Forget Westeros, Game of Thrones is taking over the world.
In a game-changing move, HBO announced on Tuesday that the highly anticipated fifth season of Game of Thrones will premiere in 170 countries. Simultaneously. Yes, that means you or your secret pen pal or fandom friend in a foreign country can watch and freak out over how badass Dany (Emilia Clarke) and her dragons are at the same time on Sunday, April 12. Oh, and it will continue to be a global TV party for the entire 10-episode run. What a time to be a fan!
"We are thrilled to see our international partners jumping on board to bring Game of Thrones, one of the most universally loved television shows in the world, to global audiences at the same time it airs on HBO in the U.S.," HBO president Michael Lombardo said in a statement. "It's going to be a great season."
Not enough GOT goodness for you? Well, get ready to see a fan-favorite return in season five!
While not confirmed, Watchers on the Wall noticed that an actor, last seen on the show in season two, was listed in the cast list on an officialy HBO schedule for a season five episode: Tom Wlaschiha aka Jaqen H'ghar. Fans will remember Jaqen as the assassin who murdered three people for Arya (Maisie Williams) to repay a debt. Of course, he was later revealed to be a member of the Faceless Men, able to shape-shift at will.
Who knows how Jaqen will return in season five, and if Wlaschiha will even be playing Jaqen, seeing as he took on a new face when we last saw him in season two.
And just 'cause: Viva Valar Morghulis!
Game of Thrones returns on Sunday, April 12 at 9 p.m. on HBO.