[SPOILERS ahead for those not caught up on Game of Thrones.]
Last time on Game of Thrones, things wrapped up on something of a quiet note as Arya (Maisie Williams) headed across the sea. Of course, over the course of the preceding episodes and the season four finale, “The Children”, a whole lot of people had been killed.
And the bloodshed’s far from done, at that. Now, Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) is coming into her own as a ruler armed with fully-grown dragons – and is ready to “break the wheel” of warring families battling for control over the Seven Kingdoms, as she puts it in the latest trailer release for the show’s upcoming fifth season (watch the new preview above). Let the “Dance of Dragons” commence, as the fifth installment in George R.R. Matin’s source novels (the A Song of Ice and Fire series) refers to it.
This new trailer, unlike the previously-released season five preview, more explicitly focuses on Daenerys becoming a true threat to the warring families across the sea – though, she continues to encounter her own obstacles, on her way to mastering the art of being a proper ruler or “Butcher”, as Daario (Michel Huisman) tells her she needs to be. Again, though, having full-sized dragons (or nearly full-sized, anyway) under her command gives Daenerys more than a little bit of an advantage in the battle for the Iron Throne.
Meanwhile, in the North, Jon Snow (Kit Harington) struggles to convinces those around him who are still living that they should focus less on fighting one another – and more on uniting against the growing army of White Walkers that will soon be knocking at their door (or Wall, as it were). Elsewhere, the balance of power in King’s Landing has changed, now that Tywin Lannister (Charles Dance) has been killed – though that does not mean life there is any less treacherous – and in the southern region of the world, the daughters of Oberyn Martell plot to avenge their father’s death.
In short: life’s as happy in the Seven Kingdoms as ever it was and new “players” have joined the game, taking the place of those who’ve been knocked off the board, one way or another. The task of managing this universe has grown more complicated than ever for the show’s producers (and massive staff spanning multiple countries). We think we speak for most Game of Thrones fans when we say: there’s no way we’re pulling out of the game at this stage.
Game of Thrones season five begins airing on HBO on April 12th, 2015.