Season five of Game of Thrones has premiered at the Tower of London on Wednesday evening. The premiere was specifically for the cast and crew of the HBO hit, but there were some exceptions made for those lucky enough to receive an invite to the event.
Game of Thrones is an epic fantasy show on Home Box Office (HBO). The show is based on A Song of Ice and Fire, a series of novels written by author George R.R. Martin. Both the show and the novels follow various characters as they navigate their way through the political landscape of this fantasy world. Game of Thrones premiered on HBO back in 2011 and is now entering its fifth season. The show is produced and written by show runners DB Weiss and David Benioff.
The premiere took place in the Tower of London, with the entire cast and crew in attendance to see the final cut of the show they have all worked so hard to make happen. The producers even flew out the Iron Throne itself for the premiere. The Tower of London is actually a very fitting place to host the premiere of this show. The Tower of London is the oldest fortress, prison, and palace in Europe. The tower has a long and dark history, being the location of many tortures and executions since its foundation was laid in 1078 by Duke William of Normandy. This dark location fits the tone of the sometimes hyper violent, Game of Thrones perfectly. Game of Thrones actor, Liam Cunningham, said of the location of the premiere, “just think that 200 years ago we’d be coming here to get our heads chopped off … (not) watch the telly.”
This new season of Game of Thrones will draw its primary inspiration from both the fourth and fifth novels of the Song of Ice and Fire series. The cast and crew have both been vocal about the shocks that are in store for fans of Martins original novels. Although the cast has been sworn to secrecy about upcoming plot twists in the show, actor Michael McElhatton, who plays Roose Bolton on the show, has guaranteed “shocks” for fans of the novels. Even Martin himself has came out publicly saying, “everybody better be on their toes. David and DB are even bloodier than I am.” The show, as well as the novels, are notorious for the killing of fan favorite characters. It would seem as though the show will be deviating from the books in some way.
The first episode of the new season of Game of Thrones will serve to establish new characters to the show, as well as following up on established characters, such as characters like the Sand Snakes, the bastard daughters of the dead Oberyn Martell. After five years the show is still as strong as ever and is showing no signs of stopping anytime soon. Even thought the show officially premiered Wednesday night at the Tower of London, every other fan will have to wait until April 12 for the Game of Thrones 9:00 PM air time on HBO.
By James Dixson
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