Game Of Thrones Season 5: What We Know So Far

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Game of Thrones Season 5 is an ungodly long way off but that doesn't mean it's too soon to start gathering information on the HBO fantasy's eventual return. While we don't know too many official details about next year (and this isn't about spoiling anything from the books), there have been a few tidbits released so far. And besides, there's always a lot to talk about when it comes to Game of Thrones, including details about the cast, where the story will pick up and more…

SPOILER ALERT: This article contains spoilers from the Season 4 finale, so if you haven’t watched it yet, read no further!

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When will Game of Thrones Season 5 air?
Game of Thrones follows a pretty consistent schedule, meaning that Season 5 of HBO's most popular series ever will start filming this fall for a spring premiere. If I was a betting man, my money would be on Sunday, April 6. 2015. Seven hells, that's not for forever. Even with all that time, George R.R. Martin better get writing if he wants the books to come out before Game of Thrones finishes his story for him.

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How did Game of Thrones Season 4 leave off?
Not the simplest question when it comes to such a sprawling narrative. The best way to attack is probably by location so let's start in King's Landing and the shocking events of the season finale. With the help of Varys and Jaime, Tyrion made it onto a ship heading out of the capital (with Varys?) but not before murdering Tywin and Shae first. Another two bite the dust. While Cersei won't be pleased with her family's actions, at least her son Tommen still sits atop the Iron Throne. Oh, and the Martells are probably not too pleased that Oberyn got his head smashed during "The Mountain and the Viper." However, the Tyrells, Margaery, Loras and Mace, are healthy though and growing strong while the Lannister's power fades.

Off in the middle of Westeros, that's Casterly Rock to the Eyrie, Littlefinger has made some major moves and is pretty much Lord of the Vale now that Lysa Arryn is out of the moon door. I mean, the picture. Only sickly Lord Robin and an increasingly cunning Sansa stand in Petyr's way. I don't think he has to worry about the boy but the eldest living Stark learned a lot from her time in the capital. Speaking of "The Children" and Starks, Arya almost crossed paths with her older sister before coming across Brienne and Pod instead, a meeting that would prove fatal for the Hound and send the 'she-wolf' off to a nearby ship headed to Braavos.

In the North, Theon (Reek) helped Ramsay Snow (sorry, Bolton) and his father Roose rid the region of the rest of the Iron Islander's including the former's older sister Yara. Farther north, Jon managed to strike up a deal with Mance Rayder but not before "The Watchers on the Wall" and the wildling army had a few epic encounters. After his banking transactions in Braavos, Stannis and his crew, Davos, Melisandre and Shireen, ended up crashing the party at the Wall as well because the White Walkers are the most dangerous threat to the Kingdom. Of course, Bran is also doing his best to help in the North as his spiritual journey, with Hodor and Meera Reed still along for the ride, led him to one of the Children of the Forest. It was the Children who, with the help of the First Men, fought back the Others in the first place.

Finally, across the Narrow Sea, Dany continues to take up residence in Slaver's Bay, refusing to leave Meereen with the area still in turmoil. And that might mean getting closer than she’d like to the noble Hizdahr zo Loraq. Jorah's been banished but she still has Ser Barristan Selmy at her side, not to mention Grey Worm and Missandei. Oh, and Daario, her lover, is still around too. Not around, however, are Daenerys' dragons. In the finale, the Khalessi was forced to try and put them in a cage after her children burned an innocent human child. Drogon couldn't be caught but Viserion and Rhaegal are chained in the catacombs. I think that's everyone? And there are still plenty more characters to be introduced in Season 5. And 6. And 7.

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Where are all of the characters?
Okay. That was a lot to digest. Jaime, Cersei, Tommen, Margaery, Loras, Mace, Bronn and Maester Pycelle are in King's Landing with Tyrion and Varys leaving on a boat to Pentos. Oh, and Myrcella Lannister, uh, Baratheon is in Dorne. Littlefinger, Sansa and Lord Robin are about to tour the Vale, near where we last left Brienne and Pod while Arya is on a boat to Braavos.

Theon (Reek) is with Ramsay and Roose Bolton at Winterfell while the rest of the Greyjoys are back in the Iron Islands. Jon, Ghost, Sam and Gilly are at the Wall along with all the other Brothers of the Night's Watch (so Edd, Thorne, Slynt and Maester Aemon), the wildling army (Mance, Tormund and the Giants) and Stannis' crew which includes Davos, Melisandre, Shireen and Selyse. Bran, Summer, Hodor and Meera are even further North, under a mystical weirwood with one of the Children of the Forest and the Three-eyed Crow.

And finally, across the Narrow Sea, Daenerys is in Meereen with Missandei, Ser Barristan Selmy, Grey Worm and Hizdahr zo Loraq. Daario is nearby as well while Jorah is headed away from the city after being banished. Two of the dragons, Viserion and Rhaegal, are locked in the pits, while Drogon is free.

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Where will Season 5 pick up?
Obviously, the fifth season of Game of Thrones will pick up where it left off, which, well, is a lot of places. The drama will continue in all the usual locations, with King's Landing perhaps getting a little less screen time after losing so many of it's players over the last few episodes. There's always the Riverlands, the Vale, the North, the Iron Islands and Meereen to pick up the slack. And with the influx of characters at the Wall, it will probably figure heavily into the upcoming season.

There will also be a few new(ish) locations as Tyrion and Arya were both last seen on boats heading across the Narrow Sea. That should mean more time spent in the Free Cities of Pentos and Braavos. The prospect of the latter is especially exciting given how rad the place looks in the title sequence. Finally, there is one never-before-seen region of Westeros that we will definitely see on GoT next year with Spain being scouted as a stand-in for Dorne. A whole kingdom of Oberyns?!

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What do we know about the cast for Game of Thrones Season 5?
Even with its many deaths, Game of Thrones still has a ton of characters with Emilia Clarke (Daenerys), Lena Headey (Cersei), Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime), Peter Dinklage (Tyrion), Sophie Turner (Sansa), Maisie Williams (Arya), Isaac Hempstead-Wright (Bran), Kit Harington (Jon Snow), Aidan Gillen (Littlefinger), Alfie Allen (Theon), John Bradley (Sam), Stephen Dillane (Stannis), Carice van Houten (Melisandre), Liam Cunningham (Davos), Gwendoline Christie (Brienne), Iwan Rheon (Ramsay), Daniel Portman (Pod), Natalie Dormer (Margaery), Iain Glen (Jorah), Nathalie Emmanuel (Missandei), Jerome Flynn (Bronn), Kristofer Hivju (Tormund), Hannah Murray (Gilly), Ian McElhinney (Barristan), Jacob Anderson (Grey Worm), Michiel Huisman (Daario) and Joel Fry (Hizdahr zo Loraq), Conleth Hill (Varys), Finn Jones (Loras), Diana Rigg (Olenna), Roger Ashton-Griffiths (Mace), Gemma Whelan (Yara), Ellie Kendrick (Meera) and Kristian Nairn (Hodor) are all set to return.

Not to mention Dean-Charles Chapman (Tommen), Julian Glover (Pycelle), Clive Russell (Blackfish), Tobias Menzies (Edmure), Michael McElhatton (Roose), Indira Varma (Ellaria Sand), Anton Lesser (Qyburn), Charlotte Hope (Myranda), Patrick Malahide (Balon), Ben Crompton (Edd), Ciarán Hinds (Mance), Peter Vaughan (Aemon), Owen Teale (Thorne), Dominic Carter (Slynt), Tara Fitzgerald (Selyse), Kerry Ingram (Shireen), Mark Gatiss (Tycho Nestoris), Lucian Msamati (Salladhor Saan), Octavia Alexandru (Leaf), Natalia Tena (Osha), Art Parkinson (Rickon), Aimee Richardson (Myrcella), Lino Facioli (Robin), Richard Dormer (Beric), Paul Kaye (Thoros) and Philip McGinley (Anguy). Seven hells! That's a lot of cast members left for George R.R. Martin to kill and we haven't even gotten to the additions for Game of Thrones' fifth season.

No one has been officially cast yet but a some role breakdowns have leaked online and, thanks to winteriscoming.net, we know at least some of the characters David Benioff and Dan Weiss are looking to add for the fifth season. And with Dorne becoming a new location on the fantasy series, it probably shouldn't come as much of a surprise that most of the new characters have the last name Martell or Sand. The first breakdown shows that Game of Thrones is searching for the right actors to play Oberyn's older brother, Prince Doran, as well as the three eldest of his eight bastard daughters (the 'Sand Snakes'), Obara, Tyene and Nymeria. They are a lot like their father, his brother, not so much. Doran is ten years older and confined to a wheelchair but cunning. His son Trystane, Princess Myrcella's dashing fiancé, is also being added as well as the family bodyguard, Areo Hotah.

Other characters included in the first casting call are The High Sparrow, a pious religious leader who will be appearing in several episodes, Septa Unella, an 'imposing and unrelenting' presence in a major character's life, Bronn's new wife, Lady Lollys Stokeworth, a fortune-teller named Maggy the Frog (more on her in a moment), Yezzan, a Meereenese slave owner and 'The Waif,' a strange child that Arya encounters in Braavos. It will be nice when these roles are actually cast so we can start putting faces to all these names.

The second role breakdown only includes three characters, but one hints at a possible game-changing event for Game of Thrones. I don't think it's much of a spoiler but here's a warning just in case. First off, the fantasy is looking to add another warg with wildling skinchanger Varamyr Sixskins on the casting call. Next is a character not in the books, 'a 12 year old blonde girl' named Imogen which many believe is (THAT SPOILER) really a place-holder for young Cersei. Yes, Game of Thrones may be having a flashback in Season 5. Speculation first arose with the call for Maggy the Frog as she's part of a Cersei flashback in the books and 'Imogen,' as well as a 12 year old 'Brunette Girl,' being on the second breakdown only reinforced that theory. Of course, I have another theory on who that Brunette might be but now's not the time for real (END OF) SPOILERS.

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What have we seen from Game of Thrones Season 5 so far?
Nothing. It’s still a long, long ways away.

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Who will be the next to die on Game of Thrones?
Killing characters is kind of Game of Thrones thing. There are many pretenders to the crown out there but no other series goes after the major names like HBO's fantasy. Season 4 saw a lot bite the dust (including Joffrey, Dontos, Locke, Lysa, Oberyn, The Mountain, Ygritte, Styr, Pyp, Grenn, Jojen, The Hound, Shae and Tywin), who do you think will eat it in Season 5? I'm not even going to begin to speculate cause, well, I know...

Who do you think will die in Season 5?

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Game of Thrones will return for its fifth season next spring (probably Sundays at 9 p.m. ET) on HBO. Based on the “Song of Ice and Fire” novels by George R.R. Martin, the series was adapted by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss and stars Peter Dinklage, Kit Harrington, Emilia Clarke, Lena Headey and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau.
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