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Here's when the fifth season of 'Game of Thrones' will premiere

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HBO has set the date for the debut of the fifth season of its smash hit fantasy series “Game of Thrones.”

“Thrones” will debut on April 12, sticking to its previous schedule of airing on Sunday nights. According to HBO, the new season will consist of 10 episodes. 

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According to USA Today, showrunners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff said the upcoming season will include looks back at previous events. “Making the first season, we set a rule: No prophecies, dreams, or flashbacks,” they said in a quote attributed to both of them. “We already failed the first two, and this season we broke the third. So yes, this season will finally have flashbacks.”

(Spoilers for the fourth season follow…) 

As noted by the A.V. Club, actor Charles Dance, whose powerful patriarch Tywin Lannister died in the fourth season finale, dropped a hint in an interview that he could return to the show. “I’m not completely missing out on the next [season],” the actor told MTV. “More than that, I’m not going to say. You haven’t seen the last of Tywin Lannister, is all I’ll say.”

The network also recently announced that the final two episodes in the fantasy drama’s fourth season as well as a never-before-seen trailer will come to IMAX theaters later this month. The episodes that will be screened in theaters includes the ninth episode of the fourth season, “The Watchers on the Wall,” which was an action-packed installment following Jon Snow, a member of the fighting force the Night’s Watch, and his efforts as well as those of his comrades to repel an invasion from the wildlings.

“Thrones” takes place in the imaginary country of Westeros and details the struggle for power between various factions, including the Lannister family (members include Peter Dinklage’s Tyrion Lannister, Lena Headey’s former queen Cersei, and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau’s warrior Jaime), exiled heir to the throne Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke), and the remaining members of the powerful Stark family, including Arya (Maisie Williams).

The series is based on the “Song of Ice and Fire” books by George R.R. Martin. Martin published the most recent installment, “A Dance with Dragons,” in 2011.