Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen. (Helen Sloan/HBO)Link
Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark and Aidan Gillen as Littlefinger. (Helen Sloan/HBO)Link
Carice van Houten as Melisandre. (Helen Sloan/HBO)Link
Alexander Siddig as Doran Martell. (Macall B. Polay/HBO)Link
Michael McElhatton as Roose Bolton, Iwan Rheon as Ramsay Bolton and Elizabeth Webster as Walda Frey. (Helen Sloan/HBO)Link
Conleth Hill as Varys and Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister. (Helen Sloan/HBO)Link
Daniel Portman as Podrick Payne and Gwendoline Christie as Brienne of Tarth. (Helen Sloan/HBO)Link
Dean-Charles Chapman as Tommen Baratheon and Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister. (Macall B. Polay/HBO)Link
Indira Varma as Ellaria Sand and Deobia Oparei as Areo Hotah. (Macall B. Polay/HBO)Link
Jonathan Pryce as the High Sparrow. (Macall B. Polay/HBO)Link
Kit Harington as Jon Snow. (Helen Sloan/HBO)Link
Kit Harington as Jon Snow, Stephen Dillane as Stannis Baratheon and Liam Cunningham as Davos Seaworth. (Helen Sloan/HBO)Link
Kristofer Hivju as Tormund Giantsbane. (Helen Sloan/HBO)Link
Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister and Ian Beattie as Meryn Trant. (Macall B. Polay/HBO)Link
Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Jaime Lannister. (Helen Sloan/HBO)Link
Maisie Williams as Arya Stark. (Macall B. Polay/HBO)Link
Natalie Dormer as Margaery Tyrell and Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister. (Helen Sloan/HBO)Link
Nathalie Emmanuel as Missandei and Jacob Anderson as Grey Worm. (Helen Sloan/HBO)Link
An epic new trailer for the “Game of Thrones” fifth season has arrived along with a selection of new images from the wildly popular HBO fantasy series adapted from the work of author George R.R. Martin.
HBO officially released the trailer Friday after a pirated version had surfaced online just hours after the clip made its debut at special Imax “Game of Thrones” screenings, where digitally remastered versions of Season 4’s final two episodes — “The Watchers on the Wall,” about Jon Snow (Kit Harington) and the Battle of Castle Black, and “The Children,” which sees Brienne of Tarth (Gwendoline Christie) face off against the Hound (Rory McCann) — were shown on the large-format screen.
The episodes are currently screening at more than 200 Imax theaters across the country, and are scheduled to play through Feb. 5.
The trailer includes a great deal of provocative imagery featuring old characters and new, but among the most interesting conversations is one between Varys (Conleth Hill) and an exiled Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage), suggesting that the disgraced dwarf might help the Seven Kingdoms install the right monarch on the Iron Throne.
“The Seven Kingdoms needs a ruler loved by millions with a powerful army and the right family name,” Varys says.
“Good luck finding him,” Tyrion replies.
“Who said anything about him?” Varys counters.
“Game of Thrones” returns for its fifth season April 12.
Martin’s loyal readers will have to wait much longer for the next installment in the “A Song of Ice and Fire” books, however, according to recent reports.
On Friday, publisher Harper Collins confirmed to the Guardian that Martin’s upcoming sixth book, “Winds of Winter,” will not be released this year.
Are you excited for “Game of Thrones” to return? What did you think of the trailer? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.
– Gina McIntyre | @LATHeroComplex
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