The Dance of Dragons
Game of Thrones Season 5

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Critic Ratings: 52
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

Peter Dinklage
as Tyrion Lannister
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
as Jaime Lannister
Lena Headey
as Cersei Lannister
Emilia Clarke
as Daenerys Targaryen
Michiel Huisman
as Daario Naharis
Tom Wlaschiha
as Jaqen H'ghar
Alexander Siddig
as Doran Martell
Deobia Oparei
as Areo Hotah
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.

Jun 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.

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 "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…