The Gift
Game of Thrones Season 5



Critic Ratings: 48
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.


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
Iain Glen
as Jorah Mormont
Sophie Turner
as Sansa Stark
Alfie Allen
as Theon Greyjoy
Kristofer Hivju
as Tormund Giantsbane
John Bradley
as Samwell Tarly
Stephen Dillane
as Stannis Baratheon
Liam Cunningham
as Davos Seaworth
Natalie Dormer
as Margaery Tyrell
Peter Vaughan
as Maester Aemon
Owen Teale
as Alliser Thorne
Daniel Portman
as Podrick Payne
Michiel Huisman
as Daario Naharis
Enzo Cilenti
as Yezzan zo Qaggaz
Joel Fry
as Hizdahr zo Loraq
Nell Tiger Free
as Myrcella Baratheon
Jonathan Pryce
as High Sparrow
Diana Rigg
as Olenna Tyrell
Dean-Charles Chapman
as Tommen Baratheon
Eugene Simon
as Lancel Lannister
Ben Crompton
as Dolorous Edd
Deobia Oparei
as Areo Hotah
Hannah Waddingham
as Septa Unella
Brian Fortune
as Othell Yarwyck
Michael Condron
as Bowen Marsh
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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…

Finally, all of Cersei's crimes and deviances are coming home to roost, and it was glorious to get a first taste of her comeuppance.

May 25, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | 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…

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…