The "Game of Thrones" Season 5 premiere had a lot of work to do and established storylines for several major characters. While "The Wars to Come" was busy with Jon Snow and Stannis Baratheon, Daenerys Targaryen, Brienne and Podrick, Sansa Stark, Tyrion Lannister and Cersei Lannister, there was little time for some other characters viewers were excited to see in the new season. Luckily, "Game of Thrones" Season 5, episode 2, "The House of Black and White," will focus on Arya Stark's journey to Braavos and introduce viewers to House Martell, the Sand Snakes and Dorne.
In the "Game of Thrones" Season 5, episode 2, preview, viewers get a quick look at House Martell and Dorne. The Sand Snakes are not happy about Oberyn Martell's death at the hands of the Ser Gregor Clegane, better known as the Mountain. In a related scene, Cersei gets a message from Dorne and she fears her daughter, Myrcella Baratheon, could be in trouble. The preview reveals further tension in Meereen, and Drogon is seen flying around.
"Arya (Maisie Williams) arrives in Braavos. Pod (Daniel Portman) and Brienne (Gwendoline Christie) run into trouble on the road. Cersei fears for her daughter’s safety in Dorne as Ellaria Sand (Indira Varma) seeks revenge for Oberyn’s death. Stannis (Stephen Dillane) tempts Jon. An adviser tempts Daenerys," reads the "Game of Thrones" Season 5, episode 2 synopsis.
In addition to "The House of Black and White" preview, HBO released several "Game of Thrones" Season 5 premiere clips to explain some of the backstory involving Maggy the Frog's prophecy. George R.R. Martin explains why Cersei believes Maggy so readily and how magic is very much a part of Westeros. With Margaery Tyrell in King's Landing and set to marry Tommen, Cersei is even more paranoid and protective of her reign as queen.
In "'Game of Thrones' Season 5: Inside the Episode #1," series creators D.B. Weiss and David Benioff discuss why they wanted the Cersei flashback to begin the season. Benioff describes the scene as something out of a fairy tale, while Weiss notes how this is very much Cersei's season. Tyrion and Varys' scene as well as the death of Mance Rayder are also discussed by Weiss and Benioff.
In the final "The Wars to Come" video, Kit Harington (Jon Snow) and Ciarán Hinds talk about Mance's character and what it was like filming Mance's death and Jon showing him mercy by shooting him with an arrow.