In the Game of Thrones Season 4 finale, “The Children,” some big changes occurred in King’s Landing. With both Tyrion and Tywin out of the picture, the capital should have a very different feel in Season 5. Here’s where we think the show is headed, based on A Song of Ice and Fire and spoilers we've heard.
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Wedding bells. Tommen and Margaery should marry next season, but with Tywin gone you can probably forget about Cersei’s wedding to Loras. It certainly doesn't happen in the books. Either way, we know Loras will get a bit more plot this season.
Cersei’s downfall. Cersei (Lena Headey) will be calling the shots in Season 5, to terrible results. She surrounds herself with an inept council, and gets Margaery out of the picture by accusing her of infidelity. While Margaery is imprisoned, Cersei herself is accused of infidelity and imprisoned. She is forced to shave her head and walk naked through the streets of King’s Landing, but still also must endure a trial by combat. We know the walk of shame does happen this season.
The Mountain 2.0. “The Children” basically confirmed a theory from book readers that Ser Robert Strong is the reanimated Mountain. In the books, the Mountain dies and his skull is sent to Dorne. It’s then implied he’s brought back to life, perhaps headless, by Qyburn as the knight Robert Strong. The show looks to be doing away with the headless/dying aspect, instead having Qyburn “save” the Mountain, but irrevocably changing him in the process.
Jaime and Cersei. Another change from the books, Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) and Cersei are still on good terms. In the books, Tyrion tells Jaime about Cersei’s infidelity (remember when she was banging Lancel Lannister?), which causes Jaime to turn on his sister. This didn’t happen in the show, so perhaps Jaime doesn’t find out until Cersei is formally accused. In any case, these two should finally end their relationship in Season 5. Of course, we thought that was true this year... But whatever happens, we know Jaime heads to Dorne. with Bronn
Varys returns. And Littlefinger. Varys doesn’t pop up again until the epilogue of the most recently published book in the series, A Dance with Dragons, so we may not see him in King’s Landing in Season 5. When he does return, it’s to assassinate Grand Maester Pycelle and Tywin’s brother Kevan, who becomes Regent to Tommen after Cersei's downfall (again, something that could be held until Season 6). Varys reveals he has been pulling the strings to arrange for Aegon Targaryen, Dany’s long-thought-dead nephew, to usurp the throne. Given the show’s history of ignoring the books’ epilogues (cough, Lady Stoneheart, cough) don’t be surprised if this doesn’t make it into Season 5. Based on show spoilers, it looks like Littlefinger is back, too.
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