If this year’s late premier date for Game of Thrones Season 4 means anything, it’s more teaser content shot just right to leave you counting down the weeks until Sunday, April 6th.
HBO’s latest sneak peek at the new season for GoT was a thrilling fifteen minutes which, you guessed it, left us begging for more. Masterfully shot, the trailer (aptly titled, “Game of Thrones Season 4: Ice and Fire: A Foreshadowing”) features crew commentary as well as a twitter-fueled Q&A session with cast members. Some of the featurette recalled big scenes from previous seasons (for anyone who still isn’t over The Red Wedding — prepare yourselves) and previewed snippets for the newest 10 episodes. So what’s the takeaway from “A Foreshadowing”?
Oberyn Martell, played by Pedro Pascal, joins the ever growing list of characters in George R.R. Martin’s epic. Martell journeys to the Capitol to represent the kingdom of Dorne for the wedding of Joffrey Baratheon (Jack Gleeson) and Margaery Tyrell (Natalie Dormer). The loaded featurette, however, already gave fans a snippet of confrontation between Oberyn and fan-favorite Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) in which viewers discover Oberyn hasn’t arrived in King’s Landing as a peaceful envoy, rather he comes for vengeance. “Lannister’s aren’t the only ones who pay their debts,” says Oberyn in the previously mentioned confrontation. Fans of the book will know which debt Oberyn is referring to. For those of you who don’t, trust this writer: it’s juicy.
Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) finds himself in an even worse position this season than ever before. Tyrion established himself early on in the series as a beloved character. With his dry humor and quick wit, Tyrion is often in some sort of trouble or another (remember season 1 when Catelyn Stark kidnapped him?) but this time around will be different. Season 4 is wrought with new challenges, leaving Tyrion grasping for control. This is one storyline you won’t want to miss.
Jon Snow: Played by Kit Harrington, this season finds Jon Snow back on the wall. In his interview, Harrington said it best, that Jon Snow is never the same man from season to season. It’s indisputable that all of the Stark children have had some of the most dramatic character development and Snow is no exception. In Season 4, audiences will find Jon Snow in the midst of even more growth as he stops evaluating his choices as a Boy and begins making decisions as a Man — weighing his heart against what’s best for everyone. Luckily, this intense development is counterbalanced by Snow’s close friend, Samwell Tarly (John Bradley), a character who has also experienced an intense arc marked by personal growth.
“There’s more confrontation between them this season…it’s a very different relationship we find them in… and I think without Sam, Jon [Snow] would crumble.” – Kit Harrington
Daenerys Targaryen, played by the brilliant Emilia Clarke, has been another fan favorite from season 1. This girl has eaten a horse heart, lost her husband, son and entire future only to walk through fire and rise from the ashes with three dragons at her breast. And that was only the first season. The would-be Queen of Westeros, has spent the last two seasons traveling around, across the Narrow Sea, basically being a badass. She’s amassed an army of soldiers, and brought down entire cities with no signs of stopping. Season 4, it seems, is where things start to get tricky. Dany’s beloved dragons are growing stronger and breaking the boundaries she’s placed on them. Her cities are rebelling and she’s struggling to maintain the control she has attained. As she emphatically states in the trailer, “[The Citizens] can live in my new world, or die in their old one.”
This one facet should come as no surprise to GoT fans, as the show has always excelled at creating the fantastical world of George R.R. Martin. From King’s Landing, to Winterfell, to the Free Cities — set designers have always outdone themselves. What are some big scenes to look forward to this time around?
The Purple Wedding also known as the Wedding of Joffrey Baratheon and Margaery Tyrell. There are a multitude of reasons to look forward to this episode but one of the biggest will be the magnificence and splendor. In the books, this wedding cost the kingdom an exhorbitant amount (as royal weddings usually do) and it looks as though the show has this accurately represented. Charles Dance, who plays the intimidating Tywin Lannister, was quoted as saying the entire day was like shooting a miniature film. Everything is grandiose and ostentatious, and this writer can’t wait to see it all come to life.
Dany’s Throne Room, created to resemble a Westeros throne room (minus that outrageous Iron Throne), cast members like Clarke and Jacob Anderson (who plays the eunuch captain, Grey Worm) were absolutely awed by the magnificence.
The Stakes Are Higher Than Ever
Fans of the books will know that the plot line to Season 4 is unique to any other previous seasons, in that it picks up at the very middle of the third book, A Storm of Swords. Previous seasons have built up to the ninth episode as the very epicenter of the conflict, leaving episode ten to follow any falling action. Season four opens to the full fledged backlash to the Red Wedding. This means more conflict at every location for just about every character. King’s Landing is preparing for the wedding of the century, Oberyn Martell is plotting his revenge, The Wall is preparing for war with the Wildlings, and Dany is facing growing resentment from the cities she liberated.
“It’s not building towards one specific climactic event, there more climactic events in season 4 than there have ever been before.” -Executive Producer/ Writer/ Director D.B. Weiss
So there you have it, an exhilerating layout of Game of Thrones season 4. Studios always set up shows to have “more drama and more action than ever before!” when they return from a hiatus, but for Game of Thrones, HBO actually means it. And given that we have almost two more months before we can fully catch up with Dany, the Lannisters, Jon Snow and Arya and Sansa Stark, you can bet we’ll be seeing at least one more intense featurette just to pique our interest before the premier. For now, I’ll leave you with these words from Maisie Williams, who plays Arya Stark. When asked what she’s looking forward to most in the upcoming season, the actress had this to say, “The Good Guys are coming back this year and that’s nice to see…we’re making a stand.”
Don’t worry guys, only 1 month, 27 days and 5 hours left.
Ready to see the whole featurette? Catch it below!