As fans suspected after Charles Dance got all coy about it, showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have confirmed that season five of Game Of Thrones will contain flashbacks. Here’s what they said during an event in Spain:
“Making the first season, we set a rule: No prophecies, dreams, or flashbacks. We already failed the first two, and this season we broke the third. So yes, this season will finally have flashbacks.”
Considering a flashback plays a big role in a coming storyline for a major character (cue smug nod from book readers), perhaps this was inevitable. But it does present some exciting opportunities for the many actors Westeros’ trigger-happy creator has sent to the unemployment line—a Taxicab Confessions-style retelling of the erotic exploits of Oberyn Martell? Eddard Stark and Robert Baratheon cavorting through the countryside, disembowling foes and singing bawdy songs? Joffrey getting slapped for a solid 10 minutes? Oh wait, that already exists.