Game Of Thrones Season 5 Premiere: 5 Things We Learned
Dragons, mega-violence, machinations, boobs, bums and more...
We were lucky enough to head down to the Tower of London for the Game of Thrones Season 5 World Premiere.
Amidst all the celeb-badgering, dragon-spotting (they were projected onto the walls) and all round fanboy/girl-hyperventilating, we were also treated to the first episode from Season 5 almost a whole a month before its global debut.
While we'll obviously make sure we'll steer clear of anything super-spoilery, here are a few things you can look forward to in the premiere ep.
Things Aren't Looking Great For Cersei
The episode opens with the show's first ever flashback scene, and HOORAH for young Nell Williams, who encapsulates Cersei's sneery entitlement, even at such a young age. A 'confrontation' with a Grimm-esque witch results in Cersei being read her fortune. Let's just say things don't sound too cheery.
Back IRL (well, modern day Westeros), with her father Tywin now quite, really very dead, the protective shield she never knew she had is well and truly dismantling. It seems past sins will come back to haunt her in giddily unnerving style.
Which is great for the plot, obvs, but sad for those of us who all enjoy a bit of this.
Those Much-Mooted Book To Show Changes Haven't Happened... Yet
We will happily, nerdily hold our geek hands up and admit we've read all the books, so with all and sundry involved with the show denouncing this year as the Season when the show goes properly off the canon rails, we were bracing ourselves for something spectacular.
One very amusing 'almost' crossover between two pairs of characters aside, everything is pretty much still on-book. So, you know...
The Bums and Boobs Ratio Is As High As Ever
In the name of TV science, we counted the boobs and bums on show (#journalism), and we can reveal there are a whopping five boobatrons and three sets of male buttocks on show throughout the episode.
One sexy sex scene ends in rather horrendous violence, another is really rather seductive, and the last all types of lovely as we see Ser Loras has moved on from Renly and is getting a little more cavalier about his sexuality because everyone pretty much already knows that, as his good grandmother so eloquently once put it...
Tyrion & Varys Still Need Their Own Spin-Off
Varys has safely transported Tyrion to a land a whole world away. The only problem is, Tyrion was shoved into a box for the whole journey. His disgruntlement, moral apathy (killing your lover and father tends to take the shine off life), and reliably enthusiastic drinking habit leads to a set of scenes showing off the show's verbal sparring brilliance at its best.
Life At The Top Isn't All It's Cracked Up To Be For Daenerys
Daenerys has liberated the slaves of Meeren (yay), but not everyone is happy. Notably the gold-masked, Eyes Wide Shut appreciation club The Sons of The Harpy, who are assassinating The Unsullied in a medieval guerilla war that poses worrying things for Daenerys. Her reaction is particularly fierce, so expect more of this...
The only problem? The Mother Of Dragons isn't feeling particularly maternal any more, having locked two of her babies up in a cellar, and having lost control of Drogon. Her encounter with her dragons in the premiere is one of the most unsettling dragon-y moments yet, and sets the stage for a very interesting Season 5.
Game of Thrones airs on Sky Atlantic from 13 April 2015.