During the filming of Game of Thrones in Spain last month, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss made major news by telling a panel of Spanish film makers and local production people that they would be breaking a long standing tradition of the show after four seasons and adding flashbacks, along with the prophecies and dreams we saw in Seasons 3 and 4. The flashback in question seems to be assumed to be the one related to Cersei. Casting rumors support this theory.
In a story where the books rely hard on flashback, prophecy and future visions, it’s a little odd that when the show finally broke their rule against these tropes, it would be for something that is more about establishing the mental state of a single character than enlightening the over all narrative. When the news first suggested we’d be seeing a Young Cersei, my reaction was to be upset. Why, of all the flashbacks, this one?
If the show is going to break the flashbacks barrier and start bringing in memories and dreams and visions, there are so many other possibilities, ones that would enhance the story for all the characters, instead of just one. Here are my top five suggestions for flashbacks we could see in Season 5.
Note: the following includes details and speculation for things that haven’t appeared on the show, and may not. Be warned!