Game of Thrones Season 5



Critic Ratings: 52
Critics Consensus

Following several episodes of setup, "Hardhome" blends a sharp script with spectacular blockbuster action to offer viewers a powerful, game-changing payoff.

Episode Info

Jon pleads his case to form a new alliance north of the Wall that is immediately put to the test. Meanwhile, Arya makes progress in her training; Sansa learns surprising news about her family; and Daenerys and Tyrion find they have something in common.


Peter Dinklage
as Tyrion Lannister
Lena Headey
as Cersei Lannister
Emilia Clarke
as Daenerys Targaryen
Kit Harington
as Jon Snow
Maisie Williams
as Arya Stark
Sophie Turner
as Sansa Stark
Iain Glen
as Jorah Mormont
Alfie Allen
as Theon Greyjoy
John Bradley
as Samwell Tarly
Tom Wlaschiha
as Jaqen H'ghar
Iwan Rheon
as Ramsay Snow
Hannah Waddingham
as Septa Unella
Enzo Cilenti
as Yezzan zo Qaggaz
Kristofer Hivju
as Tormund Giantsbane
Ross O'Hennessy
as Lord of Bones
Ben Crompton
as Dolorous Edd
Ian Whyte
as Wun Wun
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Critic Reviews for Hardhome

Let's talk about something pure and good. Namely, Tyrion Lannister's gold-plated advice.

Jun 1, 2015 | Full Review…

Though it may seem "trendy" for Game of Thrones to hop on board the zombie wagon, it's important to remember that George R.R. Martin began writing this story back in the 1990s... before the zombie trend of this decade emerged.

Jun 1, 2015 | Full Review…

This was an episode that played to showrunners David Benioff and D. B. Weiss' strengths and avoided some of their weaknesses.

Jun 1, 2015 | Full Review…

Well then. That was by far the coolest episode of The Walking Dead I've ever seen.

Jun 1, 2015 | Full Review…

When Jon was giving his speech, I had already started taking notes on this thematic throughline, and knew it was at the heart of the season's goals.

Apr 4, 2019 | Rating: A | Full Review…
Top Critic

"Hardhome" is an important hour of course-correcting, a thematically-united installment that truly shines when it reaches its central spectacle.

Mar 5, 2020 | Full Review…

...every so often, something so momentous occurs that you can't get your mind off of it, and seven days can give you the time to ruminate enough that the occurrence takes root in your brain and blooms into a wonderful memory.

Dec 10, 2019 | Full Review…

The Hardhome was extraordinary.

Apr 12, 2019 | Full Review…

"Hardhome," while not the season's best episode at a holistic level, was a return to fine form.

Apr 4, 2019 | Full Review…

This ending was a Game of Thrones highlight, and we're still a week out from the purported season five climax.

Apr 4, 2019 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

It's an undeniably rousing speech, and one that heralds what could be an optimistic, life-affirming ending for the series.

Apr 4, 2019 | Full Review…

Last night's Game of Thrones was a welcome return to form.

Apr 4, 2019 | Full Review…