Mother's Mercy
Game of Thrones Season 5

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Critic Ratings: 51
Critics Consensus

"Mother's Mercy" wraps up a particularly dark Game of Thrones season with a finale that delivers strong character work and and a handful of appropriately bleak cliffhangers.

Episode Info

Stannis is on the march in the Season 5 finale. Meanwhile, Cersei seeks forgiveness; Jon faces a new challenge; Arya plots to cross a name off her list; Tyrion sees a familiar face; and Daenerys finds herself surrounded by strangers.

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
Jonathan Pryce
High Sparrow
Owen Teale
Alliser Thorne
Tara Fitzgerald
Selyse Baratheon
Ian Beattie
Meryn Trant
Julian Glover
Grand Maester Pycelle
Alexander Siddig
Doran Martell
Daniel Portman
Podrick Payne
Jessica Henwick
Nymeria Sand
Ian Gelder
Kevan Lannister
Nell Tiger-Free
Myrcella Baratheon
Toby Sebastian
Trystane Martell
Hafpor Julius Bjornsson
Gregor Clegane
Brian Fortune
Othell Yarwyck
Nigel O'Neill
Baratheon General
Maggie Hayes
Septa Moelle
Ella Tweed
Brothel Child No. 1
Isabelle Jones
Brothel Child No. 2
David Fennelly
Baratheon Soldier No. 1
Jason McLaughlin
Baratheon Soldier No. 2
Anthony John Crocker
King's Landing Drunkard
Kirsty Nicholls
King's Landing Whore
Munro Graham
King's Landing Flasher No. 1
Ben Kelly
King's Landing Flasher No. 2
Rebecca Van Cleave
Cersei Body Double
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Critic Reviews for Mother's Mercy

But this is "Game of Thrones!" Melisandre is around and there's a direwolf just waiting to be warged. Is he gone or isn't he? Let the debating begin.

Apr 4, 2019 | Full Review…

Unless Martin pumps out the sixth book before Season 6 premieres next spring, he might not maintain the readership that his series has so far enjoyed -- not only because folks will simply watch the series, but also because of the hopelessness.

Jun 14, 2015 | Full Review…

So! This was a fun one! Everyone who deserved to gets to lead a long and happy life, and the wicked are punished thoroughly and has to do endure either a walk of shame and/or the most murder-y fraternity hazing in human history

Jun 15, 2015 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The apparent extinguishing of Stannis's flame aside, I mostly loved "Mother's Mercy."

Jun 15, 2015 | Full Review…

"Mother's Mercy" is a culmination of this narrative, a very typical finale for Game Of Thrones in its conscious look ahead to next season.

Apr 4, 2019 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

"Mother's Mercy," though, was a fitting end to a season that asked what we will do to the people we love, and where we go when even family can't save us.

Apr 4, 2019 | Full Review…

"Mother's Mercy" is an important turning point for the series.

Mar 5, 2020 | Full Review…

If "Mother's Mercy" offered some familiar frustrations, along with a lot of gruesome and/or morally ambiguous moments, it also offered a lot of great individual moments that let this cast shine.

Apr 12, 2019 | Full Review…

The season finale of Game of Thrones was basically a series of vignettes where various characters got their revenge... usually with an ironic twist. It was a lot to take in.

Apr 4, 2019 | Full Review…

This is a great episode.

Apr 4, 2019 | Full Review…

I'm still excited for next season, but I find myself slinking back into the book camp now, tail between my legs.

Apr 4, 2019 | Full Review…

In a finale stuffed with exciting moments it's hard to say what was best. Every single character had a defining scene.

Apr 4, 2019 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

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