If you aren’t caught up on Game of Thrones at this point, please note that there are some spoilers in this article! Also, you only have one month to catch up before the premiere of Season 5!
If you’ve been keeping tabs on the Game of Thrones footage that HBO has released so far, you’ve probably seen Tyrion and Varys having some intense conversations regarding the future of the kingdom. This week, the HBO released a brand new video that looks at Varys motivations and intentions moving forward. It's fascinating stuff.
After spending a lot of time in a jail cell during Season 4, Tyrion is bound to have a lot of questions, many of them related to getting sprung from that jail cell and escaping King’s Landing. In the clip, the youngest Lannister asks Varys why he even bothered to let him out (over some wine, of course). Varys' response is that Jaime asked him to let Tyrion out; luckily, Tyrion isn’t fooled and presses for the real reason. In fact, Varys does believe that Tyrion is a man of “talent” who has a “part to play in the war to come.” That’s a bold statement, but it also shows how much power Varys has behind closed doors.
The words are echoes of the earlier conversation we heard in the Game of Thrones Season 5 full trailer. There, Tyrion and Varys are also engaged in an intriguing conversation regarding the future of the kingdom when Varys brings up a lady as a potential ruler, saying,
“The seven kingdoms needs a ruler loved by millions with a powerful army and the right family name.”
Don’t take it from me, if you haven’t caught it yet, give it a watch, below.
Certainly, we've seen flashier things in the Game of Thrones Season 5 footage. There’s the Sand Snakes with their nipple armor and Arya donning a new costume as she gains a new life. We’ve seen dragon pits and fighting sequences. We’ve seen characters that are striving to survive and others who are making major power plays. But sometimes the best footage is the political stuff that unfolds slowly but with certainty. As Season 5 heads further away from its novel origins, we can't wait to see what the HBO series will unveil.
Catch Game of Thrones Season 5 when it premieres on HBO on Sunday, April 12 at 9 p.m. ET.