Game of Thrones- Ten Things From the Books to Look Forward to in Season 4
I finished the 5th
book of a Song of Ice and Fire, A Dance with Dragons. So far, it has been an
intense but captivating journey navigating George R.R. Martin's
dark and complicated world. Like many people, I picked up the books
after watching the critically acclaimed Game of Thrones series based
that I know what to expect in the upcoming fourth season I'm all that
more excited for April 6th
(the premiere date) to role around.
The end of season 3 gave viewers the shocking, horrifying conclusion
to Robb Stark's rebellion and story arc known as the Red Wedding.
The fourth season, which will probably cover nearly all of the second
half of the third book Storm of Swords, will be even more intense. If
you're skeptical you need only check out the new, incredibly awesome
teaser trailer released a few weeks ago (Above).
So, as the Realm, prepares itself to dive into the game once more,
I'd like to take some time to list off 10 events from the books that
we can probably look forward to seeing in Season 4 of Game of
Unlike the books, where Theon
Greyjoy's torture at the hands of Ramsay Snow was mostly implied,
the series went out of its way in the third season to show us why the
Bolton's sigil is a flayed (skinned) man. A few clips from the
trailer seem to indicate Theon will make some sort of appearance in
Season 4...and chances are he'll have completely fallen into his
alternate, post Ramsay, personality Reek.
In the books, Theon's suffering at the
hands of Ramsay completely transformed him into a docile, broken
person. It also altered his appearance, making him deformed.
While the trailer clips seem to show
Theon in the same sort of state at the end of Season 3, I'm still
curious to see how the series will treat the personality of Reek and
how well Theon's actor Alfie Allen will do slipping into the skin
of a new character...don't read too much into that.
(9) Bran's Journey Beyond the Wall
While it took Bran until Season 3 to
connect with his traveling companions Meera and Jojen Reed, (in the
books they met before Theon captured Winterfell), I've enjoyed seeing
the chemistry between the three on screen. Each of the actors plays
their roles superbly. Now that they're finally going beyond the
wall, we can probably expect a closer encounter with the White
Walkers, the wights and Bran continuing to discover and utilize his
(8) Jaime and Cersei's Relationship
I should say, changed relationship.
Jaime Lannister is without a doubt one of the best characters in the
books and the TV series. Many readers and viewers, I think, can
agree. It's a testament to the writing skills of George RR Martin
that Jaime often goes from being a fan's most disliked characters to
being one of their favorites.
The transformation he undergoes in the
third book and the third season after losing his hand and developing
a strong bond with the noble Brienne, is remarkable and endearing.
In the fourth season, having finally
arrived in Kings Landing and reuniting with his family, Jaime's
change of personality will only be more pronounced. This will be
especially true with Cersei, his lover and sister, who in the books
doesn't understand her brother's change of heart. This difference
causes a deepening rift between the two which I don't doubt will be
shown wonderfully by the actors who play them.
(7) Jorah Mormont's Disgrace
One of the performances from the series
I've loved the most as been Iain Glen's portrayal of Jorah Mormont.
The actor is just perfect in the role. Whenever he's on a screen I
see Jorah Mormont I don't see Iain Glen. The chemistry between Glen's
character and Emilia Clarke's Daenerys is also very real. The two
actors work off of each other so well and have made the complicated
relationship between their characters authentic.
This chemistry is the reason why I
think the impending schism between the two in Season 4 is going to
be one of the most memorable events in the TV series. As readers of
the books might recall, Jorah Mormont's spying of Daenerys on behalf
of Varys and the Iron Throne is revealed to her in A Storm of
Swords. Though the circumstances of this revelation will be very
different in the show (Barristan Selmy's Arstan Whitebeard subplot
having been dropped) it will still be very dramatic and have far
reaching implications for Dany and Jorah.
(6) Daenerys Taking Over Meereen
Another thing I'm excited to see,
especially after watching some of the fantastic trailer footage, is
Daenerys taking over Meereen and finally establishing herself as a
ruler. For the majority of the books and show Daenerys has been a
migrant 'beggar' queen with only a small group of followers around
her. Now, she has a real army, the credentials of having led that
army to victory against two powerful city states, the prestige of
having freed thousands of slaves...oh and three growing dragons that
can breath fire.
However, winning battles and ruling
are very different and in Season 4 as she settles into a new role as
a queen, the complicated and convoluted nature of governing will
present a new test to the last Targaryen.
(5) The Battle of Castle Black
After surviving the wildlings and
finally making it back to Castle Black in the last episode, Jon Snow
will have to prepare himself for an even bigger ordeal as the
wildlings and Mance Rayder close in on the Wall and prepare to smash
their way into the Seven Kingdoms.
The Assault on Castle Black and the
Battle of Wall, are going to be two of the biggest highlights of
Season 4. Why? Three words 'Giants Riding Mammoths'! Who doesn't want
to see that? I just hope they have the budget to make it look great.
(4) The Purple Wedding
Now, fans of the show who were
devastated by the events of the Red Wedding should be reassured.
There's another eventful wedding of a different color on the way.
Readers of the books will know exactly what I mean. 'A Lannister
Always Pays His Debts' and in Season 4 the most loathed member of
that house (And I think we all know who I mean 'cough, cough') will
That's all I'll say.
(3) The End of Shae and Tyrion's Relationship.
This plot point of Season 4 is of
particular interest to me because of how the TV series has treated
Shae and Tyrion's relationship. In the books, I never got the
impression that Shae cared about Tyrion in any meaningful way. There
were never any true moments between the two where they shared deep
feelings or concerns, never any times when Shae seemed to
particularly care about her lover or other characters she interacted
with. In the show, she is a far more complex and nuanced character.
The producers have gone out of their way, it seems, to show that she
has genuine affection for Tyrion as well as a fondness for Sansa, his
wife and her mistress.
In a Storm of Swords, the aftermath of
the Purple Wedding eventually causes Tyrion and Shae's relationship
to end in betrayal. This was predictable in the books. In the series
though, it has the potential to seem forced and out of her character.
Still, I'm confident the show will be able to handle it and present
it in a believable way.
(2) House Martell
Points one and two are closely
tied together. When I started watching the series and reading the
books, every mention of the land of Dorne and it's ruling house,
Martell intrigued me. Both were very played up as mysterious, exotic
and distant, yet both were also connected to the history of events
that occurred before the first book and first season. When the
Martells finally did make their appearance in the third book, they
were even more fascinating. Why? They were so different. To me they
injected a Middle Eastern, desert inspired culture into a world
largely influenced by Medieval, Western European society. It was
refreshing, and added a new color to the mix.
Now, the Martells are finally coming
to the silver screen. Oberyn Martell, (The Red Viper) and his
paramour Ellaria Sand, will arrive in Kings Landing and play a
pivotal role throughout the fourth season. Oberyn, especially was a
character I loved being introduced to in the books and I'm hopeful
Pedro Pascal will do a superb job playing him.
(1) The Mountain vs the Red Viper
We've seen a lot of epic duels
throughout Game of Thrones. In Season 1, Ned Stark took on Jaime
Lannister in the streets of King's Landing. In Season 2, Brienne of
Tarth bested the Knight of Flowers in a Tourney. In Season 3, the one
eyed Beric Dondarrion fought the Hound with a flaming sword and died,
only to be mysteriously resurrected by the Lord of Light.
best is yet to come though. In Season 4, we'll get to see one of my
absolute favorite moments from the books: the duel between the
Mountain that Rides (Gregor Clegane) and the previously mentioned Red
Viper of Dorne. In A Storm of Swords, this fight was written
wonderfully. The physical contrasts between the two men, the
differences in their fighting styles, and the personal history
between them makes it a truly epic event. Seeing it come to life is
going to be fantastic, though I suspect we'll need to wait most of
season before we see Dornish justice.