Although we don't expect the fifth season to hit our small screens until April 2015 or so, the cast and crew are already getting ready to start filming, so there are some details out there about the new season, and we expect a lot more to be coming in soon.
If you need help keeping track, you've come to the right place. Here, we'll gather of all the biggest spoilers about the new season — but we won't include info from the books. So if you want casting news, filming info, and tidbits from the cast and crew, but not major book spoilers, this is the place for you!
Here's what we know about the season so far. Keep checking back for more info as the summer goes on!
New locations. The show will add Spain, and possibly also Israel, to its filming locations.. So far, there's no confirmation about what Westeros (or Essos) locations these countries will be used to represent, but all signs point to Dorne, which we will see next year.
New faces. A new year inevitably means new characters, and it sounds like this year we'll see a lot of them. So far there isn't any official casting news, but there are a few lists of rumored new characters. Lots of Dornish characters listed.
Notable promotions. Michiel Huisman (Daario) and Nathalie Emmanuel (Missandei) have both been promoted to series regulars for the season. Does that mean Daenerys Targaryen’s (Emilia Clarke) storyline will be getting more attention?
Drama in King's Landing. This season has been very King's Landing focused, and you can expect the political maneuvering to keep going next year. There will be continued tensions between Cersei (Lena Headey) and Margaery Tyrell (Natalie Dormer), and apparently Grand Maester Pycelle isn't going anywhere.
Watch out for the Boltons in the North. As we saw in Episode 8, the Boltons have amassed some serious power in the North, and that should be a very important plot point next year.
A cool story for Arya. It looks like we can expect exciting stuff from Arya (Maisie Williams), whose story could change a lot from the books. Will she run into Jaqen H’ghar (Tom Wlaschiha) again? Rumors suggest he might be back...
What are you looking forward to in Season 5? Let us know in the comments below.