The Gift
Game of Thrones Season 5

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Critic Ratings: 50
Critics Consensus

"The Gift" is a jam-packed installment that delivers long-awaited plot turns in a satisfying manner, even though it continues a disturbing theme from the previous episode.

Episode Info

Sansa reaches out to Theon; Jon senses conflict is near; Brienne patiently waits for a sign; Stannis' stubborn streak prevails; Jaime tries to reconnect with family.

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
Diana Rigg
Lady Olenna Tyrell
Jonathan Pryce
High Sparrow
Peter Vaughan
Maester Aemon
Owen Teale
Alliser Thorne
Ben Crompton
Eddison Tollett
Enzo Cilenti
Yezzan zo Qaggaz
Jessica Henwick
Nymeria Sand
Daniel Portman
Podrick Payne
Joel Fry
Hizdahr zo Loraq
Nell Tiger-Free
Myrcella Baratheon
Eugene Simon
Lancel Lannister
Brian Fortune
Othell Yarwyck
Nikola Bace
Tyrell Guard
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Critic Reviews for The Gift

I don't expect things to end well for Cersei over the next three episodes; her list of heretical sins is longer than Lancel's hair used to be.

May 25, 2015 | Full Review…

We're not really sure what Olenna Tyrell's plan is going forward, but having her on the scene, and Dianna Rigg playing her with verve, makes any episode of Game of Thrones infinitely better.

May 25, 2015 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

I'm reluctantly sticking with the show to see where it takes these new storylines through this season's finale, but this week didn't do much to restore my faith in the showrunners.

May 25, 2015 | Full Review…

We hopscotched from King's Landing to Castle Black to Meereen and back again. Pretty much the only character missing was lovable galoot Podrick.

May 25, 2015 | Full Review…

Stuff happened Sunday night. Lots of stuff. Stuff that hasn't even happened in the books yet. So much stuff that I'm not even going to complain that the showrunners actually crammed entirely too much stuff into one episode.

May 28, 2015 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

I love that there was genuinely no reason for Cersei to go to Margaery's cell at all. She had no intention of even trying to free her or Loras. That's classic Cersei. That section of her daily itinerary literally just said the word "gloat."

May 26, 2015 | Full Review…

Given that, it's no surprise some stories in "The Gift" feel fundamentally underdeveloped; and yet, the thematic unity driving it all helps elevate the episode from becoming one of the show's more frustrating, fractured hours.

Mar 5, 2020 | Full Review…

Yeah, he's vain and seriously demented, but you could never call Ramsay undetermined.

Dec 11, 2019 | Full Review…

On the whole, "The Gift" was a far more satisfying and effective episode.

Apr 12, 2019 | Full Review…

The writers chose yet another in-our-faces scene of a woman being assaulted (and nearly raped*), and the gratuitous display of Tyene Sand.

Apr 12, 2019 | Full Review…

I wasn't impressed. The whole thing felt like that weird brawl in the water gardens in episode five: rushed and half-assed.

Apr 4, 2019 | Full Review…

It was the most compelling episode of the HBO drama since the beginning of the season, and with just three episodes to go we should be prepared to see some serious action.

Apr 4, 2019 | Full Review…