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Dark Wings, Dark Words 

Bran and company meet Jojen and Meera Reed. Arya, Gendry, and Hot Pie meet the Brotherhood. Jaime travels through the wilderness with Brienne. Sansa confesses her true feelings about Joffery to Margaery.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Cersei Lannister
Theon Greyjoy


Bran dreams of the three-eyed raven but Osha doesn't want to hear the details. He meets Jojen Reed and his sister Meera. Bran and Jojen seem to have a great deal in common. Robb learns of the fall of Winterfell and also that Catelyn's father has died. He leads his troops to Riverrun for his grandfather's funeral and en route Catelyn tells Talisa of her desire that Jon Snow die when he was just a babe. Cersei tries to warn Joffre about Margaery's ambition but it falls on deaf ears. Brienne and Jamie continue their journey to King's Landing but run into trouble. Sansa believes that Baelish's desire to help her is because he loved her mother. Shae explains the nature of men to her. Sansa meets Margaery and her grandmother Lady Olenna and reveals her the truth about Joffre. Samwell Tarley is having trouble keeping up as what remains of the Night's Watch as they try to reach the Wall. Arya is also trying to get to Riverrun but she and her companions meet up with the Brotherhood without ... Written by garykmcd

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7 April 2013 (USA)  »


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£4,000,000 (estimated)
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Did You Know?


The episode title "Dark Wings, Dark Words" is an old saying which is used frequently in the books about messages delivered by ravens, suggesting that such messages are often bad news. See more »


When Margaery introduces Sansa to her grandmother she says "Lady Olenna, of House Tyrell", but Olenna was of House Redwyne, her husband was the Lord Tyrell at the time. See more »


Thoros of Myr: You can finish your meals before you go. It may be a while before you see another.
Arya Stark: You'll free us?
Thoros of Myr: I gave you my word. But before you go, allow me to raise a cup to...
[Anguy and another group of outlaws walk in, escorting a tall hooded man]
Anguy: Hey!
[the outlaws cheer]
Thoros of Myr: [laughing] That is an uncommonly large person. How does one manage to subdue such an uncommonly large person?
Anguy: One waits for him to drink until he passes out.
Thoros of Myr: Poor man. You have my sympathy.
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Referenced in Game of Thrones: Oathkeeper (2014) See more »


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Written by Ramin Djawadi
Performed by Czech Film Orchestra and Choir
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Dark Thrones
7 January 2018 | by See all my reviews

Came to 'Game of Thrones' fairly late in the game and due to being so busy the binge-watching was gradual. Have found myself truly loving the show, very quickly becoming one of my favourites. It totally lives up to the hype and not only does it do the brilliant source material justice (a rarity in television) it is on its own merits one of the finest, most addictive and consistently compelling shows in recent years and quality-wise it puts a lot of films in recent years to shame.

"Valar Dohaeris" was a great Season 3 opener. The season's second episode "Dark Wings, Dark Words" is even better. Things feel more settled, more is done with the new characters and their story lines while deftly reiterating those of the older characters and advancing those. It's not the biggest, most epic or boldest of 'Game of Thrones' episodes, and more intimate and character heavy, but all the better for it due to how many characters it introduces. The start of the episode is a bit slow, but overall there is a lot going on and a lot of characters but this is not a case of being over-stuffed or over-crowded.

All the acting is fine across the board, Peter Dinklage is particularly brilliant of the non-new characters, not a surprise as he is always a high point of the show. Diana Rigg is the standout of the new additions.

Visually, "Dark Wings, Dark Words" looks amazing. The scenery is throughout spectacular, the sets are hugely atmospheric and beautiful on the eyes with a real meticulous eye for detail and the costumes suit the characters to a tee. The make-up is beautifully done. The visual effects are some of the best of any television programme and are not overused or abused, the scale, the detail and how they actually have character and soul are better than those in a lot of the big-budget blockbusters. As well the cinematography and editing, which are cinematic quality as well.

One cannot talk about "Dark Wings, Dark Words" without mentioning the thematically, orchestrally and atmospherically multi-layered music scoring and the unforgettable main theme. Again, worthy of a high-budget fantasy/action/drama film.

It is hard not to be bowled over by the quality of the writing, outstanding isn't a strong enough adjective to describe how good the writing is once again. It always has a natural flow, is layered and thought-provoking and demonstrates a wide range of emotions such as suspenseful tension, poignant pathos and witty humour. The story is paced beautifully, structured with such nuance and attention to coherence, a high emotional level and is done with intelligence, passion and sensitivity.

Direction is superb as is, even more so, the acting with not a single weak link.

Overall, great stuff. 9/10 Bethany Cox

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