With season 3 now over (man, it sucks to have to say that), it’s time to turn our focus to season 4. We know that season 4 will encompass the second half of A Storm of Swords. But how exactly will the writers adapt it? Which events and characters will be included, which will be cut and which will be condensed? And might they take material from the later books, A Feast for Crows and A Dance with Dragons, and include it in season 4 as well? These two articles look to answer those questions and will provide a good jumping off point for further discussion and speculation.
First up, this article from Jennifer Vineyard over at Vulture speculates what the main storylines of season 4 will be, with a little help from me and some other prominent members of the Game of Thrones fan community. While this story contains spoilers, they are of the “episode synopsis” variety, not a spelling out of every major plot point.
This post by Charlie Jane Anders of io9 on the other-hand is a spoiler-fest. Only read it if you’ve read ALL of the Ice & Fire books. It includes some comprehensive speculation on not just the storylines for season 4 but future seasons as well. Anders recruits Elio Garcia of Westeros.org and Adam Whitehead of The Wertzone for assistance in mapping everything out.
Winter Is Coming: My own thinking is that season 4 will contain almost exclusively A Storm of Swords material. There are still a lot of major events that take place in the second half of that novel, especially in the locales of King’s Landing and the Wall. I think focusing season 4 around those two strong narrative arcs, and sprinkling in some of the other smaller arcs, would be the best way to handle it. Cramming more characters and more storylines and more locations from later books into the next season would cause things to become too muddled. There is plenty of time to tell those stories in later seasons. Let’s not rush things too much!
What does everyone else think? How do you think season 4 will play out? What will be the main storylines and where will they end each? And do you think we will see events from later books next season? Feel free to speculate away in the comments below.
IMPORTANT SPOILER NOTE: Since this discussion will be nothing but plot points from future books, we are going to lift our usual policy of covering all spoilers. Otherwise the comment section will look like a redacted CIA document. Book readers, feel free to discuss later events out in the open here and Unsullied, stay away!