A queen without a crown. A kingdom without a king. A wolf without a pack. A dragon without wings.
It’s hours until the premier of Game of Thrones Season 4 and I’m literally bouncing up and down in anticipation. Throners and pirates alike will soon swarm cyberspace in search of torrents, reviews, GIFs, forums, you name it. But before netizens break the internet in lieu of the coming season premier, let’s keep track of the different story lines and brush up on our GOT facts before April 6. Are you ready? Don’t worry, no spoilers ahead 😀
The Kingslayer is back in Kings Landing
It’s a touching moment when Cersei and Jaime Lannister see each other again after being separated for almost two seasons. You have to admit, regardless of how sick and twisted their twincest love is, it’s still love. On the other hand —sorry for the bad pun 😀 — it looks like Cersei isn’t going to fall head over heels for her twin, especially when she sees that he has lost his swordhand and became a changed man on his journey back to Kings Landing with the loyal and brave Brienne.
Arya becomes an official she-wolf
Arya has always been one of the stronger and more badass characters in GOT, regardless of her age. Her nightly chant of “Valar morghulis” proves that vengeance and hatred are now an enormous part of her personality. At so young an age, she had to watch her father get beheaded, her beloved pet driven away, her friends killed, and her family slaughtered just when she was about to get reunited with them. We don’t even feel sad when she repeatedly stabbed a soldier who had the audacity to boast that he sew Grey Wind’s head in place of Robb’s. I was actually cheering for her at that point. Season 4 will see more of Arya’s dark dark turn as she commits herself to vengeance and killing.
Daenerys Targaryen adds a new title to her many titles
We all know her to be the Mother of Dragons, but did you know that Daenerys Targaryen is the First of Her Name, Queen of Meereen, Queen of the Andals and the Rhoynar and the First Men, Lord of the Seven Kingdoms and Protector of the Realm, Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, Stormborn, the Unburnt AND Mother of Dragons? Now, she’s also hailed as “Breaker of Shackles, Freer of Slaves, etc. etc. ” After her triumph of Astapor, Dany continued her campaign against slavery by sacking the city of Yunkai. When the slaves were freed, they called her “Mhysa”, which means ‘mother’ in Old Ghiscari. What will happen now that Dany finds a kingdom who needs her and people who worship her? Will she continue her journey to Westeros or will she stay and become queen?
Lannister and Tyrell form an allegiance
In our current political strata, if you want to be friends with the right people, you vote for them, shake hands with them, have dinner with their wives, be enemies with their enemies, and share to them part of your ill-gotten wealth. It’s all pretty complicated really. But in Westeros, when you need to form a clever allegiance in the midst of war, you simply wed one of your heirs to the heir of another powerful House. When the Tyrells switched sides and hopped over to the lion’s wagon, they weren’t merely expecting a thank you note and flowers. They wanted Margaery to be queen and so she will be. Yes I know, Joffrey is officially a Baratheon, but we all know he isn’t. #wink
Wildlings are on the wrong side of the Wall
It took Mance Rayder and the threat of imminent death against the Others to unite the wildlings, the cave dwellers, the wargs, the giants, the mammoths, the cannibals, etc. to march against the Wall and seek the safety of the South (as if South is a safe place at all). Jon Snow, with the last command of Qorin Halfhand, joined the wildlings as a ‘turncloak’ and ended up in a steamy affair with the lovely Ygritte. Things don’t end well for the two of them, Jon with arrow wounds from Ygritte and Ygritte with a broken heart from Jon. What will happen now that the Wildlings are over the Wall and threatening to attack Castle Black? Will Jon be able to stop this pending doom? How will the Night’s Watch deal with the loss of their Lord Commander Jeor Mormont?
Dragons are growing
Duh, of course they’re growing. We watched them go from eggs to hatchlings in season 1, minute fire-breathers in season 2, and official badasses in season 3. Judging from the teaser trailers for season 4, GOT production team got busy making a bigger CGI Drogon (not that I’m complaining). It’ll be interesting to see how they flex and condense Dany’s storyline in the slaver-cities, especially since it’s her and her dragons who are attracting millions of new fans to the series. When you ask a Throner what makes GOT great, you say “Dragons.” and all is said and done. However, let’s remember that Drogon, Rhaegal, and Viserion are not domesticated pets, they’re fierce monsters who happen to see Daenerys as their mother. This won’t stop them from leaving a trail of dead innocents behind them. What are the repercussions of having wild children unleashed unto the world? Dany will soon find out.
The King in the North is a dead wolf
Who could forget the traumatic, depressing, and rage-inducing penultimate episode “Rains of Castamere”. The Red Wedding was a major catalyst, much like Ned Stark’s beheading in season1. The murder of Robb Stark, his men, and the Tullys at the hands of the Freys and Boltons was a tragic turning point that will breed even more plot development in season 4. Audiences have a feeling that the Young Wolf will be avenged pretty soon, hopefully ALL of the Freys will be cursed horribly, like the Rat Cook in the Nightfort.
But wait there’s more…
One thing that most fans anticipate is the introduction of new characters. I’m personally super excited about the arrival of Prince Oberyn Martell of Dorne, aka the Red Viper. I’ll leave the sketchy details of his persona to A Wiki of Ice and Fire. Also, they cast a new Daario Naharis, whether unsatisfied by Ed Skrein’s performance or there’s lack of charisma between him and Daenerys onscreen, we can’t be sure of.
Are you as excited as I am for the coming of season 4 Game of Thrones? Are you still traumatized and left confounded at the events that unfolded in “Rains of Castamere”? Are you looking forward to more dragon badassery and see more of the anti-slave efforts of the Mother of Dragons? Are you excited to see Joffrey and Margaery’s wedding in hopes that it’ll turn out the same as the massacre of the Red Wedding?
In the meantime, here are some teasers for Game of Thrones Season 4.