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Kill the Boy



Critic 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
Lena Headey
as Cersei Lannister
Emilia Clarke
as Daenerys Targaryen
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
as Jaime Lannister
Aidan Gillen
as Petyr Baelish
Kit Harington
as Jon Snow
Iain Glen
as Jorah Mormont
Maisie Williams
as Arya Stark
Alfie Allen
as Theon Greyjoy
John Bradley
as Samwell Tarly
Sophie Turner
as Sansa Stark
Rory McCann
as Sandor "The Hound" Clegane
Michiel Huisman
as Daario Naharis
Stephen Dillane
as Stannis Baratheon
Jacob Anderson
as Grey Worm
Ian McElhinney
as Barristan Selmy
Michael McElhatton
as Roose Bolton
Iwan Rheon
as Ramsay Snow
Joel Fry
as Hizdahr zo Loraq
Liam Cunningham
as Davos Seaworth
Natalie Dormer
as Margaery Tyrell
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…

Damn, things are as bad as they've ever been.

June 22, 2018 | Full Review…

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