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The Bear and the Maiden Fair 

Jon and the wildlings travel south of The Wall. Talisa tells Robb that she's pregnant. Arya runs away from the Brotherhood. Daenerys arrives at Yunkai. Jamie leaves Brienne behind at Harrenhal.



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Melisandre (as Carice Van Houten)


Robb and his entourage are traveling to the Freys but wet weather has delayed them. Talisa has big news for him. Jon Snow, Ygritte and the others have crossed into the south and are headed to Castle Black. Margaery has good advice for Sansa who dreads the thought of having to marry Tyrion. For his part, Tyrion thinks she's too young. Shae is also unhappy with Tyrion's upcoming marriage and she wants them to run away. Tywin Lannister makes sure King Joffrey knows exactly who is on charge. Daenerys and her army arrive at Yunkai, the Yellow City. Ser Jorah recommends that they simply bypass the walled city as conquering it serves no useful purpose. She disagrees but the slavers of Yunkai refuse to free all of their slaves. Melissandre arrives in King's Landing with Gendry and tells him of his ancestry. Arya meanwhile runs off on her own and into the arms of an enemy. Jaime begins his trip to King's Landing but refuses to leave Brienne behind. Theon Greyjoy is comforted by two young ... Written by garykmcd

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12 May 2013 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


This is the third episode written by George R.R. Martin (except the scenes that include the bear), following on from Game of Thrones: The Pointy End (2011) and Game of Thrones: Blackwater (2012). See more »


Twin tells Joffrey that the dragon skulls that once lined the throne room were arranged largest to smallest, with the smallest next to the Iron Throne. In Season 1, episode 4 "Cripples, Bastards and Broken Things" Viserys tells Doreah the opposite, that the largest skull was next to the throne. See more »


Razdal mo Eraz: The wise Masters of Yunkai have sent a gift for the silver queen.
[Razdal's slaves bring forward chests and open them, revealing many gold bars]
Razdal mo Eraz: There is far more than this awaiting you on the deck of your ship.
Daenerys Targaryen: My ship?
Razdal mo Eraz: Yes, Khaleesi. As I said, we are a generous people. You shall have as many ships as you require.
Daenerys Targaryen: And what do you ask in return?
Razdal mo Eraz: All we ask is that you make use of these ships. Sail them back to Westeros where you belong, and leave us to conduct our affairs in peace.
Daenerys Targaryen: [...]
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Written by Ramin Djawadi
Performed by Czech Film Orchestra and Choir
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The Bear and the Maiden Fair shines through
21 April 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode isn't nearly as excellent as episode 4, but everything else makes it very worthwhile.

Yes, some of the pacing could've used some more fixing, but it doesn't matter. The storyline/script is still well-written, the relationships are still interesting, the performances still shine, the some of the pacing is fine, the directing and editing is sharp and focused, the music score is still gorgeous, the scenery is still beautiful, and the characters along with the new characters continue to be compelling to this day including Tyrion Lannister. So, overall, another great episode for Season 3.

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