The Wars to Come
Game of Thrones Season 5

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Critic Ratings: 46
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.

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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…

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

Apr 13, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | 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…

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…

The fifth season of Game of Thrones begins like a fairy tale.

Apr 2, 2019 | Full Review…

While it contemplates the kind of leadership it will next put onscreen, the leadership behind the scenes at Game Of Thrones looks refreshingly willing to roll with the punches.

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