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See? Very dark. Kit Harington and Ciaran Hinds in 'Game of Thrones' (Pic: Helen Sloan/HBO)
See? Very dark. Kit Harington and Ciaran Hinds in 'Game of Thrones' (Pic: Helen Sloan/HBO)
See? Very dark. Kit Harington and Ciaran Hinds in ‘Game of Thrones’ (Pic: Helen Sloan/HBO)

Last night (March 18), the dark and brooding Tower of London (in London) became the very apt setting for the premiere of Season Five of Game of Thrones. It was the place where Richard III is said to have imprisoned his two nephews in order to seize the throne of England; it’s the place from which two of Henry VIII’s wives were beheaded; and it’s the place that Guy Fawkes was imprisoned after his plot to blow up the Houses of Parliament was thwarted.

And in among the throng and the hubbub (and the actual Iron Throne) various members of the cast promised that this season will be the one to match those unpleasant deeds, as if the previous four seasons have not been treacherous or bloody enough.

Michael McElhatton, who plays Roose Bolton, told People: “This season is quite dark. There are a lot of characters on journeys in the show, they were going in one direction and now suddenly they are going somewhere completely different, but things come to a head, and there’s some really dark stuff coming.”

Nathalie Emmanuel (Missandei) said much the same thing to the Standard: “As actors, you see characters die all the time and you know that could be your future so you just have to turn the page and hope for the best. This world is so cut-throat — it’s going to be a really tense season for everyone.”

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau added that Jaime Lannister finds himself in a precarious position: “He is in mourning of his father, but he is also aware of the immense danger now that the Lannisters have lost their powerful leader.”

But as he told BBC News, he feels the series is heading towards a natural conclusion: “Many of the main characters and storylines that we’ve seen down the show are converging now, and that means it’s highly exciting but a bit sad too, because the end really is coming at some point, and we’re all aware of that as a cast.”

He added: “It’s only going to get better because it will have a definite ending. It’s called Game of Thrones, after all, in the end someone will have to win it, and I think fans know that. Perhaps that’s why they keep watching.”

Kit Harington (Jon Snow) told Digital Spy that he is especially excited for this season because as far as he is concerned, in TV the fifth time is the charm: “Some of my favorite TV shows in history, the best season was five—and they’ve maintained [the quality] till the end, but the best season was five. So this year’s important to me, to all of us, in keeping that standard.”

And then he gave what is probably the best line of the night: “Jon is inexplicably over-the-moon this season. He’s happy, there’s a dance number, he’s turns into a really happy guy—no of course he doesn’t!”

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By Fraser McAlpine