Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss had three things in mind they never wanted to incorporate into the hit HBO fantasy series: prophecies, dreams and flashbacks. Well, those of us who have seen all four season to have aired so far know that they have failed with the first two, which turned out to be a very good thing.
Now, it seems like the trend of doing something they said they were not going to do will gladly continue. According to Entertainment Weekly, Thrones will offer its first flashback scene when it returns next year. Specifically, said flashback scene is apparently going to open the upcoming fifth season.
Benioff and Weiss revealed this tidbit of news during a Q&A session with film students in Spain, where the show's cast and crew are also filming scenes involving Dorne, the southernmost region of the fictional Westeros.
Here is what they said, which was roughly translated from a Spanish website and could not be attributed to either of the two:
By making the first season, we set a rule: No prophecies, dreams or flashbacks. We failed the first two and this season the third. So yes, this season will finally have flashbacks.
What interests me is that they said "flashbacks." Could it be possible that Benioff and Weiss incorporate more than just one flashback scene? Personally, I would love for the show to display more of them, but they may not want to create too many, as their method has always been to keep the show in the present.
In the books, author George R.R. Martin rarely uses flashbacks. However, and to be perfectly honest, I have only read the first two books - A Game of Thrones and A Clash of Kings - completely; I am currently about halfway through A Storm of Swords. So, I am not sure if the last two books - A Feast for Crows and A Dance with Dragons - contain any flashbacks.
Furthermore, this has got me wondering not only what that opening flashback scene will depict, but also why the need for these kinds of scenes suddenly arise. Could the flashback scene depict something that occurred before the events of the first season? Or, is it more about something that occurred afterwards; specifically, in-between seasons? Also, could it possibly be necessary in order to introduce the Dornish storyline, or is it necessary in order for us to understand what a particular character is/will be going through?
So many questions, with the debut of season five being ever so far away. Oh well, if we were patient enough to withstand the long wait in-between previous seasons, then we can do so now. Or, maybe not.
Do you like the idea of a flashback scene serving as the opening scene for season five?
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