Dragons, Sand Snakes, and Bloodshed: What Game of Thrones Season 5 Has In Store


After much thumb-twiddling and speculation from fans, the official season 5 trailer for Game of Thrones has finally been released. If you haven’t already seen this, and would like to avoid spoilers, then venture no further.

Set against a chilling cover of David Bowie’s “Heroes,” this 2 minute glimpse at season 5 reveals quite a bit.

At Home (King’s Landing, The Vale, and the Wall)

Weddings and incest and Sansa, oh my! We get a sighting of the following events in Westeros:

1.) Margaery weds Prince Tommen. Let’s hope he doesn’t meet the same end as the douchebag Joffrey. Meanwhile, her grandmother Olenna is conniving as ever, telling someone offscreen that “they’ll never even find what’s left of you.” *goosebumps*

jon snow

2.) Everlasting angst between Queen Cersei and her brother the Kingslayer. Not new, but developing. Cersei is also noticeably pissed that the “little monster” Tyrion has escaped from prison and is nowhere to be found.

3.) The relationship between Sansa Stark and Littlefinger is…creepy.

4.) JON SNOW. Night’s Watch. War. Looks cold.

5.) The Red Woman still has an unhealthy fascination with fire. Can we turn it into a drinking game? Every time she says “the night is dark and full of terrors” or looks longingly into the flames, take a shot!

Abroad (Braavos, Meereen, Yunkai, and Beyond)

There is never enough Daenerys, in my humble opinion. But here’s what we see in the distant lands.

1.) If you’ve read the books, you’re bound to recognize the first look at the kingdom of Dorne and the notorious Sand Snakes (the bastard daughters of the late Oberyn Martell).

2.) Our little Arya isn’t so little anymore. We see her holding a sword (Needle?), and looking conflicted.

3.) A dragon breaths fire directly at the camera (and right into my heart). Are Daenerys’ children released from their confines in Meereen?

Badass Dany

4.) The golden harpy statue in Yunkai is pulled to the ground. Surely this means trouble for our young queen, who was negotiating for the lives of the freed slaves at the end of season 4.

5.) And last but not least, we are privy to conversations between Tyrion and Varys. The Spider helped our favorite dwarf escape from prison, and they are now on the run in the free cities. Tyrion admits that he knows he will never sit on the Iron Throne, but Varys encourages his role in helping someone else win the throne. Someone special, a “ruler loved by millions with a powerful army and the right family name.” Tyrion laughingly says, “Good luck finding him,” to which Varys replies, “Who said anything about him?” (CUT TO DAENERYS STORMBORN, Queen of the Andals and the Rhoynar and the First Men, Lord of the Seven Kingdoms, Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, Breaker of Chains, and Queen of Meereen.)

Guess you know where I stand. Long live the Queen!

Season 5 premiers on April 12, 2015 on HBO.

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