Game of Thrones - Season 5, Episode 1 - Rotten Tomatoes

The Wars to Come



Critic Consensus: A solid season premiere, "The Wars to Come" ratchets up the anticipation for inevitable bloodshed while deepening focus on characters and locales.

Episode Info

In the Season 5 premiere, Varys struggles to convince Tyrion to think outside the box while discussing a potential occupant of the Iron Throne. Meanwhile, Stannis leans on Jon to secure loyalty from a rival; Daenerys ignores tradition to remain on her progressive path; and Cersei and Jaime try to move on from Tywin's demise.


Peter Dinklage
as Tyrion Lannister
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
as Jaime Lannister
Lena Headey
as Cersei Lannister
Emilia Clarke
as Daenerys Targaryen
Aidan Gillen
as Petyr Baelish
Kit Harington
as Jon Snow
Charles Dance
as Tywin Lannister
Iain Glen
as Jorah Mormont
Maisie Williams
as Arya Stark
Sophie Turner
as Sansa Stark
Jack Gleeson
as Joffrey Baratheon
Alfie Allen
as Theon Greyjoy
Kristofer Hivju
as Tormund Giantsbane
Rory McCann
as Sandor "The Hound" Clegane
Michiel Huisman
as Daario Naharis
Stephen Dillane
as Stannis Baratheon
Dean-Charles Chapman
as Tommen Baratheon
Ciarán Hinds
as Mance Rayder
Liam Cunningham
as Davos Seaworth
Owen Teale
as Alliser Thorne
Ian McElhinney
as Barristan Selmy
Rose Leslie
as Ygritte
Julian Glover
as Grand Maester Pycelle
Natalie Dormer
as Margaery Tyrell
Tara Fitzgerald
as Selyse Baratheon
Jacob Anderson
as Grey Worm
Finn Jones
as Loras Tyrell
Jodhi May
as Maggy
Dominic Carter
as Janos Slynt
Joel Fry
as Hizdahr zo Loraq
Ben Crompton
as Dolorous Edd
Eugene Simon
as Lancel Lannister
Will Tudor
as Olyvar
Ian Beattie
as Meryn Trant
Ian Gelder
as Kevan Lannister
Kerry Ingram
as Shireen Baratheon
Lino Facioli
as Robin Arryn
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Critic reviews for The Wars to Come

This hour, briskly directed by Breaking Bad vet Michael Slovis (making his Westerosi debut), was all about resetting the lines.

April 13, 2015 | Full Review…

Now that Sansa is learning to play the Game of Thrones, she's become so much more of an interesting character.

April 13, 2015 | Full Review…

This wasn't the most dramatic episode so far, but the acting and writing were sharper than ever.

April 13, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Game of Thrones knows how popular it is. It understands that everyone tuning in last night was hoping with bated breath to find out what happens next. Which is why it probably decided to open with its very first flashback.

July 2, 2018 | Full Review…

Welcome to Pentos, where FedEx only delivers on the weekends and never inspects your packages for human trafficking.

June 21, 2018 | Full Review…

It's time for the show runners to stretch their legs and do things they have not yet done (like go way off book).

April 13, 2015 | Full Review…

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