Game of Thrones: Season 5 Episode 8 Reviews

Todd VanDerWerff
Vox
June 1, 2015

The season has struggled a bit in recent weeks to overcome the midseason torpor that settled in after episode four, and "Hardhome" tossed all of that aside like a giant tearing apart a wight.

Mike Hogan
Vanity Fair
June 1, 2015

After long stretches of table-setting, the show gives viewers what they want.

Hanh Nguyen
TV Guide
June 1, 2015

Although the series has had its rough patches this season, Sunday's episode "Hardhome" was not only a note-perfect game-changer in terms of story, but it had also better win all the Emmys for its visual battlefield buffet.

Henry A. Otero
TV Fanatic
June 1, 2015

Overall, this was my favorite episode so far.

Full Review | Original Score: 4.8/5
Alan Sepinwall
HitFix
June 1, 2015

[Game of Thrones] had never given us spectacle on quite this scale, and certainly not with the intensity and relentlessness.

Andy Greenwald
Grantland
Top Critic
June 1, 2015

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

Sara Stewart
New York Post
Top Critic
June 1, 2015

To sum up: Winter isn't coming - it's here.

Nina Shen Rastogi
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic
June 1, 2015

You knew something was coming the second Karsi put her girls on the boat and promised she would be right behind them.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Casey Cipriani
indieWire
Top Critic
June 1, 2015

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.

Michael Calia
Wall Street Journal
Top Critic
May 31, 2015

Now that episode is why we watch Game of Thrones. It had everything: intrigue, cutting dialogue, people in despair, people finding inner strength.