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Blood of My Blood 

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Bran and Meera find a new ally. Gilly meets Sam's family. Arya makes a difficult choice. The Lannisters and Tyrells march against the High Sparrow.


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





Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau ... Jaime Lannister
Lena Headey ... Cersei Lannister
Emilia Clarke ... Daenerys Targaryen
Natalie Dormer ... Margaery Tyrell
Maisie Williams ... Arya Stark
Jonathan Pryce ... High Sparrow
John Bradley ... Samwell Tarly
Isaac Hempstead Wright ... Bran Stark
Michiel Huisman ... Daario Naharis
Tom Wlaschiha ... Jaqen H'ghar
Dean-Charles Chapman ... Tommen Baratheon
Hannah Murray ... Gilly
Diana Rigg ... Olenna Tyrell
Richard E. Grant ... Izembaro
David Bradley ... Walder Frey


The white walkers reach Meera and Bran but they are saved in the last minute by a mysterious black rider who turns out to be Benjen Stark. Sam and Gilly arrive at Horn Hill, where Sam introduces Gilly and Crastor's son to his family. Defending Sam, Gilly confesses that she is a wildling, which is appalling to Randyll. Nevertheless, Randyll accepts the baby into his home. However, Sam changes his mind in the last moment and decides to take Gilly, the baby as well as the Valyrian sword of his father with him and leave his home for good. King Tommen is allowed to see Queen Margery. Instead of killing the actress playing Cersei by poisoning her, Arya recovers her Needle and makes different plans. Jaime and the Tyrell army march into King's Landing, trying to stop Margery's planned walk of shame but the High Sparrow already thought this event through, making sure he will succeed in the end by manipulating King Tommen to take his side. As a result, Tommen fires his father from his job as ... Written by Andreea D

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Release Date:

29 May 2016 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Sibenik, Croatia See more »

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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?


In the books, Arya has not retrieved her sword Needle from its hiding place. See more »


The physical appearance of Aerys "the Mad King" Targaryen in the flashback scene heavily contradicts all other representations of him made by both the TV series and the novels, particularly that he is clean-shaven: his madness increased so much that he was too paranoid to allow any blades in his presence, thus did not cut his hair, beard and fingernails for years. By the time of Robert's Rebellion, Aerys' matted hair was so long that it hung below his waist, his uncut nails several inches long. See more »


Gilly: [to Sam] I'm not angry at you. I'm angry that horrible people can treat good people that way and get away with it.
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Featured in Thronecast: The Door (2016) See more »


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Written and Performed by Ramin Djawadi
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Doesn't quite have enough blood, far from bloodless though
27 March 2018 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee 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.

"Blood of My Blood" is something of a let-down after two incredible episodes in "Book of the Stranger" and "The Door". It is still a very well done episode though, despite having some faults, and to be honest following on from episodes as good as those two is daunting and for it to be on the same level would have been a monumental challenge. It doesn't achieve this challenge/feat completely, but it almost like because of the good elements being so good.

There are faults here. Have to agree that Daenerys' role in the episode is dull and neither plot-progressing or develops her character much, her speech doesn't really stir the spirits either. Tommen's character needs to become more interesting because there is not enough to him yet to make him a love to hate him character, at the moment he's fairly ordinary.

Jaime's development seems to have gone backwards rather than progressed. Pacing is occasionally a bit slow.

However, there is a huge amount that works in "Blood of My Blood" that stops it from being bloodless. It is not as eventful or as tight pace-wise as the previous two episodes and revelations and such are milder and don't have the same amount of punch. The episode does do a great job with Sam and Gilly as well as the character of Benjen. Standing out just as much is the story with High Sparrow and Arya's character and story is progressing and the most interesting it was up to this point.

Can't fault the acting. Jonathan Pryce was always great as High Sparrow, he's superb here. Maisie Williams is another standout, and Sam and Gilly are splendidly characterised.

Visually, "Blood of My Blood" looks amazing, as one would expect for 'Game of Thrones'. 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. As well the cinematography and editing, which are cinematic quality as well.

One cannot talk about "Blood of My Blood" 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. The end scoring is especially powerful.

Plenty of layers, passion and sensitivity in the writing if not quite consistent.

In conclusion, could have been much more but very well done on the most part. 8/10 Bethany Cox

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