Did not receive a raven’s scroll to update Game of Thrones’ historic moments? No problem. Game of Thrones season four premieres Sunday Apr. 6 at 9 pm ET and here is the preparation guide that even the Small Council would seal.
The season three finale aired almost a year ago, June 9, 2013, and remembering each intricate detail is difficult considering the number of concurrent stories. Allow the mind to relax and recline in a metaphorical Iron Throne as the major characters most recent positions are summarized here.
Tyrion Lannister: Tyrion was appointed Hand to King Joffrey Baratheon in season two. Tyrion’s climactic character alteration occurs when he leads the King’s Landing army into battle against Stannis Baratheon, an achievement Joffrey failed to assert.
The return of Tywin Lannister demoted Tyrion to Master of Coin. Master of Coin was not the only command given by Tywin as he also arranged the wedding with Sansa Stark. Despite demands from Tywin, the marriage has not been consummated because not only Tyrion but also all viewers freaked out when Sansa listed her age as 14. Sansa is also unofficially the tallest 14-year-old in the realm.
Cersei Lannister: Tywin ordains Cersei to wed Loras Tyrell as part of his overarching plot to combine the two houses and form a superpower. As the Lannisters and Tyrells become closer, Cersei cautions Margery to approach nobility with diligence during Tyrion and Sansa’s Sept of Baelor.
Jamie Lannister: Jamie had his hand cut off by Locke thus transforming his character’s outlook on life. The “King Slayer” loses his sense of invincibility and realizes his existence in the Seven Kingdoms is limited if he resists change. Jamie’s position shift is recognized when he risks his own life by returning to Harrenhall and saving Brienne’s life.
Jamie then returns to King’s Landing with Brienne and immediately locates Cersei. Sexual inbred tension has never been hotter between the two, which is unequivocally weird but still a fact that required inclusion to accurately prepare and guide viewers during the season four premiere.
Stannis Baratheon: Stannis, “the rightful king”, lost the Battle of the Blackwater and returns to Dragonstone. The loss has him devastated and clouded judgment causes him to believe that Melisandre’s blood magic is still the single solution despite alternative recommendations from Sir Davos.
Davos frees Gendry, King Robert Barathon’s bastard son, from Stannis’s imprisonment to prevent Stannis and Melsandre from performing anymore blood magic on him. Stannis commands his guards to kill Davos, but Melisandre claims his importance after the raven’s scroll has informed them of White Walkers.
House Stark: The “blood wedding” highlighted the third season. Walder Frey murdered King of the North Robb Stark, his pregnant wife and Catelyn Stark during the wedding of Edmure and Frey’s daughter by command of Tywin Lannister.
Arya escapes from the Brotherhood but her ability to avoid capture could use improvement as the Hound shortly commandeers her. The Hound anticipates a healthy payday when he transports Arya to Twin Cities for the marriage, but instead arrives to witness Frey’s siege on the Starks. The Hound knocks her out after seeing the attack and both flee the city.
Bran discovers how powerful his warg ability is when he enters the mind of Hodor. Directly after quieting Hodor, Bran saves his brother Jon Snow’s life from the wildlings.
With his rare ability, Bran is determined to head North of the wall with the least intimidating army in the history of battle. Sam from the Night’s Watch provides Bran with valuable information about passing the wall.
Daenerys Targaryen: Daenerys Targaryen continues building an army Across the Narrow Sea. She buys an army of 8,000 unsullied soldiers and an Astapor translator Missandei, but then sets them free after defeating the Kraznys during the dragon exchange.
Daario Naharis pledges his loyalty and joins Jorah Mormont and Sir Barristan Selmy as Daenerys third political advisor. The freed slaves of Yunkai flock to Daenerys and receive her as their “mhysa” furthering preparing Daenerys in the Game of Thrones.
House Greyjoy: An unknown group captures Theon Greyjoy and tortures him for nonexistent information. Theon is freed from capture by an initially unnamed benefactor, now determined to be Lord Bolton’s bastard son Ramsey, but then tricked into returning back to the torture chamber.
After receiving an unsettling package, Asha Greyjoy commands an army to save Theon from Ramsey’s holding. Game of Thrones is a complicated plot, but this preparation guide armors viewers with accurate understanding of the season four premiere.
Opinion by Niles Olson