Game of Thrones season five is finally here, and like an unsullied in the presence of their Khaleesi, we feel liberated by this joyous news. And we want to share in the good Westerosi tidings both with a guide to all of the Game of Thrones season five episodes–and our in-depth coverage of them. So rejoice, winter is over and our dream of spring 2015 has come true!
Cersei and Jaime adjust to a world without Tywin. Varys reveals a conspiracy to Tyrion. Daenerys faces a new threat to her rule. Jon is caught between two kings. (click here to also see which book characters are still skipped in the show by season five!)
Arya arrives in Braavos. Pod and Brienne run into trouble on the road. Cersei fears for her daughter’s safety in Dorne as Ellaria Sand seeks revenge for Oberyn’s death. Stannis tempts Jon. An advisor tempts Daenerys. (also click here to see why the major book divergences in season five’s first three episodes are a GOOD thing)
In King’s Landing, Queen Margaery enjoys her new husband. Tyrion and Varys walk the Long Bridge of Volantis. (also click here to find out who the most hated characters in Westeros are in our post-Joffrey and post-Tywin world!)
The Faith Militant grow increasingly aggressive. Jaime and Bronn head south. Ellaria and the Sand Snakes vow vengeance. (also click here to find out the real life historical influences on the Sparrow and his fanatically bloodthirsty flock)
Dany makes a difficult decision in Meereen. Jon recruits the help of an unexpected ally. Brienne searches for Sansa (Sophie Turner). Theon remains under Ramsay’s control.
Arya trains. Jorah and Tyrion run into slavers. Trystane and Myrcella make plans. Jaime and Bronn reach their destination. The Sand Snakes attack. (also click here to find out the real life historical influences on the tragedy of Margaery and Loras Tyrell!)
Jon prepares for conflict. Sansa tries to talk to Theon. Brienne waits for a sign. Stannis remains stubborn. Jaime attempts to reconnect with family.
Season 5 Episode 8: “Hardhome”
Arya makes progress in her training. Sansa confronts an old friend. Cersei struggles. Jon travels.
Season 5 Episode 9: The Dance of Dragons
Stannis confronts a troubling decision. Jon returns to the Wall. Mace visits the Iron Bank. Arya encounters someone from her past. Dany reluctantly oversees a traditional celebration of athleticism.
Season 5 Episode 10: Mother’s Mercy
Stannis marches. Dany is surrounded by strangers. Cersei seeks forgiveness. Jon is challenged.