Game of Thrones and The Wars to Come #GoTSeason5

In just two days, at 9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT on Sunday, April 12, Game of Thrones makes it anticipated return to HBO. Like many fans I have stalked the web since since the season finally waiting for glimpses of behind the scenes filming of the new season and finally the long awaited trailer for season five.

Jon Snow is struggling to balance the demands of the Night’s Watch with those of the newly arrived Stannis Baratheon, who styles himself the rightful king of Westeros. Meanwhile, Cersei scrambles to hold on to power in King’s Landing amidst the Tyrells and the rise of a religious group led by the enigmatic High Sparrow, while Jaime embarks on a secret mission. Across the Narrow Sea, Arya seeks an old friend and a fugitive Tyrion finds a new cause. And as danger mounts in Meereen, Daenerys finds that her tenuous hold on the city requires hard sacrifices.

Now after all the wait the time has finally come. Much the same as the characters are in constant conflict for the throne, I have my own inner battle going as to who I want to see the rightful ruler of the Seven Kingdoms in the end. 

No, I haven't read the books and WON'T until the show ends. I love the show and you know the book is always better so I refuse to ruin it.

I have a soft spot for strong female characters and as I've watched Arya and Daenerys evolve, I'm torn between the two and which one I would rather see stand tall in the end. On the other hand, how can not root for Tyrion to somehow prevail when all is said and done? A lush and a man whore sure, but he has shown so much heart, empathy and shockingly enough some morals buried beneath the "I don't give flying F" exterior.

Arya Stark via  @HBOPR

Arya Stark via @HBOPR

Right now though, I'm leaning towards Arya. That slightly demented little voice in my head screams "Yes, make them ALL pay!" We shall see though.

So what do April's episodes have in store for us?


<If you don't like the "coming next week style previews, stop reading now!>

Episode #41: “The Wars to Come”

            Debut: SUNDAY, APRIL 12 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT) - Cersei (Lena Headey) and Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) adjust to a world without Tywin. Varys (Conleth Hill) reveals a conspiracy to Tyrion (Peter Dinklage). Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) faces a new threat to her rule. Jon (Kit Harington) is caught between two kings.

            Written by David Benioff & D. B. Weiss; directed by Michael Slovis.

Episode #42: “The House of Black and White”

 Debut: SUNDAY, APRIL 19 (9:00-10:00 p.m.) - Arya (Maisie Williams) arrives in Braavos. Pod (Daniel Portman) and Brienne (Gwendoline Christie) run into trouble on the road. Cersei fears for her daughter’s safety in Dorne as Ellaria Sand (Indira Varma) seeks revenge for Oberyn’s death. Stannis (Stephen Dillane) tempts Jon. An advisor tempts Daenerys.

            Written by David Benioff & D. B. Weiss; directed by Michael Slovis.

 Episode #43: “High Sparrow”

Debut: SUNDAY, APRIL 26 (9:00-10:00 p.m.) - In King’s Landing, Queen Margaery (Natalie Dormer) enjoys her new husband. Tyrion and Varys walk the Long Bridge of Volantis.

Written by David Benioff & D. B. Weiss; directed by Mark Mylod.

By the way, does anyone else have a problem adjusting to Nalalie Dormer as Queen Margaery? I just can't get past thinking of her Anne Boleyn, from The Tudors, with her playing another role that places in her a power hungry, royalty situation.