“Game of Thrones” Season 4 continues to surprise fans, with totally new scenes and shocking deaths. “First of His Name” looks to continue the series’ hot streak. In the “Game of Thrones” Season 4, episode 5 preview, Daenerys turns her attentions to King’s Landing, Tommen is crowned king and Arya sticks the Hound with the pointy end of Needle.
Warning: Full “Game of Thrones” Season 4 spoilers.
According to the official “Game of Thrones” episode synopsis for “First of His Name, “Cersei and Tywin plot the Crown's next move. Dany discusses future plans. Jon embarks on a new mission.” In the newly released preview, Daenerys turns her attention to King’s Landing following the fall of Meereen in “Oathkeeper.” Ser Barristan says Daenerys has an army of 10,000 men, 8,000 Unsullied and 2,000 Second Sons, and Danerys wants to know if she can conquer King’s Landing with that many people. Daenerys also has three dragons, which will give her a huge advantage when they grow to full size and are properly controlled by the young queen.
With Joffrey’s death in “The Lion and the Rose,” a new king must be crowned. We have seen Tywin giving young Tommen lessons on what it takes to be a good king and in the “First of His Name” preview, we see him crowned as king. Margaery Tyrell has started to influence Tommen with a late night visit in “Oathkeeper,” but it looks like Cersei will try to prevent Margaery from getting too close to her son.
The Vale makes an appearance in the preview, which means the return of Lysa, Catelyn’s sister, and her son, Robert Arryn. Lysa and Petyr have a complicated backstory. The former loves the latter, and the two have had sexual encounters in the past. It will be interesting to see if Petyr goes ahead and marries Lysa as part of his larger scheme for power.
While Aryra stabs the Hound with Needle, the scene could be a training exercise between the unlikely companions. The Hound seems unconcerned about being stabbed by Arya, and it doesn't look like she hurt him with Needle.
Craster’s Keep will be another focal point in the latest “Game of Thrones” Season 4 episode. Bran, Hodor and the Reed siblings have been captured by the mutineers, led by Karl, while Jon Snow and his group of Night’s Watch volunteers have reached Craster’s and are seen battling the mutineers. For fans hoping to see a reunion between Jon and Bran, it looks unlikely, based on the books, but the “Game of Thrones” series has proven it is willing to stray from “A Song of Ice and Fire.”
The “First of His Name” preview can be viewed below. “Game of Thrones” Season 4, episode 5, airs on Sunday at 9 p.m. EDT on HBO.
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- I'm still not sure how they will wrap up Arya's storyline. The Hound was supposed to be mortally wounded in the fight at the inn, with Arya leaving him to die. There are several ways for Arya to reach Saltpans and gain passage on a ship headed to Braavos and having her kill the Hound could set up her role as an assassin.
- As for the Vale, it's certainly going to get weird. Petyr's marriage to Lysa will be fun, while Sansa playing the big sister to Robert will fulfill the crazy quota necessary in "Game of Thrones." I think we stick around the Vale for awhile as Lysa courts Littlefinger, leading up to another "GoT" wedding. Sansa's story slows down in "A Feast for Crows," mostly focusing on Littlefinger, and moving the death of Lysa to Season 5 could give Sansa more to do.