Finally Season 5 of Game of Thrones is back
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For the first time, Season 5 and 6 of HBO TV series Game of Thrones were commissioned simultaneously. This follows a sizeable increase in the number of views in the subsequent episodes.
Game of Thrones Season 5 premiered on Sunday 12th April 2015 and as always, it will remain to be seen if it will be another captivating piece similar to the earlier ones or a flop. However, if you somehow didn’t watch the earlier four seasons or any of this fantastic series, here is a small pick of what you never saw.
Season 1 is a compilation of 10 exciting episodes based on A Game of Thrones, the first book in George R. R. Martins’ A Song of Ice and Fire series. The series begins in unified seven kingdoms of Westeros when long summer is coming to a close and winter settling in. Those who shape the First Season include Lord Eddard Stark, King Robert Baratheon, Ser Jaime Lannister, the children of House of Targaryen on the eastern continent of Ossos and many other faces.
The highest point is the impending attack of King Robert Baratheon by Targaryen’s together with the 40000 Dohraki soldiers. Lord Eddard Stark’s investigations on who killed his friend Jon Arryn and Daenerys acceptance to marry the leader of the army to escape her brother’s malicious plan to attack are other captivating themes. The opening shot will freak you, but the whole clip is very cool, showing how the ruling class struggles for power, incest and revenge.
After a superb season 1, Season 2 of HBO TV drama Game of Thrones is a different one altogether. Based on A Clash of Kings, George R. R. Martins’ second book in the series A Song of Ice and Fire, it debuts with the seven kingdoms at war and there is a fierce struggle to hold the Iron Throne.
The Iron Throne is currently under Joffrey Baratheon with the support of strong House Lannister while his uncle Renly with the House Tyrell and their powerful army is also eyeing it. Later, Stannis Baratheon, Robert’s younger brother makes an entry into the fight, bringing his battle prowess and experience.
The battle for the throne is ranging and getting hot! Back East, Daenerys who was famous for crying about the whereabouts of her dragons has finally unleashed all 3 of them in the world. Although they are only days after hatching, fame is spreading far and wide, the seven kingdoms beware. She no longer has the Khalasar and must scheme a way to go through the forbidding Wasteland to find new support for her quest to the throne too.
The Northern part, the Night’s Watch is on an expedition to try and find the lost rangers and investigate the news of a gathering of wildings in the mountains. It is getting exciting with each episode of all drama and fun-filled ten episodes making the season finale summarize everything.
Season 3 incorporates ten episodes borrowed from the first half of A Storm of Swords, George G. G. Martins A Song of Ice and Fire. While the rest of the world is experiencing autumn, the seven kingdoms of Westeros are at war. Cruel-boy King Joffrey Baratheon allied with House Tyrell following the death of would-be king Renly.
His powers and authority now extend far and wide, controlling the largest armies making anyone unable to overthrow him. Meanwhile, King Robb is on the battlefield while his homeland in the north partially under Ironborn. He needs to win the war and the love of House Frey even after failing to honour his marriage agreement with them.
Stannis Baratheon retreats with his handful of fighters to his headquarters Dragonstone Island after the defeat but is not out of war yet. He has priestess Merisandre by his side, meaning he can still launch an attack when least expected. Other victims still have a lot to face, including Bran Stark, who together with his aides must reach the Wall, even though, the frozen Wasteland stands between them and the wall.
Arya must go through the war-torn Riverlands for his mother and brother while Tyrion and Sansa Stark must brave the courts to live again.
Daenerys and her dragons have fled Qarth to look for more support and an army so as to win the throne again. She is headed for the corrupt cities of Slaver’s Bay for both, of course for a pay! The drama is gearing up, and a lot is happening in beyond the Walls that must be of concern to both the seven kingdoms and lands of Free Folk. Season 3 episode 10 leaves a lot of questions and curiosity about the growing number of viewers.
Season 4 is the second half of A Storm of Swords from A Song of Ice and Fire by George G. G. Martins. After the wars from Season 3, finally it is subsiding, and the rulers need to be careful of enemies not only outside but also within their respective kingdoms. Betrayals and mass murder characterize most of this season including the Red Wedding.
While most of the kingdoms are at war, both internally and externally, Vale of Arryn and Dorne have been peaceful. Their rulers have managed to stand their ground against wooing and threats from the other five kingdoms.
Far North, the Wall and the reducing number of night’s Wall is the only thing separating the seven kingdoms from the horror. The seven kingdoms are attacked, Night’s Watch defeated, wildlings climb the wall led by Tormund Giansbane and his three other friends. House Stark is fighting extinction as the all four heirs fighting for survival.
Game of Thrones Season 5
Season 4 still leaves the audience wondering and hoping that season 5 brings even more vigour and action into this TV series. While the first episode is already underway, it will remain to be seen if there will be more from the seven kingdoms and beyond.
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