Game of Thrones Fifth Season was, to me, it’s weakest, and it broke the record for number of Emmys won, so see what I know. Fans of the show are frantically re-upping their HBO subscriptions so they’ll be ready for the return of the drama. Season Six, which begins this Sunday night, will take us beyond the written material published by George R.R. Martin. Book 6, The Winds of Winter, still is nowhere on the publication schedule and writer’s block is understandable, but Martin has no one but himself to blame. The definitive version of this epic for most fans will be the TV show. Sales of the rest of the series will no doubt be hurt by Martin’s inability to keep pace. Even though the show and books have wildly diverged in some places, people will figure, “Why bother?” when faced with an 1100 page book to which they’ve already seen the adaptation. It’s tragic and unprecedented, and part of me wonders if he really can ever finish it at this point.
We’ve been waiting five years to see these dragons really show what they can do. One of season five’s major plot lines involves Dany losing control over the city of Mereen. Trapped and cornered by enemies and betrayals, it looks like her reign is at an end. She is the Queen of Dragons indeed, and HBO did not disappoint in giving fans what they’d been waiting all these years to see.
While we have all resigned ourselves to George RR Martin’s writer’s block preventing us from ever getting our hands on The Winds of Winter (let alone A Dream of Spring), it is still a day for GoT fans to rejoice! Season five of the fantasy drama premieres tonight at 9 p.m. on HBO. If you don’t have HBO, you may still be able to watch the premiere through the new HBO NOW streaming service. Right now, it basically only works for Apple products, but more options are supposedly being added soon.
This season’s plot will mainly come from book five of Martin’s series: A Dance With Dragons. Given the complexity and four dozen cast members in the series, you’d better brush up. You haven’t the time to binge watch them all if you’ve dithered, but this handy recap video from CNET will take you through all of season four in TWO minutes and prepare you to return to Westeros! Stay frosty, people. Winter is coming.
Exciting news for Game of Thrones fans yesterday as Apple announced it has partnered with HBO to provide a streaming service for the premium cable channel. The service will run $14.99 a month, but if you only have cable to have HBO, that’s a nifty savings. PLUS it will be ready to go by the time Game of Thrones returns on April 12, 2015. I can only hope HBO has locked George RR Martin in a bunker somewhere forcing him at gunpoint to finish book six, because this show is not slowing down for anyone. Just over a month to go!
HBO has released two clips from what is presumably the premiere episode of Game of Thrones season five. We also have a new poster for the season featuring Drogon and Arya Stark. Game of Thrones returns to HBO on April 12, 2015 at 9PM. Be there!