(Note, Game of Thrones SPOILERS below, but they're firmly protected, so feel free to read on in search of only mildly spoiler-y set photos...)
Season 5 of Game of Thrones is still a long (long, long) way away - much to our collective anguish. However, since filming for the show is in full swing, we're already getting more than our fair share of glimpses at just what the new season will look like - as well as a whole lot of major spoilers as to what will be changed from the novels.
Starting with the former, Watchers on the Wall have recently released several images captured during the filming of some Dorne-set scenes, including:
Cersei's Daughter, Myrcella, All in Pink
Along with Trystane Martell, the youngest son of the Prince of Drone, on the back right...
Trystane Martell, Being All Dornish
...who you can see a little more clearly here.
Also making an appearance is...
Areo Hotah, the Prince's Captain of the Guard
Both alone, and alongside...
Ellaria Sand, Who You'll Remember from Last Season
Screaming, and screaming, and screaming.
Those are all great, though, but there's been another Dorne-related revelation that's both massively SPOILERISH for those who haven't read the novels, and totally set to change the path of the series...
This one comes in the form of a scene description - which you can read below...
"Jaime and Bronn arrive in Dorne to find Myrcella and Prince Trystane kissing. Myrcella is surprised to see her “uncle” Jaime, and Trystane offers his hand in greeting to Jaime, who offers him his left hand instead.
"Heated words are then exchanged between Jaime and Trystane, and the younger man tries to draw his sword. Bronn knocks the prince unconscious. After this, the three Sand Snakes enter. A fight between the group ensues, until Areo Hotah shows up and orders everyone to put their weapons down."
Now, in and of itself, that's a pretty big deal - as it indicates what a whole lot of season 5 is set to be about for two of the series' most popular characters - but it also means that the show is set to diverge even more strongly from its novel roots.
You can read more about why below:
That whole thing about Jaime and Bronn being in Dorne? That's totally not in the novels. Which means, from the sounds of it, that they'll be taking over some, or all, of the plot thread that sees Arianne Martell plot to kidnap Myrcella from its original participants Ser Arys Oakheart and Ser Balon Swann, both members of the Kingsguard. Which, in turn, means the two will have a whole lot more to do than they did in the novels - and in Jaime's case, a major diversion from his original narrative path.
Which, in turn, means [Game of Thrones](movie:817617) looks set to get further and further away from its source material as the seasons go by.
Now, the big question: