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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Episodes

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Air date: Apr 12, 2015
2
Air date: Apr 19, 2015
3
Air date: Apr 26, 2015
4
Air date: May 3, 2015
5
Air date: May 10, 2015
6
Air date: May 17, 2015
7
Air date: May 24, 2015
8
Air date: May 31, 2015
9
Air date: Jun 7, 2015
10
Air date: Jun 14, 2015

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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
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
as Jaime Lannister
Emilia Clarke
as Daenerys Targaryen
Kit Harington
as Jon Snow
Aidan Gillen
as Petyr Baelish
Sophie Turner
as Sansa Stark
Alfie Allen
as Theon Greyjoy
Iain Glen
as Jorah Mormont
Stephen Dillane
as Stannis Baratheon
John Bradley
as Samwell Tarly
Liam Cunningham
as Davos Seaworth
Tom Wlaschiha
as Jaqen H'ghar
Natalie Dormer
as Margaery Tyrell
Daniel Portman
as Podrick Payne
Michiel Huisman
as Daario Naharis
Iwan Rheon
as Ramsay Snow
Kristofer Hivju
as Tormund Giantsbane
Nell Tiger Free
as Myrcella Baratheon
Owen Teale
as Alliser Thorne
Ben Crompton
as Dolorous Edd
Dean-Charles Chapman
as Tommen Baratheon
Faye Marsay
as The Waif
Enzo Cilenti
as Yezzan zo Qaggaz
Peter Vaughan
as Maester Aemon
Joel Fry
as Hizdahr zo Loraq
Deobia Oparei
as Areo Hotah
Indira Varma
as Ellaria Sand
Hannah Waddingham
as Septa Unella
Jonathan Pryce
as The High Sparrow
Alexander Siddig
as Doran Martell
Ian McElhinney
as Barristan Selmy
Michael Condron
as Bowen Marsh
Toby Sebastian
as Trystane Martell
Ross O'Hennessy
as Lord of Bones
Elizabeth Webster
as Walda Bolton
Dominic Carter
as Janos Slynt
Tara Fitzgerald
as Selyse Baratheon
Kerry Ingram
as Shireen Baratheon
Ian Whyte
as Wun Wun
Diana Rigg
as Olenna Tyrell
Eugene Simon
as Lancel Lannister
Brian Fortune
as Othell Yarwyck
Nicholas Boulton
as Pit Announcer
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News & Interviews for Game of Thrones: Season 5

Critic Reviews for Game of Thrones Season 5

All Critics (54) | Top Critics (28)

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.

Apr 2, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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

Mar 20, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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

Apr 13, 2015 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

"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.

Apr 13, 2015 | Rating: A | Full Review…

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.

Apr 11, 2015 | Full Review…

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

Apr 10, 2015 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Beginners, forget it. Loyal fans, however, will be overjoyed.

Jun 28, 2018 | Full Review…

Season 5 of Game of Thrones boasts some of the series' best surprises, particularly as storylines converge and start to wrap inward

Jun 14, 2018 | Full Review…

This really is such a rich, satisfying, fantastically put together series, isn't it?

Apr 8, 2015 | Full Review…

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

Apr 14, 2015 | Full Review…

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

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.

GimlyM

Super Reviewer

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