“Game of Thrones” is back, and HBO is giving fans their first look at the second episode of Season 4, “The Lion and the Rose.” If you want to go in-depth with the season premiere, “Two Swords,” HBO has released five features covering every angle of the episode.
Warning: "Game of Thrones" Season 4 spoilers at the end of the article.
In the “Lion and the Rose,” trailer, it looks like there will be another wedding on “Game of Thrones.” Nuptials and any other large celebration or feast never end well in the series, just look at last year’s Red Wedding, but could Joffrey and Margaery Tyrell defy the odds? It seems the Purple Wedding will be fit for a queen, but that last scene between Joffrey and Tyrion could be an ominous sign of things to come.
The “Game of Thrones” Season 4 preview continues the trend of the Lannisters being absolutely miserable despite their seeming victory in the War of the Five Kings. Cersei hates Margaery, Jaime is struggling with his new identity, and lack of hand, while Tyrion has always been in an undesirable position when it comes to his family. The only people who seem to be remotely happy are Joffrey, who is oblivious to anything but himself, and Tywin.
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Bran, Hodor and Stannis are also making their first appearance of Season 4, and it looks like we will get a look at Bran’s greensight ability. Ramsay also makes an appearance so that means Theon/Reek will also appear in “The Lion and the Rose.”
Also, is that Shae slapping Bronn?
If you are not done with everything that happened in the “Game of Thrones” Season 4 premiere, HBO has you covered. The four features includes the “Inside the Episode #1” clip, with series creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss discussing “Two Swords.”
Benioff discusses the opening scene, explaining it as “one of the symbolic moments that shows the Lannisters taking power for themselves.” The creators also discuss the relationship between Red Viper and Tyrion as well as the final scene at the inn with Ayra and the Hound.
"Song of Ice and Fire" creator George R.R. Martin also has a feature discussing Ned Stark's Ice, the scarcity of Valyrian steel and where the sword ended up after Ned Stark was beheaded.
In the next "Two Swords" clip, fittingly titled "Everything's Changed," Nikolag Coster-Waldau and Lena Headey discuss the strained relationship between Jaime and Cersei. Jaime's missing hand is a primary source of concern between the twins.
The next feature, "Exquisite Handiwork," explores the craft and detail that was put into Jaime's golden hand. Headey talks about what Jaime's lost swordhand represented, while Michele Clapton, the series' costume designer, discusses the thought process in crafting a fitting replacement for Jaime's hand.
The final "Two Swords" clip is the final scene in the inn featuring the Hound, Arya and Polliver. The Hound just wants his chicken while Arya wants Needle, her sword, back.
"Game of Thrones" Season 4 Spoiler 4 Discussion
- It will be interesting to see how much of Bran's story from "A Dance With Dragons" will be used in season 4. My guess is Bran, Hodor, Jojen and Meera Reed get to the Cave of the Three-Eyed Raven.
- The Purple Wedding will be a great moment for fans. Since the first season, Joffrey has been the worst character and I'm sure fans will be overjoyed at his death.
"Game of Thrones" Season 4, episode 2, "The Lion and the Rose," airs on HBO at 9 p.m. EDT on Sunday.