Westeros invaded New York last night, as a brand-new episode of Game of Thrones was shown at the Avery Fisher Hall, ahead of the fourth season’s premiere on HBO in less than three weeks. To further commemorate the occasion, yet another trailer – the fourth in total – for the show’s new season was unveiled online; it features plenty in the way of previously-unseen footage, accompanied by yet another haunting tune with “Devil Inside” (performed by London Grammar).
It’s not just real-world Thrones fans who are still reeling from “The Red Wedding” in season 3; the repercussions of that gruesome event continue to reveal themselves, in the actions and behavior of the surviving players around Westeros.
Well, that is with the exception of Dany (Emilia Clarke), who’s still on the other side of the world – and has enough on her plate as is, between dealing out justice as she sees fit (“Let the priests argue over good and evil.”) and maintaining control over her rapidly-growing, fire-breathing “children.”
Meanwhile, a physically – and, to some degree, spiritually – changed Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) is a new variable in the game at King’s Landing; he looks to stir things up even more within the already-tense ranks of his family. If that wasn’t enough, there is also the addition of dubious newcomer Prince Oberyn Martell of Dorne (Pedro Pascal), a.k.a. “The Red Viper”, whose trailer line that “The Lannisters aren’t the only ones who pay their debts” feels as much like a threat as it does a promise.
Elsewhere, as the latest season 4 trailer reminds us, the remaining Stark offspring (that includes Jon Snow (Kit Harington)) are spread out across the land and getting up to their own various (mis)adventures – good thing too, since their lives are now in greater danger than ever. Indeed, nobody’s ever been truly “safe” on Game of Thrones, but the marketing for this season in particular has been driving that point home harder than past seasonal hype-building campaigns.
Season 4 is certainly poised to be both Thrones‘ most visually-impressive and action-packed season thus far, with the show’s already-sizeable budget having been increased to cover the expenditures from designing innumerable costumes and props, as well as the construction of detailed sets in remote areas within countries like Iceland and Ireland.
Of course, that wouldn’t matter so much if viewers weren’t already heavily invested in the lives of so many members of the show’s vast, vast character ensemble. (Well, except for Joffrey, that is.) Similarly, showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are gearing up to pitch even more curveballs at Game of Thrones fans this season; that includes mixing things up from the books, possibly in a way that makes things more cohesive story-wise (compared to how author George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire source novels unfold at this stage).
Game of Thrones season 4 premieres on HBO on April 6th, 2014.