The House of Black and White
Game of Thrones Season 5



Critic Ratings: 51
Critics Consensus

Building upon the season opener, "The House of Black and White" increases the intensity by calling upon some major characters to make some tough decisions.

Episode Info

Arya arrives in Braavos; Brienne and Podrick find danger while traveling; Cersei worries about Myrcella in Dorne when Ellaria Sand seeks revenge for Oberyn's death; Jon is tempted by Stannis.

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
Peter Vaughan
Maester Aemon
Ian McElhinney
Barristan Selmy
Julian Glover
Grand Maester Pycelle
Tara Fitzgerald
Selyse Baratheon
Owen Teale
Alliser Thorne
Alexander Siddig
Doran Martell
Ben Crompton
Eddison Tollett
Daniel Portman
Podrick Payne
Joel Fry
Hizdahr zo Loraq
Ian Gelder
Kevan Lannister
Ian Beattie
Meryn Trant
Reece Noi
Kerry Ingram
Shireen Baratheon
Nell Tiger-Free
Myrcella Baratheon
Toby Sebastian
Trystane Martell
Elizabeth Cadwallader
Lollys Stokeworth
Cedric Henderson
Faceless Man
Brian Fortune
Othell Yarwyck
Gary Oliver
Ternesio Terys
J. J. Murphy
Denys Mallister
Tom Fava
Street Tough No. 1
Derek Lord
Mallister Supporter
Paul Kennedy
Eyrie Guard
Winston Davis
Street Tough No. 2
Irene Kelleher
Inn Waitress
Curtis-Lee Ashqar
Son of the Harpy
Jonathan Gunning
Dwarf Hunter No. 1
Alan McKee
Dwarf Hunter No. 2
Michael Slovis
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Critic Reviews for The House of Black and White

Lena Heady is the most compelling actor on the Thrones cast at this point, which is a big compliment.

Apr 20, 2015 | Full Review…

Last week left us wondering, where is Drogon? This week he finally returned, in one of the most exquisite scenes of the entire series.

Apr 19, 2015 | Full Review…

A road trip with Jaime and Bronn seems like a sparkling idea to me. Why not unite two of the wittiest characters on an extended spring break?

Apr 20, 2015 | Full Review…

Yes, Throners, this was a very busy episode, and if you're anything like me you'll be needing an extra large tumbler of Old McMuffin's Bowel-Slackening Imitation Ale to get through it all.

Apr 4, 2019 | Full Review…

I'm glad they're maintaining the gender dynamics of Cersei's leadership.

Apr 2, 2019 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
Top Critic

Sometimes, it feels like there are entire seasons spent waiting for these obvious progressions to kick into gear. It's what makes an episode like "The House of Black and White" so freaking satisfying.

Mar 4, 2020 | Full Review…

Revenge is brewing like coffee in a percolator in 'The House of Black and White.'

Dec 11, 2019 | Full Review…

It's an episode filled with reunions and character intersections, new leadership configurations and unexpected challenges to those who felt their power was absolute.

Apr 12, 2019 | Full Review…

Sansa, is not as blatantly homicidal as her sister, but if you ask me she's a little too enthusiastic about learning the underhanded ways of Petyr Baelish.

Apr 12, 2019 | Full Review…

One of the best things that has happened of late has been the evolution of Kit Harrington into someone capable of more than simple brooding and pouting.

Apr 12, 2019 | Full Review…

Drogon's reappearance is magnificent - he gets scarier and more awe-inspiring each time we see him, and nothing says "I'm in charge" like having a fire breathing monster at your beck and call.

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

Unfortunately, the problem with Game of Thrones being so bursting with characters is that this second instalment once again has to act as set-up and reintroduction for many.

Apr 2, 2019 | Full Review…