The Wars to Come
Game of Thrones Season 5



Critic Ratings: 49
Critics 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.

Cast & Crew

Peter Dinklage
Tyrion Lannister
Lena Headey
Queen Cersei Lannister
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
Ser Jaime Lannister
Aidan Gillen
Petyr Baelish
Iain Glen
Ser Jorah Mormont
Sophie Turner
Sansa Stark
Alfie Allen
Theon Greyjoy
John Bradley
Samwell Tarly
Liam Cunningham
Davos Seaworth
Natalie Dormer
Margaery Tyrell
Stephen Dillane
Stannis Baratheon
Kristofer Hivju
Tormund Giantsbane
Iwan Rheon
Ramsay Snow
Indira Varma
Ellaria Sand
Michiel Huisman
Daario Naharis
Tom Wlaschiha
Jaqen H'ghar
Dean-Charles Chapman
Tommen Baratheon
Ciarán Hinds
Mance Rayder
Owen Teale
Alliser Thorne
Ian McElhinney
Barristan Selmy
Julian Glover
Grand Maester Pycelle
Tara Fitzgerald
Selyse Baratheon
Finn Jones
Loras Tyrell
Daniel Portman
Podrick Payne
Joel Fry
Hizdahr zo Loraq
Ben Crompton
Eddison Tollett
Eugene Simon
Lancel Lannister
Ian Beattie
Meryn Trant
Ian Gelder
Kevan Lannister
Kerry Ingram
Shireen Baratheon
Paul Bentley
High Septon
Reece Noi
Lino Facioli
Robin Arryn
Nell Williams
Young Cersei Lannister
Isabella Steinbarth
Melara Hetherspoon
Marcos James
White Rat
Stephen Brown
Sparring Boy
Joe Hewetson
Maester Helliweg
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Critic Reviews for The Wars to Come

Much like other complicated series, it's helpful to have a recap episode at the beginning to remember where everyone's at. With that said, we hope that the action and intrigue pick up quickly going forward.

Apr 2, 2019 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

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

Apr 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.

Apr 13, 2015 | Full Review…

Through the action at Castle Black, "The Wars to Come" demonstrates the value the show is getting by letting different worlds collide.

Apr 12, 2019 | Full Review…

It set the scene for where these characters are and set them each on a journey. After watching the episode, I kept thinking about Daenerys' dragons and her lack of control over them...

Mar 31, 2020 | Full Review…

"The Wars to Come" works, ultimately, because it doesn't try to present a definitive answer for any of these people.

Mar 4, 2020 | Full Review…

While most people on Game of Thrones work in their own interest, it's hard to blame Sansa for doing so.

Dec 11, 2019 | Full Review…

This episode shows something very different - war is coming, in many different places and taking many different shapes.

Apr 12, 2019 | Full Review…

As far as Game of Thrones episodes go, "The Wars to Come" wasn't anything special, but rather a perfunctory reminder of where we left off last season, and where things stand at the outset of season five.

Apr 2, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The sets feel larger, the costumes more ornate, the CGI more detailed and definitely more prevalent. It seems Game Of Thrones grows bigger and better with every passing year.

Apr 2, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Wisely, "The Wars to Come" narrows its sprawling focus to several central storylines as opposed to trying to hit every last character thread still dangling.

Apr 2, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Aside from these character insights, season five began not so much with a bang but with a whimper.

Apr 2, 2019 | Full Review…