The Dance of Dragons
Game of Thrones Season 5

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Critic Ratings: 54
Critics Consensus

Underscored by an especially heartwrenching moment and a spectacular display of power, "The Dance of Dragons" successfully delivers the shock and awe audiences have come to expect from the series' penultimate episodes.

Episode Info

Jon returns to the Wall with the surviving wildlings, though most of his men aren't too happy to see him—or them. Meanwhile, Arya runs into someone from her past when Mace Tyrell arrives in Braavos to visit the Iron Bank; Stannis faces a difficult decision after a surprise attack; and Daenerys oversees a resumption of an ancient tradition.

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
Owen Teale
Alliser Thorne
Tara Fitzgerald
Selyse Baratheon
Mark Gatiss
Tycho Nestoris
Alexander Siddig
Doran Martell
Joel Fry
Hizdahr zo Loraq
Ian Beattie
Meryn Trant
Ben Crompton
Eddison Tollett
Jessica Henwick
Nymeria Sand
Nell Tiger-Free
Myrcella Baratheon
Toby Sebastian
Trystane Martell
Kerry Ingram
Shireen Baratheon
Ian Whyte
White Walker No. 1
Nicholas Boulton
Pit Announcer
Oengus MacNamara
Thin Man
Lacy Moore
Braavosi Madam
Jack Hickey
Young Braavosi
Karla Lyons
Willa
Brian Fortune
Othell Yarwyck
Danny O'Conner
Lannister Guard No. 1
Garry Mountaine
Brusco
Dylan McDonough
Sailor
Jason McLaughlin
Baratheon Soldier No. 2
Ollie Kram
Anara
Gemita Samarra
Brea
Irma Mali
Whore
Aifric O'Donnell
Aya
Fiach Kunz
Lannister Guard No. 2
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Critic Reviews for The Dance of Dragons

In a twisted way, it's to the show's credit that after five seasons of killing lovable people in awful ways, the audience can still experience deep shock and horror.

Jun 8, 2015 | Full Review…

The scene with Nymeria and Tyene playing a game of quickness felt like the first genuine portrayal of the Sand Snakes this season.

Jun 8, 2015 | Rating: A | Full Review…

I fail to see what the horrific immolation of a teenage girl added to the narrative in any way, shape, or form.

Jun 8, 2015 | Full Review…

I've been defending Game of Thrones against those who dismiss it merely as "that show about dragons" for years now... But Sunday night, it was also about the dragons.

Jun 8, 2015 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

None of this [character] aimlessness seems pointless: just the opposite. This season is leagues beyond the detouring of the fourth book.

Jun 8, 2015 | Full Review…
Top Critic

With Drogon under Dany's control and the White Walkers marching south, the battle between fire and ice is finally beginning, and with "The Dance of Dragons," Game of Thrones continues to discover exciting, emotionally resonant ways to convey this.

Mar 5, 2020 | Full Review…

I'm not sure that they can all be tied up in a way that makes sense and is also satisfying, but at least the ninth episode provided us with some literally jaw-dropping final moments.

Dec 10, 2019 | Full Review…

With "The Dance of Dragons," fire was the dominant element, and it was horrible, and then it was wonderful.

Apr 12, 2019 | Full Review…

How far is too far? That's the question that lingered as Game of Thrones' penultimate episode rounded the third quarter.

Apr 12, 2019 | Full Review…

At least they didn't show Shireen's death on screen, but her screams at the stake were heartrending.

Apr 4, 2019 | Full Review…

It almost seems as if the final moments of "The Dance of Dragons" were orchestrated to help audiences get past Shireen's sacrifice, but if that was the aim then it failed dramatically.

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

Season 5, episode 9 of Game of Thrones has to win the award for worst transition in TV history.

Apr 4, 2019 | Full Review…