Who will die this season? Will Dany come closer to being Queen? Will Rob and Catlyn Stark’s deaths be avenged? We have the synopsis for the first four episodes of Game of Thrones Season 4 and a look ahead.  

It’s been so long since we last saw our favourite citizens of Westeros and beyond, but as HBO announced, Season 4 is set to be a thrilling ride that you’ll never forget. Would you expect anything less?

Last season, audiences (especially for fans who have not read the books) were left in shock when Rob Stark, his mother, Catlyn Stark, and most of his men were slaughtered to their deaths at the Red Wedding at Ser Walder Frey’s castle. Jon Snow remained in limbo making his journey back to Castle Black with the enemy and his former love, Ygritte, whom he betrayed. Arya was still in The Hound’s clutches, Dany was sacking another city, Bran, with Hodor, Jojen and Meera Reed, was heading North for some unknown supernatural purpose, Tyrion became engaged to poor Sansa Stark and the poisonous King Joffrey became engaged to Margeary Tyrell. While all this was going on, the war of the five kings continued in full force. Oh, and that little rat Theon Greyjoy, whose actions set off dire consequences, was taken prison by a man, Ramsay Snow, who’s proven to be even more sick than Joffrey.

This season, which is based on the second half of George R.R. Martin’s third book A Storm of Swords, continues the dangerous journey in the game of thrones.

Encouraged by the Red Wedding slaughter in the Riverlands that wiped out many of their Stark nemeses, the Lannisters’ hold on the Iron Throne remains intact… but can they survive their own egos, as well as new and ongoing threats from the south, north and east? While an unbowed Stannis Baratheon continues to rebuild his army in Dragonstone, a more immediate danger comes from the south, as Oberyn Martell, the Lannister-loathing “Red Viper of Dorne,” arrives at King’s Landing to attend Joffrey’s wedding to Margaery Tyrell, and perhaps act on an ulterior agenda.

In the north, a depleted Night’s Watch seems overmatched against the inexorable Wall advances of Mance Rayder’s army of wildlings, which in turn is being trailed by an even more formidable foe: the undead White Walkers. As if that weren’t enough, Daenerys Targaryen, accompanied by her menacing trio of dragons and army of Unsullied, is poised to liberate Meereen, the largest city in Slaver’s Bay, which could ultimately provide her with enough ships to sail to Westeros and reclaim the Iron Throne.

The individual episode synopses offer subtle hints as to what we can expect this season. here are the first previews for episodes 1 to 4.

“Two Swords”
Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) welcomes a guest to King’s Landing. At Castle Black, Jon Snow (Kit Harington) finds himself unwelcome. Dany (Emilia Clarke) is pointed to Meereen, the mother of all slave cities. Arya (Maisie Williams) runs into an old friend.

“The Lion and the Rose:”
Tyrion lends Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) a hand. Joffrey (Jack Gleeson) and Margaery (Natalie Dormer) host a breakfast. At Dragonstone, Stannis (Stephen Dillane) loses patience with Davos (Liam Cunningham). Ramsay (Iwan Rheon) finds a purpose for his pet. North of the Wall, Bran (Isaac Hempstead Wright) sees where they must go.

“Breaker of Chains:”
Tyrion ponders his options. Tywin (Charles Dance) extends an olive branch. Sam (John Bradley) realizes Castle Black isn’t safe, and Jon proposes a bold plan. The Hound (Rory McCann) teaches Arya the way things are. Dany chooses her champion.

Dany balances justice and mercy. Jaime tasks Brienne (Gwendoline Christie) with his honor. Jon secures volunteers while Bran, Jojen (Thomas Brodie-Sangster), Meera (Ellie Kendrick) and Hodor (Kristian Nairn) stumble on shelter.

Game of Thrones premieres on April 6, on HBO at 9 p.m EST.
—Toni-Marie Ippolito

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