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'Game of Thrones' Battle of Blackwater: Did it match the hype?

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After 19 episodes, endless amounts of gut-slashing, head-slicing swordplay and more sex than Frankie Cocozza gets in an average year, Game of Thrones finally played-out its much-hyped and highly-anticipated Battle of Blackwater tonight.

Tyrion, Joffrey and the Lannisters had to fight to hold on to King's Landing from Stannis and his invading forces and finally - after much chatter about battles - we witnessed a full-on war between two of Thrones' strongest forces.

Game Of Thrones Series 2: Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister

© HBO

Game Of Thrones Series 2: Carice Van Houten as Melisandre and Stephen Dillane as Stannis Baratheon

© HBO



But after all the bluster and praise lauded on HBO's fantasy hit and all the big talk from showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss, did the episode meet expectations when it came to the fiery battle scenes? Were the small screen effects cinema-worthy and was it, as many TV critics have suggested, one of the most visually stunning TV set-pieces of all-time?

What did you think of the 'Battle of Blackwater'? Share your views below!

Watch the trailer for 'Valar Morghulis', the season two finale of Game of Thrones:



Game of Thrones' season two finale will air on HBO in the US on Sunday, June 3. It airs in the UK on Sky Atlantic on Monday, June 4.

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