »


When Sandor "the Hound" Clegane returns to the city after fleeing the battle, he calls for a drink, throws away the water and calls for wine. By the time he reaches Sansa's chamber, he is carrying a water skin. See more »


[Tyrion and Bronn shake hands before the battle]
Bronn: Don't get killed.
Tyrion Lannister: Nor you, my friend.
Bronn: Oh... are we friends now?
Tyrion Lannister: Of course we are. Just because I pay you for your services doesn't diminish our friendship.
Bronn: Enhances it, really.
Tyrion Lannister: Oh, "enhances". Fancy word for a sellsword.
Bronn: Been spending time with fancy folks.
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The Rains Of Castamere
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Probably my absolute favourite hour of television
25 February 2016 | by (Valhalla) – See all my reviews

I've been getting into Game Of Thrones and I'll say it's worth watching unless you're of the faint of heart or don't like seeing tense political games, murder, deaths of absolutely any character at anytime

  • including the murder of children and infants and sex acts ranging
from incest to rape. With that said I consider this show worth watching especially this episode which is the build-up and payoff to a medieval battle straight out of Blockbusters.

The big battle that's been building up since Episode 1 of the season will finally come to fruition. Stannis Baratheon, a man who wants to claim the Iron Throne and rule all 7 Kingdoms after being cheated out of it at the end of the last season thanks to this new king, Joffrey. Stannis launches a fleet into King's Landing with a much bigger army then Joffrey's and Tyrion comes up with battle plans to try and win. Meanwhile Cersei and the other women are inside a safe haven, Cersei gets drunk and scares the other women about what will happen if Stannis wins and and Sansa attempts to escape because the guard will kill them if Stannis gets in.

I love the tension in the non-battle part. Everything there feels like this fight is just as epic and worth the previous 8 episodes and it succeeds. Getting Neill Marshall, director of Dog Soldiers and Centurion on board to do this was a great choice because he does some very good action here as well. If I were to name anything that's really wrong with this and I admit I'm extremely nitpicky is that it should have been the Season finale. I mean, yes - the season finale was very good but I just think this would have been a far better way to finish off the season.

So I'll say the exact way to watch it would be like the entirety of the show and watch the show in order up until this point. Either way, I've already said to not watch it if you don't like seeing the sorts of things I've described, either way - if you haven't seen this and don't mind seeing the sorts of things I've described in the opening paragraph and you haven't seen it yet... My simple question is, why?

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