When Spring rolls around and the crocus are starting to poke through the dirt, no one gives a hoot because Game Of Thrones is back on the box. The annual hysteria surrounding HBO’s highly-successful medieval fantasy series begins… well, I would say now, but it never really ends! (And let’s keep it that way.)
After season four’s last episode was broadcast earlier this year, eager fans have scrambled for any morsel of gossip on their favourite back-stabbing swines. Thankfully, there’s already been a host of official news items, and today we’ve got another one for you. For the first time in the show’s history, season five will incorporate flashbacks!
So what? I hear you ask. Well, traditionally, the show has refused to use them, despite the endless narrative possibilities they could offer such a complex series. Speaking out at a HBO event in Spain, the show’s creators David Benioff and Dan Weiss revealed that they’ll finally be dipping into the past for the fifth season:
Making the first season, we set a rule: No prophecies, dreams, or flashbacks. We already failed the first two, and this season we broke the third. So yes, this season will finally have flashbacks.
In light of this announcement, Charles Dance’s earlier suggestion that we’d not seen the last of Tywin Lannister finally makes sense. As the Lannister patriarch met his maker while on the loo during the season four finale, his comments sparked a round of head-scratching from fans. Would he be coming back from the dead, and would he possibly bring back Lady Catelyn in her Stoneheart persona?! Now, neither of those options appear to be the case.
While it’s an exciting spot of news, it had previously been indicated that flashbacks might indeed be in store for season five. Suspicions arose when news hit the web of an incident surrounding the filming of a certain scene, in which Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) appears naked in the street. Upon hearing about the scene, fans of George R.R. Martin’s original series of books knew which pivotal moment from the novels this would likely be referencing – something from Cersei’s past.
Still, now with official confirmation from Benioff and Weiss, we can all get very excited about our favourite dead characters turning up!
Tell us, who would you like to see return to life for Game Of Thrones season five?