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Season 5
No. of episodes 10
Transmission dates Spring 2015
Production dates July 2014 to December 2014
DVD/Blu-Ray release TBA
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Season 5 of Game of Thrones was formally commissioned by HBO on 8 April 2014, following a substantial increase in audience figures between the third and fourth seasons. The fifth and sixth seasons were commissioned simultaneously, the first time HBO has done so for a major drama series.[1]

The season is expected to again consist of ten episodes and production commenced in July 2014, and is expected to run late into the year.[2] David Benioff and D.B. Weiss will return as executive producers and showrunners for both seasons, having signed a new two-year contract with HBO in early 2014.

The season is expected to premiere in April 2015.

Season 5 will consist of material from both the fourth and fifth novels of the A Song of Ice and Fire book series, A Feast for Crows and A Dance with Dragons.[3] The two novels take place simultaneously alongside one another.

Plot

The War of the Five Kings has burned itself out, but in its dying breath new conflicts spark to life.

In King’s Landing, Tywin Lannister has been killed by his son Tyrion and Queen Regent Cersei Lannister now rules through her son, King Tommen. In order to hold onto power she must contend with the ambitious Tyrells, including Margaery, who is betrothed to the boy King; the vengeful Martells of Dorne, who still hold her daughter Myrcella; and the new leader of the Faith.

To the North, Jon Snow and Samwell Tarly have to deal not only with the incoming Choosing of a new Lord Commander of the Night's Watch, but also with the recent arrival at the Wall: that of King Stannis Baratheon, his Red Woman and his Hand, Davos Seaworth. Meanwhile, Roose Bolton and his now legitimized son Ramsay, who still holds Theon Greyjoy as a hostage and loyal servant, have now taken up residence in the ruins of Winterfell, the former stronghold of House Stark.

In the deep South of Westeros, the people of Dorne demand vengeance for the death of Prince Oberyn, who died in a trial by combat at the hands of Ser Gregor Clegane. The decision whether to respond to the popular call for justice falls upon his brother, the ruling Prince Doran Martell, and Oberyn's bastard daughters, known as the Sand Snakes.

In the East, Tyrion Lannister has found refuge from her sister Cersei with the help of Lord Varys, who suggests a new pursuit for him in Essos. Meanwhile, Daenerys Targaryen finds herself at a loss without the aid of her banished adviser Jorah Mormont and her three dragons (two of which are now locked up while the other escaped), and so she struggles to contain the civil unrest inside the walls of Meereen and the forces of Slaver's Bay that seek to tear them down along with her reign.

Unbeknownst to the world, three “lone wolves” continue to fight for survival: with Brienne on her tail, Sansa gets increasingly involved in the schemes of Littlefinger, who rules the Vale through the sickly Robin Arryn; Bran finally learns what he needs to know from the Three-eyed raven; and Arya finds a new purpose across the Narrow Sea, in the Free City of Braavos.

Production

Location scouting for Season 5 has taken place in Croatia and Spain. Filming in Croatia will continue in and around Dubrovnik, Split, and Žrnovnica, and will expand to new locations around Imotski and Šibenik.[4] The Spanish locations being scouted are in Andalusia, namely the Alhambra of Granada, the Alcázar of Seville and the Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos of Córdoba.[5][6][7]

On July 2, 2014, U.S. ambassador to Spain James Costos confirmed at an economic forum meeting that Game of Thrones will be filming in the country. HBO later confirmed the same day that Seville was selected as the primary filming location, as well as other sites in the surrounding province of Seville.[8] Further reports strongly indicate that the Alcázar of Seville will serve as the Water Gardens, the seaside palace of House Martell located just outside of Sunspear, the capital of Dorne. Alcázar is the oldest palace still in use in Europe, acting as a part-time residence for the present Spanish royal family. The site was first fortified in 712, and the Almohads expanded it in the twelfth century, making it a royal residence in 1248. Extensive additions were also made in subsequent centuries. It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1987. The Alcázar was previously used in Ridley Scott's 2005 film Kingdom of Heaven as the filming location for the court of the king of Jerusalem.[9]

Locations have been scouted in Seville as well as the nearby town of Osuna.[10] Fresco Film Productions has put out an open casting call via Facebook for extras in the area.[11] Rosario Andújar, the mayor of Osuna, stated in El Mundo that several filming locations which have been scouted include the Plaza de Toros (a bull ring with sandstone walls, over a century old), the university (built in 1548, with four towers and influenced from the Italian Renaissance, La Colegiata (a church founded in 1535), and the Canteras de Osuna (the old quarries that supplied stone for the town).[12]

On July 3, 2014 it was reported that filming will briefly return to Iceland, but apparently will not feature any major characters, instead focusing on landscape shots. Line producer Snorri Þórisson confirmed that the show intended to film a battle in Iceland in the month of November, but that with rewrites, the scene grew too large (the scene may now be filmed somewhere else, filmed with a combination of greenscreen, or pushed to Season 6). It is difficult to film protracted battle scenes in Iceland during the fall due to the very limited daylight hours.[13]

On July 13, 2014, it was confirmed that filming will begin in September in the town of Sibenik, Croatia. The location is most likely to represent parts of Braavos with St. James Cathedral rumored as the House of Black and White.[14]

On July 27, 2014, in an interview with Sophie Turner, she confirmed that she would start filming in Belfast on Wednesday July 30. [15]

On August 9, 2014, it was confirmed that the production team in Spain will be filming in one of Osuna's active bull-fighting rings, the Plaza de Toros. Actual filming in the ring might not take place until October.[16] Bull fights are held at the Plaza del Toros annually, events which end with bulls actually being killed in the arena.[17]

On August 11, 2014, WatchersOnTheWall.com reported that 86 year old actor actor J.J. Murphy died a matter of days after filming his first scenes as Denys Mallister, the commander of the Shadow Tower, the westernmost active castle on the Wall. [18] The same day, Benioff and Weiss made an official statement via HBO's twitter account that the role will not be recast: "We will not be recasting J.J. Murphy. He was a lovely man, and the best Denys Mallister we could have hoped for. And now his watch is ended." Apparently Season 5 will continue to use those scenes that Murphy already filmed, and possibly rewrite other scenes to work around his absence.[19] This will make Denys the second posthumous character appearing in the TV series (as well as the second cast member who has died): actress Margaret John, who played Old Nan, died only two months before Season 1 premiered, though all of her scenes had already been completed.

On August 24, 2014, WatchersOnTheWall.com reported that filming will again return to Diocletian's Palace in Croatia. The cellars of the palace were previously used as the underground passageways in Meereen during Season 4.[20]

On September 3, 2014, Kristian Nairn (Hodor) revealed that he will not be returning in Season 5: "We're not actually in Season Five, by the way. We have a season off. We have a year’s hiatus...Solely because, I imagine, our storyline is up to the end of the books. - So I get a year off now."[21] There was concern that Bran Stark would not appear either, since his storyline had almost reached the end of its material from the fifth and most recent novel, A Dance with Dragons, but Isaac Hempstead-Wright, who plays Bran, has repeatedly stated in many interviews he will be back for Season 5.[22]

Adaptation

See main article on "Game of Thrones (TV series)#Future seasons, and catching up with the books"

While developing Season 4, Benioff said that "Season 5 gives him nightmares"[23]. However, once they actually had outlined the season, Benioff and D.B. Weiss said "the fear started to dissipate."[24] Season 5 will be "drawing heavily" from A Feast for Crows and A Dance with Dragons, the fourth and fifth books of George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire saga.[25]

The book series was originally planned as a trilogy (A Game of Thrones, A Dance with Dragons and The Winds of Winter​), but Martin realized his plot of "book one" would have to be expanded into three novels (A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings and A Storm of Swords), which means the first three books are "Act One" of a three Act story. In fact, the climax of A Storm of Swords concludes many of the plot lines begun in A Game of Thrones. Furthermore, what Martin originally planned as the middle novel grew too vast to be published as a single novel, so he cut it into two books that take place concurrently: in very rough terms, the fourth one (A Feast for Crows) follows all of the characters in the Seven Kingdoms while the fifth one (A Dance with Dragons) covers the rest. Season 5 will present the events featured in these two books in chronological order.

On the one hand, the combination of the fourth and fifth novels could easily span two seasons, since this amalgamation would be longer than A Storm of Swords, which was adapted into the third and fourth seasons (although season 4 dipped into books 4 and 5 as well.) On the other hand, whereas the Red Wedding happens around the middle of the third novel and provided a convenient climax for Season 3, there are no similarly game-changing or climactic events in the middle of A Feast for Crows or A Dance with Dragons. Ultimately, judging by casting and filming news of characters and events that belong to the climax of the fifth book, it seems most if not all of the fourth and fifth novels will be adapted into a single season, presumably by simplifying and cutting some story lines. This would mean Season 5 could reach the end of all currently published source material.[26][27] However, certain elements from the last two books may yet stretch into Season 6: since the show does no longer ridigly follow the chronology of the source material, Bran Stark and Sansa Stark already are near the end of their last published storylines, while John Snow has not quite finished his material from A Storm of Swords and the ironborn have been put on the back burner for the last two seasons, appearing for just a few minutes in each of them.

Cast

Returning starring cast

Returning guest starring cast

New cast members

Characters (reportedly) being cast

Crew

In May 2014, David Nutter stated that he will be directing episodes 9 and 10 of Season 5.[90] On July 2, 2014, it was announced that director and cinematographer Michael Slovis will be directing two episodes in Season 5, the season premiere and the second episode. Slovis previously previously directed Nikolaj Coster-Waldau's 2008 TV series New Amsterdam.[91] On July 15, 2014, the full directors lineup was announced, indicating Mark Mylod, Jeremy Podeswa and Miguel Sapochnik will direct two consecutive episodes each; the third and fourth, the fifth and sixth, and the seventh and eighth respectively.[92]

Thus, regular directors Neil Marshall, Alex Graves, Alik Sakharov and Michelle MacLaren will not be returning for Season 5. Notably, this is also the first time since Season 2 that the executive producers, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, direct no episodes. MacLaren's departure will also make Season 5 the first since Season 2 with no female director. MacLaren is the only female director who ever worked on the TV series, producing two episodes in Season 3 and another two in Season 4.

On July 25, George R.R. Martin stated that he will not be writing any episodes for Season 5 as he wants to focus on finishing The Winds of Winter, the sixth novel in the book series. [93] This will be the first season to feature no episodes written by him.

Producers

Writers

Directors

Episodes

# Image Title Airdate Viewers/Rating
41 Wiki-wordmark Season 5, Episode 1 Spring 2015
Synopsis to be announced.
42 Wiki-wordmark Season 5, Episode 2 Spring 2015
Synopsis to be announced.
43 Wiki-wordmark Season 5, Episode 3 Spring 2015
Synopsis to be announced.
44 Wiki-wordmark Season 5, Episode 4 Spring 2015
Synopsis to be announced.
45 Wiki-wordmark Season 5, Episode 5 Spring 2015
Synopsis to be announced.
46 Wiki-wordmark Season 5, Episode 6 Spring 2015
Synopsis to be announced.
47 Wiki-wordmark Season 5, Episode 7 Spring 2015
Synopsis to be announced.
48 Wiki-wordmark Season 5, Episode 8 Spring 2015
Synopsis to be announced.
49 Wiki-wordmark Season 5, Episode 9 Spring 2015
Synopsis to be announced.
50 Wiki-wordmark Season 5, Episode 10 Spring 2015
Synopsis to be announced.

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Posters

Promos

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