When “Game of Thrones” returns in April 2015 for its season 5 premiere, fans will be treated to a first for the HBO fantasy series – a flashback. Up to this point all of the action has remained in the fictional present, but executive producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss revealed that they would go into a character’s past for one scene in the new episodes.
Benioff and Weiss confirmed the flashback during a Q&A with students in Spain. One of the producers (which one is unknown) told students, “By making the first season, we set a rule: No prophecies, dreams or flashbacks. We failed the first two and this season the third. So yes, this season will finally have flashbacks.”
Benioff and Weiss did not give details on whom the flashback would focus on, but they did hint that it could be the opening scene of the premiere episode.
Here are four possibilities for what the flashback scene could cover:
1. Tyrion Lannister
After Tyrion’s (Peter Dinklage) killing spree in the Season 4 finale, the (falsely) convicted regicide will be fleeing for the South in Season 5. As Tyrion begins a new life in exile, fans might get to see a different side of the popular character, and that may require a flashback to learn some important background information.
2. Cersei Lannister
Much of the off-season buzz this year over “Game of Thrones” has concerned a controversial “walk of shame” scene featuring Cersei (Lena Headey) after being found guilty of conspiracy. With Cersei finally having to own up to some of her treachery in Season 5, she may be having some moments of self-reflection, and where there is self-reflection, there are often flashbacks.
3. Tywin Lannister
Despite the fact that Tyrion killed Tywin (Charles Dance) in the Season 4 finale, the actor is still listed in the IMDB credits for the upcoming season. This could be just an error, or it could be a clue that the character will return in the new season via flashback.
4. Stannis Baratheon
At the end of Season 4 Stannis (Stephen Dillane) and his army surprisingly appeared on the other side of the wall with Jon Snow (Kit Harrington) and the Wildlings. Fans would love to know how he got there (especially over the wall), and perhaps a flashback will reveal the answer.
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