Okay, okay, it's only been a few days after the season 4 finale of Game of Thrones. And season 4 was AWESOME. All the twists, turns, battles, EVERYTHING IS AWESOME. Well, it's not really; otherwise, Game of Thrones would have a new episode every freakin' day, but I digress. Now that season 4 is but a distant memory, is it really time to start discussing season 5 spoilers?!
HBO immediately signed up for seasons 5 and 6 before season 4 even ended. The show is now the most watched in the history of HBO, beating out The Sopranos. Can you imagine if they couldn't continue past season 4? Fans would completely lose their shit.
Anyway, there are going to be some MAJOR BOOK SPOILERS ahead in order to discuss what happens to one of our fan favorites in season 5. At least there are LIKELY TV SPOILERS AHEAD. This is your warning.
Did you read that warning?
Did you read the books?
If you didn't read the books, go away! Don't ruin it for yourself.
In terms of the logistics, season 4 of Game of Thrones was taken from A Storm of Swords, the third book, for the most part. However, a few things were taken from books 4 and 5, such as Bran Stark finally finding the three-eyed raven. That takes place in A Dance With Dragons, the fifth book.
Fifth book, you say?! Why yes, because George R. R. Martin had to split the POV characters since the plot was getting so freakin' massive. Indeed, in A Feast for Crows, the fourth book, there are no POV chapters from Daenerys Targaryen, Tyrion Lannister, and Jon Snow. Crazy, right?
So showrunners are going to have an insane task ahead of them to combine all of these books into one seamless show (good luck with that, guys). Though it will be fun to see more of the Iron Islands and Dorne, where Oberyn Martell was from, lots of fans may be bewildered by even more sets and new characters.
This all goes to say: What will happen in seasons 5 and 6 will definitely be a combination of books 4 and 5 -- and hopefully some of 6, whenever it is released.
So what will (most likely) happen to ... Tyrion Lannister? At least from what we've read?
Last we saw Tyrion, he murdered his father with a crossbow. Now known across Westeros as both a kingslayer and kinslayer, he flees across the Narrow Sea. Of course he arrives drunk out of his mind in Pentos, where he finds out about Daenerys and her dragons.
Illyrio Mopatis, a wealthy and powerful Magister, sends Tyrion to Volantis, where he plans to meet with Daenerys. During the journey, however, the boat is ambushed and Tyrion falls overboard, but is saved by Jon Connington.
At a brothel in Selhorys, he is recognized and captured by, wouldn't you guess it, Ser Jorah Mormont, who was banished by Dany in season 4. He plans to bring Tyrion back to Dany to win her over and prove his true love.
During their journey, after Tyrion meets up with a fellow dwarf named Penny, all three are captured by a Yunkai slaver. Tyrion and Penny and enslaved and have to perform mock jousts in the fighting pits, but once Daenerys learns they are going to be eaten by lions at the end, she intervenes on their behalf. Eventually the trio joins the Second Sons, a group of sellswords, hoping to win them over for Dany.
So yes, it only takes five books, and lord knows how far along they'll get with Tyrion's journey in season 5 -- but book readers know that it does happen. Tyrion and Daenerys will try to join forces, and it was a long time coming. Though a lot of stuff has to happen in between -- it does happen! Yay!
Do you think the show runners will follow the books this closely for Tyrion's journey? Will we see him meet Dany in season 5?
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