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The Dance of Dragons



Critic 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.


Peter Dinklage
as Tyrion Lannister
Lena Headey
as Cersei Lannister
Emilia Clarke
as Daenerys Targaryen
Stephen Dillane
as Stannis Baratheon
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
as Jaime Lannister
Aidan Gillen
as Petyr Baelish
Kit Harington
as Jon Snow
Iain Glen
as Jorah Mormont
Michiel Huisman
as Daario Naharis
Maisie Williams
as Arya Stark
Tom Wlaschiha
as Jaqen H'ghar
Sophie Turner
as Sansa Stark
Kristofer Hivju
as Tormund Giantsbane
Indira Varma
as Ellaria Sand
Alfie Allen
as Theon Greyjoy
Alexander Siddig
as Doran Martell
Rory McCann
as Sandor "The Hound" Clegane
Deobia Oparei
as Areo Hotah
Liam Cunningham
as Davos Seaworth
Natalie Dormer
as Margaery Tyrell
Nell Tiger Free
as Myrcella Baratheon
Joel Fry
as Hizdahr zo Loraq
Tara Fitzgerald
as Selyse Baratheon
Kerry Ingram
as Shireen Baratheon
Ian Whyte
as Wun Wun
Owen Teale
as Alliser Thorne
Mark Gatiss
as Tycho Nestoris
Ian Beattie
as Meryn Trant
Ben Crompton
as Dolorous Edd
Toby Sebastian
as Trystane Martell
Ali Lyons
as Johnna
Brian Fortune
as Othell Yarwyck
Michael Condron
as Bowen Marsh
Nicholas Boulton
as Pit Announcer
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Critic reviews for The Dance of Dragons

The books behind Game of Thrones are called A Song of Ice and Fire. If last week's episode was about ice, with the White Walkers finally revealing their unspeakable power, this week was all about fire.

June 8, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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.

June 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.

June 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.

June 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.

June 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.

June 8, 2015 | Full Review…
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