Posted by: Patrick Allen Foster | April 2, 2015

Game of Thrones

Casco viejo de Dubrovnik, Croacia, 2014-04-14, DD 07

Season 5 of Game of Thrones begins this weekend April 12.

In terms of corresponding material from the books, the new season largely incorporates characters, settings, and plot lines from the fourth and fifth of George R.R. Martin’s books in the Song of Ice and Fire series, A Feast for Crows and A Dance with Dragons. For some characters and plot lines, the TV show has already exhausted the material from the books, and so those parts of the show will be going beyond the books.

We know from previews and other sources that season 5 will include storylines in Dorne, Braavos, King’s Landing, the western part of Essos, and Meereen. And stuff at the Wall and Beyond the Wall. It looks like the whole Iron Islands plot will not be included, which may not be a bad thing. (And I recognize this even though I liked the Kingsmoot in the book.)

I’m excited to see what Jonathan Pryce does with the character of the High Sparrow. Looking over the lists of cast members, I was disappointed to see that the showrunners seem not to have cast anyone for the roles of Septon Meribald and the Elder Brother, which leads me to believe that those roles have been excised from the show. Such excision is a necessary process of adaption to television (especially with such a sprawling fictional world as Martin’s), but the loss of those two characters saddens me because, in AFFC, they have two of my favorite speeches in the series. But then again, long monologues like Septon Meribald’s Broken Men Speech may not translate well to television, in any case.

Meanwhile, Forbes says that Game of Thrones is driving a rise in tourism to Croatia, where much of the series is shot.

Image Credit: View of the old city of Dubrovnik, Croatia, which serves as a setting for many exterior shots on Game of Thrones for scenes set in King’s Landing. Photo by Diego Delso, April 2014, used under a CC BY-SA 3.0 license. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

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