The flashback is a well-worn device in modern TV storytelling. Some series do it well, like most of the first season of Lost, and some series do it poorly, like practically every flashback on Arrow. That may be my opinion, but I think a lot of the appeal of Game of Thrones is that it keeps the storytelling in the here and now. (Of course, here and now is relative when it comes to the fictional world of Westeros.) But according to the two guys that guide the show, that’s all about to change in the next season of the show. Put on your tie-dye and sweatbands because we’re about to go back in time. Although that’s probably not the dress code of the Westeros of the past.
In a Q&A with Spanish film students, Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss let the cat out the bag that the show would have its first flashback in season 5. The following quote is attributed to neither producer in particular due to the translation from the original Spanish. “By making the first season, 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.”
It’s actually kind of weird in thinking about it that GoT, with all its complex family history and relationships, hasn’t felt the need to flash back and explain itself before. So you’ve got to think that this coming flashback is pretty important, right? Or at least dramatically impactful. A writer at Entertainment Weekly confirmed that there is one flashback that will likely be the first scene in the season premiere, but he couldn’t confirm the existence of other flashbacks, and it was the plural that Benioff and Weiss used in their answer.
Season five of Game of Thrones is currently shooting in locations across Europe, it will premiere sometime next spring on HBO