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Jon Snow is struggling to balance the demands of the Night’s Watch with those of the newly arrived Stannis Baratheon, who styles himself the rightful king of Westeros. Meanwhile, Cersei scrambles to hold on to power in King’s Landing amidst the Tyrells and the rise of a religious group led by the enigmatic High Sparrow, while Jaime embarks on a secret mission. Across the Narrow Sea, Arya seeks an old friend and a fugitive Tyrion finds a new cause. And as danger mounts in Meereen, Daenerys finds that her tenuous hold on the city requires hard sacrifices.
The Emmy®- and Golden Globe-winning "Game of Thrones" returns for its ten-episode fifth season Sunday, April 12 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO, followed by other episodes on subsequent Sundays at the same time. Based on the bestselling fantasy book series by George R.R. Martin, the hit series is an epic story of treachery and nobility set on the continent of Westeros, where summers and winters can last years, and only the lust for power is eternal.
Additional returning series regulars this season include: Alfie Allen (Theon Greyjoy), John Bradley (Samwell Tarly), Dean-Charles Chapman (Tommen), Gwendoline Christie (Brienne of Tarth), Liam Cunningham (Davos Seaworth), Stephen Dillane (Stannis Baratheon), Nathalie Emmanuel (Missandei), Jerome Flynn (Bronn), Iain Glen (Jorah Mormont), Conleth Hill (Varys), Kristofer Hivju (Tormund Giantsbane),Michiel Huisman (Daario Naharis), Michael McElhatton (Roose Bolton), Iwan Rheon (Ramsay Snow),Carice van Houten (Melisandre) and Indira Varma (Ellaria Sand).
New cast members for the fifth season include: Jonathan Pryce (the High Sparrow), Alexander Siddig (Doran Martell), DeObia Oparei (Areo Hotah), Keisha Castle-Hughes (Obara Sand), Rosabell Laurenti Sellers (Tyene Sand), Jessica Henwick (Nym Sand), Nell Tiger Free (Myrcella Baratheon) and Toby Sebastian (Trystane Martell).
“The Wars to Come”
Debut: SUNDAY, APRIL 12 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT)
Cersei (Lena Headey) and Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) adjust to a world without Tywin. Varys (Conleth Hill) reveals a conspiracy to Tyrion (Peter Dinklage). Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) faces a new threat to her rule. Jon (Kit Harington) is caught between two kings.
Other HBO playdates: April 12 (11:30 p.m., 2:00 a.m.), 13 (12:30 a.m.), 14 (9:00 p.m., 4:05 a.m.), 15 (3:45 a.m.), 16 (10:00 p.m.), 17 (9:00 p.m.), 18 (1:15 a.m.) and 24 (8:00 p.m.)
HBO2 playdates: April 13 (9:00 p.m.), 17 (2:00 a.m.), 18 (5:00 p.m.) and 19 (8:00 p.m.)
“The House of Black and White”
Debut: SUNDAY, APRIL 19 (9:00-10:00 p.m.)
Arya (Maisie Williams) arrives in Braavos. Pod (Daniel Portman) and Brienne (Gwendoline Christie) run into trouble on the road. Cersei fears for her daughter’s safety in Dorne as Ellaria Sand (Indira Varma) seeks revenge for Oberyn’s death. Stannis (Stephen Dillane) tempts Jon. An advisor tempts Daenerys.
Other HBO playdates: April 19 (11:30 p.m., 2:00 a.m.), 20 (10:15 p.m.), 21 (9:00 p.m., 2:30 a.m.), 22 (11:50 p.m.), 23 (10:00 p.m.), 24 (9:00 p.m.) and 25 (1:50 a.m.), and May 1 (8:00 p.m.)
HBO2 playdates: April 20 (9:00 p.m.), 24 (2:00 a.m.), 25 (12:45 p.m.) and 26 (8:00 p.m.)
Debut: SUNDAY, APRIL 26 (9:00-10:00 p.m.)
In King’s Landing, Queen Margaery (Natalie Dormer) enjoys her new husband. Tyrion and Varys walk the Long Bridge of Volantis.
Other HBO playdates: April 26 (11:30 p.m., 2:00 a.m.), 27 (11:15 p.m.), 28 (9:00 p.m., 2:30 a.m.), 29 (1:45 a.m.) and 30 (10:00 p.m.), and May 1 (9:00 p.m.), 2 (10:00 p.m.) and 8 (8:00 p.m.)
HBO2 playdate: April 27 (9:00 p.m.)