COLD BUT OH SO HOT: John Snow and the Game of Thrones will be back on television screens in just over two weeks.
COLD BUT OH SO HOT: John Snow and the Game of Thrones will be back on television screens in just over two weeks.

Winter is coming early for Gympie's Game of Thrones fans

GYMPIE region Game of Thrones tragics will be happy to know the next instalment of the popular HBO series will start in just over two weeks.

For one household, the reigning mantra is "the family that watches Thrones together stays together".

Every week the Neate family settles in for the latest episode of Game of Thrones, but they've been "bracing themselves" for months now for Season 5.

The season will air in the US on April 12, one painful extra day for Australian fans to wait to watch the first episode on Foxtel.

Media have had a special sneak peek of the new season and already the episodes, based on the books A Feast for Crows and A Dance with Dragons, have been labelled as grittier and darker than ever.

With all the character changes, non-book deaths, and plot alterations in the upcoming season you'd be forgiven if you thought the TV show would eventually have nothing whatsoever to do with George R.R. Martin's books.

The show will in fact end in the same place as the book series.

Noely Neate, her husband Stephen and adult daughter Caitlin are self-confessed GOT fans and plan to take the phone off the hook to watch the first episode on Foxtel, just hours after US audiences.

"It's like Melbourne Cup here in our house when Game of Thrones is on - the nation stops," Mrs Neate said.

She has read the GOT books since the late 90s.

"Usually when you read something and you really like it, you never like the show because you know they will get it wrong," she said.

"But this show really is very much the same as what you see in your head when you're reading."

Fifteen days and counting.

Brace yourselves.

Gympie Times


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