This post is dark and full of Game of Thrones major, major book and TV spoilers, citizens of the HBO and George R.R. Martin realms of Ice and Fire. Don’t say you haven’t been warned, mmkay? (The title really should’ve tipped you off though, to be fair.)
But things seem to be progressing quite a bit for our fair Khaleesi, as Daenerys Targaryen’s storyline in season five continues to expand in interesting, divergent directions thanks to these latest images from the set. Compiled mostly by GameOfThronesFan.org, the images show the continuation of earlier images from Daznak’s Pit in Meereen. And, hoo boy, do they reveal a lot for us to speculate on.
Now, previous images had already revealed to us that we’d be seeing more of Hizdahr zo Loraq (Joel Fry), the Ghiscari nobleman we met last season in the pyramids of Meereen. And well, now? It feels pretty safe to say that another huge deviation is afoot: Tyrion Lannister and Jorah Mormont won’t just be chilling on the outskirts of the city, but to the center of the action at Daznak’s Pit. And, yes, that seems to include the strategic wedding of Dany to Hizdahr.
— Joey Lewin (@joeylewin) November 3, 2014
It might also mean that we’ll see the return of Drogon, Dany’s most unruly dragon — and the only one not currently locked up under the city — with disastrous effect. Mostly because, if you look at the context clues, there are several Unsullied soldiers lying dead behind Dany as she runs into the pit — to say nothing of the utter chaos that has broken out in the audience, with folks seemingly fleeing in terror.
daznak's pit <3 this needs to be the final scene pic.twitter.com/wgz3Ah1Xns
— Aegon VI (@jmab35) October 31, 2014
As it stands, these deviations feel less like an affront to the story itself — as so many fans have bemoaned — and more a distillation and simplification of the book story points for the sake of visual storytelling. Plus, it’s just plain easier to keep up with the same actors to which we’ve already been introduced. Sure, there are many rich characters and storylines we’re likely to miss, but the action can still progress in other ways.
Just look at the deviations with Jaime’s storyline heading to Dorne, likely taking the place of Ser Arys Oakheart (minus all that death stuff). And sure, there may be no Arianne Martell — something that surely does stink, to be sure — but if her plotline was given to, say, Ellaria Sand instead, it would likely be just as effective. She has plenty of reasons to want to take down the Lannisters, after all (R.I.P. Oberyn! We will never not miss you.) Plus Ellaria is no shrinking violet and will still give us the strong, female character with motivations that fall enough in line with Arianne’s modus operandi in the series to make the upcoming Myrcella business work.
So, what do you think of these latest developments in season five’s continued deviations, Thrones fans? Let’s hear your thoughts and theories in the comments!
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