[WARNING: This article contains SPOILERS for Game of Thrones.]
With the season 4 premiere of Game of Thrones less than two weeks away, HBO has the series' loyal viewers whipped into a frenzy thanks to a constant stream of trailers, sneak peeks, and featurettes - all teasing what direction the series will take in the aftermath of "The Red Wedding."Following along with that strategy, HBO has released two more trailers, though neither contain any new or extended footage. The first trailer (above) features quick shots of characters giving furtive glances intercut with sword-swinging, fire-breathing action. The flurry of images are all connected by this season's ominous tagline: All Men Must Die. It's unclear whether or not that phrase is meant as a warning or prophecy, but either way, it most certainly does not mean things will get any easier for those seeking the Iron Throne - or for those running from it.
The second trailer (below) has narration from Kit Harrington's Jon Snow, a character whose journey took a drastic turn last season after appearing to switch sides and traveling with the wildlings north of The Wall.
Now Jon is back with his brothers at Castle Black, preparing to defend the realm from the invading wildlings and whatever other threats come at them from the north. With the Starks for the most part out of the picture, the Lannisters prepare to celebrate with the wedding of Joffrey (Jack Gleason) to Margaery Tyrell (Natalie Dormer). New faces come to King's Landing, and new threats as well, and siblings Cersei (Lena Headey), Jamie (Nikolaj Coster-Waldeau), and Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) must face them all.
Of the surviving Starks, Bran (Isaac Hempstead-Wright) continues his spiritual journey beyond the wall, Arya (Maisie Williams) wanders the Riverlands with the Hound (Rory McCann), and Sansa (Sophie Turner) continues to be the Lannisters' prisoner. While out east, Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) learns the hardships that come with ruling and faces difficulties with her ever-growing dragons.
Expect the drama and intrigue of season 4 to be even more intense, and the death toll only higher. From an adaptation standpoint, there will be more changes made from the source material than in previous seasons, keeping even fans caught up with the books guessing at where the show will go next. And while showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss envision the series wrapping in about seven or eight seasons, the momentum surrounding Game of Thrones doesn't show any signs of slowing down.
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Game of Thrones season 4 premieres on Sunday, April 6th @9pm on HBO.