Kill the Boy
Game of Thrones Season 5



Critic Ratings: 48
Critics Consensus

"Kill the Boy" takes a fresh approach to themes of growth and change, using poignant storytelling to dramatize the challenges of making life-altering choices and struggles with power.

Episode Info

Jon finds an unexpected ally outside the Night's Watch, but his own men strongly disapprove of his next move. Meanwhile, Brienne tries to let Sansa know she's not alone; Daenerys faces a tough decision after losing a trusted adviser; Ramsay maintains his control over Theon; and Jorah and Tyrion have a terrifying encounter on the water.


Peter Dinklage
as Tyrion Lannister
Emilia Clarke
as Daenerys Targaryen
Kit Harington
as Jon Snow
Sophie Turner
as Sansa Stark
Stephen Dillane
as Stannis Baratheon
Alfie Allen
as Theon Greyjoy
Liam Cunningham
as Davos Seaworth
Iain Glen
as Jorah Mormont
John Bradley
as Samwell Tarly
Iwan Rheon
as Ramsay Snow
Michiel Huisman
as Daario Naharis
Ian McElhinney
as Barristan Selmy
Joel Fry
as Hizdahr zo Loraq
Elizabeth Webster
as Walda Bolton
Peter Vaughan
as Maester Aemon
Tara Fitzgerald
as Selyse Baratheon
Kerry Ingram
as Shireen Baratheon
Owen Teale
as Alliser Thorne
Ben Crompton
as Dolorous Edd
Kristofer Hivju
as Tormund Giantsbane
Daniel Portman
as Podrick Payne
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Critic Reviews for Kill the Boy

Game of Thrones is capable of some seriously gorgeous visuals, and the shots of Tyrion and Jorah sailing through old Valyria, with a graceful Drogon soaring through the sky was this week's eye candy.

May 11, 2015 | Full Review…

In my favorite moment of the season so far, one of the men of the Night's Watch grumbles that if the White Walkers take the wildlings, it means "less enemies for us."

May 11, 2015 | Full Review…

Jorah and Tyrion's slow boat to Valyria, the penultimate sequence in the gripping "Kill the Boy," was a glorious piece of imaginative storytelling.

May 11, 2015 | Full Review…

At the mid-point of the season, the pace in this episode felt once again as though we were gearing up for something bigger to come. But even in a slower week, the show's ambitions were still enormous.

May 11, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

I thought tonight's episode was superb -- crisply written, directed, and performed. This is especially remarkable given that we didn't once visit King's Landing, which has been the show's most reliable ace in the hole since the very beginning.

May 11, 2015 | Full Review…

Not the strongest episode as it was designed more to dump some information than to progress the season's plot arc.

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

We're only halfway through Game of Thrones season 5, and next week we'll check back in with Dorne and King's Landing. For now, all we can do is take comfort in the fact that Stannis is finally marching on Winterfell.

Apr 4, 2019 | Full Review…

We rarely get happy love stories in Game Of Thrones though, so this is bound to end in tears. My tears, and lots of them.

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

I like that I don't know what's coming. I like it and it makes me nervous, all at the same time.

Apr 4, 2019 | Full Review…

I could plump for the increasingly badass Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner), who is eventually going to rain down some holy terror on the heads of all that have crossed her.

Apr 4, 2019 | Full Review…