How Stella Trained Her Dragons (or A Game of Trailers)

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*SPOILERS AHOY*

Based on the direction the source material takes in the fourth and fifth novels, the winds of winter get a little long-winded. But as this trailer illustrates, the steady sword-hands of series showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are sure to keep up the pace with this highly anticipated fifth season of Game of Thrones.

George R. R. Martin’s A Feast for Crows and A Dance With Dragons forward the momentum of the gargantuan book series, but the events of the third novel, A Storm of Swords, are hard to top. After red weddings and flights from moon doors and bathroom patricides, the series spends some quality time with characters outside of the realm of Westeros. Sure, Tywin was a key player, but after his final death-shart, there is a hole that some keen leader will need to fill. Following the explosive climax of the War of the Five Kings, however, the re-balance of power can sometimes be a slow burn as the cold sets in for winter.

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There are potentially 3,000 or so pages remaining in the series, yet after season five, the series’ production staff has hinted at two more years. With dozens of characters in the mix, there’s a lot of resolving to handle – so it’s nice to see the wheels of Westeros turning at such a quick pace. If Daenerys decides to break these wheels, as she says so pointedly in the trailer, maybe we’re in for some bold steps this spring.

Book readers will be on the lookout for certain walks of shame, betrayals in the north, and dragons in the East. And maybe those lucky Greyjoy fans will get their whistle (or horn) whet with some Iron Born action. What this writer is most looking forward to, however, are those non-book surprises. Since season one, David and Dan (as D.B. is casually called) have given us some golden nuggets of character development created directly for the show – from King Robert and Cersei’s honest conversation about Lyanna Stark in season one to the fan favorite battle between Brienne and the Hound. So while we’re bound to meet the Sand Snakes and see one more Lannister sex scene at a funeral (nothing gets these blondies hotter than a fresh corpse), expect some narrative jumps ahead of Old Man Winter’s typing fingers. If you want to hop into potential spoiler territory (here’s your warning, you cravens), there’s a good chance the series will preempt book events and show us Tyrion finding the lady he’s looking for, the outcome of some Meereenese battle, the once and future queen setting foot in Westeros, and, as Sophie Turner cryptically stated to HuffPost Entertainment, “some massive moments, perhaps even more shocking than the Red Wedding type of thing.”

As this trailer illustrates, there’s a lot to look forward to and it will definitely be worth the wait.

Source: iTunes Trailers

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