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Mother's Mercy 

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Stannis arrives at Winterfell. Tyrion runs Meereen as Daario and Jorah go after Daenerys. Jaime and Myrcella leave Dorne. Jon sends Sam and Gilly to Oldtown. Arya challenges the Many-Faced God. Cersei confesses her sins.


David Nutter


George R.R. Martin (based on "A Song of Ice and Fire" by), David Benioff (created by) | 4 more credits »





Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Dinklage ... Tyrion Lannister
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau ... Jaime Lannister
Lena Headey ... Cersei Lannister
Emilia Clarke ... Daenerys Targaryen
Kit Harington ... Jon Snow
Stephen Dillane ... Stannis Baratheon
Liam Cunningham ... Davos Seaworth
Carice van Houten ... Melisandre (as Carice Van Houten)
Indira Varma ... Ellaria Sand
Maisie Williams ... Arya Stark
Sophie Turner ... Sansa Stark
John Bradley ... Samwell Tarly
Hannah Murray ... Gilly
Nathalie Emmanuel ... Missandei
Michiel Huisman ... Daario Naharis


Stannis attacks Winterfell. Sansa and Theon find themselves on a difficult situation. Arya challenges the many face god. Daenerys is surrounded by acquaintances. Jaime and Myrcella leave Dorne. Cersei confesses. Sam goes to oldtown to become the new maester. Jon receives news about his uncle Benjen.

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Release Date:

14 June 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


£8,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Dolby Atmos (Blu-ray release)



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


The episode won 3 Emmy Awards for Outstanding Makeup for a Single-Camera Series (Non-Prosthetic), Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series and Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series. See more »


When Theon kills Myranda and he and Sansa escape Winterfell, Sansa's gloves disappear in several shots only for them to appear again seconds later, although it is a fast-paced scene with no intervals. See more »


Lord Varys: Hello, old friend. I thought we were so happy together until you abandoned me.
Tyrion Lannister: I suppose there's no point asking how you found me.
Lord Varys: The birds sing in the west, the birds sing in the east, if one knows how to listen. They tell me you've already found favor with the Mother of Dragons.
Tyrion Lannister: Well, she didn't execute me, so that's a promising start. Now the heroes are off to find her, and I'm stuck here trying to placate a city on the brink of civil war. Any advice for an old comrade?
Lord Varys: Information is the ...
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Referenced in Game of Thrones: The Bells (2019) See more »


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All good things must come to an end
16 June 2015 | by bekestua-95See all my reviews

Where do one start. Game of thrones has provided us with 4 great seasons of adaptations of the books. However, all good things must come to an end. The show writers have clearly showed their incompetence now. I think it's safe to say, that all the book readers and non-book readers agree that some changes are needed, to make a series of the books. However, as Benioff and Weiss has showed us, you can't do too many changes. And that's exactly what they did with season 5. Yes, the show is now ahead of the books in some story lines, but no, that's not an excuse.

Benioff and Weiss have decided that shock value (although few of the events were even shocking) is more important than good writing. So lets start with Jon Snow being stabbed. In the breakdown of the episode they talk about how they didn't want a ''bad guy'' like Alliser Thorne to kill Jon. So they decide that Ollie should ''surprise'' us all and stab him. Although it has been clear for almost the entire season, that Ollie would do something stupid when Jon returned with the Free Folk. It was simply predictable and boring.

The battle for Winterfell was almost a major disappointment. I don't mind that Stannis lost the battle. We still don't know the results in the books, but I assume he loses in the books as well, or this would have been an EXTREMELY stupid way to go for the show. However. Stannis is supposed to significantly outnumber the Bolton force, and he's perhaps the greatest general in Westeros. Take that, and combine it with the build up they've done for the entire season, and you'll get one hell of an ending to the season. Or not. Because what the f*ck, happened? In the show half of the army desert before the battle. OK, but that if he had such a large force to begin with, he shouldn't have been so outnumbered as he was. Not to mention how he just walked into a trap, and then not even preparing a strategy. They didn't even show the battle. So what was the point of the build up then? And then, at the end you have Brienne killing Stannis, with some stupid logic. I mean, you butchered the character of Brienne and Stannis in one episode. Do you really mean that Brienne was THAT stupid? ''Rightful king''. What!? Everyone. And I mean EVERYONE in Westeros knew Stannis was the rightful king by law. It doesn't mean they supported him, but they weren't stupid. Brienne obviously was.

The Sand Snakes continue to be awkward and bad. ''You want a good girl but need a bad pussy''. Are you shooting a porn? Like seriously, WHAT THE F*CK!? How did anyone come up with lines like those? And yet again, you kill off a character who haven't died in the books (and probably won't do anytime soon either).

Theon rescuing Sansa from Miranda, only to jump of the wall in what seems like a suicide. What a surprise! Now we're left with a useless cliffhanger.

These are just some of the things I've found bad with the episode, I could have gone on for much more, but that wouldn't leave place for why I didn't rate the episode 1 star. For even though the episode were at times incredibly stupid, some parts were brilliant. Cerseis walk of shame, and the incident with Arya was both well done storyline-wise, and actually done in the show. Making an otherwise stupid episode at least watchable, and also earning it 6 stars fr

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