Game of Thrones is always one of the biggest shows to premiere during the TV season, but now that it's here, we are happy to report that anything and everything that will be going on moving forward. Here's our handy guide to everything we know about Game of Thrones Season 5, including details about the cast, information about the episodes, when the show airs and more. Here's what we know about Game of Thrones' big Season 5 premiere.
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What happened in the most recent episode?Episode 9 of Game of Thrones' fifth season really hit a whole slew of emotions, from glorious dragons flying to the death of a young child at the hands of her father. It was a devastating episode, with Stannis Baratheon choosing Melisandre, the Lord of Light and the promise of power over the life of the one child his wife had born that had lived. Shireen even eagerly offered to help her father in the moments before he chose to have her burned at the stake.
Elsewhere, Jaime was enjoying the comforts of Dorne and we got to enjoy some comic relief from Bronn. Elsewhere, Arya is busy continuing her training, selling oysters, clams and cockles near the shore and keeping an eye out on the people coming in and those who do business on the docks. In Meereen, Dany decides to reopen the fighting pits. Unfortunately, the Sons of the Harpy see the event as the perfect place to attempt to assassinate her. Fortunately, Drogon shows up in the nick of time. Don't worry, we have gifs.
What Happened During Episode 1?Episode 1, “The Wars to Come” kicked off with Cersei and Jaime mourning their father and squabbling more like siblings than lovers. Pod and Brienne are still journeying, and at the Wall, Jon Snow has to play a part in Mance Rayder’s fate when Stannis asks him to bend the knee. In the meantime, Littlefinger and Sansa are more in cahoots than ever. Across the sea, Tyrion and Varys finally reach land, and the latter convinces the former to head to Meereen to join Daenary’s entourage. In Meereen, the townsfolk want to reopen the fighting pits, to Dany’s disapproval.
If you'd like to check out our full, in-depth Episode 1 reaction, head here.
What Happened During Episode 2?Episode 2, “The House of Black and White,” features Arya attempting to gain entry into the titular Braavos community, and after sitting outside for what seems like days, she runs off to kill a pigeon for food. Eventually, however, her former pal Jaqen H’gar reveals himself to her.
Elsewhere, Brienne and Pod are almost successful at regaining control of Sansa. Unfortunately, she seems pretty cool with chilling with Littlefinger, who obviously doesn’t want to let his prize go. Brienne needs to just cool it with the whole vow thing and move on, now that both Stark girls have rebuffed her.
In Meereen, Danny is still dealing with problems related to the Sons of the Harpy. More excitingly, however, Drogon shows up! While this is going on, far away at the wall Maester Aemon casts the deciding vote to make Jon Snow the leader of the Night’s Watch. Being a leader ain’t easy.
If you would like to take a more in-depth look at Episode 2, you can check out our full recap here.
What Happened During Episode 3?Episode 3, "High Sparrow," features a ton of curveballs. Namely, Littlefinger reveals his plan to Sansa to marry her off to Ramsay Bolten, the former bastard of Roose Bolten. Sansa reluctantly agrees to the match after a rousing speech from Littlefinger, but she doesn't know Ramsay is more of a monster than Joffrey. Meanwhile, Brienne and Pod are still looking for ways to extricate her from Littlefinger's clutches.
Further north, Jon Snow is still dealing with some unrest on the wall. He briefly takes some lip from dissenter Janos Slynt, but pulls a trick from his dad Ned Stark's book by beheading him. Stannis seems to respect the kid and his decisions, but for now, the Night's Watch will remain on the Wall.
Meanwhile, the religious faction known as the Sparrows is causing some havoc in King's Landing. Cersei's sort of engaged with the religious group, but she has bigger fish on her mind. During the episode, Tommen officially weds Margaery and the Tyrell woman now has more power as the queen. Bitchy conversations between the two women ensue. It's great.
If you would like to take a more in-depth look at Episode 3, you can check out our full recap here.