Following the shocking events of "The Lion and the Rose" and "Breaker of Chains," fans are wondering what's next for "Game of Thrones" Season 4. The episode synopsis and titles for episodes 5, 6 and 7 have leaked online and they give some clues to what is in store for Tyrion, Jon Snow, Daenerys and Brienne.
Warning: "Game of Thrones" season 4 spoilers and speculation ahead.
According to the official synopsis for "Game of Thrones" season 4, episode 5, "First of His Name," "Cersei (Lena Headey) and Tywin (Charles Dance) plot the Crown’s next move. Dany (Emilia Clarke) discusses future plans. Jon (Kit Harington) embarks on a new mission." The episode airs on May 4 and is written by "Game of Thrones" series creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. While there is not much information to go on, based on the episode title, it appears Tommen will be named king in "First of His Name." Based on the preview for "Oathbreaker," the fourth episode of Season 4, Daenerys will have conquered Meereen and episode 5 may focus on what's going to happen next now that the slaver cities have been freed. As for Jon Snow, it looks like he will be heading to Craster's to deal with the mutineers and the Night's Watch, while the Wall will become a major storyline in the latter half of season 4.
The episode 6, "The Laws of Gods and Men," synopsis states, "Stannis (Stephen Dillane) and Davos (Liam Cunningham) set sail with a new strategy. Dany meets with supplicants. Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) faces down his father in the throne room." Stannis will be heading north to aid the Night's Watch but he still needs an army. In episode 3, "Breaker of Chains," Davos sent a letter to the Iron Bank and there could be some conclusion to this storyline which sets up the trip to the north. I'm interested in Tyrion's storyline as it looks like they are setting up his trial in the next episode and it will be the first meeting between Tyrion and his father following the Purple Wedding and Joffrey's death.
In "Game of Thrones" season 4, episode 7, "Mockingbird," "Tyrion enlists an unlikely ally. Daario (Michiel Huisman) entreats Dany to allow him to do what he does best. Jon’s warnings about the Wall’s vulnerability fall on deaf ears. Brienne (Gwendoline Christie) follows a new lead on the road with Pod (Daniel Portman)." There are some interesting storylines here which set up the next two episodes, "The Mountain and the Viper" and "The Watchers of the Wall." It looks like Oberyn Martell will get his chance to avenge the death of his sister, Elia Martell, while Mance Rayder and the Wildlings will attack Castle Black in the penultimate episode of season 4. The episode title is a nod to Littlefinger's crest, so we'll probably get the Petyr Baelish and Sansa Stark storyline in "Mockingbird."
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- They are moving into "A Feast for Crows" and "A Dance with Dragons" with a few of the storylines. Brienne is going to get Oathkeeper, most likely in episode 4, and begin her journey to rescue Sansa. Benioff and Weiss will probably add a few new scenes for Daenerys so as to not use up all of the "A Dance with Dragons" storyline. The same could be said for Bran as the "Game of Thrones" series has already dipped into events from "A Dance with Dragons" in Season 4.
- The Stannis storyline is following the "A Storm of Swords" timeline, and he will be involved in the Battle of Castle Black in episode 9.
- It will be interesting to see the scene between Tyrion and Tywin, which does not happen in "Song of Ice and Fire." The meeting could set up Tywin's death later in the season finale and make Tyrion a more sympathetic character by having his father do, or say, something terrible that provokes Tyrion to murder him.