With HBO’s most popular series “Game of Thrones” poised to return in a little more than a month, fans have been treated to numerous alleged spoilers and teasers about the coming season. Now, amid all the excitement, the show's producers have revealed one of their final hints -- the titles of the first four episodes of Season 5.
The first installment of Season 5, premiering April 12, will be titled “The Wars to Come.” Afterward, the next three episodes will be titled “The House of Black and White,” “High Sparrow” and “The Sons of the Harpy,” according to SpoilerTV.
The first-episode title is incredibly vague as the “wars” being referenced could mean anything, especially in the world of Westeros. When last we left our favorite characters, [SPOILER ALERT] Stannis Baratheon (Stephen Dillane) had rescued Jon Snow (Kit Harington) and the rest of the Knight’s Watch from the wildlings, but the White Walkers are on their way next -- probably not for peace talks. Meanwhile, Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) is having trouble keeping the kingdoms that she’s conquered from reverting back to chaos, so maybe the title is a reference to that.
What’s more likely is that the show will make good on what it’s been teasing for months, namely, the meeting of Daenerys and Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage). Now that the infamous Imp is on the run from King’s Landing, the first official trailer for Season 5 revealed his chum Lord Varys (Conleth Hill) has a plan for the two of them to ally themselves with Daenerys and help her on her quest to regain the Iron Throne -- perhaps his plan to do that is through many “wars to come.”
The second-episode title, “The House of Black and White,” is a bit less enigmatic. It is known as the house of assassins where Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) finds herself training after using her “one free trip to Bravos” token at the end of Season 4. It looks like fans will get to see more of her this season as she prepares to knock more names off her people-to-kill list, rather than adding more onto it.
The third-episode title is a bit more enigmatic. Hypable noted “High Sparrow” could be a reference to the leader of the Faith of the Seven, played by Jonathan Pryce. The outlet pointed out the new character is a religious man who devotes himself to helping the poor and disenfranchised flooding into the city of King’s Landing. It’s unclear what larger impact he’ll have on the show, but fans will apparently learn about it in this episode.
The fourth and final episode title, “Sons of the Harpy,” is a reference that book readers will know to mean the group that opposes Daenerys’ rule in Meereen and hope to assassinate her and return the city to a slave-state, according to Den of Geek. Perhaps she’ll get help from a certain cunning fugitive of Westeros to help?
Eager fans will simply have to wait until April 12 to be sure when “Game of Thrones” returns to HBO for Season 5.