The Dance of Dragons

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The Dance of Dragons
Game of Thrones
Episode # Season 5, Episode 9
Airdate June 7th, 2015
Director David Nutter
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"The Dance of Dragons" is the ninth episode of the fifth season of the HBO medieval fantasy television series Game of Thrones, and the 49th episode of the series. Written by Davis Benioff & D.B. Weiss and directed by David Nutter, it aired on June 7th, 2015.[1]


Stannis confronts a troubling decision. Jon returns to the Wall. Mace visits the Iron Bank. Arya encounters someone from her past. Dany reluctantly oversees a traditional celebration of athleticism.



The Dance of Dragons was written by Davis Benioff & D.B. Weiss, based on the original series by George R. R. Martin.[2]

The episode is adapted from or uses elements of the following chapters of A Song of Ice and Fire: The Princess in the Tower from A Feast for Crows, Jon I, Jon VII, The Watcher, Jon X, Theon I, Daenerys IX, Jon XII, The Sacrifice and The Ugly Little Girl from A Dance with Dragons, and Mercy from The Winds of Winter.

Regular cast memberss

The following regular cast members appeared in this episode:[1]

Sixteen out of twenty-seven members for the fifth season appeared in this episode. Alfie Allen (Reek), Dean-Charles Chapman (Tommen Baratheon), Gwendoline Christie (Brienne of Tarth), Natalie Dormer (Margaery Tyrell), Aiden Gillen (Petyr Baelish), Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister), Conleth Hill (Varys), Michael McElhatton (Roose Bolton), Hannah Murray (Gilly), Iwan Rheon (Ramsay Bolton), Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark) are not credited and do not appear.

Guest cast

The following guest apppearances were made in this episode:[2] [3]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Game of Thrones, Season 5, "The Dance of Dragons".
  2. 2.0 2.1 Game of Thrones, Bad parameter 2: "s05" is not a recognized episode, e09.
  3. IMDB The Dance of Dragons cast list