The House of Black and White
Game of Thrones Season 5



Critic Ratings: 49
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.


Peter Dinklage
as Tyrion Lannister
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
as Jaime Lannister
Lena Headey
as Cersei Lannister
Emilia Clarke
as Daenerys Targaryen
Daniel Portman
as Podrick Payne
Nell Tiger Free
as Myrcella Baratheon
Indira Varma
as Ellaria Sand
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Critic Reviews for The House of Black and White

Even if it felt as if the new season was still bedding in and getting its characters into the right places, what gorgeous places they were.

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

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…

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…

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…
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