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Game of Thrones: Season 5 (2015)

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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.

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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.

Cast

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

All Critics (52) | Top Critics (27)

Many shows are starting to run out of gas by Season 5. Game of Thrones, partly because it's as cold-blooded as its characters in treating personnel turnover as the natural order, seems to have little trouble keeping its pedal to the metal.

April 2, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
New York Daily News
Top Critic

Essentially, this was an exercise in scene setting, the chess pieces being laid out on the board.

March 20, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
Daily Telegraph (UK)
Top Critic

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

April 13, 2015 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic

"Game of Thrones" is also looking to expand our understanding of these characters and their psychology in a deeper and more complex way, which is exactly where we kick off the season.

April 13, 2015 | Rating: A | Full Review…
The Playlist
Top Critic

Given the issues of pace and focus that bedevil Martin's later novels, Benioff and Weiss's impulse to both compress and juice up the material makes eminent sense. The result is a season of Game of Thrones that promises to be bigger than ever.

April 11, 2015 | Full Review…
The Atlantic
Top Critic

Both my inner fan and inner critic agree: The fifth season is superb.

April 10, 2015 | Full Review…
Newsday
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Game of Thrones: Season 5

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.

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

EugeneB.

Super Reviewer

½

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

SylvesterK.

Super Reviewer

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