Game of Thrones: Season 3, Episode 1

Valar Dohaeris (31 Mar. 2013)

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Jon is brought before Mance Rayder, the King Beyond the Wall, while the Night's Watch survivors retreat south. In King's Landing, Tyrion asks for his reward. Littlefinger offers Sansa a way out.



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Beyond the wall, those of the Night's Watch that have survived try to go south to warn everyone of what is coming. Samwell is taken to task for not having sent the ravens. Jon Snow meets Mance Raydor, the King beyond the Wall and is accepted among them. In King's Landing, Tyrion's face has healed and Cersei pays him a visit worried about what he might say about her to their father. Tyrion enlists Bronn, now a knight, to protect him. He doesn't get much satisfaction from his father who promises him better living quarters but not much else. Lady Margaery is cementing her place at court. Sansa meanwhile may have a way out of King's Landing courtesy of Lord Baelish. Davos Seaworth has survived and is rescued. He returns to Dragonstone intent on stopping Melisandre but soon finds himself in the dungeons. Robb Stark arrives at Harrenhal to find all of its occupants dead. Daenerys arrives in Astapor looking for an army. Ser Jorah tells her the Unsullied are the best fighters in the world. Written by garykmcd

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The episode title "Valar Dohaeris" is an expression in High Valyrian, whose meaning is "all men must serve". It is a customary saying in Essos, and is traditional answer to the expression "Valar Morghulis" - "all men must die". See more »


When Margaery Tyrell is speaking to the orphans of the Battle of Blackwater Bay, as her handmaiden begins to hand out toys to the children, an email notification sound from a computer on the set can be heard in the background. See more »


Daenerys Targaryen: I owe you my life, ser.
Barristan Selmy: The honor is mine, my queen.
Daenerys Targaryen: [to Jorah] You know this man?
Jorah Mormont: I know him as one of the greatest fighters the Seven Kingdoms has ever seen and as the Lord Commander of Robert Baratheon's Kingsgaurd.
Barristan Selmy: King Robert is dead. I have been searching for you, Daenerys Stormborn, to ask your forgiveness. I was sworn to protect your family. I failed them. I am Barristan Selmy, Kingsguard to your father. Allow me to join your Queensguard and I will not fail you again.
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Written by Ramin Djawadi
Performed by Czech Film Orchestra and Choir
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Fantastic Premiere
1 April 2013 | by (India) – See all my reviews

Like with the previous 2 seasons,the premiere titled "Valar Dohaeris" sets up the rest of the season nicely As a die-hard book fan,i wasn't that much satisfied with the opening 10 minutes.In the books,Sam kills the wight himself not Lord Commander Mormont.Also,I wasn't a big fan of the way Jon convinced Mance Ryder(played by Ciaran Hinds)to join the wildlings.Ciaran Hinds is a great choice for the role of the King-Beyond-The-Wall.But the rest of the episode is wonderful.It's a joy to watch Tyrion with Cersei,Bronn and Tywin.The acting is fantastic in all the 3 scenes.

Meanwhile in Astapor,Ser Barristan Salmy saves Daenerys from getting bit by a scorpion thingy.Although this wasn't how things went down in the book,I didn't mind the change The premiere sets up the rest of the season slowly but smartly.

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