ICYMI, Game Of Thrones returns this Sunday, April 12, for Season 5. Anticipation is understandably at an all-time high for fans, and, honestly, this won't do much to make you any less patient until April 12 — in fact, it'll probably only increase anticipation. But that's OK, because this news is just too good to not share: In a new interview with Radio Times, series star Maisie Williams revealed that viewers should expect tons of changes in Game Of Thrones Season 5, which, for a show like this one, is a serious promise. Specifically, Williams had this to say:
When I say there's a massive change in Game of Thrones, I think it's the first time I've actually meant it. [...] People are going to think, 'You go through a change every year.' But this year it's on a completely different level - it's so exciting. It sounds so broad, but actually 'change' is really, really specific.
Who else wants a time traveling DeLorean more than ever right now? Additionally — and even better — Emilia Clarke (aka Khaleesi, aka Daenerys the mother of dragons) added in her own interview with the Radio Times that this coming season is also heavy on the girl power:
You start to see all of the women in the show accepting who they are and embodying that with such power that it’s palpable. I think that’s the beauty of the show: as women, we accept our femininity and take strength from it, as opposed to trying to hide it and behave in a masculine way.
There's already been a ton of talk about how Season 5 of Game of Thrones is all about the ladies. At the end of Season 4, all of our favorites were going through some big moments: Dany lost her dragons, Sansa was in cahoots with Littlefinger, Margaery married Tommen Baratheon (her third royal match and counting), and Arya boarded the ship to Braavos. We also get a new dose of badass women with the addition of the Sand Snakes to the cast: they're the three bastard daughters of Oberyn Martell who are back to avenge his death in style.
Sure, there are a number of intriguing men on Game Of Thrones, including always sad and sullen Jon Snow (who, ICYMI, would be your ultimate worst dinner party guest) — but we all know in our heart of hearts that the women rule Westeros.
Even the show knows it: In a trailer for the new season, Varys confirms what we're all thinking: Westeros needs a woman in charge. Tyrion, extra-bearded and on the run, is skeptical about the ability to find a suitable leader for the mess the GoT universe has found itself in. "Good luck finding him," he tells Varys, who's like, "Who said anything about him?" WHO INDEED.
Additionally, the show has a way of subverting the way women gain power and play the game — not by imitating the men that rule the kingdoms, but by learning from their (many, many) mistakes and taking the exact opposite route. Smart. Especially because, as Cersei reminded us when Marcella was taken to Dorne, "Everywhere in the world, they hurt little girls." Now, those girls have grown up to be the women in Game Of Thrones, and they refuse to be hurt any longer, and they're starting to do the hurting.
As for these changes Williams speaks of — what they are specifically remains to be seen, and likely will until the season premiere on April 12. Can't wait!
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