“This is the time. And I will risk everything.”
Stannis Baratheon (Stephen Dillane) issues that edict, but it could have been delivered by any power player in Westeros or Essos in this brand new trailer for Game of Thrones.
Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) is on the lam with Varys (Conleth Hill). Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) is finally ready, with legions of unsullied and three grown dragons, to “break the wheel” of power that has been spinning on and on in the Seven Kingdoms since the Targaryens were booted from the Iron Throne.* Margaery Tyrell (Natalie Dormer) is in bed, literally and figuratively, with young Tommen Baratheon (Callum Wharry), which means Cersei (Lena Headey) is watching another son drift away into the femme fatale’s embrace. Jon Snow (Kit Harington) is speaking truth to power about the necessity of aligning with the Wildlings to confront the Army of the Dead, while Melisandre (Carice van Houten) remains the real power behind “King” Stannis in the North.
In other words, the chaos we were building towards all last season is about to be unleashed in grand fashion, and no banner will be spared bloodshed.
We’ve also got some exciting new faces, too, like three of the Sand Snakes, Oberyn Martell’s really scary and really angry daughters. Here we see Nymeria, Obara, and Tyene Sand accompanied by Ellaria (not their mom, but equally pissed about the savage end met by The Red Viper), training with whips, a severed head, and preparing to kill some people in the name of vengeance. And then there’s Jonathan Pryce, entering in as the High Sparrow. The gods are often invoked throughout Game of Thrones, but with the addition of Sparrow, the High Septon of the Faith of the Seven, it looks like we’ll finally get to meet an envoy to the New Gods.
This is the best look we’ve had so far at Season 5 of GoT, and as our hearts beat in time with the tick tick ticking of a clock in the background music, we know a bomb is about to blow.
*Thank the old gods and the new that we don’t have to watch her walk through the damn desert anymore.