With only two days to go until we return to Westeros for more conspiracies, sex, bloodshed and backstabbing in the ongoing struggle for the Iron Throne, it might help to have a Game of Thrones Season 4 recap of the epic moments of the spectacular fourth season of Game of Thrones and speculate on what might be in store for us eager fans when season five premieres on April 12. Season four was a whirlwind of shocks and surprises, beginning with the unexpected (for those who haven’t read the books), and highly satisfying death of the sadistically cruel King Joffrey at his own wedding, and after that there was no telling where the season might take the remaining characters we’ve come to love and love to hate.
When last we saw our friends (and foes) in Westeros, many shocking things were happening, the most shocking of all being Tyrion Lannister being snuck out of prison by his brother Jamie days away from his execution for supposedly killing Joffrey. Jamie, not able to see his little brother killed to satisfy their sister Cersei, arranged for Lord Varys to smuggle Tyrion on a ship bound for the east. Before meeting up with Varys however, Tyrion paid a visit to his father Tywin’s chambers and found, to his horrified shock, his scorned lover Shea lying in his father’s bed. After a painful struggle in which he kills her, Tyrion confronts the big man himself with a crossbow while he’s on the crapper (or privy for you fancy folk). In a gripping emotional scene, Tyrion kills his father as payback for the lifetime of torment he put him through before meeting up with Varys, who’s also forced to board the ship after he hears the bells of King’s Landing tolling for the fallen Tywin Lannister.
The question on everyone’s mind is now that Tyrion and Varys are fugitives in a foreign land across the Narrow Sea, what will they be up to and more importantly, will they run into a certain platinum haired Queen who has three unruly teenage dragons? Last we saw Daenarys, she was still in the city of Meereen presiding over freed slaves with her army of Unsullied and after learning that one of her dragons burned a three year old girl alive, was painfully forced to lock the remaining two in the catacombs. Daenarys is undoubtedly a fan favorite and if she crosses paths with another favorite, Tyrion, there’s no telling what could come of their meeting. Tyrion would be a priceless alley in her quest to retake the Throne given that he knows just about everything about King’s Landing and his sister, who he now too has as much reason to hate. If Tyrion can prove his value to the mother of dragons, she will truly be unstoppable once she lands in Westeros.
As for the remaining Stark children (including the bastard Jon Snow), we left with Sansa lying to protect Lord Baelish after he pushed the crazy Lady Lysa Aryn down her own moon door. Sansa seems to be learning to play the game of thrones that Baelish enjoys so much and it will be interesting to see if she’s able to manipulate even him into getting what she wants. As for Arya, she’s on a Braavosi ship headed North to Winterfell and on her own for the first time in several seasons after her traveling companion, the formidable Hound and Brienne of Tarth crossed steel in a brutal fight which left the Hound close to death. I think it’s safe to say we haven’t seen the last of the Hound and let’s hope so since he still has to kill his mammoth beast of a brother, the Mountain. It’s also safe to say we still have a lot of great things to see from Arya as well, who’ll most likely travel to the wall to find Jon.
After the epic Night’s Watch battle against the Wildlings, Jon and his brothers in black, with the aid of Stannis Baratheon and his army, are now preparing to face the terrifying threat of the white walkers as they head for the wall and the seven kingdoms beyond. Never have the words winter is coming been as true as they are now. As for Bran, who finally reached the Weirwood beyond the wall and met the mysterious children of the forest and the three eyed raven in the form of an old man, it seems he won’t be returning in season 5, according to the showrunners. Evidently, Bran’s story-arc has already reached its end point in George R.R. Martin’s latest book. We’ll have to wait a while before catching up with Bran, but something tells me there are big things in store once we do.
As season five of Game of Thrones dawns, there’s no telling what shocking twists and turns will occur, especially since the show is said to be diverging more from the books in regards to what characters live and die. As fans know all too well, it’s better to not get attached to any character because there’s no telling who might eat it next. As Cersei Lannister said way back in the first season, “When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die…”