‘Game of Thrones’ returns

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This season, Jon Snow will struggle to balance the demands of the Night’s Watch

This season, Jon Snow will struggle to balance the demands of the Night’s Watch

The highly anticipated Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning Game of Thrones returns to the Philippines same time as the US for its new 10-episode fifth season on April 13 at 9 a.m. on HBO, with a same day encore at 9 p.m.

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“Game of Thrones is the first of our many HBO Original series to premiere in Asia the same time as the US, and the first television series to debut worldwide in over 170 countries simultaneously,” said Angela Poh, HBO Asia’s manager of communications.

“We’re so pleased bring this opportunity for our fans in the Philippines to experience the Iron Throne live. The series is such a huge global phenomenon and we know what a huge hit it is in the Philippines,” she added.

As a build-up to the world premiere, HBO Asia brings to Manila a life-sized replica of the Iron Throne, as seen in the series, to be seen until today at the Fully Booked in Bonifacio High Street, Taguig City. Fans are encouraged to post pictures of themselves on the Iron Throne on Facebook and tag HBO Asia with the hashtag #HBOAsiaGOTS5 #IronThronePh.

On April 8, selected members of the media and fans of the series were invited to HBO Asia’s exclusive advanced screening of the series. This group in the Philippines was the first in Asia to watch the new episode of the series, days ahead of its worldwide broadcast.

Filipino cosplayers pose at the Iron Throne replica at Fully Booked, Bonifacio High Street

Filipino cosplayers pose at the Iron Throne replica at Fully Booked, Bonifacio High Street

Based on the best-selling fantasy book series by George R.R. Martin, Game of Thrones tells 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.

This season, 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.

Returning series regulars on Game of Thrones this season include: Emmy and Golden Globe winner Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister), Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister), Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister), Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen), Aidan Gillen (Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish), Kit Harington (Jon Snow), Diana Rigg (Lady Olenna Tyrell), Natalie Dormer (Margaery Tyrell), Maisie Williams (Arya Stark) and Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark).

Jessica Henwick, the first Asian actress cast in the series, features in this new season playing Nymeria Sand, one of the Sand Snakes—the daughters of Oberyn Martell, the Red Viper, a fan favorite of the last season.

In 2014, Game of Thrones received four Emmys for Outstanding Art Direction for a Contemporary or Fantasy Series (Single-Camera); Outstanding Costumes for a Series; Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup for a Series, Miniseries, Movie or a Special; and Outstanding Special and Visual Effects.

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