Tuesday, February 3, 2015

The New "Game of Thrones" Trailer Looks Amazing!

Season 5 of HBO's Game of Thrones will premier on April 12, 2015, and last week HBO released the first official trailer. It looks absolutely amazing, but it also hints to some distinct changes from the books. For example, I don't recall reading about Ser Jorah fighting in Meereen's arena or Jaime going to Dorne, and it looks like Varys may be Tyrion's new travelling companion – which makes wonder if a particular Targaryen lad may have been axed from the show.

That said, I loved our first look at the Sand Snakes, and it looks like Season 5 will delve deep into A Feast for Crows and A Dance With Dragons. Last season already ventured far into those books, and it wouldn't surprise me if this season ends with the conclusion of those two novels. (I'm having a hard time imagining how the writers would find a good place to stop in the middle of either book, especially since much of the two books cover the same time period.) But where will that leave us with Season 6?

Coming in 2016???
According to reports, the next book in George R.R. Martin's series, The Winds of Winter, is not scheduled for release in 2015. Who knows if it will even be published in 2016? Martin is the anti-Stephen King in terms of being prolific  he's not, not even close. Which makes we wonder whether the show will start to reveal events from The Winds of Winter before the book is released, or whether the books and the show will diverge permanently after this season? 

I hope it's not the latter. Although there have been plenty of divergence so far, the core story has basically remained in place. I've read that Martin briefed the producers on how the books end, but I'd hate for the show to spoil what has been a series of great reads. I suppose, however, only time will tell.

But let me know what you think. What are your thoughts on Season 5, and how soon the show will outpace the books?  


Bill said...

It's been so long since I read the books, I have to wonder if I'm seeing a divergence or not sometimes. Can't wait to see the show. I just hope the final book is truly final and somewhat explanatory.

Bill said...

Also, there's a 30 minute preview or something this Sunday 7:30 to 8, called Day/Life.

Joseph Finley said...

Bill, thanks for the comments! I'll keep my eye out for the preview on Sunday.

Bill said...

I found the preview, which was actually a behind the scenes look, quite eye opening.

I got a totally unexpected day in Seville in 2009 and almost drove a rental car into a narrowing street that seriously worried me. And, it was a tiny car!

Joseph Finley said...

I missed the preview, but I take it the Dorne scenes were filmed in Seville? That makes sense. I always pictured Dorne like Spain, and it looks like they've gone with the Moorish variety.

By the way, one of my maxims in life is never, ever drive through anything that looks like it was once a medieval gateway into a formerly walled city in Europe! Learned that lesson the hard way in Sienna.

Bill said...

Yes, the southern crew moved from Croatia to Seville for the Dorne scenes, which look amazing. The also built a fishing village "north of the Wall" in a Northern Ireland rock quarry. They are spending tons of money!