Game of Thrones Season 5 - Margaery and Cersei

KING’S LANDING

With Tywin dead, Joffrey dead, Tyrion gone, and (at some point in the near future) Jaime in Dorne, Cersei Lannister finally gets to run the show. She probably doesn’t even have to wed Loras Tyrell if she doesn’t want to, though the ghost of Robb Stark might have a word or two of warning for people considering breaking their marriage contracts.

The more immediate threat to Cersei’s power, though, is the Tyrells — specifically Margaery. The two women have been circling each other for seasons, and seem ready to battle for influence with poor King Tommen caught in the middle. At least he’s got a really cute cat to cheer him up.

As if all that weren’t chaotic enough, it seems we’ll be getting another curveball in the form of the High Sparrow. He’s a high-ranking religious figure whom actor Jonathan Pryce says “changes the situation.” Could some sort of holy war be in store?

Game of Thrones Season 5 - Ellaria Sand and Areo Hotah

DORNE

Mentioned in past seasons but never before seen, Dorne looks to become a prominent location in Season 5. Several new characters hail from this warm Southern region, including:

  • Doran Martell (Alexander Siddig), Prince of Dorne and head of the House Martell. He is the older brother of Elia Martell and Oberyn Martell
  • The Sand Snakes, including Obara (Keisha Castle-Hughes), Nymeria (Jessica Henwick), and Tyene (Rosabell Laurenti Sellers). They are the bastard daughters of Oberyn Martell, and are known for their skill in combat.
  • Trystane Martell (Toby Sebastian), son of the Prince of Dorne. As arranged by Tyrion Lannister back in Season 2, he is betrothed to Myrcella Baratheon and will marry her when they are both of age.
  • Areo Hotah (DeObia Oparei), bodyguard of Doran Martell.
  • Myrcella Baratheon (Nell Tiger Free), who has been living in Dorne under the care of the Martells since Tyrion arranged her marriage in Season 2. Myrcella isn’t technically a new character, but she’s been recast; she was played in earlier seasons by Aimee Richardson.

And while he’s not from there originally, it appears Jaime Lannister will be mixing it up in Dorne this season as well. His visit is probably intended to smooth things over between the Martells and the Lannisters, but that may be more than Jaime or anyone else is capable of.

The Martells are surely none too happy about the recent death of Oberyn, who was only in King’s Landing in the first place because he wanted to get revenge on Gregor Clegane (and the Lannisters by extension) for killing his sister Elia Martell.

Toss in the fact that Dorne is home to some very capable warriors, including the Sand Snakes, and, well… Jaime might want to get in a few extra practice rounds with Bronn just in case.

Game of Thrones Season 5 - Maisie Williams as Arya Stark

BRAAVOS

First things first: Arya Stark finally gets to change her clothes this season! As shown in promotional pics, she has a new dress to replace the tattered breeches she’s been wearing for the past three seasons. Which seems about right, because she’s shed all personal ties to her old life as well.

Well — most of them, that is. It was Jaqen H’ghar’s coin that got her to Braavos; could the two be headed for a reunion? Actor Tom Wlaschiha hopes so: “I think at some point in the season, [Jaqen and Arya] will meet,” he teased.

Game of Thrones Season 5 - Emilia Clarke as Daenerys

MEEREEN

Of all the long games being played right now, Daenerys Targaryen’s might be the longest. It’s so long, she hasn’t even met most of the other players. Heck, half of them have probably forgotten she’s playing at all, if they ever knew to begin with. But that might change this season.

The trailers suggest Tyrion Lannister and Varys may be on their way to the Mother of Dragons. Why not? There’s nowhere left for Tyrion to go in the Seven Kingdoms, and he no longer has any interest in keeping the Lannisters in power. Whether the two actually make it there, though, is another question entirely.

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Let’s finish up with our final power rankings for all the major players as we head into Season 5.

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