Game of Thrones S5 Preview: women of Westeros take charge

In a season of journeys, GOT Season 5 debuts Sunday, April 12. Producers promise more deviation from the original novel plot lines.

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Arya Stark is in charge of her own fate at the start of Season 5. Photo: Helen Sloan, HBO
Arya Stark is in charge of her own fate at the start of Season 5. Photo: Helen Sloan, HBO

SAN DIEGO, April 10, 2015 – Was it really last June when we saw Arya sailing off to an unknown future Braavos? Is anyone over the brutal death of Prince Oberyn Martell, or the surprising death of the powerful Lord Tywin? What will happen to Tyrion? Or Sansa? Will Margaery remain queen by marrying King Joffrey’s little brother Tommen? Is the battle for the North really over thanks to Stannis Baratheon coming to Jon Snow’s rescue?

“Game of Thrones” returns for the highly anticipated Season 5 with “The Wars to Come” on Sunday, April 12, at 9 p.m. Be patient with your GOT fanboy and fangirl friends while they geek out over the return of their obsession.


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Tyrion Lannister and Varys the eunach are on the lam at the start of Season 5. Photo: Helen Sloan, HBO
Tyrion Lannister and Varys the eunach are on the lam at the start of Season 5. Photo: Helen Sloan, HBO

Season 4 was difficult for many fans. While they cheered King Joffrey finally meeting his end, they mourned Prince Oberyn, brought to life by actor Pedro Pascal. The brutal death of this warm, intelligent brave man as he attempted to avenge his sister’s murder upset fans more than Season 3’s “Red Wedding.” Then they braced for the execution of Tyrion, but he was saved, at least for now. Where is Varys the eunach taking Tyrion?

Season 5 will be a season of journeys: Bran Stark’s journey to understanding his destiny; Tyrion’s journey to freedom and a new life; Sansa Stark embarking on her life as a grown woman; Jon Snow and Stannis Baratheon’s new alliance. Arya Stark has the wind at her back with an epic adventure ahead of her.

In Meereen, Danaerys Targaryen now realizes conquered nations and grown dragons are equally hard to control. The series spends time in Dorne and in Braavos. We’re ready to go on that journey across the sea with our favorite old and new “Game of Thrones” characters in Season 5.

Jessica Hardwick as Nym Sand. Photo: Helen Sloan, HBO
Jessica Hardwick as Nym Sand. Photo: Helen Sloan, HBO

There will be numerous new characters introduced to the large cast. They include the “Sand Snakes,” the name for Prince Oberyn’s eight bastard daughters. Make no mistake, they are all their father’s daughters despite bearing the bastard surname “Sand.” We will only meet three of them this season, all beautiful and all skilled in their own specialized fighting talents. They have vowed revenge for their father’s death in a trial by combat duel avenging their aunt Elia’s death.

The Sand Snakes are:

  • Obara Sand, the oldest of Prince Oberyn’s daughters, known as a fearsome warrior good with both the spear and the whip. She loves her horses and her wine. What actress wouldn’t love playing this role? She is played by Keisha Castle-Hughes, an Australian actress with roles in the films “Whale Rider” and “Star Wars Episode III.”
  • Nymeria (Nym) Sand, the second eldest daughter. Her mother was a noblewoman who taught Nym the social graces and how to use blades and daggers. She is played by Jessica Henwick.
  • Tyene Sand. Tyene is described as blonde with a pure and sweet look, but she has inherited her father’s talents for using poisons as a weapon. She is played by Rosabell Laurenti Sellers.
British actor Jonathan Pryce will play the High Sparrow in Season 5. Photo: Macall B. Polay, HBO
British actor Jonathan Pryce will play the High Sparrow in Season 5. Photo: Macall B. Polay, HBO

Veteran British actor Jonathan Pryce will join the cast as the “High Sparrow,” a religious leader with a large following in King’s Landing ministering to the needy and calling out corruption at the highest levels. Imagine who he’ll be tangling with.

Alexander Siddig plays Prince Doran Martell of Dorne, the older brother of Prince Oberyn. Siddig is known to Star Trek DS9 fans as Dr. Bashir; he played key roles in the TV series “24” and films “Syriana” and “The Fifth Element.” In Season 5 he will learn of his brother’s death and must determine how to react to the events in King’s Landing.

Toby Sebastian plays Trystane Martell, Prince Doran’s son and Prince Oberyn’s nephew. He is betrothed to Myrcella Baratheon, Cersei’s daughter, as part of an alliance arranged by Tywin Lannister. Cersei never forgave Tywin for sending her daughter away. Myrcella was sent to live in Dorne for her safety and to prepare her for her eventual marriage to Trystane. But things may change due to the death of Trystane’s uncle Oberyn.

Cersei Baratheon and Kingsguard knight Ser Meryn Trant escort the casket of Tywin Lannister to his final resting place. Photo: Macall B. Polay, HBO
Cersei Baratheon and Kingsguard knight Ser Meryn Trant escort the casket of Tywin Lannister to his final resting place. Photo: Macall B. Polay, HBO

Oh, and did we point out that Cersei is now in charge in King’s Landing, with her father Tywin dead and the young King Tommen still too young to take the throne?

Producers promise more deviation from the original novel plotlines, and after this season the television series will be ahead of the novels, with author George R.R. Martin’s guidance and blessing.

Filming for Season 5 took place in Ireland, Spain and Croatia.

“Game of Thrones: Season 5” debuts with episode 1, “The Wars to Come” on Sunday, April 12, at 9 p.m. on HBO (with numerous repeats of the episodes throughout the week).

Communities Digital News will be hosting live chats for fans to discuss the action during and after the show.  Join us here on Communities Digital News every Sunday night at 9 p.m.

Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is President/Owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego, California. She is also a serious boxing fan covering the Sweet Science for Communities. Read more Media Migraine in Communities Digital News. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego. Gayle can be reached via Google +

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