Have you recovered from the Game of Thrones finale yet? It’s only been three days since we bid season four a fond farewell but showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are already talking about where they are on season five and gave a few hints to Entertainment Weekly Wednesday on some things we can expect to see 10 long months from now.
When asked about how season five is shaping up, Benioff and Weiss (or D&D, as they are often known among fans of the show and books) said they’re about finished with the first drafts of each episode and “see no reason why the coming season shouldn’t be the strongest yet.” It’s a similar problem to the one they faced when putting together an exciting season four after season three’s shocking Red Wedding, but they say the nervousness with season five started to wane once it was outlined.
If you’re a book reader who is worried about the deviations from the source material (there are some valid concerns there, to be sure), at least take heart in the fact that although this is ultimately Benioff and Weiss’ adaptation and the show “needs to work on its own terms,” they have talked to George R.R. Martin “extensively” about where he’s going with the story and say they’ll keep doing so as they go along. Don’t forget, they’ll keep the tradition going with another episode written by the master himself.
As for said source material, the producers also said they’ll be drawing heavily from books four and five for the new season, which cover the same timeline but feature only a handful of characters in each installment (for instance, Daenerys doesn’t appear in book four and Sansa doesn’t appear in book five, but their respective stories take place at roughly the same time).
They’ve also confirmed that we’ll get to see Dorne, which appears to corroborate earlier speculation from when the crew was scouting for locations in Spain saying that it would serve as the hot desert region of Westeros we have yet to see. A list of characters to be cast for next season was also leaked recently and contains several characters from that area.
“There will be Dorne, and we’re excited about it,” they said. “Who wouldn’t want to hang out in Dorne? They have admirable values and priorities. And have you seen Oberyn’s coat?”
Speaking of Dorne, Winter is Coming noted Tuesday that unofficial sources are saying the role of Joffrey and Tommen’s sister Myrcella Baratheon may be recast. Aimee Richardson, who originally played the part, is reportedly not returning for season five and the actress rumored to take her place is Nell Tiger Free. Remember, we haven’t seen the original Myrcella since way back in season two when she left for Dorne to be betrothed to Oberyn’s nephew, Trystane.
Other tidbits hinted at in the Benioff and Weiss interview include Varys’ next move and the assurance that we’ll still get plenty of fantasy elements such as Dany’s growing dragons and Melisandre continuing her sorcery up north.