As many fans of HBO’s massively successful hit “Game of Thrones” know, the trailer for Season 5 is mere hours away from premiering behind the historic IMAX release of the last two episodes of Season 4. According to Entertainment Weekly, the experience of seeing the show on the big, big screen is so profound that it even threw the show’s creators through a loop.
“I’m still kind of in shock,” said executive producer Dan Weiss after a screening. “It’s a completely different viewing experience, one that’s so immersive and so superior.”
“Game of Thrones” starts its week-long run in IMAX Thursday, Jan. 29. After the episodes, the first trailer for Season 5 will be shown, giving fans their first real look at what's coming this year. To prepare, below is a list of five things fans want to see explained in the Season 5 trailer:
1. Cersei Lannister’s Walk of Shame
This scene is perhaps one of the most talked about and highly anticipated sequences of the upcoming season. Its controversial nature grabbed headlines when the city of Dubrovnik, which the show uses as King’s Landing, said the scene could not be filmed there. The reason is that the city has laws prohibiting public nudity that, as book readers will know, is a very key element in the scene where [SPOILER ALERT] Cersei (Lena Headey) is forced to walk the streets naked to atone for some crime. Given her character, that crime could range from it being revealed that she and her brother have an inappropriate relationship, to just general villainy. As previously reported, the show’s creators wanted to keep this scene so secret that it brought in 200 security guards to make sure no one breeched the closed set.
2. Where Are Tyrion And Varys?
Sure Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) is the Arthur Fonzarelli of Westeros, but his low point last season had dire consequences for, not just him, but his main chum Varys (Conleth Hill). When the bells of Kings Landing rang to announce [SPOILER ALERT] someone had killed Tywin Lannister (Charles Dance), The Spider was forced to join Tyrion on his escape boat to… Who knows? The teaser trailer for the show’s IMAX release shows Peter Dinklage’s character tumbling out of his smuggling box but gives no clues as to where he is or whether or not Varys is extraordinarily upset that he lost his home thanks to his friend’s murderous rampage.
3. Where is Arya?
The last image of Season 4 saw Arya (Maisie Williams) board a ship headed for Braavos using the coin she got from the assassin Jaqen H’ghar (Tom Wlaschiha). When he gave her the coin, he told her to use it if she ever changed her mind about learning the ways of the “faceless men.” It was unclear what he meant by that until he magically changed his appearance. A promo for the upcoming fifth season shows Arya knocking on the door of a building with a black and white door. Book readers will note this is likely "The House of Black and White," the place where the faceless men are headquartered. It looks like, when and if Arya returns to Westeros, she’ll have a few new tricks up her sleeve.
4. Big Budget Battle
Speaking to E! News at the Screen Actor’s Guild Awards Red Carpet , Kit Harington, who plays Jon Snow on the show, teased a bigger budget and better battle scenes this year.
“It’s lavish this year,” he said. “We hear on set in previous years, ‘Can we afford that?’ and they say, ‘No, no you can’t afford that.’ And this year there was, ‘Can we afford that?’ and they were like, ‘Yeah, you can.’ They’re throwing money at it, and they have to because we’re on Season 5 and coming towards the real peak of the story. There’s some huge action sequences, battle scenes that will leave the audiences wanting more.”
It’s hard to tell just yet exactly what kind of big battles Harington might be teasing. Perhaps the White Walkers finally arrive at The Wall in mass? Or, now that Tywin is gone, does Stannis Baratheon (Stephen Dellane) use his army to try and take King’s Landing once again? So far the show’s creators have done a good job on battles like “The Battle of Blackwater” and “The Watchers on the Wall,” so any more violence and swordplay will be more than welcomed by fans.
5. Daenerys Targaryen Doing Stuff
When last we saw everyone’s favorite dragon-owning queen, Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke), she was realizing that being a dragon-owning queen is not all cool one-liners and freeing grateful slaves. As news spreads that the cities she’s conquered are descending into chaos, the Khaleesi postponed her trip to Westeros to fix things. Meanwhile, her dragons became untamable and she had to chain up two of the three. Are they still treating her like loving children after that?
“We see Daenerys being queen and what comes with that, so it's not always smooth sailing,” Nathalie Emmanuel, who plays Targaryen’s servant and friend Missandei said at the Golden Globes. “But she's got her confidante and friend Missandei to help her along the way.”