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The Game of Thrones Season 5 Trailer throws away the books

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This post has spoilers about the upcoming season of Game of Thrones.

On Thursday night, the trailer for the fifth season of Game of Thrones premiered at IMAX screenings — a special treat for the die-hard fans who wanted to see the last two episodes of the show's fourth season on the big IMAX screen. Because people can't keep secrets, the trailer has leaked online (above), allowing less devoted fans a glimpse into the new season.

Fans of the book will notice that the fifth season looks to be a bolder, more confident departure from George R.R. Martin's books. Fans of the book will notice that Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) and Varys (Conleth Hill) together in what appears to be Essos is a huge move (as is the stuff that the show might be leaving out). Also, that it appears they're already talking about Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) makes it look as if the show might also be slashing (or zooming past) some integral parts about Dany's tension-filled path to the throne.

The show has been picked apart for its small changes from the source material, and now it seems as though the show is telling its own independent story rather than tweaking a few things here and there.

Game of Thrones returns on April 12.

Update: HBO has released the trailer.

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