It’s that time of the year again. To get lost in an elaborate fantasy world, and the lives of its various colorful, complex characters inhabiting it, relating with their happiness, and, more importantly, their misery. If you’re looking for some easy, light entertainment to relax on weekends, this isn’t the show for you. If you’re looking for fun, you’ve come to the wrong place, my friend.
This season is based on the second half of A Storm of Swords, and some elements from the succeeding book A Feast for Crows have been included as well. The good news is that Swords is considered the best book of the series by the fans. The bad news is that the next books are considered below par, so will we see a drop in quality from Season 5?
The last season ended with one of the most brutal twists of TV history. I doubt any show before had killed off so many characters within a few minutes. Will this season be able to top it? I hope not, one Red Wedding was enough, but I won’t put it past George R.R. Martin to put us through even more suffering. Actually, I’ve read the books, and by “books”, I mean “wikipedia summaries of the books”, and let me just say this — shit is about to go down!
No, winter won’t be coming, but what will be coming is loads and loads of awesomeness. There’ll be action:
And, of course:
Here’s what Kit Harrington (Jon Snow) told Access Hollywood about the upcoming season:
[There will be ]more deaths this season than any other! I can’t tell you who dies. You’d think they’d tone the deaths down, but they don’t. They’ve realized that’s a successful option, so they’re just killing more people than they’ve ever killed.
Iain Glen (Jorah Mormont) said this to Big Issue back in November:
We’ve just completed filming and the focus has moved on for us. The scripts for season five have been written and that’s what we’ll be thinking about now. All I’ll say is that is that there are surprises up ahead. We’ve been doing some very different scenes in season four. We might even be entering pastures new. It’s going to be fantastic and I’d say it’ll be the biggest and the best yet.
Showrunner David Benioff told EW last year:
It’s the toughest production schedule we’ve ever had. We got more action, which is obviously more time consuming. It’s a brutal shooting season ahead. But if we can make it through, yeah, I think it’s going to surpass season three. The last 3 episodes, there’s so many scenes we’ve been waiting for so long to do. And it just gets more and more fun to write for these characters. After three years of doing it, we have that much more comfort to make everything uncomfortable for them. We’re very excited for it. Season five gives me nightmares, but [not season four].
It’s premiering on April 6, 2014. Benioff and Weiss will direct the premiere. The second episode will be written by Martin.
The Cast & Characters
Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Jaime Lannister
Charles Dance as Tywin Lannister
Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister
Iain Glen as Jorah Mormont
Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen
Kit Harington as Jon Snow
Aidan Gillen as Littlefinger
Liam Cunningham as Davos Seaworth
Stephen Dillane as Stannis Baratheon
Carice van Houten as Melisandre
Natalie Dormer as Margaery Tyrell
Maisie Williams as Arya Stark
Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark
Isaac Hempstead-Wright as Brandon Stark
Alfie Allen as Theon Greyjoy
Jack Gleeson as Joffrey Baratheon
Rory McCann as The Hound
John Bradley as Samwell Tarly
Joe Dempsie as Gendry
Rose Leslie as Ygritte
Conleth Hill as Varys
Jerome Flynn as Bronn
Sibel Kekilli as Shae
Pedro Pascal as Oberyn Martell
Iwan Rheon as Ramsay Snow
Ciaran Hinds as Mance Rayder
Diana Rigg as Olenna Tyrell
Gwendoline Christie as Brienne of Tarth
Mark Gatiss as Tycho Nestoris
Kate Dickie as Lysa Arryn
Nathalie Emmanuel as Missandei
Indira Varma as Ellaria Sand
The song used in the trailer is Feral Love (Chelsea Wolfe).
Reasons to Watch
If you’ve seen the last three seasons then I don’t need to give you any reasons. Unless you didn’t like them. In that case, what is wrong with you? There were many viewers who said they won’t be back because of Red Wedding. That’d be really stupid because this season will resolve a whole bunch of plot lines.
Reasons to Skip
If you don’t like complicated, dark shows where the rarity of happy endings is matched by the abundance of tits. Go watch Castle with your mom.
Brace yourselves, 10 episodes of unadulterated storytelling brilliance is coming. Hollywood wishes its movies were half as good.