12:00 pm EST, January 30, 2015

‘Game of Thrones’ season 5: First trailer, stills released!

The first Game of Thrones season 5 trailer has been released online — and it’s even more insane than we expected.

Seriously, check this craziness out:

Update (5:15 p.m. eastern): Crappy camera quality no more – the trailer is now available in gorgeous high definition!

Update 2 (5:30 p.m. eastern): 18 gorgeous, high-res stills from Game of Thrones season 5 were just released by HBO! Take a look…

Doran Martell:

Alexander Siddig as Doran Martell _photo Macall B. Polay_HBO

Melisandre:

Carice van Houten as Melisandre_photo Helen Sloan_HBO

Tyrion Lannister:

Conleth Hill as Varys and Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister _ photo Helen Sloan_HBO

Podrick Payne and Brienne of Tarth:

Daniel Portman as Podrick Payne and Gwendoline Christie as Brienne of Tarth _ photo Helen Sloan_HBO

Tommen Baratheon and Cersei Lannister:

Dean-Charles Chapman as Tommen Baratheon and Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister _ photo Macall B. Polay_HBO

Daenerys Targaryen:

Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen_ photo Helen Sloan_HBO

Ellaria Sand and Areo Hotah:

Indira Varma as Ellaria Sand and Deobia Opaeri as Areo Hotah_ photo Macall B. Polay_HBO

The High Sparrow:

Jonathan Pryce as the High Sparrow_ photo Macall B. Polay_HBO

Jon Snow, Stannis Baratheon, Davos Seaworth:

Kit Harington as Jon Snow, Stephen Dillane as Stannis Baratheon and Liam Cunningham as Davos Seaworth _ photo Helen Sloan_HBO

Tormund Giantsbane:

Kristofer Hivju as Tormund Giantsbane_photo Helen Sloan_HBO

Cersei Lannister and Meryn Trant:

Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister and Ian Beattie as Meryn Trant_ photo Macall B. Polay_HBO

Cersei and Jaime:

Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Jaime Lannister_ photo Helen Sloan_HBO

Arya Stark:

Maisie Williams as Arya Stark _ photo Macall B. Polay_HBO

Roose, Ramsay, and Walda:

Michael McElhatton as Roose Bolton, Iwan Rheon as Ramsay Bolton and Elizabeth Webster as Walda Frey _ photo Helen Sloan_HBO

Margaery and Cersei:

Natalie Dormer as Margaery Tyrell and Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister _photo Helen Sloan_HBO

Missandei and Grey Worm:

Nathalie Emmanuel as Missandei and Jacob Anderson as Grey Worm _ photo Helen Sloan_HBO

Sansa Stark and Littlefinger:

Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark and Aidan Gillen as Littlefinger _ photo Helen Sloan_HBO

Jon Snow:

Jon Snow

About that ‘Game of Thrones’ season 5 trailer…

This trailer premiered last night exclusively in IMAX theaters last night and will continue to run through February 5.

So many glimpses of what’s to come: Tommen and Margaery’s wedding, Dany’s new plan (“I’m not going to stop the wheel. I’m going to break the wheel.”), Arya going to the House of Black and White, Jorah in the fighting pits — and perhaps most excitingly, our first proper looks at Braavos and Dorne.

Sansa and Littlefinger are seen embracing, with him telling her, “There is no justice in this world. Not unless we make it. Avenge them.” What is the unlikely pair plotting?

Then there’s Varys and Tyrion, who appear to be looking for a new ruler of Westeros: a person Varys describes as “a ruler loved by all with a powerful army and the right family name.”

“Good luck finding him,” Tyrion scoffs. “Who said anything about him?” asks Varys. Do you think they’re planning to join Team Daenerys?

The song playing in the trailer is a cover of David Bowie’s “Heroes.” Thanks to our reader Ryan for tracking down the cover version, by TV on the Radio!

Old characters! New characters! Sword fights and fires, sand snakes and screaming! Oh my!

We’ll give you a moment to collect yourself.

The highly-anticipated trailer for HBO’s epic fantasy series was initially released in IMAX theaters this week. The preview is screening after a special release of the final two episodes of Game of Thrones season 4, “The Watchers on the Wall,” and, “The Children.” Appropriately for the massive, record-breaking series, these episodes make Game of Thrones the first television series ever to be screened in the IMAX format.

As anticipated, the immersive experience of IMAX has proven to be an ideal stage for the intrigue and awesomeness of Game of Thrones. Showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss were recently treated to a private screening of “The Watchers on the Wall” and “The Children,” and were blown away by the new format.

“It’s a completely different viewing experience,” said Weiss.

“I’ve watched these episodes hundreds of times,” Benioff added, but IMAX presented details “I’d just never noticed before.”

“I’m still kind of in shock,” Weiss agreed.

Benioff and Weiss’ enthusiasm is infectious, leaving us hungry to experience the IMAX format — and positively clamoring to see Game of Thrones season 5.

Fans will have to wait for April for the fifth season, but can still purchase tickets to see Game of Thrones in IMAX. The special presentation is screening at 150 theaters around the country. But act fast! The episodes, and the chance to see the Game of Thrones season 5 trailer in its tremendous glory are only sticking around for a week.

Game of Thrones season 5 will premiere on Sunday, April 12 at 9:00 p.m. on HBO.

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