Kit Harington, the actor who plays Jon Snow on HBO’s hit fantasy drama “Game of Thrones,” recently told USA Today that viewers will see “some of the most horrible things and darkest places” in the upcoming fifth season. That’s saying quite a lot for a show known for getting seriously dark and violent on a regular basis. When the new season starts Sunday night at 9, Jon will be caught between two kings after Lord Varys (Conleth Hill) reveals a conspiracy to Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage). Meanwhile, other Lannisters – Cersei (Lena Headey) and Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) – must adjust to a world without brother Tyrion, who has fled Westeros for Essos. The show also adds a bunch of new characters this season, including the brother of slain Prince Oberyn as well as Oberyn’s three daughters (known as the The Sand Snakes).
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▪ After the “Game of Thrones” premiere, the second season of “Silicon Valley” (10 p.m., HBO) begins with the guys of Pied Piper finding themselves aggressively courted by tech companies. After that, Season 4 of “Veep” (10:30) starts with Selina now president and facing a major speech.
▪ Over on Showtime Sunday, a new season of “Nurse Jackie” (9 p.m.) opens with Jackie having been arrested and on her way to detox.
▪ Also Sunday, the MTV Movie Awards show (8 p.m., MTV/MTV2/VH1) is hosted by Amy Schumer. Robert Downey Jr. will receive the Generation Award and Shailene Woodley takes home the Trailblazer Award.
▪ On Tuesday, it’s the series finale of “Justified” (10 p.m., FX), in which Raylan, Boyd and Ava fight one last bloody battle to decide who leaves Harlan alive.