The role of grain boundary constraint in strain localization, slip system activation, slip transmission, and the concomitant constitutive response was examined performing a series of uniaxial compression tests on tantalum bicrystals. Tantalum single crystals were diffusion bonded to form a (011) twist boundary and compressed along the  direction. The resulting threedimensional deformation was analyzed via volume reconstruction. With this technique, both the effective states of stress and strain over the cross-sectional area could be measured as a function of distance from the twist boundary, revealing a highly constrained grain boundary region. Post-test metallurgical characterization was performed using Electron Back-Scattered-Diffraction (EBSD) maps. The results, a spatial distribution of slip patterning and mapping of crystal rotation around the twist-boundary, were analyzed and compared to the known behavior of the individual single crystals. A rather large area near the grain boundary revealed no crystal rotation. Instead, patterns of alternating crystal rotation similar to single crystal experiments were found to be some distance away (~1mm) from the immediate grain boundary region, indicating the large length scale of the rotation free region.