Yeah… I know this is late. So sue me. I’ve got Ozlings to feed.
Fourteen and a half minutes of dragon-coated bliss. I will admit I was merely just expecting clips from the 1st pre-released trailer with maybe a couple of yet-unseen bonus clips.
But what we got was a feast worthy of a post from your resident viewer-only. Let’s get into it…
I like disclaimers, so here is the featurette version… proceed with caution: I have NOT delved into any comments to get some inside scoop on all of the unknowns delivered in this epic season teaser. I was so elated by it that I did lurk into the comment section of the featurette post itself only to voice my excitement and to gauge interest in an Unsullied write up. I quickly exited stage left.
That being said, I will definitely get some characters, locations, and ideas completely wrong (as well as the proper spelling of).
The point of this fine post is to try to give the Sullied an idea of what some (not all) Unsullied might be thinking after viewing this magnificence.
PLEASE, do not put spoilers in the comment section. The mods do their best, but they all have jobs and responsibilities too. As much as we would love to make a living on this fine site, we just don’t. So be respectful of the Unsullied army, and I will make sure the Unsullied army respect you. (They shall be punished with nipple removal if they do not).
Oh, and one more thing… as difficult as it is to not drop hints for the Unsullied, please try and refrain. None of that “hey Oz, you need to go back to point X on the video and notice that guy sitting on the rock with his pants pulled down halfway with the burnt ass cheek… pay special attention to him”, or something of the like.
So, here goes!
The Quick Hits
The quick clips at the beginning were hard to follow, but I will give it a shot…
Let’s make a sword!
Joff and Marg about to seal the deal.
Man on a horse with a banner I couldn’t delineate.
Sam attempting to get to first base with Gilly.
Mhysa Part II
Jaime’s good hand
King Crossbow (holding the singing sword)
Arya making her second (technically third) kill?
Oh shit… is that Jaime fighting Bronn?
Marg talking to QoT?
Bran warging at the Weirwood Tree, as coached by Hodor
Melisandre with mystery woman
Cersei and Tywin looking like Lannisters.
Who is this guy getting bum-rushed in the street? And what does it say on the wall? Kill the master? Don’t answer that.
Snow snowing on somebody’s ass
Mountain v.3? Oh hell yes.
Ygritte getting ready to plant another one in Snow?
A Knight charging against a guy standing in front of Dany and the Unsullied (Daario?)
How far do you want me to go with this? These were just the clips at the beginning. Holy crap.
The opening quote from Jon Snow I assume is in reference to the current state of affairs at the Wall and of the Crows. Much has transpired there while he was coercing with Mance and hot tubing with Ygritte.
In the interest of time (and space) I won’t say much about the cast interviews here. I do enjoy hearing how the cast feels about certain aspects of the show. In other news, McElhatton has apparently not showered since Season 3 wrapped. And I don’t care. Team Bolton.
And as Dinklage says, where do you go from there?
A Lot Of Action
The first part seems to center on the future of Tyrion, which is fine by me. There is a reason Dinklage is an Emmy award winner and fan favorite. I don’t know what the hell he has done, but the outcome doesn’t seem promising. Won’t make baby with Sansa? Caught with Shae? Slapped the King?
I hate to see the guy mistreated because he is “guilty of being a dwarf”, but the issues at hand (or possibly with “the Hand”) have got my attention. Add the Jaime dynamic back to the mix, and I simply can’t wait to see how it plays out.
I will step out here and guess that this guy is the infamous “Red Viper”. Vengeance is mentioned and it seems he has some sort of beef with the Lannisters. And I’m quite sure that is our new guy squaring off against the Mountain in the circle in the opening clips.
Now, assuming the above is correct, you better be a badass with a name like “Red Viper” (or be the driver of a Dodge sports car combined with being a badass). Furthermore, if you are going to go one on one with the Mountain (regardless of which Version you are fighting), I sincerely hope you know what you are doing. Otherwise, Pedro may be looking for work sooner than later.
Oh, and it looks like he is making out with this girl I dated in High School.
First of all, Maisie cracks my shit up.
To reinforce the Future of Joffrey and his inevitable demise, a scene is shown of him mouthing off to Jaime about not being around to help at the Battle of Blackwater. The growing list of people Joffrey continues to piss off is becoming insurmountable. I am happy to see jackass #2 (Ser Meryn) will be returning.
Had the Bbsus2 chord kicked, I’m pretty sure I would have fallen of the couch.
The Royal Wedding just looks phenomenal. This show rarely disappoints. Here’s hoping that Prince cameos as the wedding singer.
I’ve said this before, but during the Season I feel like we are all treated to a feature film every Sunday night because of the grandiose sets alone. It may be the new TV of House Oz, but they seem to look even better in S4.
Emilia mentions that the cities that have been liberated are in revolt due to a lack of structure and/or leadership. I’m not sure where this is headed other than the possibility of some backtracking by Dany and the Jedi to clean things up. I’ll be honest here… the statement somewhat reminded me of the state of affairs of Iraq after Saddam was ousted and how the country seemed out of control following. The comparison of the two is likely way off base, but it was the first thing that came to mind as I tried to make a mental comparison.
Now, on to the dragons…
One aspect that admittedly has not crossed my mind during my loose analysis of this show is the possibility that the dragons would not mind their mother. Emilia hints at this in the interview along with THE MAN saying, “They’re dragons Khaleesi. They can never be tamed.”
This new twist is intriguing to say the least and really brings a newfound interest on my part in the Dany storyline.
As we have all discussed at length, Jon’s story and Kit’s subsequent acting have been a bit controversial for the duration of the show. I maintain the belief that Kit is a good actor and has merely been a victim of his situation and the associated writing.
I am hopeful that this will be Kit’s best season. He looks to have a very big part at The Wall, which appears to be a major location for events to unfold in S4.
Weirdest Thing the Cast Has Had to do
Someone please remind me of which episode Hodor shows his Hodor.
“I don’t know what they’re paying you, but it’s not enough.” Eternal words of wisdom from John Bradley.
And Brienne seems entirely too happy about biting off a man’s ear and spitting it in his face.
I don’t know that I can say anything more witty that hasn’t already been said about the Dancing Lannisters, other than it would be a cool name for a band.
Kit has this one right… Bronn does have some of the best.
That time when Hodor said “Hodor” was hilarious.
And who is the “nothing” guy? Again, don’t answer that.
Bran lost a bet and had to wear a Cyndi Lauper wig for his interview. But Luwin’s death was horribly sad.
Robb, Cat, Ned of course. Hell, there have been many sad deaths in their own way, with the exception of maybe Viserys and Craster.
Now, here we go.
As mentioned, the Wall looks to be a point of emphasis in S4 and I’ll take more Tormund anytime.
“Things get going much more quickly.” Were things ever slow on this show? The cast and crew talk of more action sequences, which is fine by me. But I do hope the show doesn’t make things more action-packed just for the sake of. GoT has always had a good mix IMO.
No building to one climactic moment. Does this mean no Epic 9? Or does this mean that every episode is an Epic 9? This makes the show sound like anything can happen at anytime, even more so than in previous seasons.
We get a brief shot of Ramsay looking ominous and bloody. I can’t wait to see that guy again, especially if we get a scene with he and Roose.
Jaime seems to be presenting Brienne with a new dress of armor, which hopefully means he is taking care of the she-beast and making sure she is treated well. Then Brienne and Marg are seen together, potentially hunting King. Could Brienne be sworn to protect Marg next?
Stannis! There have not been many clips of the man, but this one with Davos looks like they are once again sailing together. Headed North perhaps?
And who the hell is Baelish looking at? Dear Lord, let it be Lysa. It doesn’t look like its Lysa. But I want some Lysa.
Judging by Hodor’s face, things may not be going so well beyond the Wall.
Then Maisie says that the good guys are coming back. I did not think that was possible in this show.
And before it comes to an end, this is said:
“We hope people, when they come out of the season will feel that the impact of the season as a whole will be greater than the impact of the previous season.”
Every time something dramatic or climactic happens on the show, I always ask myself how they are going to top it. But somehow, they always do.
Could this be the best season yet?
Sullied or Unsullied, no one can answer that. But it looks to be the most action-packed of them all. As per the norm, I am always looking forward to meeting new characters. But I am most interested in the old characters that have not had scenes together in the recent past or ever before… Jaime/Tyrion, Jaime/Tywin, Jaime/Cersei, Littlefinger/Lysa, Ramsay/Roose, Snow/Alliser Thorne, etc.
The question on whether or not the dragons will be bigger has already been answered… yes, slightly. That shot shows someone about to be barbecued, but what struck me was the damn size comparison between the two.
Stupid question time: Is the shadow of the dragon flying over King’s Landing? I don’t care if you answer this one… just make sure it’s a very short, non-descriptive answer. I don’t know where else that would be, but I am only doubting myself because of the shock of the dragons potentially making it over to Westeros this season. At the pace of slave city liberation, I did not see this happening until Season 5 or maybe even 6. But once again, I know nothing.
That’s it for me Ladies and Sers. I will return for the off-season Looking Forward Season 4 finale soon and maybe a quick thought post on the #2 trailer. The only thing that is really puzzling me about the 2nd trailer was the back of the head of something that looked like Xerxes and the Albino had a baby, and got really big, like fast.
And remember, NO SPOILERS in the comments. But feel free to say Hello. It’s always good to talk to you guys!
Hasta luego, be nice to each other, and may there be peace in your realm. –Oz
“Unbowed. Unbent. Unsullied.”