'Game of Thrones' Season 5: What We Already Know

While Game of Thrones Season 5 doesn't premiere until next spring, we already know key plot developments for the hit HBO series as it moves into a new era.

The Game of Thrones Season 4 finale, "Children", was as epic and thrilling as expected. HBO's mega-hit continues to titillate audiences with four (WARNING: SPOILER ALERT!) characters (Jojen Reed, Sandor "The Hound" Clegane, Shae, and Tywin Lannister) meeting their fates. Several storylines were wrapped up and new threads spun with as much intrigue as ever. The show has pretty much been faithful to the George R.R. Martin books, but as Game of Thrones Season 5 looms, rumors abound that the show will start to significantly deviate. The primary assertion is the show will soon catch up to the books and will need to chart its own course. It's a long wait until the premiere of new Game of Thrones episodes in Spring 2015, but we do know several key plot points that are headed our way. Our list below ranks the most important events to be seen in the upcoming season.

10The Mountain Lives

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When we last saw Sir Gregor Clegane, aka The Mountain, he had crushed the head of Prince Oberyn like a pimple after their epic duel. The Game of Thrones Season 4 finale has the raping, murdering Mountain comatose and dying painfully. Apparently, Oberyn's spear was coated in Manticore venom, which sounds pretty hideous. Qyburn - the disgraced maester, tells Cersei he can save The Mountain using his nefarious methods. The Mountain will keep his beastly strength...but be changed. That statement rings ominous. We can expect a monstrous transformation for The Mountain in season five.

9Drogon Unleashed

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Daenerys' trial by error method of ruling Meereen comes to a sad conclusion in Game of Thrones Season 4. Drogon, the black dragon, the largest and most fierce, has barbequed a child. Daenerys locks up his brothers in the catacombs with great emotional distress. She realizes she can no longer control them fully and they are incredibly dangerous. But as clearly stated in the finale, Drogon is nowhere to be found. The black dragon will be instrumental for Daenerys in Game of Thrones Season 5.

8Jaime and Cersei Go Public

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The twisted, incestuous relationship between Jaime and Cersei Lannister is back with gusto. After the furor that arose in Breaker of Chains when Jaime forced himself on Cersei, their was a question as to their status. Not anymore, Cersei refuses to marry Loras Tyrell. She will stay in King's Landing to watch over Tommen, and continue to hook up with Jaime in every part of the castle. Letting this love bloom is sure to raise eyebrows in Game of Thrones Season 5.

7Sansa & Littlefinger Tour the Vale

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Sansa Stark and Lord Petyr 'Littlefinger' Baelish were absent from the finale. Their plotline was wrapped in The Mountain and the Viper where Sansa lied about Littlefinger murdering her aunt, Lysa Arryn. Sansa has learned from the master of deception. She now has Littlefinger wrapped around her finger. And he is now the protector of the feeble, Lord of the Vale - Robert Arryn. As the trio tour the Vale in Game of Thrones Season 5, Sansa is no longer the frightened, abused girl at the mercy of others. She is firmly in control of her fate.

6Bran Learns to Fly

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Brandon Stark's epic journey to find The Three-Eyed Raven comes to a close in The Game of Thrones Season 4 finale. Jorjen Reed, one of my favorite supporting characters, is killed. But the group is saved by The Children, a childlike race older than the first men. They are taken to meet The Three-Eyed Raven, who is actually a man entwined in the roots of the magical weirwood tree. He mysteriously claims that Bran will never walk again, but learn to fly. Game of Thrones Season 5 promises that Bran's warging skills will grow exponentially under the tutelage of The Raven.

5Stannis and Jon Snow at The Wall

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The Night's Watch is saved by Stannis Baratheon. Flush with cash and men from the Iron Bank of Braavos, Stannis appears as Jon Snow undertakes his suicide mission to kill Mance Rayder. They cut down the wildling army, take Mance prisoner, and set up shop at Castle Black. Game of Thrones Season 5 holds the inevitable conflict between Jon Snow and Stannis, especially with the priestess Melisandre pulling the strings.

4Tyrion Solves His Daddy Issues

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Tywin Lannister finally gets his comeuppance in The Game of Thrones Season 4 finale. The Head of House Lannister, The Hand of The King, and the de facto ruler of Westeros gets two arrows in the gut from Tyrion, while on the privy. Tyrion finds Shae in Tywin's bed, strangles her, then saves a fortune in therapy by dispatching his ruthless father. The last we see of Tyrion is that he's smuggled out of King's Landing on a ship with Varys; who decides to join him when he realizes what Tyrion has done. The smartest character in Game of Thrones, Tyrion is for the first time, truly alone. His adventures in Pentos, across The Narrow Sea, will open up a new storyline for Tyrion away from the Lannister name.

3Brienne and Podrick Uncover a Secret

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In a major deviation from the books, Brienne and Podrick encounter Sandor "The Hound" Clegane and Arya on their way to The Eyrie. Brienne kills The Hound in a savage duel, but Arya absconds by herself. Season four leaves Brienne and Podrick scouring to find Arya. What they discover in Game of Thrones Season 5 will be the BIGGEST reveal in Game of Thrones since the events of The Red Wedding.

2Valar Morghulis! Arya in Braavos

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Game of Thrones Season 4 ends on a surprisingly upbeat note as we see Arya Stark sailing away to Braavos. Arya left The Hound to die after his defeat by Brienne, and found a ship intending to find her brother Jon at The Wall. Rebuffed by the captain, and learning the ship's destination is Braavos, she pulls out the coin given to her by the assassin Jaqen H'ghar in season three. He told her to give the coin to any man of Braavos, then speak the phrase, "Valar Morghulis", all men must die! Stunned, the captain responds, "Valar Dohaeris", all men must serve. Arya's journey from a tomboy in Winterfell to a lethal killer will take place in Game of Thrones Season 5.

1Cersei Atop the Iron Throne

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The most significant result of Game of Thrones Season 4 is Cersei now reigns unopposed. With the death of her father Tywin, The Queen Regent is now firmly entrenched as the ruler of Westeros. Cersei had long waited for this day, but as stated in season three by her now departed father, she doesn't have the skill to be an effective leader. Game of Thrones Season 5 will test Cersei as The Iron Bank of Braavos demands repayment for the money given to the Lannisters in The War of The Five Kings.

Wax poetic on the Game of Thrones Season 5 happenings in the comments, but please don't post spoilers from the books without warning. Follow me on twitter @realjulianroman



Sources: Julian Roman

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Comments (8)

  1. Aamiros

    Jaqen H'ghar only appeared in seasons 1 and 2, not season 3. MW should get their facts straight.

    4 months agoby @aamirosFlag

  2. ObiWanShinobi

    The show has been notoriously known to change story elements from the book for the show so to say that MW is nonsense for speculating these possibilities isn't even fair. @superman81

    4 months agoby @ObiWanShinobiFlag

  3. Superman81

    2. Also once again we do not know the Hound is dead. It is not ever mentioned in the books that he died. There are even events that happen that many claim are a result of the Hound. More nonsense from MW.

    4 months agoby @superman81Flag

  4. Superman81

    1. We dont know that The Mountain lives. There is speculation in the books but its never said and its lead to believe he is dead. Does anyone at Movieweb read books??

    4 months agoby @superman81Flag

  5. ObiWanShinobi

    She didn't have any power over Jofferey because he was insane, unlike Tommen. Someone as sinister as Cersei won't really have to worry about M. Tyrell as long as she, herself, is still present. She only bought up the possibility of Margarey getting her clutches on Tommen because she wouldn't be around to sway away her son since she'd be married off somewhere else. & Now she doesn't have to worry about that aspect since Tywin is dead. So in a way she is 'atop' the Iron Throne & can manipulate things the way Tywin did. @Brizzy

    4 months agoby @ObiWanShinobiFlag

  6. darkdream

    The hound did not die by brienne, arya left him by a tree with stab wounds and he died...and in the books the mountain dies from his wounds, other then that everything else was right..... Plus people who haven't read the books season 5 is going to be f*cking boring since Jon snow, Jamie, Tyrion, and some other characters are not in book four cause George R.R. Martin thought to introduce new sh*tty characters that have nothing to do with what's going on, simply said book four was a waste of time, and he end of book three is e beginning of book five I know it confused me when I read it so book five isn't that long of a book considering the first half is explaining what happen to all our favourite characters since they are not in book four, so I am curious as what the film makers will do.... I would explain arya, brienne, cersei, Sansa from book four and fit them in the beginning of book 5 for season 5 then have season 6 for the last half of book 5 so the. This give Martin time to finish the long awaited book 6

    4 months agoby @darkdreamFlag

  7. Brizzy

    Er.. "Cersei atop the Iron Throne"?
    How about no? Cersei had no power when Joffrey was on the throne (exactly like she told Joffrey NOT to behead a certain someone..) and she wont have any power now either, atleast that's what I have taken from the show.
    You wanna know who REALLY has the power? Margaery and Tommen. As we've seen, Margaery had her fingers clutched firmly around Tommens.. Well, you get the saying.

    4 months agoby @BrizzyFlag

  8. Brian

    Totally painful we have to wait until next Spring to see what happens... damn!

    4 months agoby @brianFlag