The “Game of Thrones Season 4: Ice and Fire Foreshadowing” special aired on HBO Sunday night. While “GoT” fans got a brief look at the new season, there were a few moments that will make the wait for the premiere on April 6 that much harder.
Warning: Lots of “GoT” spoilers ahead.
The “GoT: A Foreshadowing” special starts with the fallout from the “Red Wedding,” and the series creator, David Benioff, says the fourth season will be about revenge and the repercussions from the deaths of Robb Stark, Catelyn Stark and most of his army.
Fan favorites will not be spared, and the fourth season, covering the second half of George R.R. Martin’s “A Storm of Swords,” will focus on King’s Landing and the Lannister family. Benioff says in the special, “This is, definitely, the most dangerous season for Tyrion. It seems like almost every episode he’s in jeopardy of getting his head removed from his shoulders.”
Peter Dinklage highlights the relationships among the Lannister siblings: a love and bond shared between Jaime and Tyrion, but no love lost between Tyrion and Cersei. The ‘GoT’ special reveals a bit of Jaime coming to the aid of Tyrion following the events of the “Purple Wedding.”
Some of “GoT: A Foreshadowing” focuses on the cast answering fans' questions, but it also discusses the addition of Oberyn Martell, the Red Viper. Although the character has yet to appear in the series, House Martell is one of the Great Houses and rules Dorne, one of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros.
Pedro Pascal, the actor playing Oberyn, describes the character as a “deeply passionate person,” but also dangerous. With House Martell’s arrival in King’s Landing, the Lannisters have a new adversary and Oberyn wants justice served for the death of his sister, Elia Martell, at the hands of Ser Gregor Clegane, known as “The Mountain.”
For fans who have read the books, the “Purple Wedding” is the main storyline that drives the second half of “A Storm of Swords.” The wedding of Joffrey Lannister and Margaery Tyrell will be “epic in scope” and will rival the infamous “Red Wedding” for shock value. Joffrey’s death at his wedding creates a chain reaction that leads to Tyrion being jailed and even more death. The trailer for the fourth season and the special do not focus on Tywin Lannister and his death at the hands of Tyrion. This storyline could serve as the major event of episode nine, the penultimate episode, with the last episode seeing Tyrion making his plans to head east, across the Narrow Sea.
While Daenerys Targaryen has her dragons and has been freeing cities, she has yet to truly be a queen. The fourth season of “GoT” changes that, and Dany will face new conflicts within the city of Meeren as well as with her dragons. As Benioff notes, the dragons are much larger and will grow to be gigantic beasts capable of massive destruction. That massive power will need to be controlled and her rule will be questioned.
The action in “GoT” season four will also engulf the Wall and the Night’s Watch. The Wildlings will attack Castle Black, and the special does not reveal Stannis Baratheon’s actions. While Stannis has been out of the picture, he will prove to be an important character to Jon Snow and the Night’s Watch.
“GoT: A Foreshadowing” ends with the image of a massive Drogon, Dany’s largest dragon, hovering over a child. The event appears to be the death of Hazzea, the daughter of a farmer, which appears in the sixth book, “A Dance With Dragons.” The event leads to the chaining of Viserion and Rhaegal, two of Dany’s dragons, and the disappearance of Drogon. While it is unclear how much of this storyline will be included in the fourth season, it could serve as a teaser for the fifth season.
The “Game of Thrones Season 4: Ice and Fire Foreshadowing” special, courtesy of HBO, can be viewed below. The fourth season of “GoT” starts on April 6 on HBO.
Charles Poladian joined IBTimes in October 2012 and, when not reporting on all things topical, can be found reading or photographing concerts.