What's with the name?
Allow us to explain.
by Rebecca Pahle and Jill Pantozzi | 4:28 pm, January 10th, 2014
Unless you live beyond the Wall you’ll have heard that the premiere date of season four of Game of Thrones has been announced: April 6th. To say we’re pumped is something of an understatement (types Rebecca, wearing her Stannis Baratheon shirt and necklace). Jill and I, being book readers, know what wonderful things we have to look forward to. And what horrible things, because Game of Thrones. But we're choosing to focusing on the positive. To that end, here are the ten things we're most excited to see in the upcoming season. Sprinkled throughout you'll find some clips from the trailer that's coming out this Sunday, because HBO's jumped on that trailer-of-a-trailer trend.
Feel free to share your own most-anticipated moments in the comments. Needless to say, past this point you'll find major spoilers.
Ellaria Sand, the “sexually adventurous paramour” of Oberyn Martell, is a pretty damn cool character herself. If memory serves she hasn’t actually done all that much in the books yet, though I’m hoping the choice of amazingly talented actress Indira Varma means the role will get the Margaery Tyrell treatment and be beefed up a little.
The reason I’m most excited about Ellaria is that she heralds the arrival of the Sand Snakes, Oberyn’s illegitimate daughters (three of them are also Ellaria’s). They give approximately no hoots about all the sexist nonsense taking place in the kingdom, and they’re here to mess you up. It’ll probably be season five before we see them—none have been cast yet, at least—but barring a major screw-up on behalf of showrunners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff they should be more than worth the wait. —Rebecca
I know the Brienne of Tarth is the best Knight in all of Westeros. And you know Brienne of Tarth is the best Knight of all Westeros. But most of the people who actually get to bask in her glorious presence don’t know that, because they’re sexist jerkbags who think women shouldn’t be able swing a sword. In book four the Brienne of Tarth Fan Club (Catelyn Stark: Founder. Jaime Lannister: Treasurer) gets its newest member in Podrick Payne, currently Tyrion’s squire, who learns the knightly ropes from Brienne as they trek around the countryside looking for Sansa Stark. Their relationship isn’t the most important in the books, which leaves me worried that it might be cut. I’d understand—HBO has hundreds upon hundreds of pages to work with, and only 10 hours a season to put it in. But all I want is one instance of Pod being adorably confused over whether he should call Brienne “Ser.” Just one.—Rebecca
Asha wasn’t in season three a lot, but the approximately three minutes she did have were the most wonderful, badass, Eye-of-the-Tiger-blaring-from-the-speakers-of-a-muscle-car-as-it-speeds-down-the-highway-through-a-tornado-filled-with-battle-axe-wielding-unicorns of the entire show up to this point. I don’t have high hopes for the Queensmoot plotline not being cut, which makes me sad, but I understand it. Limited time at all. But based on how season three left Asha we should be seeing at least a little bit of her BAMFing around trying to save her baby brother Theon from the sadistic clutches of Ramsay Bolton, and really, that’s all I need.—Rebecca
Most of the other contenders for the throne will spend this season engaging in a massive, violent, penis-measuring contest. But Mr. Lobster Metaphor doesn’t have time for that BS when there are punk-ass ice zombies trying to invade his kingdom and kill his citizens. Sure, most of those citizens don’t want to be his citizens. It’s OK. They’ll come around. You’ll all come around. —Rebecca
I don't need to explain this one. Book readers, you know. —Rebecca
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But wait, the Meereen arc means she stops being a dragon boss, at least temporarily.
I think Dany’s most “dragon boss” moment (until…several seasons later) was in Season 3, Episode 4; if I remember the book correctly, they don’t have a lot to do in her Season 4 story arc.
But besides that, I’m looking forward to a lot of the things you list. The nice thing about Season 4 being a bloodbath is that [rot13] ng yrnfg vg’f n oybbqongu bs crbcyr jr QBA’G yvxr, guvf gvzr. Lbh uvg nyy guerr znwbe barf.
Arya spent the last 2 seasons in the same outfit, and the “trailer for the trailer” shows her in the same one. (Well, probably not the SAME one as Maisie has grown..) but someday I’d love to see in her something other than that Night Watch recruit uniform.
I CANNOT WAIT for 4/6!
Did you see the Vine with the Red Viper?! Did you!!??
Awsomesauce!!! With Dornish peppers!!
Brienne fanclub –hells to the yes, I want in.
Asha? Who’s Asha? That’s a picture of Yara… :-p (just kidding, just kidding…)
I cannot. Freaking, Wait. To see Peter Dinklage and Charles Dance chew scenery around each other in the “smelly” scene they are destined to share. Lady Stoneheart: Yawn. Arya’s arc: Cool story, bro. Even the Sandsnakes are second fiddle to watching those two actors play off one another. And I’m team Martell all the way.
I am going to cry buckets of tears when Charles Dance is no longer on the show.
I hope they beef up Daeny, who is absolutely awful in the show. I don’t think anyone in my fan circle likes the show character much bc she kinda sucks honestly. Good thing she has dragons.
The description you guys had for Asha should be the announcement every time she enters a room.
“Jamie Lannister: Treasurer” — I see what you did there, ’cause he’s a Lannister.
I am a book reader and I am super excited about Joffery part! I feel as much excitement over that as I did dread knowing the Red Wedding was going to happen.
And of course, Tyrion and his dad issues.
That Red Viper vs The Mountain vimeo got me ridiculously excited, even if I know the outcome. I want Dorne in the show!
Brienne fan club: how do I become a member? Count me in!
I just realised that I’m actually interested about seeing Stannis’ arc in the Wall… I guess Rebecca is right, we’ll all come around…
That? That’s no-one.
Should be interesting to see what happens with Pod. Sort of felt the “sexual dynamo that is Pod” was random and unnecessary. As for Yara, I hope they cut the Queensmoot storyline and all of the Greyjoys. Man, I HATED all of them save for Asha/Yara.
I really hope Dany doesn’t end up as the white liberator, freeing coloured people from their “barbaric” cultures.
Seriously, the Sand Snakes? To me they just seemed like bunch of idiots who almost ruined 15+ years of planning with their shortsighted meddling.
You are confusing Arianne with the Sand Snakes. They are cousins, not sisters.
Also, Doran holds responsibility on that for keeping Arianne in the dark about his plans.
A photoshopped trailer went around tumblr in gif form, where Brienne was put into all the scenes since they stupidly excluded her. I can understand if they don’t want to spoil where she’s going, but NOT ONE SHOT???? Ridiculous
I had the EXACT same reaction, it was really really disappointing.
I think D&D think the Brienne love comes because of Jaime, completely misunderstanding that we come to love Jaime, as BRIENNE DOES, not the other way around.
Well hopefully this will be a err of the trailer only, I think their rapport was the highlight of last season!
In the book we see her from her own perspective, we see she’s like uncertain and conflicted, but ultimately trying to do the right thing, while in the show she’s presented as a totally awesome white savior.
I’m aware of the fact that they are cousins. I still don’t remember them having any plans beyond “Lets declare a queen and start a war!” without any important allies or understanding of how to fight a war for that matter.
I dunno, not sure you need to put the word barbaric in inverted commas when you’re talking about a society of slavers. That’s pretty much straight up barbaric. Anyway, no spoilers, but you’ll be pleased with how her story progresses.
Many impatient people have been rattling on about how Dany’s story is that of the white colonialist, when humorously, it’s really an exploration of how parading into someone’s country and telling them what to do, even for a just cause, gets very, very messy.
I think it’s unreasonable to call the Sand Snakes stupid. Sure, they’re impatient, but the idea of forcing M to the throne really isn’t that silly. They see themselves as a proud but oppressed people who are having everything taken from them. D is extremely cunning, so it’s no surprise they don’t grasp his plan. M would have attracted a good deal of support from the Lannisters’ enemies, no doubt – of which there are clearly many.
I wasn’t to into the Queensmoot either, but I hope they find a good way of introducing V and E.
What do you want them to do? Give her a special, out of place, internal monologue for the presumptuous controversy hounds? Her ‘crusading’ pretty much destroys Salvers’ Bay – which people would realise if they’d wait to see where the story goes before decrying it.
SLIGHT SPOILERS AHEAD
Sorry, but at this point in the story I don’t really see any valuable allies: The North is more or less out of the picture, Riverlands are in shambles, The Veil is keeping out of it, the Iron Islands are in turmoil…
Lannisters and Highgarden are best buds. The Redwine fleet dominates the sea…
Really the only potential allies are across the sea (which the Sandsnakes did not know about).
Really, apart from maybe sacking Oldtown, I don’t really see Dorn coming out on top here.
“Them” had no plans. It was all Arianne’s. The Sand Snakes would have backed her of course, but the plan wasn’t theirs.
I think the added turmoil of the Dornish turning on the Lannisters would leave them in an awful position. The Lannisters themselves would have almost no allies, whilst battling off the insidious one they do have in King’s Landing.
Not really: See my above post for my assesment
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