“[For Game of Thrones] 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.”
That was David Benioff and Dan Weiss revealing that, despite the long-standing rule on the set of the world’s most popular fantasy program, Game of Thrones will now feature flashback scenes starting in season 5.
Why is this a big deal? Book readers know that prophecies, dreams and flashbacks play a huge role in fleshing out the world of Westeros. Much of the lore and information we have on our favorite characters came from flashback chapters within A Song of Ice and Fire. In fact, it’s been a rather odd omission from the series thus far with plenty of amazing scenes being skipped due to this rule. We did get to see Danny and Bran’s prophecies/dreams respectively so why not a flashback or two in 2015?
Imagine on screen: The Tower of Joy, A glimpse into Tyrion’s past with his father, Tywin, maybe we’ll see Eddard Stark one more time— or something totally new that wasn’t even in the books! The possibilities are endless but we want to know what YOU would like to see when Game of Thrones season 5 airs next spring.
Note that they did say flashbacks, in the plural sense so perhaps there will be more than one! EW couldn’t confirm more than one but right now the thought is that the opening scene of Game of Thrones season 5 will, indeed be a flashback of some kind.
We’d like to hear what your thoughts are on this change, and what possible scenes you’d like to see from Westeros’ storied past. Leave us a comment below with your initial inklings.