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The Dance of Dragons 

Jon and the wildlings return to Castle Black. Jaime meets with Doran Martell. Stannis makes a hard choice. Arya runs into Meryn Trant. Daenerys attends the grand reopening of the fighting pits.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
... Tyrion Lannister
... Jaime Lannister
... Daenerys Targaryen
... Jon Snow
... Stannis Baratheon
... Davos Seaworth
... Melisandre (as Carice Van Houten)
... Ellaria Sand
... Arya Stark
... Bronn
... Samwell Tarly
... Tormund Giantsbane
... Jaqen H'ghar
... Daario Naharis
... Missandei


Things are not going well for Stannis and his army. Winter is upon them and they are attacked in the night losing most of their stores. Unable to move forward or back, he dispatches Ser Davos Seaworth to seek help from Castle Black. Jon Snow and the survivors of the attack at Hardhome make it safely back to the wall but the reception they get is anything but warm. In Dorne, Doran Martell takes the diplomatic route telling Jaime that Myrcella can return to King's Landing with him provided certain conditions were met. In Braavos, Arya sees Lord Tyrell who arrives to speak to representatives of the Iron Bank. He's accompanied by Meryn Trant, one of the men on her list. In Meereen, the Great Games begin but the needless killing is not to Daenarys or Tyrion's liking. Ser Jorah defeats his opponents in the arena but a trap is sprung and the Sons of the Harpy attack. Rescue is at hand however. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

7 June 2015 (USA)  »


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£6,000,000 (estimated)
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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the books, Jaime and Bronn never travel to Dorne, and never stand before Doran Martell. It is Ser Balon Swann who comes to Dorne in an official capacity. See more »


Missandei wears a blue outfit during the pit scene, but in the final shot after Daenerys flies off on Drogon, her outfit is now dark grey/black. See more »


Stannis Baratheon: If you had to choose between Rhaenyra and Aegon, who'd you have chosen?
Shireen Baratheon: I wouldn't have chosen either. It's all the choosing sides that made everything so horrible.
Stannis Baratheon: Sometimes a person much choose. Sometimes... the world forces his hand. If a man knows what he is and remains true to himself, the choice is no choice at all. He must fulfill his destiny, and become who he is meant to be. However much he may hate it.
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References Game of Thrones: The House of Black and White (2015) See more »


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Written and Performed by Ramin Djawadi
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An emotional and compelling episode that made me feel a bit sad

The Dance of Dragons is not only another classic episode, but it felt more emotional and compelling and it made me feel a bit sad. Mostly because of the choice Stannis made when he choose to sacrifice Shireen Baratheon, a sweet and innocent girl. I've heard that it polarized critics and fans of the books. Some liked it for it's strong character development while others hated it for betraying Stannis' character after the past few seasons. Anyway, everything else is so compelling.

The characters are still believable, the story/script is well-written this time around, the action is great especially the end of the movie where Daenerys flies on her dragon which takes your breath away and the music score from Ramin Djawadi suited really well. The pacing is great and doesn't drag, the directing is great, the scenery/set/costumes are still gorgeous to look at, and the performances are still great. So, overall, another classic episode that is emotional and compelling. :)

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