Lena Headey and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau on the cover of TV Guide!

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Lena Headey and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau will grace the cover of the April 6th-19th edition of TV Guide, in celebration of the fifth season premiere of Game of Thrones on April 12th. The article within contains a nice batch of quotes from the cast of the show, and a cover shoot video as a bonus.

TV Guide visited the studios in Belfast during filming last year to interview the actors and enjoyed the sight of Headey and Coster-Waldau giggling on the set of Tywin’s funeral.  David Benioff tells TV Guide, “They thought it would be really funny to make [Charles Dance] laugh, but he’s a fully committed corpse.”

The article is packed with quotes from the pair on the twins’ complicated relationship, and we also get more teases on the season to come.

Spoilers and the video from TV Guide below the cut!

Some of the highlights from the interview:

“Had Jaime known his brother was going to kill Tywin, he wouldn’t have let him go,” Nikolaj Coster-Waldau says. “Apart from the fact that he was their father, Tywin kept enemies from getting any funny ideas. Now it’s dangerous, and Cersei’s not happy with Jaime. They could use some couples therapy.”

“Cersei’s always steering. Jaime’s purer in his love,” Lena Headey says. “Last season, they slowly regained their passion. But now they’re in the worst place they’ve been in their relationship in terms of trust.”

“Jaime’s responsible for Tywin’s death, so [in his eyes] he’s also responsible for Cersei’s pain,” Coster-Waldau says, explaining Jaime’s mission this season. “He feels he has to prove something to Cersei—as well as to himself. He wants to do the right thing.”

It sounds like there could be some interesting fights in store this year. Coster-Waldau also says, “Instead of looking at his golden hand as a hindrance, he starts to see it as a weapon,”

TV Guide confirms that Jaime will “feel the wrath of Ellaria Sand” and that “she is willing to fight to the death with help from Oberyn’s warrior daughters, the Sand Snakes.”

This season, Headey says, “It’s the start of everything falling away from Cersei. Her belief in her own competence, strength, and ability to fool everybody and play the game bites her in the ass. She makes questionable choices, believing it will add to her status and control.”

As for other storylines, the executive producers offer a few tidbits.

Arya arrives in Braavos this season after catching a ship last year.  “The people there are very mysterious and philosophical,” David Benioff says. D.B. Weiss adds, “She learns there are different skills to develop beyond sword fighting.”

Daenerys has her own troubles down in Meereen. “She’s learning,” says Emilia Clarke. “She realizes she was naive to think that freeing the slaves would bring happiness all around.”

Of her dragon offspring, the actress says, “The dragons are testing her parenting skills to their limits. But she realizes she can harness their power for the greater good. It may not be good in the moment, but it will be good afterward.”

Check out this video that takes us behind the scenes of the TV Guide cover shoot with the stars.

Visit TVGuide.com to read the full article for more on Tyrion, Sansa, Jon and Game of Thrones season 5.

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    1. As the season progresses, Cersei takes on a shocking new appearance. “It was a great change from looking polished,” Headey says. “The latter half of the season is tough. Cersei’s broken down by the end.”

      So… Cersei emprisoned as soon as 505 or 506… ? I thought it would happen in 507 but I could see her arrest being the end scene of episode 6.

      Also that :

      One choice is to ally with a new character, the High Sparrow (Jonathan Pryce), a man of faith. “Their relationship is important,” Benioff says, “because Cersei realizes she can use him and religion for her own purposes.”

      That’s also a small departure from the books where Cersei mostly had to suffer and bear the High Sparrow. She tried to use him, but she would have gladly done without her. I personally dont mind Cersei trying more than in the books to put him in her pocket.

      And that :

      But Jaime has a new trick up his sleeve. “Instead of looking at his golden hand as a hindrance, he starts to see it as a weapon,” Coster-Waldau says.

      How neat would it be for Jaime to get a small blade at the end of his arm for fighting instead of the golden hand ? ^^

      Jon will have to remain extra sharp as he marches into battle again at a village called Hardhome. The skirmish was the season’s most grueling shoot for Harington, with 13-hour workdays and tricky fight choreography. “The stunt work this year was quite daunting and intricate,” Harington says. “I had to step aside a few more times [than usual] for stunt doubles. It was dangerous.”

      I dont think Kit refers to sword-fighting scenes there, he’s amazingly talented at that ! Something tells me he refers to some more dangerous stunts…

      Right now I’m picturing Jon climbing a cliff all the while fighting wights but that seems damn far fetched ! ^^

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    2. This doesn’t have anything to do with GOT, but that magazine cover mentions Justified and i just wanted to say that the last season has been brilliant so far

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    3. Arkash,

      You know that part you quoted about Jon Snow – Spoilers Below! Beware!

      Spoilers from Teltale’s Game of Thrones Game Episode 3 – if you haven’t played it, and want to play it, don’t read on.

      – Okay so episode three of the game has this crazy dialogue where I’m told (Gared I believe is my character’s name) to find a hidden area North of the Wall – the hidden area might possess an “Ice Dragon”… The game is based on the series. I haven’t gone there yet, I go North of the Wall when the next episode comes out (probably after season five of the show)… I’m starting to think the hardhome scene took a really long bloody time to film because there’s a lot of green-screen action involved and special affects. The only other scene that came close was Daznak’s Pit and that was even shorter… So the hardhome scene must be really heavy on the special effects and CGI. The Night’s King & an Ice Dragon would be epic (especially if it’s Night’s King verses Ice Dragon which is controlled by Bran) but we already know Bran is skipping a season.

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    4. @Sue the Fury

      since youve seen the screeners can you tell us how you rank the 4 episodes? like from worst to best?

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    5. OrtMeyer:
      @Sue the Fury

      since youve seen the screeners can you tell us how you rank the 4 episodes? like from worst to best?

      I’d rather watch them and rank them myself, so would most people. Also I don’t think Sue or any early viewers can disclose any information. Otherwise they would have already.

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    6. Mustafa. S.: I’d rather watch them and rank them myself, so would most people. Also I don’t think Sue or any early viewers can disclose any information. Otherwise they would have already.

      Uhh, several viewers have already mentioned episode 2 being better than the premiere. It’s not ‘disclosing information’ to rank the episodes from least favorite to favorite.

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    7. It is always going to irk me that Dinklage looks ten years older than his “older” siblings. Oh well. Chalk it up to the trials and hardships of being a dwarf.

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