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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.


Neil Marshall


George R.R. Martin (based on "A Song of Ice and Fire" by), David Benioff (created by) | 2 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Dinklage ... Tyrion Lannister
Lena Headey ... Cersei Lannister
Charles Dance ... Tywin Lannister
Liam Cunningham ... Davos Seaworth
Jack Gleeson ... Joffrey Baratheon
Sophie Turner ... Sansa Stark
Rory McCann ... Sandor 'The Hound' Clegane
Stephen Dillane ... Stannis Baratheon
Jerome Flynn ... Bronn
Conleth Hill ... Lord Varys
Sibel Kekilli ... Shae
Roy Dotrice ... Hallyne
Julian Glover ... Grand Maester Pycelle
Eugene Simon ... Lancel Lannister
Kerr Logan ... Matthos Seaworth


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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Release Date:

27 May 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Blackwater See more »

Filming Locations:

Skaftafell, Iceland


Box Office


$8,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Dolby Atmos (Blu-ray release)



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


The song "The Rains of Castamere" was written about the Lannisters' crushing victory over the rebellious House Reyne of Castamere and House Tarbeck. When House Farman of Faircastle grew truculent, playing the song at Lord Farman's hall was enough to make him reconsider his position. 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 »


Armeca: You've got a pretty voice.
Bronn: Thank you very much.
Armeca: And I like your nose. How many times you break it?
Bronn: Now, let's see... First time, I was five. Me mam smacked me with an iron poker.
Armeca: Ooh.
Bronn: Oh, I wasn't me she was aiming at. She were trying for me little brother. Now, he was a real pest. Second time, I was nine. Got in a scrap with a few older boys. They won. Third time... Eh, you don't want to know about the third time.
Armeca: [kisses his nose] Poor nose.
Bronn: Don't feel sorry for him. He'll be halfway up your ...
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Song "The Rains of Castamere" is sung during the end credits See more »


Referenced in Game of Thrones: The Dragon and the Wolf (2017) See more »


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Written and Performed by Ramin Djawadi
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Best Episde Of Game Of Thrones
12 November 2014 | by slightlymad22See all my reviews

WOW is all I can say. Now this is what I call great TV.

Plot In A Paragraph: Stannis has arrived to take Kings Landing and the Battle Of Blackwater begins.

Hands down the best episode of "Game Of Thrones" so far. On the whole, this episode really has no low points.

Sophie Turner really shines in this episode, and she shares some good meaty scenes with Rory McCann (The Hound) Lena Headey (Cersi) and Sibel Kekilli (Shae) Jack Gleeson is fine as Joffrey who's too young and frightened to risk his own life while Stannis is perfectly willing to do so, leading the battle from the front. Stephen Dillane's Stannis comes off really well in this episode and Conleth Hill's Varys always shines,

But this episode is all about one of my favourite characters and actors in the show Peter Dinklage's Tyrion Lannister. I have often praised his work on this show in my reviews. He won the Emmy for his work in the first season, and he should win another for his work in this episode alone. From the scene with Shae in bed where he talked about his nerves, to his rousing Speech to rally the troops after Joffery had fled to his work on the battlefield. He is simply superb

In the end, this is the show's finest hour in two seasons, and it's fitting it's the hour written by George R.R. Martin.

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