“Game of Thrones” season 4 is less than a week away, finally. With the release of the episode titles for the new “GoT” season, fans have some clue as to what to expect from the series. “Game of Thrones,” as to be expected, will feature deaths and plenty of major events that will have fans buzzing after each episode.
Warning: Full “Game of Thrones” season 4 spoilers. If you have not read the books, or want to remain surprised, stop reading.
1. The Battle at Castle Black and Stannis gets to be a hero.
The Night’s Watch and Wildlings battle for the Wall in the ninth episode of “GoT” and the episode will be directed by Neil Marshall. He previously directed “Blackwater” from season 2 so the action scenes are in good hands and Jon Snow plays a pivotal role in defending against the Wilding attack. The relationship between Snow and Ygritte also ends as she is killed in a raid against Castle Black. Fans can expect giants and mammoths during the battle, with Snow serving as the de facto commander of the Night’s Watch. Stannis, who mostly sat on the sidelines in the third season, springs into action in the fourth season, responding to Jon’s letter and joining forces with the Night’s Watch. As Jon is meeting with Mance Rayder, Stannis’ men attack the Wildlings and put an end to the battle.
2. Arya’s Evolution
Arya Stark is currently on the road with the Hound and her character undergoes the biggest transformation of any “Game of Thrones” character through the series. In the first episode, “Two Swords,” she gets her sword back, Needle, and kills Polliver, one of the names on her hit list. The series differs a bit from the “Song of Ice and Fire” novels as the Hound is wounded and left to die by Arya in the books. Arya and the Hound could travel for a bit and the storyline could serve as a secondary plot that is spread out over a couple of episodes, with the Hound hiding his wounds until Saltpans where Arya leaves him and starts her journey to Braavos using the coin given to her by Jaqen H’gher.
3. Sansa Finally Leaves King’s Landing
Sansa Stark is finally escaping King’s Landing. The eldest Stark daughter was set to marry Joffrey in season 1 but she has been surrounded by enemies ever since the death of her father. In season three she was forced to marry Tyrion and escapes during the Purple Wedding, thanks to Littlefinger. Petyr Baelish discusses how he orchestrated Sansa’s freedom from King’s Landing and the assassination of Joffrey, with the bulk of this storyline likely occurring in “Mockingbird.” Littlefinger disguises Sansa as Alyana Stone and the two make their way to the Vale. Petyr marries Sansa’s aunt, Lysa, but that marriage does not last long and more of Littlefinger’s plans are revealed, including his role in the death of Jon Arryn in season 1, before he pushes Lysa out of the Moon Door.
4. Daenerys And Her Dragons
In “GoT” season 3, Daenerys Targaryen frees Yunkai and the fourth season sees the young queen ready to conquer the last Slaver city, Meereen. Once again, the plot of the “Song of Ice and Fire” series differs from “Game of Thrones” as Barristan Selmy’s identity is already known. The tension between Barristan and Jorah could be a focal point, as well as the reveal that Jorah has been sending reports to Varys. The mission with Barristan and Jorah should still happen and while Meereen is freed, Jorah will be dismissed by Dany. It seems likely the tenth episode of “Game of Thrones,” “The Children,” focuses on Daenerys and her growing dragons, using a little bit of her storyline from “A Dance with Dragons” involving the death of a farmer’s daughter that was killed by her largest dragon, Drogon.
“Game of Thrones” season four premieres on HBO on April 6 at 9 p.m. EDT.