With just over two weeks left until Season 5 of Game of Thrones debuts with "The Wars to Come", HBO has released a new behind-the-scenes preview that focuses on the elaborate stunt sequences. Stunt coordinator Rowley Irlam explains the process of creating these massive fight scenes, while explaining that Kit Harington (Jon Snow) does all of his own stunts, and Kristofer Hivju (Tormund) actually needs to be pulled back a bit because he is so intense. This featurette also gives us a new look at the Sand Snakes, Nym Sand (Jessica Henwick), Tyene Sand (Rosabell Laurenti Sellers) and Obara Sand (Keisha Castle-Hughes), with Rowley Irlam explaining that all three actresses had to be trained remotely, since they all live in different countries.
In Season 5, 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. MartinGeorge 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. Take a look at this new behind-the-scenes preview, and stay tuned for more footage as we get closer to the Season 5 premiere.