Posted on Friday, April 10th, 2015 by Angie Han
We helped you brush up on your recent Westerosi history with our general recap of Season 4. Now it’s time to consider where Game of Thrones is headed in Season 5. Season 4 ended with some major shakeups to the status quo, and knowing this show things will only continue to spin out of control for the next ten episodes.
Which means, really, that trying to predict this show is a fool’s errand. Author George R.R. Martin and showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss delight in pulling the rug out from under our feet, and we love them for it. But we are masochists, and so we’ve pieced together a few ideas about where we might be going next — including a power ranking of the major players going into the next season.
Click through for our Game of Thrones Season 5 predictions and power rankings.
NORTH OF THE WALL
Great things seem to be ahead for Bran Stark, but don’t look for them to happen anytime soon. He and Hodor will be sitting out this season, as confirmed by the showrunners. The characters have already caught up with their book counterparts, and “if we pushed him forward this season, then he’s way ahead of where the other characters are,” explained David Benioff.
Gee, it was awfully nice of Stannis Baratheon to show up and save the Night’s Watch brothers at the last minute. And awfully out of character — which suggests this move is part of some long game for Stannis to wrest control of the Iron Throne.
That probably isn’t going to sit well with Jon Snow and the Night’s Watch, who are steadfastly apolitical. And who have enough stuff to worry about already. The White Walkers and wildlings still present a problem for the brothers, and they aren’t going to put their plans on hold just because the Westerosi are bickering over politics.
Technically, Roose Bolton already has Ned Stark’s old job as the Warden of the North. But the Boltons aren’t much-loved in that region. Remember, they got the gig by betraying the Starks at the now-infamous Red Wedding. They’ll probably want to do something to firm up their hold over the region… but what?
Sansa Stark is still a captive, sort of, but now she’s a captive who knows how the game is played. “She tries to take command and begins to manipulate the people who are keeping her prisoner — which is nice,” revealed actress Sophie Turner in an interview. Based on her performance last season, it seems she’s learned a thing or two from her time with Cersei and Margaery.
But can she out-maneuver Littlefinger? Because while their interests are aligned for now, her fake uncle isn’t exactly famous for his loyalty. If he decides to turn on her, Sansa may discover she’s escaped the firing pan only to land in the fire.
Keep reading for our predictions for the Lannisters, the Martells, Daenerys, and more. Plus, our final Game of Thrones power rankings going into Season 5.