by Abbey Knupp
Just as winter leaves and the songs of spring begin, the new season of Game of Thrones brings forth a new kind of winter. On April 6, 2014, the white wind will continue to blow all sorts of chaos through the fictional world of Westeros with the premiere of the show’s fourth season on HBO.
The fourth season of the show will pick up right where the third season left off, covering the second half of the series’ third novel, A Storm of Swords, along with including some additional material from the fourth and fifth books, which cover the same period of time in different parts of the land. After a shocking third season, non-readers are going to be in for a ride as the night continues to darken and more and more terror seeps into the plotline.
To provide a general recap (season 3 spoilers below), the third season left the seven kingdoms in a state of disarray, with conflict mounting and the death toll reaching an all-time high. Up at The Wall, the Wildlings are seeking to pose a rebellion, planning to take the Knight’s Watch by surprise and take back the land that they consider to be theirs. All the while, White Walkers, frozen and seemingly unkillable animated corpses that have not been seen in the seven kingdoms in thousands of years, are on the rise, making their way south towards the wall.
Even further south, the War of Five Kings has become the War of Three Kings as those living still fight for their self-proclaimed seat on the Iron Throne. In a shocking turn of events, one of the fan’s favorite kings was killed in a bloody massacre that also eliminated another fan-favorite character. While blood continues to spill in the North, the Lannisters and the people of King’s Landing are focused on weddings and political intrigue, making their mark in the war through a series of indirect interventions.
Across the Narrow Sea, Daenerys Targaryen is slowly building up an army to take the seven kingdoms for her own, since they would have been hers if Jaime Lannister hadn’t stabbed Aerys II Targaryen in the back, forcing the remaining Targaryens to flee King’s Landing. She is making her way through the free cities, freeing all of the slaves and building up a massive following as her dragons continue to grow.
Jaime Lannister, the favorite son of Lord Tywin Lannister, was released from the custody of House Stark at the end of season two and has finally made his way back to his family in King’s Landing with the help of Brienne of Tarth, though he lost a hand along the way.
The next season promises more action, death, and intrigue. It will include many fan-favorite scenes from the novels and will surely surprise the non-readers. As a spoiler-free teaser, this season will also include an unmissable wedding, a large battle, and the death of another integral character. The first four episode titles were released earlier this week, giving readers a hint at each episode’s content. In order, the episodes are titled “Two Swords,” “The Lion and the Rose,” “Breaker of Chains,” and “Oathkeeper.”
The content of the show could be inappropriate for younger audiences and viewer discretion is advised.