• Network: HBO
  • Series Premiere Date: Apr 17, 2011
Season #: 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1
Metascore
91

Universal acclaim - based on 29 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 29
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 29
  3. Negative: 0 out of 29
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  1. Reviewed by: Gail Pennington
    Apr 13, 2015
    100
    In the four episodes provided for preview, the action seldom lags, but just when we think we’re in for a fun ride this season, something darkens the sun.
  2. Reviewed by: Mary McNamara
    Apr 13, 2015
    100
    Breathtaking, heartbreaking, awe-inspiring and addictive, it remains the single most remarkable feat of television, possibly ever, increasingly admirable for its ability to grow rather than simply sustain.
  3. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Apr 10, 2015
    100
    It is a triumph of superb storytelling.
  4. Reviewed by: Tom Long
    Apr 10, 2015
    100
    Thrones exults in the unexpected.
  5. Reviewed by: Sara Stewart
    Apr 10, 2015
    100
    Despite flitting between seven settings, the episode is as dark and compelling as ever, hinting at a looming shift in power and perspective.
  6. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Apr 10, 2015
    100
    The show also feels more nuanced. If season 4 was like a giant exhaled breath, then season 5 is an inhaled one. The story beats are more deliberate. There's also a sharpened sense of building anticipation--or impending doom.
  7. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Apr 9, 2015
    100
    Epic in scope, basic in motivations, it will fill the next 10 Sundays with “appointment viewing” of the highest realm.
  8. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Apr 9, 2015
    100
    It has been top-notch from the start--but in the new episodes available for review, the storytelling is more focused and straightforward, less aggressively confusing for casual viewers.... All you need to like to enjoy this unique series is exceptional and ambitious TV storytelling.
  9. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    Apr 9, 2015
    100
    It is still a magnificent beast: bold, confident and venturing off in new directions.
  10. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Apr 9, 2015
    100
    This isn't the best four-episode stretch the series has ever had--as with most cable dramas, the ends of GoT seasons tend to be stronger than the starts--but there's a sense of real forward momentum to the proceedings that hasn't always been there in the past. Again and again, my pulse quickened as I watched these four hours.
  11. Reviewed by: Mark Dawidziak
    Apr 8, 2015
    100
    We have fifth-season banquet of delights spread before us.... With each season, that load is spread out more and more, with young players coming into their own and crafty veterans added to the cast. The storytelling also gets stronger and more assured, pushing Game of Thrones to greater and grander heights.
  12. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Apr 8, 2015
    100
    There are so many fine performances here it’s difficult to single out just a few.... Benioff and Weiss have become inordinately adept at juggling an almost dizzying assortment of plots, but the manner in which those narratives intersect this time around has only enriched the show.
  13. Reviewed by: Joshua Alston
    Apr 10, 2015
    91
    The first four episodes of Game Of Thrones’ fifth season are typically rich and rewarding, but for those seeking reassurance as the show heads for uncharted territory, there’s as much to love as there is to fear.
  14. TV Guide Magazine
    Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Apr 16, 2015
    90
    It's a lot to digest but well worth the effort. [20 Apr - 3 May 2015, p.13]
  15. Reviewed by: Emily VanDerWerff
    Apr 13, 2015
    90
    Everything that was always good about Game of Thrones is still good. The ensemble cast remains one of TV's richest, from top to bottom, and even actors who seemed weak in the past (like Sophie Turner, who plays increasingly embittered Sansa Stark) continue to rise to the level of much better material.
  16. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    Apr 13, 2015
    90
    Season 5 doesn’t feel like more of the same; it feels like a Game of Thrones played at a new, more intense level.
  17. 90
    The level of craft and intelligence is so high here that Thrones earns the right to think of itself as doing for sword and sorcery what Coppola's Godfather trilogy did for the gangster picture: taking it seriously as modern myth without sapping it of old-fashioned entertainment value.
  18. Reviewed by: Ellen Gray
    Apr 10, 2015
    90
    Beyond noting that occasional tic of too-self-conscious nudity, though, it's hard to overpraise a show that's tamed Martin's tale just enough to make it filmable and matched extraordinary characters with extraordinary actors while finding things to say about justice, religion, governance and the power--and limits--of compassion.
  19. Reviewed by: Sonia Saraiya
    Apr 9, 2015
    90
    In the fifth season, the story has been distilled to just the moments of pathos and characterization and gorgeous direction that make the story work.
  20. Reviewed by: Chris Cabin
    Apr 7, 2015
    88
    The unforeseeable effects and ostensible curse of murdering have always proved key to the show's tension, and as the story continues to build a kinetic rhythm and streamline the drama, the thunderous chaos stirred up by each life taken resonates all the more loudly.
  21. Reviewed by: Liz Shannon Miller
    Apr 10, 2015
    83
    While its first few episodes skew dry, concerned largely with the establishment of allegiances, they do manage to keep us connected to those who have managed to survive thus far in the battle for power.
  22. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Apr 9, 2015
    83
    With that ticking clock in mind, Benioff and Weiss are improvising with confidence and a keen eye on character. You can see stories being streamlined.
  23. Reviewed by: Melissa Maerz
    Apr 8, 2015
    83
    So the story moves slowly, focusing less on the game-changing moments that often come early in the season (Joffrey dies! The Unsullied revolt!) and more on long-term strategy. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, especially when it finally brings people (and story lines) together in this ever-sprawling world.
  24. Reviewed by: Sara Smith
    Apr 10, 2015
    80
    It's a more compelling, faster-paced and less frustrating journey than fans were treated to in “A Feast for Crows” and “A Dance With Dragons,” the novels that line up with the current action in Westeros’ winter-is-coming world.
  25. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Apr 10, 2015
    80
    It’s dark, bloody and occasionally sexy, as it usually is, and Thrones fans wouldn’t want it any other way.
  26. Reviewed by: Mike Hale
    Apr 9, 2015
    80
    Quibbles aside, Game of Thrones is still remarkable for both the scrupulousness and the lavishness of its production, beautiful to look at and mostly engaging to follow, though there is something of the accountant’s method in Mr. Martin’s fantasy--progress through constant addition--that transfers into the television show.
  27. Reviewed by: Jonathan L. Fischer
    Apr 9, 2015
    80
    Season 5 of Game of Thrones pulls even further away from the novels (the Sansa plot will drive some fans crazier than King Aerys) and I’m fairly sure it’s better for it.
  28. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Apr 2, 2015
    80
    Game of Thrones, partly because it’s as cold-blooded as its characters in treating personnel turnover as the natural order, seems to have little trouble keeping its pedal to the metal.
  29. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Apr 8, 2015
    70
    There are so many characters and storylines in this complex series that to keep their arcs moving dramatically forward, writers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, creators of the series and custodians of novelist George R.R. Martin’s world, have to parse out so many bits of dialogue and scenes to so many different actors that large chunks of a season often feel like they bounce around frantically, spending little fragments of time with one character and racing across Westeros to service another ad infinitum.
User Score
8.2

Universal acclaim- based on 1683 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Apr 13, 2015
    10
    It's not easy adapting sprawling fantasy books into a TV series, but HBO has done it beautifully with "Game of Thrones." It's consistentlyIt's not easy adapting sprawling fantasy books into a TV series, but HBO has done it beautifully with "Game of Thrones." It's consistently been the most entertaining show on television for four seasons, and now that the showrunners are breaking new stories, I can't wait to see where it goes next. Full Review »
  2. Jun 2, 2015
    5
    "Hardhome" saved this season so far. Between Sansa's iffy scene and the very disappointing Sand Snakes fight, season 5 has been a let down."Hardhome" saved this season so far. Between Sansa's iffy scene and the very disappointing Sand Snakes fight, season 5 has been a let down. I'm truly sorry for sounding sexist, but some of the female characters in the show are killing it for me. Arya's plot makes zero sense with the rest of GOT, Emilia Clarke is destroying my favorite character from the books, and the Sand Snakes are just...boring. Their fight with Jaime and Bronn was so bland. Obara really looked like she was playing with a toy, slow-spinning the spear and doing nothing compared to the insanely entertaining Oberyn. The march south with Stannis should NOT take the entire season, yet it is. We're getting way too much Arya and not enough Dorne, Stannis, and Littlefinger. I really hope episodes 9 and 10 are exactly like 8. Full Review »
  3. May 19, 2015
    5
    Gotten a bit boring now, every major plot point is just who dies and who lives, about a simple as video game story telling. I have no ideaGotten a bit boring now, every major plot point is just who dies and who lives, about a simple as video game story telling. I have no idea what they're doing with Daenerys, but I've lost interest now as every season they seem to build her up and then have no pay off. Full Review »