‘Game of Thrones’ Season 4 Trailer: Which Side Are You On?

Published 7 months ago by , Updated January 13th, 2014 at 10:12 pm,

[NOTE: This post contains MAJOR SPOILERS for Game of Thrones Season 3]

Winter is (still) coming and HBO is again preparing for the return of their hit series Game of Thrones. Once a niche book series beloved by fantasy fans (but unknown to most mainstream movie and TV viewers), George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire has become an entertainment phenomenon – and one of the most anticipated TV events of each year. Breaking HBO viewing records, the network green lit season 4 of the show (to the surprise of no one) only a few short days after the season 3 premiere was viewed by over 6.7 million viewers.

Now, after a few brief snippets of new Game of Thrones footage, HBO has unveiled the first full trailer for season 4 – including a thorough look at the state of Westeros following the tumultuous events of the season 3 finale (not to mention “The Red Wedding”).

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The trailer centers on malevolent ruler King Joffrey who, in traditional naive fashion, claims victory over his enemies – once again taking credit for maintaining Lannister/Baratheon rule. Humbled by his experiences in season 3, resulting in the severing of his right hand, Jaime Lannister counsels his kingly “nephew” to not underestimate their opponents – ensuring Joffrey that the conflict is far from over. After all, given the death toll in the last few episodes of season 3, plenty of characters will, no doubt, be calling for Joffrey’s head.

The rest of the trailer showcases the state of fan-favorite characters including Tyrion “Half-Man” Lannister, Jon Snow, and Daenerys Targaryen, among countless others – highlighting that this is not a world of black and white, since there is good and evil engrained in every side of the conflict. Fans also get their first look at “The Red Viper” Prince Oberyn Nymeros Martell (portrayed by Pedro Pascal) – seen talking to Tyrion and dueling with “The Mountain” Gregor Clegane (who was recast, again, and will be played by Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson).

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As fans of the books are already aware, each Game of Thrones season is not a straightforward summary of each book – and season four of the show will predominantly follow the second half of the third book, A Storm of Swords along with sections of the fifth book, A Dance with Dragons. While we won’t spoil the actual events that will unfold in the upcoming slate of episodes, it’s safe to say that Jon Snow actor Kit Harrington wasn’t lying when he indicated that the upcoming season will be even darker and feature plenty of the heartbreaking character deaths that have shocked viewers over the prior three seasons.

Which side are you on?

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Game of Thrones returns for season 4 April 6th on HBO.

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  1. They are moving too fast….some characters already have book 5 material. even though the production value is high and excellent, i’m afraid this is an unacceptable adaptation in my eyes.

    • Can’t tell if joking.

      Books 4 and 5 run concurrently, so I don’t see how that is a problem. It would have been better chronologically in the books, and I am happy the TV show is taking that route.

      Better than the books in my eyes.

      • Better than the books??? ….hmmm

        • Whilst the show is definitely not better than the books, it’s still a very well done adaption.

    • Don’t watch it then!

  2. Last seasons trailer was way better but I still cant wait!

  3. It’s true they’re breaking away from the books, which is inevitable. Martin’s a great writer, but the show’s just exceeding the pace of his books. Personally a fan of both mediums, and I’m DYING to see this season unfold as I’m still only about 300 pages into A Storm of Swords.

    • How long is the the entire book?

      • Over a thousand pages.

  4. So pumped! Can’t wait!

  5. how many books are in game of thrones series

    • 5 books so far, and there will be 7 when the books are finished. (Also, just a note, the book series is called “A Song of Ice and Fire” only the first book is called Game of Thrones.

    • 7 in total but only 5 are out at the moment.
      From memory, I think the tv series is only going for 7 seasons also.

  6. The Red Viper is one of my favorite characters of the entire series and I view the show as separate from the book. Couldn’t be more excited!

    • <<<<<<<<<>>>>

      how could the red viper be your favorite character?

      hE doesn’t appear for more than half a book, and plays no major role in the story line (as far as HIS character is concerned).

      • I don’t suppose it matters for how much of the book he is featured, he does make quite an impact, more of an impact than some of the main characters in my opinion. He isn’t one of my favourites personally, but I can see why he would be for some people.

  7. The younger actors are aging faster than their characters – especially Bran (puberty!). After this season, they’ll only have adapted half of the planned series. If this show lasts through Book 7, I wonder how they’re gonna adjust to account for this. Personally, I’d rather see a rewrite (cut to a few years ahead?) than a recast.

    • The show has loosely followed the idea that each season combined with time between seasons equals a year, so the actors, while older than their characters, are not dramatically older.

      Now this one season = one year thing is completely impossible to square with actual events, but that’s what they’re doing — hence, for instance, that scene in the season 3 finale where Aemon inquires as to whether Sam is the father of Gilly’s baby, which would only be possible if the Watch ranging has lasted over nine months. Likewise, Jaime claimed he was in captivity for a year, so season 2 apparently covered that length of time.

      • I think the inquiry was to whether Sam was the adoptive father or not rather than actual father, particularly since he knows she was one of Crasters wives. And Jamie was in captivity for over a year in the books as well, as the 5 books have covered a time span of about3 or 4 years so far.

      • I guess I shouldn’t worry. I also forgot that they cast the Stark kids a little older than the books. Sansa was 11 years old in the first book. I believe Sophie Turner was 16 when the show started.

  8. Holy s***… I’m speechless. This doesn’t just look epic like expected, but you can see the aftermath of the events of Season 3 in the eyes of everyone involved. One can feel the tension.

    Now we all know the risks, and after The Red Wedding – well, there is no such thing as safety. Fear and terror shall hunt us throughout this season. Winter is truly coming!
    “If you think this has a happy ending, you haven’t been paying attention”.

    • As long as Daenerys is still alive I’ll watch the show. I love her character arc! She’s the only person I’m truly invested in. The moment she dies will be the day I stop watching the show. Give the viewers what they want… More dragons!

      • I love the show along with the book series but I am like you, Daenerys character is the only one that has me coming back for more. Can’t wait for this season but I don’t know about everyone else but I am actually more excited for Vikings season 2 right now. I mean, the trailer just made me stop doing what ever I was doing and made me pee a little in excitement

  9. Haven’t read the books, hope Aria will succeed in becoming professional killer and will kill some Lanister.

  10. “I may be on the side of the angels… but don’t think for one second that I am one of them.”

    Wait… I am confusing TV shows here…

    • are you? line almost seems fitting here. Hyped for that show to come back to.

  11. I like that the showrunners are moving onto parts of A Dance With Dragons, Daenerys’ and Jon’s story would suffer since they weren’t part on book 4.
    I had a feeling that after season 4 they were going to have to combine that past 2 books, since the story lines run concurrently and not chronologically.
    And there should be no fear of GRRM not finishing the books in the next 3 years. He has only told the story lines and how it ends to the producers in case he doesn’t finish writing the books. (although I would prefer to read them before I watch the show, but this way we will all be surprised)

  12. ” I know, I know… zombies and dragons and winter is coming. I could just do with a lot less g@y wiener in between is all.”

    ~ Butters Scotch

  13. Can. Not. Wait!!!!

  14. Don’t get me wrong, I like game of thrones but…all the characters I cared about got killed off

  15. An awesome read for all fantasy lovers! The only series that I can think of in the likes of LotR. The best part is, the story telling does not roam around a preconceived notion of good and evil like most do. Its all in the game ;)

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