And just like that, the hype of “Game of Thrones” Season 5 is in full swing. The same day HBO officially debuted the new season’s trailer, the network also unveiled 18 new photos.
Some of them are what people might have been expecting: Daenerys Targaryen looking regal in Meereen, Jon Snow planning at Castle Black, Dark Sansa and Littlefinger hanging out at the Eyrie. But among those now-staple “Game of Thrones” shots are some exciting looks at what’s to come. Here’s a breakdown.
Lots of new faces
Here are some more new looks at some exciting Season 5 characters: Alexander Siddig as Prince Doran Martell, Oberyn’s brother; Deobai Opaeri as the captain of Doran’s guards; and Jonathan Pryce as the High Sparrow. Keep an eye on these three.
Stannis isn’t leaving Castle Black
Though Stannis came in and saved the day for the Night’s Watch in the Season 4 finale, it won’t be without a cost. Here Jon Snow is seen meeting with Stannis Baratheon and Davos Seaworth, but the One True King of Westeros is going to want the Night’s Watch to back him, and that’s not what they do. Conflict of interest much?
Margaery vs. Cersei
Isn’t it sort of ironic that the game of thrones in King’s Landing came down to a face-off of queen versus queen? Only Margaery and Cersei are left standing in the capital of Westeros in the battle for control of the crown now that everyone else — Tywin, Tyrion, Varys, Littlefinger, Ned — is gone. Based on this photo, it’s going to be a delightful showdown.
Arya at the House of Black and White
OK, OK, to be fair there have been plenty of teases about Arya heading to the House of Black and White, but that doesn’t stop them from being great. This storyline more than any other is probably the most bizarre and exciting in Season 5.
Tormund in chains
Tormund seemed pretty ticked that Jon didn’t kill him after his capture in Season 4, and here he remains a prisoner. Just what is Lord Snow doing with his wildling captives, and is it to his end or Stannis’s?
Emphasis on the Boltons
The Season 5 trailer featured a pretty significant emphasis on the Boltons, and here Roose is shown with his recently legitimized son Ramsay and his wife, Walda Frey. This could be a sign that their storyline is going to be coming to the forefront after being relatively limited (though significant) in Season 4.