Game of Thrones: Season 5 (2015)

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AUDIENCE SCORE

Critic Consensus: Bloody action and extreme power plays return full throttle, as Game of Thrones enjoys a new-found liberation from the world of the source material, resulting in more unexpected thrills.

Episodes

Air date: Apr 12, 2015
Air date: Apr 19, 2015
Air date: Apr 26, 2015
Air date: May 3, 2015
Air date: May 10, 2015
Air date: May 17, 2015
Air date: May 24, 2015
Air date: May 31, 2015
Air date: Jun 7, 2015
Air date: Jun 14, 2015

Season Info

Series 5 sees Daenerys Targaryen continue to grow in power which is not going unnoticed by those in Westeros. Elsewhere, Jon Snow faces some major changes on the wall and Aryr Stark continues on her quest for revenge.

Genre: Drama
Network: HBO
Premiere Date: Apr 12, 2015
Produced By: , , , , , , , ,

Cast

Peter Dinklage
Peter Dinklage
as Tyrion Lannister
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
Nikolaj Coster-Walda...
as Jaime Lannister
Emilia Clarke
Emilia Clarke
as Daenerys Targaryen
Lena Headey
Lena Headey
as Cersei Lannister
Aidan Gillen
Aidan Gillen
as Petyr Baelish
Kit Harington
Kit Harington
as Jon Snow
Charles Dance
Charles Dance
as Tywin Lannister
Iain Glen
Iain Glen
as Jorah Mormont
Daniel Portman
Daniel Portman
as Podrick Payne
Maisie Williams
Maisie Williams
as Arya Stark
Nell Tiger Free
Nell Tiger Free
as Myrcella Baratheon
Indira Varma
Indira Varma
as Ellaria Sand
Sophie Turner
Sophie Turner
as Sansa Stark
Jack Gleeson
Jack Gleeson
as Joffrey Baratheon
Alfie Allen
Alfie Allen
as Theon Greyjoy
Kristofer Hivju
Kristofer Hivju
as Tormund Giantsbane
Tom Wlaschiha
Tom Wlaschiha
as Jaqen H'ghar
Rory McCann
Rory McCann
as Sandor "The Hound" C...
Michael McElhatton
Michael McElhatton
as Roose Bolton
Faye Marsay
Faye Marsay
as The Waif
Iwan Rheon
Iwan Rheon
as Ramsay Snow
John Bradley
John Bradley
as Samwell Tarly
Alexander Siddig
Alexander Siddig
as Doran Martell
Michiel Huisman
Michiel Huisman
as Daario Naharis
Diana Rigg
Diana Rigg
as Olenna Tyrell
Toby Sebastian
Toby Sebastian
as Trystane Martell
Stephen Dillane
Stephen Dillane
as Stannis Baratheon
Ross O'Hennessy
Ross O'Hennessy
as Lord of Bones
Dean-Charles Chapman
Dean-Charles Chapman
as Tommen Baratheon
Jonathan Pryce
Jonathan Pryce
as The High Sparrow
Carice van Houten
Carice van Houten
as Melisandre
Ciarßn Hinds
Ciarßn Hinds
as Mance Rayder
Elizabeth Webster
Elizabeth Webster
as Walda Bolton
Liam Cunningham
Liam Cunningham
as Davos Seaworth
Peter Vaughan
Peter Vaughan
as Maester Aemon
Deobia Oparei
Deobia Oparei
as Areo Hotah
Owen Teale
Owen Teale
as Alliser Thorne
Enzo Cilenti
Enzo Cilenti
as Yezzan zo Qaggaz
Ian McElhinney
Ian McElhinney
as Barristan Selmy
Rose Leslie
Rose Leslie
as Ygritte
Ian Whyte
Ian Whyte
as Wun Wun
Julian Glover
Julian Glover
as Grand Maester Pycell...
Natalie Dormer
Natalie Dormer
as Margaery Tyrell
Tara Fitzgerald
Tara Fitzgerald
as Selyse Baratheon
Jacob Anderson
Jacob Anderson
as Grey Worm
Finn Jones
Finn Jones
as Loras Tyrell
Mark Gatiss
Mark Gatiss
as Tycho Nestoris
Jodhi May
Jodhi May
as Maggy
Dominic Carter
Dominic Carter
as Janos Slynt
Joel Fry
Joel Fry
as Hizdahr zo Loraq
Ben Crompton
Ben Crompton
as Dolorous Edd
Eugene Simon
Eugene Simon
as Lancel Lannister
Will Tudor
Will Tudor
as Olyvar
Ali Lyons
Ali Lyons
as Johnna
Ian Beattie
Ian Beattie
as Meryn Trant
Ian Gelder
Ian Gelder
as Kevan Lannister
Hannah Waddingham
Hannah Waddingham
as Septa Unella
Nicholas Boulton
Nicholas Boulton
as Pit Announcer
Brian Fortune
Brian Fortune
as Othell Yarwyck
Michael Condron
Michael Condron
as Bowen Marsh
Kerry Ingram
Kerry Ingram
as Shireen Baratheon
Lino Facioli
Lino Facioli
as Robin Arryn
Haf■ˇr J˙lÝus Bj÷rnsson
Haf■ˇr J˙lÝus Bj÷rns...
as Gregor "The Mountain...
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Critic Reviews for Game of Thrones: Season 5

All Critics (36) | Top Critics (20)

Part of its genius is an ability to shatter your dreamed-for outcomes and keep you begging for more at the same time. Enjoy, carefully.

Full Review… | April 16, 2015
Guardian

It's a lot to digest, but well worth the effort.

Full Review… | April 14, 2015
TV Insider

All told the writing and production value remain superb.

Full Review… | April 13, 2015
Independent

No, Season 5 of Game of Thrones won't be a joy ride. But it's sure to be a thrill ride.

Full Review… | April 13, 2015
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic

Breathtaking, heartbreaking, awe-inspiring and addictive, it remains the single most remarkable feat of television, possibly ever, increasingly admirable for its ability to grow rather than simply sustain.

Full Review… | April 13, 2015
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

There's an overall feeling of recharging and regeneration about the generally grim show (through four episodes, anyway).

Full Review… | April 13, 2015
New York Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Game of Thrones: Season 5

½

The most up and down of all the seasons thus far. Some things we've been waiting for five years to pay off finally do, and that's nice, but it's not the best Game of Thrones has offered up. Still a stellar show with a promising future.

Gimly Monocle
Gimly Monocle

Super Reviewer

½

So, the most difficult season of Game of Thrones so far has ended. Difficult for many reasons.

Firstly, it's adapting two dreadful convoluted books that keep on getting more and more complicated for no reason. The showrunners have done a decent job with sharpening it up to the essentials, leaving for later other stories (don't worry very angry internet fanbase, you'll get your Greyjoys...) but it also backfired more than once. Some storylines either felt too rushed or too slow. Granted, most of them have continuity with what's coming next, because this is the most carefully constructed show you have on TV right now and I don't mind certain cliffhangers or "that's it?" moments. They usually come back, even if it takes a couple of seasons. I'm sure when the show is done, you won't feel a season ending and another starting, it's that well built. Obviously, Dorne took the shit cake. I dunno what happened there but it seemed the story was handled to the writer's nephews or interns or something. It was just sloppy but it picked up on the last couple of episodes. I still hope they make something interesting out of this, they generally do but the drop in quality was way too evident when everything else is so great.

Secondly, this is a very emotionally exhausting season. Pretty much every character is humiliated or humiliates itself in every episode. There are very few heroisms (but there are some) and everyone makes terrible terrible decisions. Some with consent and well aware of what they're getting into, others completely clueless of the downfall they're bringing to themselves. There were also a lot of parallels to parenting, on people surviving without guidance from motherly or fatherly figures, growing up on very difficult situations which gives this show an unusual depth to such a popular show. This, of course, brings rage everywhere. People confusing dreadful acts that happen on a daily basis to misogyny, child murdering, fanaticism amongst many other things, don't seem to realize that this show mirrors our society like few others do. This is not fantasy, this is something that happens everyday, are we supposed to shy aways from these topics and pretend they never happen? This was hardly ever an "entertaining" show right when it started, it didn't change its stripes now. Sure, I think some decisions were probably overly cruel and most violence was aimed at women this season but what about the previous ones? I saw a lot of shit happening to men on the last one, both physically and emotionally. I recall the dialogue between Oberyn and Tyrion before the trial being beyond heart wrenching. Theon being tortured was awful. But I digress, it's useless to have a decent civilized discussion online.

All in all, this was the weakest Game of Thrones season so far but that doesn't mean much when you're still probably the best show around. There aren't many shows this ambitious and that manage to create such visceral emotions on the viewers. To me, that's a sign you're doing something right. You still care even if you're so enraged. That's the point.

Francisco G.
Francisco Godinho

Super Reviewer

½

While Game of Thrones season 5 suffered some minor injuries with divergence from the book, other ventures worked out well.

Sylvester Kuo
Sylvester Kuo

Super Reviewer

½

The fifth season of George R.R. Martin's acclaimed series of novels reaches even more treacherous and heart-sinking roads. Game of Thrones Season 5 may have somewhat of a slow start but its sheer drama, blood-drenching violence and nerve-racking cliffhangers propels it to the heights we are accustomed to and keeps us begging and pleading for more. 4.5/5

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer

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