Venturing north of the Wall and across the Narrow Sea for Game Of Thrones season five
Things can only get better, right?
After the no filler, all- very- much killer Storm Of Swords, we now approach what some fans regard as Game Of Thrones’ choppier waters – more specifically the narrow sea between Westeros and Essos; the concurrent timelines of A Feast For Crows and A Dance With Dragons see the surviving characters slowly drift across George RR Martin’s sprawling geography. Combining the two epic books certainly makes chronological sense ( who really wants to go a season without Peter Dinklage or Emilia Clarke?) but risks slowing down the action.
Aren’t they running out of books to adapt?
While Westeros- watchers could safely assume that the two books will be rearranged into at least two seasons, it’s possible that the lack of bloody beats now so beloved by audiences could mean that the extensive politics – and looming cliffhangers – gets boiled down into one season. Of course, this heaps a whole load of pressure on a certain slow-fingered author…
Who are the Sand Snakes?
The bad news? Oberyn Martell needs more than a paracetamol. The good news is that there’s a whole hot land full of sexy Ober- spawn – the “Sand Snakes” – eager to take revenge on King’s Landing. Most of season five’s big casting news revolves around fleshing out the Dornish family heart tree: there’s Keisha Castle- Hughes as Obara ( fighting Snake), Jessica Henwick as Nymeria ( political Snake) and Rosabell Laurenti Sellers as Tyene ( crafty Snake), along with Alexander Siddig as their uncle, Doran Martell, the Prince Of Dorne.
What’s this about someone coming back
from the dead?
No, not that one… instead Charles Dance’s Tywin Lannister will rise from the killer khasi, if only for a corpse cameo or a flashback. His daughter Cersei is set to relive the doomy prophesy from her childhood as her schemes come undone - expect her unique spin of the walk of shame courtesy of ( new addition) Jonathan Pryce’s religious
leader The High Sparrow.
Anyone MIA this year?
One bunch of people that we aren’t going to be meeting anytime soon: the squabbling seafarers of the Iron Isles, who look like they’ve gone the way of their Prince Theon’s joy sausage, at least until season six anyway. Joining the Ironborn on the uncomfortable subs bench will be both the surviving Stark boys Bran and Rickon – and sadly everyone’s favourite Hodoring slab of Hodor, Hodor.
What is [ insert favourite character name] up to?
Meanwhile old favourites seem likely to go by the book: Arya and Tyrion both find themselves in Essos, the former to train as a Faceless Assassin in Braavos, the latter now the most wanted man in Westeros. Elsewhere, a disguised Sansa learns to play politics the Littlefinger way, Daenerys is struggling to control both the city of Meereen and her dragons at the same time, while at the Wall Jon Snow must juggle his relationship with his new BFF Stannis Baratheon and trying to do right by the defeated Wildlings.
Will book readers have anything new to look forward to?
Over the Wall – and not in the books – the ghostly White Walkers continue to gather strength ( and blue- eyed babies) giving even A Song Of Ice And Fire readers who think they know everything something unexpected. Could this be a pointer to where GRRM is going with his books but also a sneaky way for showrunners David Benioff and DB Weiss to ramp up the action stakes?
When will we see i t?
We’d bet our houses on Game Of Thrones season five airing from Easter- ish 2015.
Emilia Clarke returns thanks to the merger of Feast and Dance.
Game Of Thrones can’t do without the cutting snark of Peter Dinklage.