Mother's Mercy
Game of Thrones Season 5



Critic Ratings: 50
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.


Peter Dinklage
as Tyrion Lannister
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
as Jaime Lannister
Lena Headey
as Cersei Lannister
Emilia Clarke
as Daenerys Targaryen

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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…

Overall, this was a gripping, but almost relentlessly dark episode: a fitting close to a season that has grown increasingly darker in the last few weeks.

Jun 15, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | 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…

"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…
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