The dragons have come and gone from New York City and Los Angeles to celebrate the release of the Game of Thrones Season 5 DVD and Blu ray. And thosugh the dragons were the impressive (and most tweeted about) part of the celebration, that doesn’t mean that there weren’t other surprises. For one thing, there was a surprise guest on hand in NYC for the screening of the History and Lore segment on “A Dance of Dragons.” Liam Cunningham was there with his usual mix of self depreciation and hype for the upcoming season. Afterwards, he stopped and talked with The Huffington Post, where he revealed that one teaser he’s put out years ago, we might already have seen.
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As HuffPo reminds us, back in Season 2, Cunningham teased that George R.R. Martin had told him a big secret that was coming up down the line. When the interviewer asked about it, he admitted that it might not be the one we think is to come, but in fact, one we’d seen last season. Well, sort of.
“That’s a good question,” said Cunningham, laughing. “I’m not gonna tell you what it is, but you have and you haven’t,” he said.
So we’ve seen part of the secret? That’s a *very* interesting statement. Let us speculate!
Because many fans, especially book readers assumed that the “secret” had to do with one that was embedded in the “pre-history” of the story, as it were. Perhaps we could even call it “the show’s original sin.” That is, the alphabet math known as R+L=J. And there was a scene last season in which this was discussed, with Sansa and Littlefinger, and Sansa recited the history that she knew. A history, it should be pointed out, that was written by the winners, and one winner in particular, Robert Baratheon, who needed this version of history to be true.
Of course, in true Game of Thrones style, the truth of the matter was not revealed…yet. Littlefinger merely raised his eyebrow, Spock style and walked away. But with many of the fans assuming that this season and Bran’s flashbacks will be the make or break reveal moment of the series, it would make sense that Cunningham would say that we’ve seen his secret on screen last season…but still have more to come in this one.