18 new official Game of Thrones photos released from season 5!

Indira Varma as Ellaria Sand and DeObia Oparei as Areo Hotah – photo: Macall B. Polay/HBO

 

The amazing teases from Game of Thrones season 5 keep on coming this week! Hot off the release of the season 5 trailer comes these official HQ stills, courtesy of HBO.

Game of Thrones season 5 premieres on April 12th, at 9PM- just 72 days away now!

The photos feature an array of old favorites and new characters such as Doran Martell, Areo Hotah, and the High Septon.

Click through for the full gallery and enjoy!

Alexander Siddig as Doran Martell _photo Macall B. Polay_HBO Carice van Houten as Melisandre_photo Helen Sloan_HBO Conleth Hill as Varys and Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister _ photo Helen Sloan_HBO Daniel Portman as Podrick Payne and Gwendoline Christie as Brienne of Tarth _ photo Helen Sloan_HBO Dean-Charles Chapman as Tommen Baratheon and Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister _ photo Macall B. Polay_HBO Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen_ photo Helen Sloan_HBO Jonathan Pryce as the High Sparrow_ photo Macall B. Polay_HBO Kit Harington as Jon Snow _photo Helen Sloan_HBO Kit Harington as Jon Snow, Stephen Dillane as Stannis Baratheon and Liam Cunningham as Davos Seaworth _ photo Helen Sloan_HBO Kristofer Hivju as Tormund Giantsbane_photo Helen Sloan_HBO Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister and Ian Beattie as Meryn Trant_ photo Macall B. Polay_HBO Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Jaime Lannister_ photo Helen Sloan_HBO Maisie Williams as Arya Stark _ photo Macall B. Polay_HBO Michael McElhatton as Roose Bolton, Iwan Rheon as Ramsay Bolton and Elizabeth Webster as Walda Frey _ photo Helen Sloan_HBO Natalie Dormer as Margaery Tyrell and Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister _photo Helen Sloan_HBO Nathalie Emmanuel as Missandei and Jacob Anderson as Grey Worm _ photo Helen Sloan_HBO Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark and Aidan Gillen as Littlefinger _ photo Helen Sloan_HBO

The official Game of Thrones Twitter has added these two photos of Maisie Williams as Arya from season 5 to the pile:

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156 responses

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    1. Why, hello there Tormund! My man is angry and deadly.

      Alexander Siddig and Jonathan Pryce both look the parts. I mean look at them! Just perfect.

      The Boltons are such a model family, aren’t they? LOL

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    2. No one said Hodor!

      Gorgeous pics, especially the one with Carice, of course she would make any photograph gorgeous.

      Cersei doesn’t look happy with Jaime, I wonder why!

      Who are the Bolton’s receiving, Walda looks happy, but Roose and Ramsey don’t, since he is Warden of the North now, who deserves such a reception to have them waiting?

      Awesome, our first look at Mia Forrester.

      Mr. and Mrs. Mockingbird make a handsome couple, don’t they.

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    3. Luka Nieto:
      King Tommen,

      Those are Bolton uniforms, not Frey

      Right. They both have dumb hats, I forgot.

      Also, I said this before any footage had been released but the trailer and pics have more or less convinced me that Ellaria will basically be Arianne on the show.

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    4. Question:

      Doesn’t Doran’s gout also extend to his hands? I thought some of his fingers were swollen as well in the books. I’d really hate for them to skimp back on the hideousness of his gout..

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    5. Everything with Margaery is always great but my favourite is her overly-happy look. Her picture here with Cersei is getting framed.

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    6. Tyrion Pimpslap,

      I think the trailer shot of a seductive semi-clothed Mel is her with Jon. He is about to get lucky….again….with another redhead. Nuclear shadowbabies are due to arrive soon.

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    7. I really like the Margaery picture with her Tyrell girls. Her conflict with Cersei should be good.

      Jonathan Pryce also looks the part! He’s the new character I’m most excited to see on screen.

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    8. tyjon,

      Hm. Good one about the Boltons. They’re obviously prepared to receive somebody. So… someone’s coming to Winterfell, at least, even if it’s just nameless Northern lords.

      King Tommen,

      I actually wasn’t convinced at all, but after the trailer and these pictures, it’s obvious Ellaria’s reaction to Oberyn’s death is quite different in the show. So I’m pretty sure you’re right; she will be a kind of Arianne.

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    9. tyjon,

      RE: who are the Bolton’s receiving. Just from that alignment I’d say

      a wife for Ramsey. And that is why he is given the center of attention in that line

      I know! it’s a long shot mine but hear my theory out:

      Fat Walda and Ramsey are married and normally when receiving someone of importance they should stay together. The middle spot should also be going to the head of the family which would be Roose. The Starks received the king and Ned took the center spot with wife next to him and kids on both sides to balance out the row. Crackpot much? Totally, yet oddly I have my cookies on me being right!

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    10. …why is Margaery wearing Cersei-style clothing when she talks to Cersei? Wrap-around kimono and huge billowing sleeves, instead of plunging neckline and sleeveless cutouts?

      Is she…screwing with Cersei by dressing like her to “take her place”?

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    11. Wow, Tommen is getting tall fast! lol Also they sure have succeeded in making Sansa look more and more like Cat, eh? At least in that particular picture. Really looking forward to this season…

      but I’m so scared for Brienne!! What will they do with her and Pod??

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    12. tyjon,

      As for who the Boltons are receiving…maybe a bride for Ramsey? Arriving with a contingent from The Vale???

      Lady Sansa comin’ to f’ that Bolton sh*t up…I mean, erm, help Ramsay hold the North, of course…

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    13. Aryamad:
      Also they sure have succeeded in making Sansa look more and more like Cat, eh?

      No. Catelyn didn’t look anything like that. Among other things, she had red hair, and never wore anything that dark.

      Blind Beth:
      As for who the Boltons are receiving…maybe a bride for Ramsey?Arriving with a contingent from The Vale???

      Lady Sansa comin’ to f’ that Bolton sh*t up…I mean, erm, help Ramsay hold the North, of course…

      No, there’s not a lick of sense to that theory.

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    14. Wimsey: Hmmm, will people still claim that Trystane doesn’t look like Doran after this pic?

      Uh yeah. They don’t look alike. But they aren’t actually related, and they come from different ethnic backgrounds, and I never expected them to look alike because I’m a realist about actors in general. Sophie and Maisie don’t look like family either.

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    15. Great stills, thank you for posting! I love Sansa’s new look so much and I can’t wait to see Jon & Stannis scenes.

      The last Arya picture pretty much confirms that it will take some time before she will be accepted into the HoBaW, I wonder what the logic behind that is?

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    16. Damn, these photos are almost as exciting as the trailer! And they HBO released all of this stuff in the past 24 hours. They may be trying to kill us. Thank God it’s the weekend. 🙂

      That picture of Jonathan Pryce as the High Sparrow is great (I missed it earlier because it wasn’t included in the Facebook gallery for some reason – neither was the Dany photo above it). Happy to see Roose, Ramsay, Doran, and Areo Hotah turn up here as well after they were absent from the trailer.

      That picture of Arya holding Needle at the ready in the alley is excellent as well. Hell, they’re all excellent. There’s plenty here to keep us occupied for a while. But hey, if HBO has anything else up its sleeve, it’s not like we’re going to say no …

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    17. My word we have been spoilt these past couple of days. First, the trailer, and now this. I left my computer for about 30 minutes, and here it is. All of the pictures are fabulous. Can’t wait to see more.

      I really didn’t expect to see any pictures until at least next week (if not the following), so this is a pleasant surprise.

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    18. Man, that Margaery picture has me excited!

      She’s one of my favorite characters and I cannot wait to see her verbally annihilate Cersei all over KL.!

      The epic Cersei/Margaery bitch off all season long has me super excited, especially with Olenna more in the mix!

      And Doran looks fucking awesome! (As does Areo’s Poleaxe.)

      Can never get enough Doran!!!

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    19. The Dragon Demands,

      I would assume it’s after she’s

      married Tommen, so she’s technically “a Lannister” now and is dressing in the Lannister fashion. It’s just another way of asserting her new position. Same with her entourage all wearing gold.

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    20. The Dragon Demands: …Cersei continued to dress as a Lannister, not as a Baratheon, after marrying Robert, to assert her independence/control.

      But knowing the prophesy about the

      younger and more beautiful queen, even though Margaery doesn’t know about that, what a mind fuck for Cersei to have Margaery assume her look.

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    21. Jon’s holding a letter in his hand as if to show it to Stannis [probably Hardhome as the pink letter’s mystery partially comes from the fact Jon receives it and interprets it alone]
      plus
      [after being annoyed with yet another plotline being tampered with, with (f)arya, having sansa take her place would be very interesting and intense. still annoyed/pissed that there is no greyjoy plot this season, possibly at all. really hoping that we get closure on balon’s death, euron’s arrival, and the setup for them to be the focus of season 6; as of this season they will be the only kingdom in westeros to not become engaged fully in the story]

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    22. thornofhighgarden,

      Tommen is a ‘Baratheon’, Margaery has absolutely no affiliation to the Lannisters.

      I reckon it’s a decision on the part of costume design to represent Cersei’s paranoia at Margaery usurping her place, becoming the queen in the position of authority, which she can then assert on Tommen.

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    23. breakfastfestival,

      Yeah, that’s essentially what I meant, except I think it’s also a deliberate decision on Marg’s part, probably after her marriage. Cersei’s style is the “King’s Landing vogue,” which we assume comes from the Lannisters, which Sansa starts wearing when she moves to King’s Landing… and which Marg has never worn, until now. She’s sending a message.

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    24. HouseMartellBitches,

      YES. So much this. I might be anticipating Cersei and Margaery bitching at each other more than anything else.

      And also, hoping, especially with a lack of major character’s in Kings Landing, that Marge is prominent throughout the season and not just the first few episodes like in seasons 2, 3, AND 4.

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    25. spacechampion,

      It really looks like Natalie though. And the person comforting seems likely to be Loras. The clothes and her hairstyle seems Tyrell and Margaery-ish.

      That dark hair Nell had in that pic was just a wig she wore one day for fun, I don’t think it had anything to do with the show.

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    26. Anyone else notice that foot in the right of Carice’s picture? Looks like someone is about to meet the lord of light. 🙂

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    27. Sue the Fury,

      Actually, with the hair styles and beards, they do look reasonably close: and in particular close enough for TV! (You are correct in that it’s pretty rare for siblings or parent-offspring to look too much alike on TV or in films, for obvious reasons.) Siddig is recognizable: but he looks a lot different from how we are used to seeing him like this.

      But as for Sansa & Arya, they aren’t supposed to look much alike: that’s a bit of an issue!

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    28. Wimsey:
      Sue the Fury,

      Actually, with the hair styles and beards, they do look reasonably close: and in particular close enough for TV!(You are correct in that it’s pretty rare for siblings or parent-offspring to look too much alike on TV or in films, for obvious reasons.)Siddig is recognizable: but he looks a lot different from how we are used to seeing him like this.

      But as for Sansa & Arya, they aren’t supposed to look much alike: that’s a bit of an issue!

      …maybe the TV show will say that Trystane takes after his mother, a Norvoshi?

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    29. Tormund’s Woman:
      tyjon,

      RE: who are the Bolton’s receiving. Just from that alignment I’d say

      I know! it’s a long shot mine but hear my theory out:

      Long shot? Crackpot? Err, that’s the obvious answer (without even analyzing their positions). Except, apparently, for the ASOAIF fandom, which has been operating on the principle of Reverse Occam’s Razor for quite some time (i.e. why assume the obvious and simple thing when you can speculate about something convoluted instead).

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    30. Josh:
      Jon’s holding a letter in his hand as if to show it to Stannis [probably Hardhome as the pink letter’s mystery partially comes from the fact Jon receives it and interprets it alone]
      plus
      [after being annoyed with yet another plotline being tampered with, with (f)arya, having sansa take her place would be very interesting and intense.]

      Oh, dear gods… So “interesting and intense” is the new way to say “completely absurd”.

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    31. Dirk of Diggler:
      Anyone else notice that foot in the right of Carice’s picture? Looks like someone is about to meet the lord of light.

      You can also see a bit of a jacket, so the person is definitely standing, and not the person on the pyre seen in the trailer.

      “Mance”?

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    32. Annara Snow: Except, apparently, for the ASOAIF fandom, which has been operating on the principle of Reverse Occam’s Razor for quite some time (i.e. why assume the obvious and simple thing when you can speculate about something convoluted instead).

      You clearly never dealt with Harry Potter fans! 🙂 And, quite frankly, SoI&F fans are no worse than Tolkien fans. (The furies that each of the LotR trailers invoked over ridiculous misinterpretations were more epic than the films were…..)

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    33. Heh, Sophie retweeted the photo of her and Aiden Gillen with the caption “relationship goalzzz”.

      I’m sure some people will manage to take that joke entirely the wrong way.

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    34. Sean C.,

      Haha, it’s probably in jest. Sophie’s a bit of a clown on Twitter if you look through her timeline.

      The trailer and the pics have been such a treat. Cannot wait to see more footage in the special!

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    35. The Dragon Demands:
      …why is Margaery wearing Cersei-style clothing when she talks to Cersei?Wrap-around kimono and huge billowing sleeves, instead of plunging neckline and sleeveless cutouts?

      Which is weird because those sleeves are cut once you marry. (at least on a kimono)

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    36. Annara Snow,

      Miss Snow, I rather like crackpot theories if one is not married to them so to speak.

      But I see I typed in error that Fat Walda is married to Ramsey instead of Roose LOL. Now THAT is crackpot indeed. I meant Roose.

      Fat Walda may be nice but she would never be able to handle two nutjobs like the Boltons.

      At least I’m not on the Sansa being the bride that’s coming train, eh?!

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    37. Sean C.,

      Apologies, the ‘joke’ part of your post didn’t show up when I replied.

      Anywho, really intrigued by how the Dorne subplot is going to pan out. Also, hearing some spoilers on Twitter about Sansa’s/Alayne’s bahh, Lord please do it justice.

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    38. spacechampion,

      Pretty sure it’s Marg. The hairstyle seems to match how she wears it in the pic shown above, plus she has what seems to be the same ring on the middle finger of her left hand in both shots. But I agree, it’s a little hard to say for sure because of the partially obscured face.

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    39. I’m thinking Briene story line this year is gonna start with

      stoneheart and the brotherhood and end with possibly the the quiet isle . Why spend
      So
      Much time with the brotherhood in season 3 to
      Just omit them, one thing I’ve noticed
      With this show is every single Scene forshadows another one down
      The line and I can’t see the brotherhood bein relevant enough to
      Even
      Be added if they we’re gonna cut stoneheart , they’re not scared to
      Cut anyone , and I think
      The fact that we see so lil
      Of Briene in
      These trailers and pictures means either stoneheart or the gravedigger story line or stoneheart and the gravedigger story line . It’s gonna be epic

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    40. Shaz,

      Yes, some of the Dorne characters look good but still uncomfortable on all I’ve seen with the Snakes – looks somewhat cheesy. Hope I’m wrong.

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    41. Charles M,

      Just put the spoilery comments between [s p o i l e r] and [/ s p o i l e r], but without the spaces. Also, after the text of each article, you’ll see a blue box right above the Jump to (and always support) the bottom feature. The directions for the spoiler code can be found there.

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    42. Dirk of Digglers:
      Fancy word for a sellsword,

      That’s my guess, meaning the person burning in the trailer must be Slynt

      Slynt is beside Thorne in the wide CB pyre shot, so unlikely to be him.

      Since Rattleshirt seems to appear in Hardhome, I assume it is not him either (I truly hope they get rid of the glamor stuff).

      Which leaves Tormund (who appears to be in chains on his picture) or Mance… unlikely. Or it is simply wildlings who refused to surrender or swear faith to the Lord of Light.

      EDIT : Oh, you were talking about the other pyre for a fallen brother. Yeah, no idea about this one although I wouldnt be surprised if Aemon dies at the Wall in the end.

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    43. With the talk about TWOW not being out this year, it is weird to see the books now become irrelevant as the show is about to pass them this season.

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    44. I feel like
      The greyjoy
      Storyline will
      Be like it was last year , a few scenes but I
      Could totally see them gettin a big
      Name actor to be euron for season 6
      Like
      How great would
      It be
      If yara gets back to pike and you have a well known actor Garry old mans played by euron and he’s just running sht and tells yara what’s what real quick and we get a quick look at both the uncles
      And
      Since
      It has no cast regulars they could
      Litterly still add it .
      I think
      Will see stoneheart before euron , and
      It’ll be one
      Of the seasons wtf moments

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    45. Annara Snow,

      Ms Snow is so cold she’s burning the board tonight, ouch!

      My point being since Roose is Warden of the North now, all minor Lords and guests are received in the Hall, common reception etiquette, but someone of equal or greater stature is welcomed at the front door so to speak. Therefore only a representative of the crown, or nobility from other Houses in equal standing would entail such a reception. Frey, Lannister, Tyrell, Aryn and Mannis come to mind.

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    46. FAT WALDA!! Hope they are waiting to greet Ramsey’s

      blushing bride.

      Excited to see the Jon & Stan pic. Dorne looks wonderful. I’m feeling better about the loss of

      Arianne

      but still a little worried about the cartoon factor with the Sand Snakes. Littlefinger and Sansa creepier than ever. Tyrion’s travels, the High Sparrow–this week in GoT Land is an embarrassment of riches!
      And thanks, WotW, as always, for feeding my addiction!

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    47. Does anyone know what Areo is holding in his hands? It seems to long to be a longaxe and to fancy to be a practical weapon. Is it some kind of ceremonial Halberd?

      I hope Alexander Siddig get’s some meaty lines to dig into. He hasn’t been in anything good since Kingdom of Heaven. I hope GoT will use his talent the way it should be done. I do wonder about Doran in the show. Given the limited screentime, I don’t think he’ll be as incompetent and ineffectual as in the books, but I can’t exactly see them turning him into Dornish Tywin.

      Nice to see some new clothes for Daenerys. That Maisie never changed clothes I get, since Arya is on the run, but a Queen should get some more variation.

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    48. OK, I am not saying that I am a believer here as there are obviously other more straightforward options but if I was going to speculate about the possibility of Sansa somehow winding up in Winterfell this season I’d use the following points:

      1) Something has to go on in Winterfell this season and we’ve got no named Northern Lords, no fake Arya, no Stannis arrival (unless he shows up right at the end of the season), no Mance going undercover with spearwives etc.

      2) Roose, Ramsay and Theon are stuck in Winterfell for the whole year so they need something to do. Since they jettisoned a lot of the book stuff, you’d have to think they’d still maintain the Ramsay marriage and Theon having to rescue the girl

      3) As stated, the Bolton crew is welcoming someone of some importance to Winterfell in this picture. I’m not entirely sure who else it could be (maybe Frey’s?) if not Ramsay’s future wife who is someone of high standing

      4) As for Sansa, we’ve got the scenes in the trailer of her out and about in the Vale with LF and most likely a run-in with Brienne and Pod which takes place fairly early on

      5) Then LF gives her some kind of vengeance speech in order to incite her to do “something”

      6) We know from shooting that LF ends up in King’s Landing. Not sure what reason will be given for him being there but it seems strange that he would simply abandon Sansa at that point and leave her to her own devices in the Vale

      7) If LF goes to King’s Landing and Sansa were to stay in the Vale, what exactly is she doing there for the rest of the season? She would be interacting with no other characters besides Robin and that would get old very fast. What’s the arc?

      8) We know from the books, LF’s plan for Sansa is to get her with Harry the Heir in order for her to claim Winterfell. The show almost certainly isn’t going to include that guy and Sansa ending up with Robin Arryn (as has been hinted) wouldn’t really accomplish much for Baelish because LF is already Lord Protector of the Vale.

      9) The shot in the trailer of Sansa, alone in a room with candles burning looking worried in the bathtub is very interesting. She could obviously be in any kind of castle (the Eyrie for example) but that could certainly be Winterfell. And it of course calls to mind a very similar scene from the books involving Theon and Jeyne Poole.

      10) Sophie Turner has referenced a “traumatic scene” for Sansa this season which obviously could mean pretty much anything but if we’re going down the road of the Theon/Jeyne Poole stuff, that would definitely qualify.

      11) Theon needing to break free of Ramsay and save an innocent in the process (a girl he once knew) would fit within this scenario

      12) There’s a question of motivation here that isn’t entirely clear in this scenario. Would LF really put Sansa in this kind of danger? Would he convince her that to play her role in order for her to get her revenge on the Boltons from the inside at some indeterminate time later? Is he promising to bring reinforcements for her and that’s what the KL trip is all about? Is he striking some kind of deal for more power by giving her up to the Crown and the Boltons? Is he double-crossing her? Does she realize she’s in over her head and regrets the plan once she gets to Ramsay? Who the hell knows… all good questions that you would need to ask if you were trying to figure out a way that they get to that point.

      So in the end, I’ll repeat that this is still a very tin-foily bit of speculation but if you were looking for the case for making this change, that’s probably it. I’m still not sold but if we get another trailer with some other stuff that leans this way, I’ll be more inclined to at least consider it.

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    49. Annara Snow: Except, apparently, for the ASOAIF fandom, which has been operating on the principle of Reverse Occam’s Razor for quite some time (i.e. why assume the obvious and simple thing when you can speculate about something convoluted instead).

      ASOAIF fandom always assume that, so much so that “Reverse Occam’s Razor” should just be known as “ASOAIF’s Razor,” which is, “the simplest answer needs to be discarded in order to assert the most paranoid, convoluted machinations possible so I can get angry at it.”

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    50. Arkash,

      I have a hard time with the idea that it would be Tormund; they’ve added Kristofer Hivju to the regular cast and gone some ways to show his importance – introducing him and keeping him front-and-center in Season 3 rather than introduce Styr – and so I’d think they wouldn’t jettison him now, also given he becomes an interesting paternal influence/friend to Jon.

      Mance makes more logical sense.

      As for the later “burning”? Yeah, Aemon of course is a possibility. But so is Slynt, as Jon would likely assent to a proper Night’s Watch burial (or Thorne does it. Tough call. Certainly intriguing, though.)

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    51. Greatjon of Slumber,

      I don’t think there’s any scenario that if Slynt were to die, it would be in a humane funeral pyre, arms crossed peacefully. Aemon makes so much more sense as the lack of baby switch plot removes the need to send Sam away with him (and they may want to omit Oldtown completely). Aemon dying at the Wall would make much more sense and then Sam would be free to do whatever they want him to do without getting on a boat for a season.

      I’m also not sure what the point of bringing Rattleshirt back would be if not for the switcheroo with Mance (who looks like he’s going to get burned by Mel in the trailer). You’ve got Rattleshirt in a prominent position with Jon in the Hardhome scenes and that works much better if it ends up being Mance in the end.

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    52. LOL at Littlefinger and Sansa’s his-and-hers cloaks and leather gloves. I know the costuming in this show can be a little obvious, but seriously?

      Indira Varma has such a beautiful profile.

      Alexander Siddig in character as Doran yessssssss.

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    53. King Tommen,

      I agree with you on the 2nd point, for sure.

      Furthermore, the moment in the trailer where you see Stannis/Davos/Mel in front of a platform, surrounded mostly by Stannis’s men, shows Mance just off to the right, guarded by two of Stannis’s guards. (Thorne/Slynt can be seen with a group of Night’s Watchmen, off to the right; Tormund is seen briefly, further back in the crowd behind Davos/Stannis.) So I would agree with those who think this is Mance being burned. Again, I just want to have lots of Tormund!

      On the first, yes, that makes more logical sense. Part of me just wanted to have Aemon go off with Sam, though, but yes, his death at the Wall would be sad and poignant as well.

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    54. Greatjon of Slumber: “the simplest answer needs to be discarded in order to assert the most paranoid, convoluted machinations possible so I can get angry at it.”

      This is pretty ubiquitous to fandoms. I remember the long drawn out impassioned rants about how Peter Jackson was ruining Tolkien because of a trailer for the Two Towers in which people decided that Eowyn shattered Aragon’s sword (Anduril). Of course, it turned out that Aragorn parried Eowyn’s lunge with a short sword, and it actually was pretty obvious on the trailer. And, of course, it turned out that Jackson postponed Aragorn getting Anduril until the next film!

      And, of course, if you look, then you can still find long drawn-out diatribes by Harry Potter fans about how Harry’s scar could not possibly be a piece of Voldemort’s soul or how Snape could not possibly have been in love with Harry’s Mother. Or Doctor Who fans who were so positive that the John Hurt Doctor could not possibly have been the Time War Doctor and must be the Valyard or something like that.

      Those put the Anti-Occam’s Razor principle to really good use. (And they probably caused a big increase in aspirin sales, too….)

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    55. That Bolton picture is beautiful! A normal northern family waiting for their bride to come….

      Sue the Fury:
      the GOT Twitter posted two more pics of Arya- added them to the post.

      #clearprovocationwehadenoughofaryapleasedontpostmoreunlessitisapictureofSansabeheadingherkthxbye

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    56. Seeing the trailer in IMAX again tonight, it really looked like the person on the funeral pyre was…

      Thorne

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    57. dingus:
      Not even hype. They should have taken a year off this year. Looks like a whole season of filler fanfiction.

      Yea they should have put on the TV screen 100% adaptation of “A feast of filler” and “Dance with turnips”, that would bring the hype to the point of explosion.

      #nooneunderstands

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    58. dingus,

      As opposed to the fat tub’s crappy adventures of pointless wandering and meaningless scenes upon scenes that led to nowhere except,ta da lead to shitty and boring filler in the last two shit filled books .

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    59. It’s going to be a real watershed when Arya finally ditches that filthy stinking louse infested costume* she’s had for three whole seasons, going to be very weird to see Arya in the Braavosi dress / skirt for the first time (properly in the context of the series I mean, not for 0.5 secs in the trailer). I guess they are holding back the promo pics of the new cozzie so it has more impact when we see it.

      * I’d bid for it if they put it on auction for charity mind!

      Sansa looks like she’s modelling for Scottish Widows bless her.

      #Ilovebothstarksisters!

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    60. Maybe Stannis is showing Jon a wedding invitation he got from the Boltons?

      Nah, that’s Stannis offering him Lordship of the North/Winterfell and Jon refusing I would guess.

      ETA: Hate to have to tell you nerds this but gold is also one of the Tyrell colors. But yeah the show has messed with the color scheme a bit.

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    61. It really looks like Natalie though. And the person comforting seems likely to be Loras. The clothes and her hairstyle seems Tyrell and Margaery-ish.

      That’s definitely Marg. I first thought she was held by Loras too but after closer inspection that’s Tommen’s costume not Loras’s. From her look I think the Highsparrow’s Septas are there for a little inspection. Ugh.

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    62. I love all the pics. But seriously, Missandei and Grey Worm? Really??? I’m as a romantic bear as it gets, but this is borderline fanfiction.

      On another note, I was wondering what Varys and Tyrion were looking at, and a idea just crossed my mind:

      what if Varys took Tyrion to the brothel where he knows Jorah is, and maybe convinced the knight to travel with Tyrion? We have no news from YG, JonCon and Cia, so I guess, if Varys wants Tyrion to help Dany, they need someone to guide him through Essos to Mereen. That Jorah’s not the one kidnapping Tyrion would make sense TV-wise, as I see TV!Jorah not as dumb as Book!Jorah…

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    63. Everyone getting all bent out of shape about the Missandei/Grey Worm stuff had the same issue with the Irri/Rakharo stuff in the books too I’m guessing?

      We’re honestly talking about 3-5 minutes of screentime over the course of the entire season folks. It’s not enough to get worked up about but I guess this is the new thing so that people can whine about other far more complicated plotlines/characters that have been removed like one has anything to do with the other.

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    64. Reckon Arianne and Areo Hotah pic is basically the Obara moment in Ch1 of AFfC

      Dat Axe tho!!!!

      Reckon the Boltons are receiving Northern Lords for an official fArya, wonder if that’s who the pigtails person is?

      lol at Margaery, great they are doing that a visual reference to Cersei paranoia about Margaery if they do have her mockingly aping Cersei after she has married Tommen

      Love the Regal robe of Jon Snow

      pic of Cersei and Jaimie is in trailer, it opens some Snake ornament with a pendant (Myrcella’s), so this’ll be when Jaimie is sent to Dorne IMO

      Bug (Y) to High Sparrow, Doran Martell and crazy Mel with torch!

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    65. King Tommen,

      To be clear, my complaint is about HBO choosing that specific photo. Same level with the Northern plot, Jon, Stannis, Dany, Dorne, Sansa, Cersei… As I read it, they’re highlighting the love story (a subplot that I dislike) and I fear we’re going to get more than just 3-5 minutes of the most dramatic love story that ever happened in Essos 😉

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    66. DORAN IS SO HOT OH MY GOD

      I am very much in love and FOR ONCE My Fave Is Not Problematic.
      This is gonna be a great season.

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    67. Spaniard SheBear,

      Naah, I think, they needed some pictures from actors and places, that haven’t been given enough trailer time.

      And generally, the overall story does not emphasize to much on romantic relations… However, it is a TV and Cinema thing to always tell a love story.

      And with…

      Ned/Cat gone… Drogo/Dany gone… Talisa/Robb gone… Jon/Ygritte gone… Shae/Tyrion gone…

      …it is probably a necessary counterweight to all that blood and intrigues.

      And further, all those stories were shown in a far more romantic way than in the books. So, if you’re blaming HBO for Missandei/Greyworm, you should blame ’em for the complete approach to romance in this show. I love watching the big battles and the Littlefinger dialogues, however I don’t mind a little love… A little love in a deserted world of chess players and sword machines… I like that thought.

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    68. Spaniard SheBear:
      King Tommen,

      To be clear, my complaint is about HBO choosing that specific photo. Same level with the Northern plot, Jon, Stannis, Dany, Dorne, Sansa, Cersei… As I read it, they’re highlighting the love story (a subplot that I dislike) and I fear we’re going to get more than just 3-5 minutes of the most dramatic love story that ever happened in Essos

      People I think tend to put too much stock in what pictures are chosen and how much time is given to characters in trailers. That historically has had very little connection to what we see during the season.

      You’ve got pics of Tormund, Fat Walda and Areo Hotah. It’s doubtful that these characters are all getting screentime on par with the main characters of the show either.

      These decisions are driven by marketing and are often arbitrary. For all we know, they took a look at the rest of the pics and someone said “that’s an awful lot of white folks, we may want to have one or two pics of some of our non-white actors”.

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    69. King Tommen: Everyone getting all bent out of shape about the Missandei/Grey Worm stuff had the same issue with the Irri/Rakharo stuff in the books too I’m guessing?

      Please: it’s very, very far from “everyone.” Do you honestly believe that the huge numbers who watch HBO’s GOT have these issues with Greyworm/Missandei? As a non-book reader/showwatcher, I find them perfectly acceptable, equally or sometimes more so than a lot of the stuff in Westeros.

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    70. Nero Martell: However, it is a TV and Cinema thing to always tell a love story.

      And it isn’t a book thing? It’s not like there are not love stories happening in the books, too. Humans fall in love. They do it in the best of times. They do it in the worst of times. It adds to the stakes when people have to make hard choices, and this series tells stories about hard choices.

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    71. Nero Martell,
      King Tommen,
      I’m sure you are right and I’m reading too much from just a photo!

      And I love romance, I sure do. But not this one, though. It’s a matter of personal taste. Imo, the rest of love stories had to be shown because they affected/were key factors/decided our main characters’ fates. This one seems unnecessary, gratuitous (to me).
      Also we had a lot of drama from previous love stories (and how I enjoyed the drama!), but this one seems (again to me) dangerously close to melodrama level. Downton Abbey-melodrama (I have nothing against DA, I watched series 1 and 2. But I knew what genre I was watching). So I don’t want the show to dwell on those two too much.

      Again, it’s a matter of personal taste. To each his own!

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    72. FAT WALDA FAT WALDA FAT WALDA

      Dat Areo looking badass, too. But man, I will miss Ellaria’s graceful, peaceful mourning, it was so unexpected and heartbreaking

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    73. King Tommen: So in the end, I’ll repeat that this is still a very tin-foily bit of speculation but if you were looking for the case for making this change, that’s probably it. I’m still not sold but if we get another trailer with some other stuff that leans this way, I’ll be more inclined to at least consider it.

      If

      Ramsay marries Sansa, the Lannisters would be pissed. Cersei is convinced that Sansa had something to do with Joffreys murder. Why would the Boltons risk that?

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    74. Estoy impresionado por las fotos de esta temporada.
      Me pregunto el camino final de los personajes al final de esta temporada, se asemejará al de los libros o adelantarán la muerte de algunos personajes clave? Se sabrá alguna cosa de los niños del bosque esta temporada?

      Gracias!

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    75. Bard,

      If LF tells Cercei how much of a torture-y psycho Ramsey is (“he’s like Joffrey, but worse”), she might well agree to Sansa wedding him in lieu of being executed. “Death is so final, but life is full of interesting possibilities.”

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    76. Almost sure, that the guy underneath that barrel is Areo Hotah. Not just comparing the skin colour but the guy’s ear shape in the Video with the promo photo of Areo underlines that (in my opinion).

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    77. Absolutely gorgeous photos.

      But the Bolton family portrait takes the cake. The expressions are priceless. 🙂

      Dorne looks great.

      Never considered

      Sansa = FArya,

      because it makes me queasy, but the reasons given for it seem plausible, unfortunately.

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