HBO’s “Game of Thrones” is a pretty dense show, so it’s OK if you get a little confused about the characters from time to time. With fans just a day away from the premiere of Season 5, many characters are scattered to the wind.
While some may want to binge-watch the entirety of Season 4, or catch up on the entire series, ahead of the Season 5 premiere, not everyone has 10 to 40 hours to spare. To help make sure everyone is not even one step behind on April 12, below is a breakdown of where we last left some very key characters that are bound to reappear at some point.
[SPOILER ALERT: the rest of this article will contain spoilers from Season 4 of “Game of Thrones.”]
Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage)
After losing his trial by combat in the most spectacular fashion, his brother and Lord Varys (Conleth Hill) hatched a scheme to set him free from King’s Landing and avoid the executioner’s blade. While making his escape, he takes a quick detour to brutally murder his former love Shae (Sibel Kekilli) and his father Tywin (Charles Dance). As a result of the murder, Varys had to accompany his friend on his escape boat, destined for parts unknown. However, odds are good he’s not sailing to another part of Westeros. Especially given that the trailer for Season 5 sets up a meeting between him and Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke). If the show follows the books, the duo are headed to Pentos, the same city where Daenerys was hiding in Season 1 with her terrible brother.
Jon Snow (Kit Harington), Stannis Baratheon (Stephen Dillane) and Melisandre (Carice van Houten)
Three of the names that loom the largest over Westeros all came together at the end of Season 4, but there was precious little interaction between them. After defending Castle Black from the Wildling army of Mance Rayder (Ciaran Hinds), the Night’s Watch were about to be crushed while their defenses were down. That is until Stannis Baratheon surprised everyone by marching his purchased army right through the Wildling camp and taking both them and Mance prisoner. With the threat subdued, Stannis will now either march his army south to try and take King’s Landing once again or he’ll stay at the Wall to defend against the White Walkers. Either way, Stannis has a great deal of power that Jon Snow can either use to his favor and promote a greater good.
Things aren’t going well for the young Targaryen queen. After learning that the two cities she’s conquered and freed slaves in have descended back into chaos, the Mother of Dragons decides to remain across the ocean and put her triumphant march back to King’s Landing on hold. She also discovered that Ser Jorah Mormont (Iain Glen) began his time in her service as a spy for Lord Varys. The season ended with her still trying to get the now freed city of Meereen on its feet. While trying to do that, it’s revealed that her dragons have gone completely out of control and taken to roasting children to eat them. This happened earlier in the season with a few goats and the queen was able to repay the owner, but replacing children is a bit trickier. When last we saw The Breaker of Chains, she was doing the unthinkable and chaining two of her three dragons up in a dungeon for safe keeping. Meanwhile, her third and most ferocious beast, Drogon, is still out in the world somewhere – Hence the awesome Season 5 poster.
Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) and Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau)
Season 4 was a rocky one for these two. Obviously we’ve known since Season 1 that they have a rather complicated family dynamic. However, it was revealed that Cersei’s attraction to Jaime had little to do with who he is as a persona and more with what he meant to her as a protector. With his right hand gone, she basically avoided him until she finally needed something. Doomed to marry Loras Tyrell (Finn Jones) and be stuck in yet another loveless marriage – Cersei confronts her father and demands he not make her leave King’s Landing while a tug-of-war is going on for the soul of her last remaining son, King Tommen (Dean-Charles Chapman).
When Tywin refuses to allow her to turn her back on a marriage that would be beneficial to the Lannister family, she stabs a metaphorical knife in his back by revealing the truth that he’s tried so hard to avoid – Jaime is the father of all of her children, not Robert Baratheon. One of Charles Dance’s last scenes as the incomparable character saw him seem genuinely unhinged and nervous for the first time. She then runs to Jaime and declares her love for him, in the hopes of making him her ally in the upcoming fight against Tywin.
Luckily there are no repercussions from this as the old man ends up with two arrows in his heart later that night. With Tywin dead, Cersei will likely be out for revenge. Meanwhile, a lot of pressure falls on the shoulders of Jaime Lannister to keep the family afloat now that all his father’s debts to the Iron Bank of Braavos are now his responsibility.
Brienne of Tarth (Gwendoline Christie) and Podrick Payne (Daniel Portman)
After being tasked with accompanying Brienne to find Arya Stark (Maisie Williams), Podrick and the lady find themselves face-to-face with the young girl and her new would-be bodyguard – Sandor “The Hound” Clegane. After one of the most gritty fight scenes in the show’s history, Brienne bests The Hound and knocks him off a small cliff. When the two start fighting Podrick gives chase on Arya but she easily loses the bumbling squire with ease. Just a few miles from The Vale, the duo must admit they’ve lost the person they came to find. As for where they’ll go next, it’s anyone’s guess.
Arya Stark (Maisie Williams)
Speaking of Arya, after her protector gets knocked off a cliff, she leaves him to die a slow and agonizing death. Even though he fought to the death for her on several occasions and helped her escape the aftermath of the infamous Red Wedding, she left him. After all, his name was on her list of people to kill after he murdered her friend in Winterfel. In case you haven’t been paying attention, Arya Stark is not one for sentimentality and leaves The Hound in a pool of his own blood and sweat without even blinking an eye. She finds her way to a shipyard in the hopes of going north to Castle Black to meet up with Jon Snow. Instead, she uses the coin that Jaqen H’ghar gave her at the end of Season 2 to get free passage to Braavos, where she’ll do some pretty interesting things.
The Mountain (Hafthór Júlíus Björnsson)
Ser Gregor Clegane won his fight against Oberyn Martell (Pedro Pascal), but not without injury. Unfortunately for him, The Viper doesn’t just wound his prey. Oberyn’s spear was tipped with Manticore venom (the same creature that someone sent to assassinate Daenerys Targaryen in Season 3). When last we saw this giant bear of a man, he was laid up in the laboratory of Grand Maester Pycelle (Julian Glover) where Qyburn (Anton Lesser) was going to do something… Really not sure what, but it looks like Frankenstein operating on his monster. As if the man who can cut a horse’s head off with a single swing wasn’t scary enough.