High Sparrow
Game of Thrones Season 5



Critic Ratings: 51
Critics Consensus

"High Sparrow" expertly weaves together characters from Game of Thrones' sprawling stories, though the episode ultimately belongs to Jon Snow, whose new position highlights unexpected qualities.

Episode Info

Cersei meets the High Sparrow after learning of a clergyman's embarrassing tale. Meanwhile, Davos talks to Jon about the future of Winterfell, where Ramsay Snow has just learned the identity of his future bride; Arya grows impatient doing menial tasks in the House of Black and White; and Tyrion searches for more comfortable surroundings on a long trip with Varys.

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
Jonathan Pryce
High Sparrow
Julian Glover
Grand Maester Pycelle
Owen Teale
Alliser Thorne
Ben Crompton
Eddison Tollett
Daniel Portman
Podrick Payne
Ian Beattie
Meryn Trant
Eugene Simon
Lancel Lannister
Finn Jones
Loras Tyrell
Rila Fukushima
Street Red Priestess Volantis
Elizabeth Webster
Walda Bolton
Paul Bentley
High Septon
Brian Fortune
Othell Yarwyck
Stella McCusker
Old Woman
David Garlick
Despondent Man
Matt McArdle
Sellsword No. 1
Eddie Elks
Sellsword No. 2
Emina Muftic
Beggar Woman
Xena Avramidis
King's Landing Whore
Valis Volkova
Dothraki Woman Having Sex
Em Scribbler
The Mother
Rebecca Scott
The Maiden
Rosie Ruthless
Whore No. 6
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Critic Reviews for High Sparrow

Its ending was plenty dramatic, but it matters much more that "High Sparrow" had what may well be the most haunting and beautiful opening of any episode in Thrones's history.

Apr 27, 2015 | Full Review…

I would like to think that these references to the show's beginnings mean that we have turned the corner and that the story will be more concentrated on bringing characters back together and building toward the ending than separating them.

Apr 27, 2015 | Full Review…

Episode 3 was the best of the season so far. Which is simple to say, considering we've only just been, but after two episodes of "where we left off," the story is finally beginning to move and plots are thickening.

Apr 27, 2015 | Rating: A | Full Review…

You could say that actor had quite the part.

Apr 4, 2019 | Full Review…

It's a perfect example of the erosive effects of tragedy, in that a person can only survive by becoming something else, and not for nothing does Arya spend the majority of this episode silently doing menial tasks, scrubbing away the past.

Apr 4, 2019 | Full Review…

"High Sparrow" uses another important emotion in building out the journeys it weaves together in this episode: vengeance, something that's always a defining factor in the biggest moments and shifts in power in Westeros.

Mar 4, 2020 | Full Review…

This slow build is allowing the characters to see, experience, and judge the consequences of their actions, beneficial or otherwise, and that build will likely culminate in some serious carnage.

Dec 11, 2019 | Full Review…

It's so impressive that the series continues to have such strong - in every sense of the word - female characters, and such a varied sense of how they might learn to exert influence.

Apr 12, 2019 | Full Review…

Tyrion gets all the best lines on this show.

Apr 12, 2019 | Full Review…

This episode was a slow burner, devoid of action or effects, but that didn't make it any less compelling.

Apr 12, 2019 | Full Review…

Ah, now this feels a bit more like it

Apr 3, 2019 | Full Review…

The pace is still quite slow this week, with all the players again being set up for this season's game.

Apr 3, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…