The clock has been ticking down on the new season of Game of Thrones, premiering on HBO April 6th, bringing relief to the millions of fans who have eagerly awaited development of the next iteration of the smash hit fantasy series. Season 3 ended with the shocking “Red Wedding”, when the Stark family suffered betrayal and murder at the hands of the Lannisters, while Daenarys Targaryen conquered the far-eastern city of Yunkai. What can we expect in the season to come?
It goes without saying that there will be deaths aplenty in season 4. Main characters rise and fall like dandelions on Game of Thrones and no cast member has any type of job security. Book readers already know who will provide the juiciest death and it’s no spoiler to say that one of the biggest names in the series won’t make it to the 5th season in what’s known as the “Purple Wedding.” While the aforementioned will be the biggest death, it certainly won’t be the only one, especially with the advent of battle at the Wall and in the East.
With conflict coming, the politics of power continue to shift in Westeros. While all the attention stays focused on King’s Landing, where Cersei, Joffrey, Tywin, Tyrion, Littlefinger, and Varys pull the strings on a kingdom, expect to see big movers and shakers from afar. Perhaps the most important new character to come into play hails from the far south of Westeros: Oberyn Martell, Prince of Dorne, also known as the Red Viper, has come to settle a grudge he holds with the Lannisters. Far to the west, Euron Greyjoy — brother to Lord Balon and uncle to Theon — arrives on the Iron Islands with a fleet and a proposition. Far away in Slaver’s Bay, Dany seeks to conquer Mereen with dragons in hand, but finds that ruling a populace proves more challenging than taking lands by force.