The 2014 Spring TV season is going to get a heavy injection of winter when Game of Thrones season 4 premieres in April. When we last left the world of Westeros, things were looking pretty bleak for those under the rule of the iron throne (that whole "Red Wedding" incident), while meanwhile across The Narrow Sea, things were actually looking more hopeful for Daenerys Targaryen and her growing army of worshippers.
The Season 4 trailer revealed that the show will jump right back into the thick of things, dealing with the hard aftermath of the Red Wedding, and how our cast of likables (I hesitate to call anyone "hero" on this show) deal with - and hopefully bounce back from - the harrowing loss of Robb and Catelyn Stark, as well as the collapse of the "Young Wolf's" rebellion against the insidious tyranny of King Joffrey and the Lannister clan in King's Landing.
Today we have new Game of Thrones character posters, as well as teaser clips that each focus on one of the main characters playing in the game. The idea is to give fans an ominous hint as to what challenges and peril our main cast of characters will face in this brave new changed world - with the videos and posters all carrying the equally ominous tag of "Valar Morghulis" ("All Men Must Die"). In Game of Thrones we now know that motto to be the only certainty we can speak of, in a show where any and all men, women and children are fair game for the slaughter.
The Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) teaser (up top) hints that The Imp will land himself in prison for some perceived crime; though given Tyrion's penchant for scheming and mischief, that crime could literally be anything. The Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) teaser seems to suggest that ruling on foreign shores is only one of the problems that the Targaryen queen will face; fast-growing and increasingly savage dragons will be another. Finally, the "Direwolf" teaser checks us in with the remaining Stark children - Arya (Maisie Williams), Sansa (Sophie Turner), Bran (Isaac Hempstead Wright) and Jon Snow (Kit Harington) - with the unifying hint that each of them will have to step up to plate in some kind of way, following the death of their brother and mother.
If you've read the books, you know where this is all headed - though even know-it-all GoT book fans (like me) are in for some surprises, now that we know that season 4 of the show will actually be reaching from the second half of book 3 all the way into events of book 5 to craft this television version of the story. That alone adds an element of novelty for everyone who watches the show, not just those ignorant of the next set twists (and deaths) in the story.
BONUS: Check out final character posters for Season 4 - CLICK ANY POSTER for a brief summary of that character.
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We'll see how it all plays out when Game of Thrones season 4 premieres April 6, 2014 on HBO.
Sources: EW & HBO