Game of Thrones - Season 5, Episode 8 - Rotten Tomatoes




Critic Consensus: Following several episodes of setup, "Hardhome" blends a sharp script with spectacular blockbuster action to offer viewers a powerful, game-changing payoff.

Episode Info

Jon pleads his case to form a new alliance north of the Wall that is immediately put to the test. Meanwhile, Arya makes progress in her training; Sansa learns surprising news about her family; and Daenerys and Tyrion find they have something in common.


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
John Bradley
as Samwell Tarly
Sophie Turner
as Sansa Stark
Tom Wlaschiha
as Jaqen H'ghar
Alfie Allen
as Theon Greyjoy
Rory McCann
as Sandor "The Hound" Clegane
Michael McElhatton
as Roose Bolton
Iwan Rheon
as Ramsay Snow
Hannah Waddingham
as Septa Unella
Stephen Dillane
as Stannis Baratheon
Enzo Cilenti
as Yezzan zo Qaggaz
Kristofer Hivju
as Tormund Giantsbane
Liam Cunningham
as Davos Seaworth
Ross O'Hennessy
as Lord of Bones
Natalie Dormer
as Margaery Tyrell
Ben Crompton
as Dolorous Edd
Ian Whyte
as Wun Wun
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Critic reviews for Hardhome

Let's talk about something pure and good. Namely, Tyrion Lannister's gold-plated advice.

June 1, 2015 | Full Review…

Though it may seem "trendy" for Game of Thrones to hop on board the zombie wagon, it's important to remember that George R.R. Martin began writing this story back in the 1990s... before the zombie trend of this decade emerged.

June 1, 2015 | Full Review…

Daringly, they attempted to outdo the entire zombie thriller film movement in one epic 20-minute TV sequence. And they might just have managed it.

June 1, 2015 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

This was an episode that played to showrunners David Benioff and D. B. Weiss' strengths and avoided some of their weaknesses.

June 1, 2015 | Full Review…

Well then. That was by far the coolest episode of The Walking Dead I've ever seen.

June 1, 2015 | Full Review…

The two remaining hours might end up a bit more slowly-paced for it, but the buildup and downfall of "Hardhome" set Season 5 in stone (or ice) as the most confident yet.

June 15, 2018 | Full Review…

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