Media Release: Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Foxtel will broadcast season five of the worldwide TV phenomenon Game of Thrones at the same time as the US in a global simulcast spanning 170 countries. At 11am on Monday April 13, showcase subscribers can watch the Emmy® Award-winning drama’s all-new season of duplicity and treachery, nobility and honor, conquest and triumph – only on Foxtel.
Game of Thrones will be simulcast across more than 170 countries and territories across the globe. Included in the simulcast are the HBO branded networks: HBO Asia, HBO Canada, HBO Europe, HBO Latin America, HBO Netherlands and HBO Nordic. Also included are international “Home of HBO” services including: Africa/M-Net, Belgium(Flemish)/Telenet, France/Orange, Iceland/365 Media, Israel/DBS, Sky Deutschland,Sky Italia and Sky New Zealand. Additional HBO broadcast partners participating in the simulcast include: Belgium(French)/Betv, Greece/Intervision, Russia/Amedia and Spain/DTS.
Game of Thrones remains a huge runaway hit and season 5 has a plethora of compelling storylines that will play out to their inevitable, often bloody conclusions. After the shocking deaths in season 4 (Joffrey, Tywin, Oberyn, Shae), this new season begins with a power vacuum that protagonists across Westeros and Essos look to fill. At Castle Black, Jon Snow (Kit Harington) struggles to balance the demands of the Night’s Watch with those of newly-arrived Stannis Baratheon (Stephen Dillane), who styles himself the rightful king of Westeros.
Meanwhile, Cersei (Lena Headey) scrabbles to hold on to power in King’s Landing amidst the Tyrells and the rise of a religious group led by the enigmatic High Sparrow (introducing Jonathan Pryce), while Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) embarks on a secret mission. Across the Narrow Sea, Arya (Maisie Williams) seeks an old friend while a fugitive Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) finds a new cause. And as danger mounts in Meereen, Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) finds that her tenuous hold on the city requires some hard sacrifices. This season features some of the most explosive scenes yet, as the promise that “winter is coming” becomes more ominous than ever before.
Game of Thrones Season 5 will screen Monday, April 13 at 11am same time as the US, with a prime time encore at 7.30pm only on showcase.