Unfortunately, we still have a long, long, long, way to go before season five of HBO's Game of Thrones debuts. Fortunately, though, the Daily Mail is here to provide us with some spoiler-y stills from the upcoming season. See the word "spoiler-y?" Yes, this article will contain spoilers, so proceed at your own risk.
The images that follow depict several Thrones actors and actresses filming scenes (particularly gory scenes, I may add) in the Spanish town of Osuna. Specifically, there are inside this hundred-year-old local amphitheater:
WOW!!! An amphitheater like this one is exactly where I envisioned major battles being fought when I first heard that this show would contain many sword fights.
Now, who is going to be doing the fighting there? Well, look who's back:
Oh, it is none other than Ser Jorah Mormont, as in the already-exiled knight who got himself exiled a second time by Queen Daenerys Stormborn last season. If you recall, our beloved "Mother of [Three] Dragons" found out via Ser Barristan Selmy (who found out via a boy delivering a letter) that Ser Jorah had been spying on her for now-deceased King Robert Baratheon. To be more specific, Jorah had been writing letters to Varys, spymaster (well, former spymaster now, evidently) at King's Landing, about everything Dany and her brother, Viserys Targaryen, were doing, including Viserys' selling of his own sister to Khal Drogo, and Dany's pregnancy with Drogo's child.
So, when Dany of House Targaryen summoned Jorah to confess and explain himself, the man did a very poor job, especially with the explanation part. In fact, he relied on his unrequited love for her in order to earn her forgiveness, when he instead should have relied on explaining his real motives for wanting to betray her in the first place. Granted, he had stopped sending letters to King's Landing long ago, when he became officially enamored with her, and completely devoted to her cause. However, instead of talking about that, he thought that love would prevail. He could not have been more wrong.
Dany and Jorah's entire confrontation:
In the end, Dany decided to banish Jorah from Meereen, the slave city in Essos that Dany now controls. She was trying very hard to look completely stoic, but you could almost sense the feelings of depression and anger starting to unfold.
But according to a photo coming up in a sec, it appears like Ser Jorah just could not stay away from Queen Dany. The question is: why is he engaged in a battle? Is it something he wanted to do in order to possibly win Dany over again? Or, could it have been the queen herself who ordered Jorah to take part in a trial by combat, as a way to prove himself? My guess is the latter scenario, but I am also predicting that it is Jorah who finds Dany, and not the other way around. Readers of the A Song of Ice and Fire series, on which this show is based, may know more about this.
From these two photos below, it does look like Queen Dany will preside over the battle:
WTF?!?!?!?! Tyrion Lannister has joined Dany??? Last time we saw Tyrion, he had just murdered both his former lover, Shae, and his lord father, Tywin Lannister. After that, he escaped with Varys on a ship bound for the Free City of Pentos, located across the Narrow Sea in Essos (and far away from King's Landing, for Tyrion's sake). Surely, Tyrion is going to be haunted by what he did, especially having done it to Shae. But, the repercussions of murdering the former Hand of the King, and Lord of Casterly Rock, will certainly be felt as well, though perhaps not so much from an emotional standpoint.
Tyrion's great escape:
Furthermore, could it be that Tyrion decides to team up with Dany, a Targaryen, and betray his fellow Lannisters? I am sure he has no problem betraying his sister Cersei, Queen Regent of Westeros, after all the torment and humiliation he has had to endure because of her. But, it would also mean betraying his own brother Jaime, the man who helped Tyrion escape the black cells of King's Landing. What we know about Tyrion now is that he is a man that is quite capable of doing whatever it takes to survive, but that has not, at least up until the conclusion of season four, lost his humanity. He can do the wrong thing for the right reason, and he is very capable of feeling compassion and sympathy for others in distress, like he did for Sansa Stark when her family was destroyed by Lord Tywin.
Also, in the two photographs above, the man sitting to Dany's right appears to be Hizdahr zo Loraq, the man who's father she executed, along with the other 162 slave masters of Meereen. When we last saw him on the show, he presented himself to Dany and explained to her that his father was innocent. His father had actually called for the abolition of slavery in Meereen, but was overruled. After that, he asked Dany to allow him to properly bury his father's body, which until that point was still crucified. Undoubtedly, feeling guilty for killing the wrong person, Dany accepted Hizdahr zo Loraq's request. But, she was not done with him just yet.
Dany and zo Loraq's full exchange (skip to 3:00):
Upon learning that Yunkai, another slave city that Dany liberated, was being re-taken by its slave masters, she decided to send Daario Naharis and his Second Sons to restore order. And, they would be accompanied by Hizdahr zo Loraq to serve as her ambassador to Yunkai. In Dany's own words, "he will explain the choice they [Yunkai slave masters] have before them: they can live in my new world, or they can die in their old one."
Seeing as how both zo Loraq and Daario are with Dany in the photos above, I am guessing that they managed to successfully re-take Yunkai and return to Meereen. Or, it could be that they are all actually in Yunkai, which means that Dany must have taken it upon herself to liberate the city, as opposed to just sending her soldiers.
Whatever the case may be, season five is shaping up to be the best one yet. What with the inclusion of all the new characters previously reported, like the Sand Snakes, coupled with all of these fascinating story arcs, this upcoming season is looking more and more promising every day.