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The Best Episodes of Shōgun

Every episode of Shōgun ranked from best to worst. Let's dive into the Best Episodes of Shōgun!

In Japan in the year 1600, at the dawn of a century-defining civil war, Lord Yoshii Toranaga is fighting for his life as his enemies on the Council of Regents unite against him, when a mysterious European ship is found marooned in a nearby fishing village.

Genres:DramaWar & Politics

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The best episode of "Shōgun" is "Abyss of Life", rated 9.1/10 from 2715 user votes. It was directed by Emmanuel Osei-Kuffour, Jr. and written by Shannon Goss. "Abyss of Life" aired on 4/9/2024 and is rated 0.1 point(s) higher than the second highest rated, "Servants of Two Masters".

  • Abyss of Life
    9.1/10 2,715 votes

    #1 - Abyss of Life

    Season 1 Episode 8 - Aired 2024-04-09

    Toranaga's defeated clan moves to Edo and awaits their fate. Blackthorne must decide who he fights for - the lord who has turned his back on him, or the ambition that brought him to Japan in the first place.

    Director: Emmanuel Osei-Kuffour, Jr.

    Writer: Shannon Goss

  • Servants of Two Masters
    9.0/10 8,315 votes

    #2 - Servants of Two Masters

    Season 1 Episode 2 - Aired 2024-02-27

    Blackthorne's arrival in Osaka stirs up a hornet's nest of rivalries. Mariko is trapped between her cause and her faith when she must translate for the barbarian in Lord Toranaga's custody.

    Director: Jonathan van Tulleken

    Writer: Justin Marks, Rachel Kondo

  • The Eightfold Fence
    9.0/10 6,033 votes

    #3 - The Eightfold Fence

    Season 1 Episode 4 - Aired 2024-03-12

    Blackthorne and Mariko test their new alliance as they train Toranaga's gun regiment for war. Yabushige must navigate his past promises to Ishido when an old friend comes to the village.

    Director: Fred Toye

    Writer: Emily Yoshida

  • Tomorrow Is Tomorrow
    8.9/10 6,881 votes

    #4 - Tomorrow Is Tomorrow

    Season 1 Episode 3 - Aired 2024-03-05

    After Blackthorne survives a brazen assassination attempt, Toranaga realizes he must ferry his allies out of Osaka or risk certain defeat.

    Director: Charlotte Brändström

    Writer: Shannon Goss

  • Broken to the Fist
    8.9/10 4,997 votes

    #5 - Broken to the Fist

    Season 1 Episode 5 - Aired 2024-03-19

    Blackthorne and Mariko struggle to contain the secret that could get them both killed. Yabushige searches for the spy who has betrayed his intentions to Lord Toranaga.

    Director: Fred Toye

    Writer: Matt Lambert

  • Anjin
    8.5/10 8,840 votes

    #6 - Anjin

    Season 1 Episode 1 - Aired 2024-02-27

    Destinies converge in Japan after a barbarian ship washes ashore in a poor fishing village. Meanwhile, in Osaka, Lord Toranaga finds himself outplayed by his enemies.

    Director: Jonathan van Tulleken

    Writer: Justin Marks, Rachel Kondo

  • A Stick of Time
    8.4/10 3,230 votes

    #7 - A Stick of Time

    Season 1 Episode 7 - Aired 2024-04-02

    Outplayed by new alliances in Osaka, Toranaga is forced to carve out a new deal with a long lost family member.

    Director: Takeshi Fukunaga

    Writer: Matt Lambert

  • Ladies of the Willow World
    8.2/10 3,892 votes

    #8 - Ladies of the Willow World

    Season 1 Episode 6 - Aired 2024-03-26

    Lady Ochiba returns to Osaka in order to accelerate the Regents' campaign against Toranaga. In Ajiro, Toranaga tests Mariko's loyalty to his cause.

    Director: Hiromi Kamata

    Writer: Maegan Houang