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.

Read on to find out where Game of Thrones season 5 will pick up the story...
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