“Game of Thrones” has it all. Vile, back-stabbing women. Conniving little men. Diverse landscapes such as The Wall, which overlooks a frozen, almost barren expanse of land, as well the capital of Westeros, King’s Landing, where the power of Westeros resides. As the fifth season of the hit drama based on author George R.R Martin’s “Game of Thrones” novels is set to return on HBO this coming Sunday.
Following the events of season four, the world-renown drama will travel to a new location outside of Westeros this season: the island of Dorne, where now deceased Prince Oberyn Martell hailed from. We will be introduced to Oberyn’s family, which is another powerful force to be reckoned with. Unlike the Lannisters and Starks, which have fallen from their former glory to at least some extent, the Martells are on the rise despite Oberyn’s death at the hands of the Mountain during last season.
Even though the island of Dorne and the Martell family are new characters that many “Game of Thrones” fans can’t wait to see on screen, the core of the story will continue to be the characters that we have already been introduced to. The Lannisters have lost a lot despite their position of power in King’s Landing. Even though King Tommen is a Baratheon by name, the family that surrounds him is all Lannisters, including his mother Cersei and uncle Jamie. Furthermore, it seems as if the death of Twyin Lannister, the father of Cersei, Jamie and Tyrion, has only emboldened Cersei’s continued quest for greater power. While Cersei and Jamie occupy positions of power in King’s Landing, Tyrion is now in exile after escaping from the dungeons of King’s Landing with the help of Jamie and Lord Varys, the latter of whom has accompanied him across the sea.
Speaking of lands across the sea, Daenerys Targaryen prepares for her return to Westeros by ruling over the land of Slaver’s Bay. As she continues her trial by fire when it comes to being a queen, she is learning the skills necessary to be a great queen. Although her dragons have become unruly, and she has lost a trusted advisor in Ser Jorah, Daenerys will look to retake Westeros from the people who kicked her family from their rightful place: the throne.
At the Wall, Jon Snow and the Night’s Watch, with help from aspiring king Stannis Baratheon and his army, will look to combat the threat that the White Walkers will pose to the rest of the Westeros. The rest of the country has settled down following the war between the Starks and the Lannisters, and the North is now ruled by Lord Roose Bolton. However, the greater danger is from the White Walkers. If the Night’s Watch cannot hold the Wall, then all of Westeros could be consumed by the Walkers’ wrath before Daenerys can return to claim the Iron Throne in King’s Landing.
These storylines and many more will rule season five. Viewers have a lot of questions: how will Sansa Stark fare in the Vale alongside Lord Petyr Baelish? What will Arya Stark undergo in Braavos? Will Margaery Tyrell influence King Tommen’s rule, or will Cersei continue to pull the strings? How will Tyrion and Varys handle their exile? Another war could be on our hands, so this season should keep us glued to our couches. After all, it’s always fun to see what Cersei has up her sleeve when she encounters new enemies.
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