Game of Thrones returns to HBO on Sunday, April 6th for its highly anticipated fourth season. From the preview trailers released by the network, the acclaimed series promises an intriguing season ahead. The new season begins with the surviving characters still reeling from the events of the Red Wedding, which was the climatic event that drew Season 3 to a gruesome close with the shocking murders of several important members of the Stark clan. It ranks as one of the series’ most shocking moments and served to alter the landscape of the show moving forward.
Game of Thrones is based on the bestselling fantasy book series by George R.R. Martin. The hit series is an epic, fantasy tale of treachery and nobility set on the continent of Westeros, where summers and winters can perpetually linger on for years, and the thirst for power is eternal. The massively successful HBO series returns for its ten-episode fourth season on April 6th at 9:00-10:00 p.m. EST, exclusively on HBO, followed by re-airing of previous episodes on subsequent Sundays at the same time.
One of the central storylines of Game of Thrones Season 4 that promises intrigue involves Sansa Stark, who is the sister of Robb Stark and wife to court plotter Tyrion Lannister, and her grief over the death of her brother and mother. She remains haunted by the macabre events of the Red Wedding and delves her anguish to her new husband in one of the Season 4 preview trailers released by HBO. “Do you know what they did to my brother and my mother?” she asks Tyrion. “I lie awake all night thinking about how they died.” Ironically, it was Tyrion’s family who staged the massacre.
Many familiar and new faces will populate the series’ landscape this season including the return of series regular characters, such as Emmy and Golden Globe winner Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister, Diana Rigg as Lady Olenna Tyrell, and Sophie Turner, who portrays the character of Sansa Stark. Additionally, several familiar recurring stars will resurface for the fourth season, including actors Jacob Anderson, Ciaran Hinds, Finn Jones, and Gemma Whelan, who plays Yara Greyjoy, just to name a few as well as many other regular and recurring cast members.
Moreover, new faces for Season 4 that will shake up the show’s dynamics include Pedro Pascal as the central, revenge-seeking character Oberyn Martell, Indira Varma, who will be revealed as Oberyn’s lover, Ellaria Sand, Lord Mace Tyrell will be played by actor Roger Ashton-Griffiths, Michiel Huisman will bring the character of Daario Naharis to life, who will serve as a ruthless ally to Daenerys Targaryen, Yuri Kolokolnikov as Styr, who will portray a Wildling chief, and Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson, who will play the character of Sir Gregor Clegane also referred to as The Mountain.
Other main plotlines of Game of Thrones Season 4 that ensure intrigue involved Jon Snow making preparations to defend the Wall against a Wildling invasion; scarred and traumatized Jaime Lannister struggles to find his place in the kingdom; and cruel King Joffrey is finally set to wed Margaery Tyrell. Additionally, Daenerys continues her conquest of Slaver’s Bay after having freed the slaves of Yunkai, but as her dragons mature and her empire expands, she finds herself questioning with her leadership role.
Moreover, HBO has also released a breakdown of the first four Game of Thrones episodes from Season 4 that will air in April 2014. Here are some of the events viewers can anticipate:
Episode #31 is entitled Two Swords and debuts on Sunday, April 6th at 9:00-10:00 p.m. EST with other HBO airdates to follow on April 6 at (11:00 p.m., 1:00 a.m.), 7th (11:00 p.m), 8th (9:00 p.m., 11:00 p.m.), 9th (12:30 a.m.), 10th (10:00 p.m.), 11th (9:00 p.m.), 12th (10:15 p.m.) and 18th (8:00 p.m.). HBO2 playdates include April 7th (9:00 p.m.), 11th (4:00 a.m.) and 13th (4:15 p.m., 8:00 p.m.). The episode summary includes Tyrion welcoming a guest to King’s Landing, Jon Snow encounters hostility at Castle Black, Daenerys is directed towards Meereen, the ultimate slave city, while Arya reconnects with an old friend.
Episode #32 is entitled The Lion and the Rose and debuts on Sunday, April 13th at 9:00-10:00 p.m. EST with other HBO playdates to follow on April 13 at (11:00 p.m., 1:00 a.m.), 14th (11:30 p.m.), 15th (9:00 p.m., 11:00 p.m.), 16th (12:15 a.m.), 17th (10:00 p.m.), 18th (9:00 p.m.), 19th (12:45 a.m.) and 25th (8:00 p.m.). HBO2 playdates include April 14th (9:00 p.m.), 18th (3:30 a.m.) and 20th (4:45 p.m., 8:00 p.m.). The episode summary includes Tyrion lending a helping hand to Jaime, Joffrey and Margaery host a wedding breakfast, and Stannis is exasperated by Davos at Dragonstone. While North of the Wall, Bran sees the path ahead and Ramsay finds a purpose for his slave.
Episode #33 is entitled Breaker of Chains and debuts on Sunday, April 20th at 9:00-10:00 p.m. EST with other HBO playdates to follow on April 20th (11:00 p.m., 1:00 a.m.), 21st (midnight), 22nd (8:00 p.m., 11:00 p.m.), 23rd (midnight), 24th (10:00 p.m.), 25th (9:00 p.m.) and 26th (12:45 a.m.). HBO2 playdates include April 21st (9:00 p.m.), 25th (3:30 a.m.) and 27th (3:30 p.m., 8:00 p.m.). The episode summary includes Tyrion pondering his options, Tywin extends an olive branch, Sam realizes Castle Black isn’t safe, and Jon proposes a bold plan. The Hound teaches Arya the state of affairs, while Daenerys chooses her champion.
Episode #34 is entitled Oathkeeper and debuts on Sunday, April 27th at 9:00-10:00 p.m. EST with other HBO playdates to follow on April 27th (11:30 p.m., 2:00 a.m.), 28th (10:30 p.m.), 29th (9:00 p.m., 11:00 p.m.) and 30th (12:30 a.m.), as well as a HBO2 playdate of April 28 at 9:00 p.m. EST. The episode summary revolves around Daenerys’ attempts to manage her leadership role, Jaime and Brienne’s relationship, Jon manages to secure volunteers, while Bran, Jojen, Meera, and Hodor stumble on shelter.
The Emmy and Golden Globe-winning HBO series Game of Thrones returns for its ten-episode fourth season on April 6th at 9:00-10:00 p.m. EST, only on HBO.
By Leigh Haugh
Los Angeles Times
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