HBO releases details on the April episodes of Game of Thrones Season 4
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HBO has issued a press release revealing the synopses of the first four episodes of Season Four. For spoiler reasons (veiled as they might be), those are hidden after the break. You can find the full text of the release there as well. But first, here is the season blurb:

Encouraged by the Red Wedding slaughter in the Riverlands that wiped out many of their Stark nemeses, the Lannisters’ hold on the Iron Throne remains intact … but can they survive their own egos, as well as new and ongoing threats from the south, north and east? While an unbowed Stannis Baratheon continues to rebuild his army in Dragonstone, a more immediate danger comes from the south, as Oberyn Martell, the Lannister-loathing “Red Viper of Dorne,” arrives at King’s Landing to attend Joffrey’s wedding to Margaery Tyrell, and perhaps act on an ulterior agenda. In the north, a depleted Night’s Watch seems overmatched against the inexorable Wall advances of Mance Rayder’s army of wildlings, which in turn is being trailed by an even more formidable foe: the undead White Walkers. As if that weren’t enough, Daenerys Targaryen, accompanied by her menacing trio of dragons and army of Unsullied, is poised to liberate Meereen, the largest city in Slaver’s Bay, which could ultimately provide her with enough ships to sail to Westeros and reclaim the Iron Throne.

Episode #31: “Two Swords”
Debut: SUNDAY, APRIL 6 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT)
Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) welcomes a guest to King’s Landing. At Castle Black, Jon Snow (Kit Harington) finds himself unwelcome. Dany (Emilia Clarke) is pointed to Meereen, the mother of all slave cities. Arya (Maisie Williams) runs into an old friend.

Episode #32: “The Lion and the Rose”
Debut: SUNDAY, APRIL 13 (9:00-10:00 p.m.)
Tyrion lends Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) a hand. Joffrey (Jack Gleeson) and Margaery (Natalie Dormer) host a breakfast. At Dragonstone, Stannis (Stephen Dillane) loses patience with Davos (Liam Cunningham). Ramsay (Iwan Rheon) finds a purpose for his pet. North of the Wall, Bran (Isaac Hempstead Wright) sees where they must go.

Episode #33: “Breaker of Chains”
Debut: SUNDAY, APRIL 20 (9:00-10:00 p.m.)
Tyrion ponders his options. Tywin (Charles Dance) extends an olive branch. Sam (John Bradley) realizes Castle Black isn’t safe, and Jon proposes a bold plan. The Hound (Rory McCann) teaches Arya the way things are. Dany chooses her champion.

Episode #34: “Oathkeeper”
Debut: SUNDAY, APRIL 27 (9:00-10:00 p.m.)
Dany balances justice and mercy. Jaime tasks Brienne (Gwendoline Christie) with his honor. Jon secures volunteers while Bran, Jojen (Thomas Brodie-Sangster), Meera (Ellie Kendrick) and Hodor (Kristian Nairn) stumble on shelter.

 

EMMY®- AND GOLDEN GLOBE-WINNING HBO SERIES

GAME OF THRONES RETURNS FOR FOURTH SEASON APRIL 6

             Encouraged by the Red Wedding slaughter in the Riverlands that wiped out many of their Stark nemeses, the Lannisters’ hold on the Iron Throne remains intact…but can they survive their own egos, as well as new and ongoing threats from the south, north and east? While an unbowed Stannis Baratheon continues to rebuild his army in Dragonstone, a more immediate danger comes from the south, as Oberyn Martell, the Lannister-loathing “Red Viper of Dorne,” arrives at King’s Landing to attend Joffrey’s wedding to Margaery Tyrell, and perhaps act on an ulterior agenda. In the north, a depleted Night’s Watch seems overmatched against the inexorable Wall advances of Mance Rayder’s army of wildlings, which in turn is being trailed by an even more formidable foe: the undead White Walkers. As if that weren’t enough, Daenerys Targaryen, accompanied by her menacing trio of dragons and army of Unsullied, is poised to liberate Meereen, the largest city in Slaver’s Bay, which could ultimately provide her with enough ships to sail to Westeros and reclaim the Iron Throne.

The Emmy®- and Golden Globe-winning GAME OF THRONES returns for its ten-episode fourth season SUNDAY, APRIL 6 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO, followed by other episodes on subsequent Sundays at the same time. Based on the bestselling fantasy book series by George R.R. Martin, the hit series is an epic story of treachery and nobility set on the continent of Westeros, where summers and winters can last years, and only the lust for power is eternal.

Returning series regulars on GAME OF THRONES this season include: Emmy® and Golden Globe winner Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister), Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister), Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister), Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen), Charles Dance (Tywin Lannister), Aidan Gillen (Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish), Jack Gleeson (Joffrey Baratheon), Kit Harington (Jon Snow), Diana Rigg (Lady Olenna Tyrell), Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark), Maisie Williams (Arya Stark) and Isaac Hempstead Wright (Bran Stark).

Additional returning series regulars this season include: Alfie Allen (Theon Greyjoy), Jerome Flynn (Bronn), Conleth Hill (Varys), John Bradley (Samwell Tarly), Gwendoline Christie (Brienne of Tarth), Liam Cunningham (Davos Seaworth), Stephen Dillane (Stannis Baratheon), Natalie Dormer (Margaery Tyrell), Iain Glen (Jorah Mormont), Kristofer Hivju (Tormund Giantsbane), Sibel Kekilli (Shae), Rose Leslie (Ygritte), Rory McCann (Sandor “The Hound” Clegane), Michael McElhatton (Roose Bolton), Iwan Rheon (Ramsay Snow) and Carice van Houten (Melisandre).

Returning cast members include: Jacob Anderson (Grey Worm), Thomas Brodie-Sangster (Jojen Reed), Nathalie Emmanuel (Missandei), Ciaran Hinds (Mance Rayder), Finn Jones (Loras Tyrell), Ellie Kendrick (Meera Reed), Kristian Nairn (Hodor) and Gemma Whelan (Yara Greyjoy).

New cast members for the fourth season include: Pedro Pascal (Oberyn Martell), Indira Varma (Ellaria Sand, Oberyn’s paramour), Roger Ashton-Griffiths (Lord Mace Tyrell), Michiel Huisman (Daario Naharis, a mercenary ally to Daenerys), Yuri Kolokolnikov (Styr, a wildlings chief) and Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson (Ser Gregor Clegane, a.k.a. “The Mountain”).

April’s episodes:

            Episode #31: “Two Swords”

Debut: SUNDAY, APRIL 6 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT)

Other HBO playdates: April 6 (11:00 p.m., 1:00 a.m.), 7 (11:00 p.m.), 8 (9:00 p.m., 11:00 p.m.), 9 (12:30 a.m.), 10 (10:00 p.m.), 11 (9:00 p.m.), 12 (10:15 p.m.) and 18 (8:00 p.m.)

HBO2 playdates: April 7 (9:00 p.m.), 11 (4:00 a.m.) and 13 (4:15 p.m., 8:00 p.m.)

Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) welcomes a guest to King’s Landing. At Castle Black, Jon Snow (Kit Harington) finds himself unwelcome. Dany (Emilia Clarke) is pointed to Meereen, the mother of all slave cities. Arya (Maisie Williams) runs into an old friend.

Written by David Benioff & D. B. Weiss; directed by D. B. Weiss.

Episode #32: “The Lion and the Rose”

Debut: SUNDAY, APRIL 13 (9:00-10:00 p.m.)

Other HBO playdates: April 13 (11:00 p.m., 1:00 a.m.), 14 (11:30 p.m.), 15 (9:00 p.m., 11:00 p.m.), 16 (12:15 a.m.), 17 (10:00 p.m.), 18 (9:00 p.m.), 19 (12:45 a.m.) and 25 (8:00 p.m.)

HBO2 playdates: April 14 (9:00 p.m.), 18 (3:30 a.m.) and 20 (4:45 p.m., 8:00 p.m.)

Tyrion lends Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) a hand. Joffrey (Jack Gleeson) and Margaery (Natalie Dormer) host a breakfast. At Dragonstone, Stannis (Stephen Dillane) loses patience with Davos (Liam Cunningham). Ramsay (Iwan Rheon) finds a purpose for his pet. North of the Wall, Bran (Isaac Hempstead Wright) sees where they must go.

Written by George R.R. Martin; directed by Alex Graves.

Episode #33: “Breaker of Chains”

Debut: SUNDAY, APRIL 20 (9:00-10:00 p.m.)

Other HBO playdates: April 20 (11:00 p.m., 1:00 a.m.), 21 (midnight), 22 (8:00 p.m., 11:00 p.m.), 23 (midnight), 24 (10:00 p.m.), 25 (9:00 p.m.) and 26 (12:45 a.m.)

HBO2 playdates: April 21 (9:00 p.m.), 25 (3:30 a.m.) and 27 (3:30 p.m., 8:00 p.m.)

Tyrion ponders his options. Tywin (Charles Dance) extends an olive branch. Sam (John Bradley) realizes Castle Black isn’t safe, and Jon proposes a bold plan. The Hound (Rory McCann) teaches Arya the way things are. Dany chooses her champion.

Written by David Benioff & D. B. Weiss; directed by Alex Graves.

Episode #34: “Oathkeeper”

Debut: SUNDAY, APRIL 27 (9:00-10:00 p.m.)

Other HBO playdates: April 27 (11:30 p.m., 2:00 a.m.), 28 (10:30 p.m.), 29 (9:00 p.m., 11:00 p.m.) and 30 (12:30 a.m.)

HBO2 playdate: April 28 (9:00 p.m.)

Dany balances justice and mercy. Jaime tasks Brienne (Gwendoline Christie) with his honor. Jon secures volunteers while Bran, Jojen (Thomas Brodie-Sangster), Meera (Ellie Kendrick) and Hodor (Kristian Nairn) stumble on shelter.

Written by Bryan Cogman; directed by Michelle MacLaren.

Among the critical praise for the third season, the Hollywood Reporter called GAME OF THRONES “addictive and outstanding,” while Newsday termed the series “superb,” awarding the show an A+. The Chicago Tribune hailed the show as “spellbinding” and theWashington Post described it as “masterful.”

In Sept. 2013, GAME OF THRONES received two Emmys®, including Outstanding Makeup for a Single-Camera Series (Non-Prosthetic) and Outstanding Special Visual Effects.

In Sept. 2012, the show received six Emmys®, tied for the most of any program, including Outstanding Art Direction for a Single-Camera Series (tied with HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire”), Outstanding Costumes for a Series, Outstanding Makeup for a Single-Camera Series (Non-Prosthetic), Outstanding Sound Editing for a Series, Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series (One Hour) and Outstanding Special Visual Effects.

In Sept. 2011, the show received two Emmys®, for Outstanding Main Title Design and Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for Peter Dinklage, who also received a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television.

The executive producers of GAME OF THRONES are David Benioff, D.B. Weiss, Carolyn Strauss, Frank Doelger and Bernadette Caulfield; co-executive producers, Guymon Casady, Vince Gerardis and George R.R. Martin; producers, Chris Newman and Greg Spence.


174 Comments

  1. Rygar
    Posted March 7, 2014 at 12:22 pm | Permalink

    Mina is a dick!

    Oooh an old friend for Arya. I so hope its Hotpie!

    Tyrion lends a hand? Hmmmm

  2. Alys
    Posted March 7, 2014 at 12:24 pm | Permalink

    Funny how the first three episode summaries start with ‘Tyrion is doing something’.

  3. arden
    Posted March 7, 2014 at 12:24 pm | Permalink

    inb4 – OMG IS THIS REALLY NEWS?? MAKE COMBINED POST NEWBBBB!!

    Maisie getting Needle in ep 1, guess Hound isn’t taking a wound??/

  4. Lonestarr1337
    Posted March 7, 2014 at 12:30 pm | Permalink

    I love how hilariously vague these are.

  5. Valyrian Plastic
    Posted March 7, 2014 at 12:31 pm | Permalink

    Seems the PW episode is going to be very busy after all.

  6. Amy A.
    Posted March 7, 2014 at 12:32 pm | Permalink

    So excited… I’m counting down the days….

  7. The Dragon Demands
    Posted March 7, 2014 at 12:33 pm | Permalink

    “seems overmatched against the inexorable Wall advances of Mance Rayder’s army of wildlings, which in turn is being trailed by an even more formidable foe: “

    What the heck kind of grammar is this? “inexorable Wall advances”?

  8. Jared
    Posted March 7, 2014 at 12:34 pm | Permalink

    So it looks we have our answers about who the new series regulars will be! Gwendoline Christie, Diana Rigg, Kristofer Hivju , Michael McElhatton, and Iwan Rheon have gotten the bump.

    Those are all good choices, and in the case of Gwendoline Christie, overdue. I’m particularly excited that McElhatton’s going to be a regular – his portrayal of Roose Bolton is truly excellent, and the more screentime he gets, the better. Among those selected, I’d say Hivju is the only real surprise, but considering that he got his own promotional poster and that he’ll probably be in most if not all of Ygritte’s scenes, it makes sense in hindsight.

    Note that Joe Dempsie, who plays Gendry, is not listed as a returning regular for this season. I guess that means we won’t be seeing him this year. At the very least, we’ll be seeing much less of him. I doubt that they would leave him off the press release unless he’s going to be absent or make at most a one-episode cameo.

    With Dempsie off the list, that means only 28 of the 29 series regulars are accounted for, so that means that the last one is probably a new cast member. Given all the focus that he will receive this season, it’s almost certainly Pedro Pascal.

  9. WompWomp
    Posted March 7, 2014 at 12:34 pm | Permalink

    arden,

    Yeah, that’s really in this season. What the fish.

    Sounds good! I wonder which of Arya’s fine friends they mean…

  10. Carne
    Posted March 7, 2014 at 12:37 pm | Permalink

    Arya’s “old friend” is Polliver, I guarantee it.

  11. The Dragon Demands
    Posted March 7, 2014 at 12:37 pm | Permalink

    “Tywin (Charles Dance) extends an olive branch” — I wonder if, to pad out Stannis’s storyline until the end of the season, they might add in the subplot that one of his advisors offered Tywin a surrender agreement in which their lives would be spared if Stannis acknowledged Joffrey’s rule….and married off Shireen to the Lannisters. In response, Stannis had him burned alive.

    Granted, that Florent was his Hand of the King at the time, and Davos is already released from the dungeon and Hand, but maybe they’ll move events around a bit.

    “Olive branch”?

    Or could that be for the ironborn? Or Riverrun?

  12. Chris
    Posted March 7, 2014 at 12:39 pm | Permalink

    Jared,

    Yeah, sort of surprised they upped him to a regular one season only to drop him the next. I was looking forward to what they’d do with Gendry too, so I’m a bit bummed. I know plenty of book readers flip out when the show deviates at all, but I find it fun to have characters whose path you don’t 100% know.

  13. Valaquen
    Posted March 7, 2014 at 12:40 pm | Permalink

    Ciaran Hinds (Mance Rayder)

    Brilliant :)

  14. King Tommen
    Posted March 7, 2014 at 12:42 pm | Permalink

    Arya gets Needle in E1 (which means the Hound gets wounded another way later on)

    Tywin offering the olive branch would mean setting Margaery up with Tommen I would imagine.

    Daario vs Oznak is in E3

    It’s possible that the “shelter” Bran and crew stumble upon in E4 is Craster’s which would confirm some of the filming leaks about him being held captive there once Jon and the NW arrive.

  15. Hollyoak
    Posted March 7, 2014 at 12:45 pm | Permalink

    I never read these and don’t know why anyone would want to know what’s coming.

    But to each their own!

  16. Rygar
    Posted March 7, 2014 at 12:46 pm | Permalink

    Valaquen,

    Huh?

  17. zambi76
    Posted March 7, 2014 at 12:46 pm | Permalink

    “Olive branch”?

    I think it could be the offer to Tyrion to be sent to the Wall in exchange for a confession.

  18. cosca
    Posted March 7, 2014 at 12:49 pm | Permalink

    Rygar,

    I think he’s one of those people who was worried Mance wouldn’t be in next season (for some reason)

  19. Jared
    Posted March 7, 2014 at 12:50 pm | Permalink

    From the Episode 1 summary, “At Castle Black, Jon Snow (Kit Harington) finds himself unwelcome”. Sounds to me like Janos Slynt and Alliser Thorne will already be there at the start of the season. Perhaps this means that Jon will clash with them early on, and his ‘suicide mission’ to kill the mutineers at Craster’s Keep will replace the ‘suicide mission’ that Slynt sends him on to treat with/kill Mance Rayder in the books. Then, by the time the battle rolls around, Jon has more or less redeemed himself, making him a viable candidate to be named Lord Commander in the finale.

    Tywin “extending an olive branch” could refer to multiple things. Offering the Tyrells a marriage between Tommen and Margaery, a follow-up conversation with Jaime about reinstating him as heir to Casterly Rock (particularly if they butt heads over Jaime wanted to remain in the Kingsguard in the premiere, attempting to placate Oberyn Martell by naming him to the Small Council, or something else entirely.

  20. Steven Swanson
    Posted March 7, 2014 at 12:51 pm | Permalink

    Carne:
    Arya’s “old friend” is Polliver, I guarantee it.

    I thought so at first, but now I’m wondering if it’s Nymeria, possibly through warging. This would enable them to include the scene where Nymeria finds Catelyn’s body and Arya thus discovers she’s dead.

  21. matt s
    Posted March 7, 2014 at 12:54 pm | Permalink

    So does this mean we’re getting a Purple Breakfast instead of a Purple Wedding? If so, that’s a shame because I was kind of looking forward to all the spectacle of it. Maybe they just aren’t mentioning it to throw people off?

  22. Carne
    Posted March 7, 2014 at 12:55 pm | Permalink

    Steven Swanson,

    Possibly, but there was an actress cast as ‘Innkeeper’s Daughter’ a while back, and her CV said episode one. That’s confirmation that there will be an inn in episode 1. Then on IMDb a stunt performer named Jason Curle is credited as Polliver’s stunt double for episode 1. Anyone can edit IMDb, but as it’s a stuntman (and not an actor) it leads me to believe he simply added himself to the episode (as most crew members do).

  23. Valaquen
    Posted March 7, 2014 at 12:55 pm | Permalink

    cosca:
    Rygar,

    I think he’s one of those people who was worried Mance wouldn’t be in next season (for some reason)

    Not Mance, Hinds. So many folk were saying he wasn’t coming back, which I tried to refute every time. So it’s nice to see his name in there.

  24. Lord Varys
    Posted March 7, 2014 at 12:56 pm | Permalink

    My take on the events:

    ‘Two Swords':

    Tyrion welcomes Oberyn, Jon meets Alliser Thorne again. No idea if Slynt is already there, but it may be the case. Dany is on her way to Meereen, Arya meets Polliver again, I guess.

    ‘The Lion and the Rose':

    Tyrion pitches the Golden Hand idea to Jaime, and draws up a plan for it. The breakfast with the whole court gang, hopefully the book and the Bran murder plot revelation included. I hope Viserys II is properly defended by Tyrion during his bater with Oberyn. Followed by the whole Purple Wedding, of course. No idea about the Dragonstone part. I guess Stannis doesn’t like Davos’ suggestions. But what does he suggest? To make an alliance with Lysa? Is Ramsay already dressing Theon properly again? I doubt that, he may be allowed to escape and ends up as prey during one of the hunts…

    Bran at the weirwood tree from the trailers?

    ‘Breaker of Chains':

    Tyrion in prison. Tywin and the olive tree may be either Cersei, Jaime, or the Tyrells. I guess he’ll offer Olenna to marry Jaime to Margaery. Tyrion most certainly won’t get an olive branch. The Sam and Jon thing seems to refer to the campaign against the traitors at Craster’s Keep. Arya and Sandor meeting the dying survivor from the Twins. The duel before the walls of Meereen. It seems as if this thing is going to set as a rivalry between Daario and Jorah, with Dany eventually choosing Daario.

    ‘Oathkeeper':

    Has Dany already taken Meereen? Could be, but it would be strange… Jaime sends Brienne off with his sword to find and protect Sansa. Jon searches for volunteers to avenge the Old Bear. Bran and his gang stumble on the hut their are hiding in Bran’s first ADwD chapter. Perhaps this will turn out to be Craster Keep in the TV series. If Coldhands does show up, he could deal with the traitors in that episode.

  25. We do not Hodor
    Posted March 7, 2014 at 12:57 pm | Permalink

    I think the olive brach that Tywin offers is putting Oberyn on the small council.

  26. queenofthorns
    Posted March 7, 2014 at 12:57 pm | Permalink

    These are neat, it’s funny how they are just vague enough to tell readers exactly what is coming when but not give anything away to unsullied.

    for dany for example:

    Dany (Emilia Clarke) is pointed to Meereen, the mother of all slave cities. = 143 crucified slave children
    Dany chooses her champion. = duel with Meereen’s champion
    Dany balances justice and mercy. = 143 crucified slavers

  27. BlackBloc
    Posted March 7, 2014 at 12:58 pm | Permalink

    Clearly Arya’s old friend is Needle.

  28. oracle86
    Posted March 7, 2014 at 12:58 pm | Permalink

    Is it confirmed that PW is in episode 2?

  29. Rosie
    Posted March 7, 2014 at 1:01 pm | Permalink

    Tyrion lends Jaime a hand.

    Constantly with the hand jokes. Poor Jaime.

  30. Satin
    Posted March 7, 2014 at 1:02 pm | Permalink

    Chris:
    Jared,

    Yeah, sort of surprised they upped him to a regular one season only to drop him the next. I was looking forward to what they’d do with Gendry too, so I’m a bit bummed. I know plenty of book readers flip out when the show deviates at all, but I find it fun to have characters whose path you don’t 100% know.

    Yeah, me, too. Oh well. I doubt they’ll leave him out entirely, but it’s anybody’s guess when he’ll show up.

    (btw, something hilarious: Michael McElhatton plays Joe Dempsie’s father on New Worlds, a miniseries set in the 17th century. Wrong bastard I guess…)

  31. Rygar
    Posted March 7, 2014 at 1:07 pm | Permalink

    Valaquen,

    Well who else is going to light the fire? Jim Morrison is dead.

  32. Rygar
    Posted March 7, 2014 at 1:09 pm | Permalink

    Rosie: Constantly with the hand jokes. Poor Jaime.

    I think they are talking about Tyrion painting Jaimes bedroom. Jaime is not very handy.

  33. Ser Davos Seaworth
    Posted March 7, 2014 at 1:10 pm | Permalink

    Ser Barristan Selmy? I can’t see Ian McElhinney anywhere…?

  34. Lord Varys
    Posted March 7, 2014 at 1:11 pm | Permalink

    The idea of making the olive branch towards Stannis would be interesting. I always thought the burning on Dragonstone would have a political background, not just Mel cleansing heretics. An offer to marry Princess Shireen to King Tommen could be a good way to get Kerry Ingram back into action and make her politically important.

    I really love that girl, and want to see more of her!

    There could be some Florents on Dragonstone now, especially since season 3 left us with Stannis determined to win new allies. The family of his wife should be a top priority.

  35. Satin
    Posted March 7, 2014 at 1:14 pm | Permalink

    Ser Davos Seaworth:
    Ser Barristan Selmy? I can’t see Ian McElhinney anywhere…?

    I just meant to post that. Well, in all fairness, the cast lists say “include,” so they don’t have to put him in.

  36. Ser Davos Seaworth
    Posted March 7, 2014 at 1:16 pm | Permalink

    Satin,

    I was just hoping that Barristan the bold would become a season regular, since for what ever reason (probably boobs) Missandei will be a regular

  37. patchface
    Posted March 7, 2014 at 1:19 pm | Permalink

    I am guessing the old friend is Needle

    And yes, no Barristan?

  38. Aemon
    Posted March 7, 2014 at 1:19 pm | Permalink

    Lonestarr1337:
    I love how hilariously vague these are.

    If you think these are vague, you don’t watch Mad Men.

  39. Satin
    Posted March 7, 2014 at 1:20 pm | Permalink

    Ser Davos Seaworth,

    I don’t know, I actually like Nathalie Emmanuel as an actress. I doubt she was just added for boobs.

    McElhinney admittedly doesn’t seem the kind of actor they’d promote to regular, if you look at the people they mainly promote.

    Oh, btw, Gwendoline Christie has been in the regular list ever since S2, so she’s likely not one of the people who got promoted for this season.

  40. Ser Davos Seaworth
    Posted March 7, 2014 at 1:20 pm | Permalink

    Satin,

    Also it includes grey worm… GREY WORM? Ser Barristan > Grey Worm!

  41. patchface
    Posted March 7, 2014 at 1:23 pm | Permalink

    Ser Davos Seaworth:
    Satin,

    I was just hoping that Barristan the bold would become a season regular, since for what ever reason (probably boobs) Missandei will be a regular

    Missandei is an important character (in the books she is of course a child which means that the show character is very different), but I agree so is Barristan.

  42. Edward
    Posted March 7, 2014 at 1:25 pm | Permalink

    So? No ColdHands?

  43. Satin
    Posted March 7, 2014 at 1:27 pm | Permalink

    Ser Davos Seaworth,

    well, Tormund is a regular, so… *shrugs*

    Maybe the lists aren’t complete, or they are leaving people off to screw with us. I mean, I don’t know what would be so mysterious about Ser Barry that he couldn’t be added, but let me point out that Patrick Malahide isn’t mentioned, either, and I’d bet my “I love Benedict Cumberbatch” T-shirt that we’ll see Balon fall off a bridge this season. Likely even in ep 1, since Stannis named him before Joffrey when burning the leeches.

    Okay, this doesn’t mention Shireen and Selyse, either, and Kerry Ingram definitely tweeted that she was filming. They’ve simply left off people. Chris! We must not give up yet!

  44. Tyrion Pimpslap
    Posted March 7, 2014 at 1:33 pm | Permalink

    Ser Davos Seaworth,

    The actor needs a more powerful agent.

  45. gisizzlah
    Posted March 7, 2014 at 1:39 pm | Permalink

    alas… Dany’s ‘champion’ is not Strong Belwas….

  46. Jared
    Posted March 7, 2014 at 1:40 pm | Permalink

    Satin:
    Ser Davos Seaworth,

    I don’t know, I actually like Nathalie Emmanuel as an actress. I doubt she was just added for boobs.

    McElhinney admittedly doesn’t seem the kind of actor they’d promote to regular, if you look at the people they mainly promote.

    Oh, btw, Gwendoline Christie has been in the regular list ever since S2, so she’s likely not one of the people who got promoted for this season.

    Gwendoline Christie may have been a regular cast member contractually, but she hasn’t yet gotten her name in the opening credits. Hopefully she will get that recognition this season.

  47. WeirwoodTreeHugger
    Posted March 7, 2014 at 1:44 pm | Permalink

    Lots of overthinking going on here. Arya’s old friend is Needle and Tywin’s olive branch is either placating the Martells or the Tyrells after the chaos of the PW.

    It’s confirmed that there’s no Rickon and Osha this season.

    As I suspected, the first two episodes are extremely KL heavy and the non KL characters are only getting one scene apiece.

    What’s with Ramsay finding a use for his pet? It seems too early to send Theon to Moat Cailin. This must have something to do with Myranda. Isn’t it confirmed she’s in episode 2?

  48. Hand of the Kingslayer
    Posted March 7, 2014 at 1:44 pm | Permalink

    Edward,

    Not necessarily, if Coldhands is in he’d probably be played by Ian Whyte as a minor role. It’s not looking likely, though.

  49. Satin
    Posted March 7, 2014 at 1:46 pm | Permalink

    Jared,

    absolutely. My point was, we may have been counting wrong and the group of new regulars doesn’t include Gwen, because she already was one. (I have no idea why she wasn’t in the opening credits before. My credit fu isn’t that well-defined. I guess it’s a thing about agent negotiation skills.)

  50. Alex
    Posted March 7, 2014 at 1:48 pm | Permalink

    matt s,

    No, there’s a massive wedding. the Foreshadowing teaser said that the Purple Wedding was taking up at least half the episode. They’re just being vague.

  51. Satin
    Posted March 7, 2014 at 1:49 pm | Permalink

    WeirwoodTreeHugger:
    This must have something to do with Myranda.Isn’t it confirmed she’s in episode 2?

    I don’t think it’s confirmed as such that she’s in ep 2, people were speculating this because GRRM was talking about her and the other one in his S3 DVD commentary.

  52. Greenjones
    Posted March 7, 2014 at 1:58 pm | Permalink

    Satin,

    Well, George said on that commentary that his episode for s4 would include her. I don’t remember his exact words though. And her CV credits Alex Graves and Alik Sakharov. http://www.spotlight.com/interactive/cv/1/F134702.html

  53. Ser Davos Seaworth
    Posted March 7, 2014 at 1:59 pm | Permalink

    Satin,

    Balon will probably only have 1 (maybe 2) episodes and selyse and shireen will probably be background characters, but Ser Barry is (one of my favs from the book) and also in the later half of aDwD he’s is arguably one of the most important characters and carries the Meereen story.

    I understand that tormund is a strange addition but actually if you consider the fact that Ygritte needs an arc in s4 and therefore tormund needs more screen time then it seems reasonable that he’s been promoted

  54. Greenjones
    Posted March 7, 2014 at 2:01 pm | Permalink

    Ser Davos Seaworth,

    Which means we might get him relating boisterous tales to her to cheer her up.

  55. Satin
    Posted March 7, 2014 at 2:04 pm | Permalink

    Ser Davos Seaworth,

    the show doesn’t necessary have to deem the characters as important or as unimportant as we do, but it’s also not quite what I meant. Last year all of these people were on the list, and this year they aren’t. I think that leaves room for other people who are returning, but who are not supposed to be “spoiled” like for example Noah Taylor, whom we know is returning, as well as Owen Teale, to name just two. If they want to keep Balon’s appearance a surprise, leaving him off the press release is a good way to do it. Leaving off more people doesn’t make it look conspicuous, so I guess Ser Barry may have fall victim to that, too.

  56. Chickenduck
    Posted March 7, 2014 at 2:06 pm | Permalink

    cosca:
    Rygar,

    I think he’s one of those people who was worried Mance wouldn’t be in next season (for some reason)

    I’m not sure why people were worried they’d leave Mance out, Ciarán Hinds’ website has listed GoT season 4 in his upcoming projects sections for a while.

    And he’s said in interviews that he’s looking forward to crashing parties with a lute, although I think that will be season 5.

  57. Satin
    Posted March 7, 2014 at 2:07 pm | Permalink

    Greenjones,

    that seems a pretty safe clue that she will be in Ep 2 but not just in that one, so she’s probably not Theon’s “job.” Maybe they really move Moat Cailin forward..

  58. SerCountryFriedSteak
    Posted March 7, 2014 at 2:07 pm | Permalink

    Notice that Osha Natalia Tena isn’t mentioned

  59. Chickenduck
    Posted March 7, 2014 at 2:12 pm | Permalink

    WeirwoodTreeHugger:

    What’s with Ramsay finding a use for his pet?It seems too early to send Theon to Moat Cailin.This must have something to do with Myranda.Isn’t it confirmed she’s in episode 2?

    No, I reckon were are going to see Moat Cailin this early. The trailers had Theon cleaned up and in armour, and they’ve cast the character whose name I’ve forgotten, that Theon puts out of his misery when he’s dying from the infected arrow wound.

  60. Sandor Claws
    Posted March 7, 2014 at 2:16 pm | Permalink

    #1. Arya’s old friend = Needle.
    #2. I wish The Hound would teach me the way things are. “What’s swoonin’?”
    #3. I think Myranda will be Fake Arya.

  61. WeirwoodTreeHugger
    Posted March 7, 2014 at 2:16 pm | Permalink

    Chickenduck,

    I figured it would happen this season, just not in his very first scene. That’s why I think it meant Ramsay’s going to have Myranda do something. What that something is I don’t know. Judging from the trailers sex is involved.

  62. SerCountryFriedSteak
    Posted March 7, 2014 at 2:23 pm | Permalink

    For various reasons, I do not think the “old friend” Arya runs into is Needle.

    I believe the old friend is this character being switched to someone Arya knows rather than someone she doesn’t At some point they encounter a survivor from the Red Wedding, a bowman in service to Ser Marq Piper. The man is injured, and they give him water, then Sandor gives him the gift of mercy. I’d guess he becomes a soldier from Winterfell.

    Still, in the Ice and Fire A Foreshadowing video, it appears she may have Needle at that point, so who knows.

  63. zaprowsdower
    Posted March 7, 2014 at 2:28 pm | Permalink

    SerCountryFriedSteak,

    Isn’t it safe to assume that she won’t be in this season?

  64. jarhromd
    Posted March 7, 2014 at 2:32 pm | Permalink

    Chickenduck,

    You have a link by any chance?

  65. Delta1212
    Posted March 7, 2014 at 2:35 pm | Permalink

    “Tyrion lends Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) a hand.”

    Pure gold.

  66. Hollyoak
    Posted March 7, 2014 at 2:36 pm | Permalink

    Since we don’t have a forum (yet) I have to ask my question in the most recent thread. I searched on the site but can’t find it. Where is the post for the season three breakdown of the blu-ray disc?

    There was one for last year. It looked like this:

    http://winteriscoming.net/2012/11/game-of-thrones-season-two-blu-ray-and-dvd-release-date-and-detail/

    I bought the blu ray but I like the way they brokeddown all the features. It’s easier to look at than the list on Amazon.

    Would you believe I am only just now listening to the Blackwater commentary by George?

  67. redviper
    Posted March 7, 2014 at 2:36 pm | Permalink

    Matt S

    The breakfast they are referring to also happens in the books – it’s when Joffrey receives his wedding presents – the sword from Tywin, which he then uses to shred the book given to him by Tyrion

  68. Laszlo
    Posted March 7, 2014 at 2:37 pm | Permalink

    SerCountryFriedSteak,

    I’d say it’s pretty certain it’s Needle, it’s heavily featured in trailers, plus the episode is called “Two Swords”, and titles often refer to multiple things in various plotlines.

  69. redviper
    Posted March 7, 2014 at 2:39 pm | Permalink

    It is also fitting that Osha and Rickon will not appear this season … they will return in due course! I believe that Rickon will be Lord of Winterfell when this is all over – not a spoiler, just a guess/wish!!

  70. Balerion
    Posted March 7, 2014 at 2:44 pm | Permalink

    Euron and Victarion in season 5???

  71. Hand of the Kingslayer
    Posted March 7, 2014 at 2:49 pm | Permalink

    Delta1212,

    Season 4 episode 10: Tyrion lends Tywin a shit. Not a spec of gold in it, though.

  72. wizardeyes
    Posted March 7, 2014 at 2:57 pm | Permalink

    So I guess Tyrion gives Jaime the golden hand as a gift ??

  73. Brad Villane
    Posted March 7, 2014 at 3:19 pm | Permalink

    Dany “pointed” to Meereen. Glad to see we’ll be getting the crucifixions. I thought that would have been a much more badass place to end her Season 3 storyline.

  74. Hand of the Kingslayer
    Posted March 7, 2014 at 3:24 pm | Permalink

    Brad Villane,

    So would the royal wedding.

  75. Tyrion Pimpslap
    Posted March 7, 2014 at 3:43 pm | Permalink

    Funeral sex with Cersei and Jaime confirmed in this Lena Headey interview: http://www.vulture.com/2014/03/lena-headey-game-of-thrones-300-rise-of-an-empire-interview.html?mid=imdb


    Q: Well, you were spared one of the most heartbreaking moments in the books, because they sped up Jaime’s story line, in terms of the timing of his return to King’s Landing. So their reunion wasn’t marked by the consummating grief scene, which I’m keeping intentionally vague for viewers who haven’t read the books.

    A: Oh! Well, I can tell you that will, uh … that’s in there. It’s horrendous. It’s kind of crazy. Interesting to film, because we were … she’s in deep pain, and he wants her, because he missed her, and he needs to know she wants him. It’s just a weird, fucked-up moment. It’s quite mad! [Laughs.] Quite mad. And it’s a great transition for him, the loss of someone he doesn’t particularly like, but that he’s connected to, on a deep level.

  76. Nick_Scryer
    Posted March 7, 2014 at 3:44 pm | Permalink

    Exciting! Can’t wait for the rest. :)

  77. House Mormont
    Posted March 7, 2014 at 3:44 pm | Permalink

    THAT SOUNDED SO FUCKING JUICY, THERE IS NO POSSIBLE WAY NO MATTER HOW MUCH WE MOAN THAT THIS SEASON CAN BE ANYTHING LESS THAN A MASTERPIECE

    I personally like the juxtaposition vs the first season synopsis, where it’s the lannisters and the targaryens plotting against the starks and the throne

  78. Talisa's ghost
    Posted March 7, 2014 at 3:47 pm | Permalink

    Tyrion lends Jaime a hand? Oh HBO, you can do better than that.

    I like these lists networks make. You can always tell who gets the most money. And who’s gonna die.

  79. Ser Osis of Liver
    Posted March 7, 2014 at 3:52 pm | Permalink

    Dany balances justice and mercy.

    I believe this explains why Drogon is about to roast someone who’s tied up, in that brief shot we saw in the trailer; likely justice for the crucified victims (children–will the show go there?) pointing the way to Meereen. This wasn’t in the books, so I was wondering about the context of that brief scene. This makes perfect sense.

  80. Satin
    Posted March 7, 2014 at 3:53 pm | Permalink

    Tyrion Pimpslap,

    OMG. I was halfway convinced they wouldn’t go there. Poor, poor Jack Gleeson. “And now just lay still, while your “parents” have sex next to your dead body.”

  81. Delirium033
    Posted March 7, 2014 at 3:57 pm | Permalink

    matt s,
    Correct! That’s why they said Breakfast instead of wedding, so we people don’t expect that too soon as the surprise. The wedding is coming, it has been shown in the trailers, in the 15 minutes special “Ice and Fire: A Foreshadowing”, and the creators said that is a massive scene which takes about half of the episode.

  82. Chickenduck
    Posted March 7, 2014 at 4:03 pm | Permalink

    Laszlo:
    SerCountryFriedSteak,

    I’d say it’s pretty certain it’s Needle,

    Probably, but could be Polliver, from whom she’ll retrieve Needle.

    Could also be Nymeria

  83. Super Daario
    Posted March 7, 2014 at 4:04 pm | Permalink

    Balerion,

    Yep, next season Gerard Butler will play Euron and Chris Hemsworth will play Victarion.

    In truth the characters will most likely be merged and go by Victarion. Also I would guess Season 5 Introduction to Victarion near Slavers Bay or during the battle of slavers bay. Kings Moot and battle around High Garden area will be completely cut.

  84. House Mormont
    Posted March 7, 2014 at 4:21 pm | Permalink

    Tyrion Pimpslap,

    Yes! I think Lena’s reaction will be everyone’s reaction

    I’d like ” Ramsay (Iwan Rheon) finds a purpose for his pet.” to show the scene in the trailers of Ramsay and Myranda hunting a girl, the hounds lose her scent so Ramsay searches for her himself till he gets to kill her. Later on in the episode, he proposes that he needs a new hound/bitch and throws Theon in the cage with them as shown in the trailers

    Also why an olive branch? Olives? A rose branch would make sense, Tyrells. Even a grape branch, the royal fleet of the Redwynes. But olives? Wtf do olives symbolise? Tycho Nestoris?

    Excited to see Arya’s old friend, whether it’s needle or Nymeria or her mother’s floating body

    Maybe Stannis loses patience with Davos while listening to him attempt to read

  85. Hand of the Kingslayer
    Posted March 7, 2014 at 4:23 pm | Permalink

    Tyrion Pimpslap,

    Cool. I feel… stimulated?

  86. wizardeyes
    Posted March 7, 2014 at 4:25 pm | Permalink

    House Mormont,

    I can’t tell if you’re joking about the olive branch…

  87. Hand of the Kingslayer
    Posted March 7, 2014 at 4:27 pm | Permalink

    House Mormont,

    Dude… Olive branches are a universal symbol for peace offerings. It’s not referring to House Olive of Olivegarden or anything like that.

    The best suggestion I read here is that the peace offering is Tywin giving Oberyn a seat on the small council.

  88. MRR
    Posted March 7, 2014 at 4:35 pm | Permalink

    I wonder if/when they’ll actually refer to it as the “Red Wedding” on the show. If I recall, in the books someone mentions how the common folk have started referring to it as the Red Wedding, but they haven’t actually done that on the show. Then again, it took them until episode 7 or 8 of season 2 to name Melisandre, so I don’t have high hopes in that regard.

  89. somuchforoldtown
    Posted March 7, 2014 at 4:36 pm | Permalink

    Any cast info for House Tully?

  90. House Mormont
    Posted March 7, 2014 at 4:40 pm | Permalink

    Hand of the Kingslayer,

    House Olive of Olivegarden, I approve. And ohhh, well the Martells would make sense, and how oh so beautiful would an Oberyn and Tywin scene be? Considering Tywin is sending Roose against the Ironborn he doesn’t need to offer peace to them. And if they adapt the Axwell Florent storyline, it’d only make sense for someone on Dragonstone to offer peace to Tywin, not the other way round. Tywin doesn’t see Stannis as a threat anymore.

    wizardeyes,

    Well there are no peace offerings in modern society so I’m guessing this is a symbol learned in either history or the media. and 1) there are no olives in British history and 2) why am I considering media I’ve seen most iconic old films or atleast know of their legacy

    So maybe you could consider the fact that I’m not actually an uncultured swine, I’m just from a different culture and stop being ignorant and condescending :))))))

  91. WeirwoodTreeHugger
    Posted March 7, 2014 at 4:41 pm | Permalink

    Hand of the Kingslayer:
    House Mormont,

    Dude… Olive branches are a universal symbol for peace offerings. It’s not referring to House Olive of Olivegarden or anything like that.

    The best suggestion I read here is that the peace offering is Tywin giving Oberyn a seat on the small council.

    House Olive of Olivegarden. When you’re here, your family…is killed.

  92. Satin
    Posted March 7, 2014 at 4:43 pm | Permalink

    somuchforoldtown,

    Tobias Menzies is filming Outlander (but Edmure is in the dungeon, anyway), the Blackfish should still be alive, but probably sits out this season, too, and the Lady probably won’t show up before the end of the season.

  93. Tyrion Pimpslap
    Posted March 7, 2014 at 4:45 pm | Permalink

    House Olive of Olive Garden:

    Words – “We Splooge In Your Pasta”

  94. wizardeyes
    Posted March 7, 2014 at 4:46 pm | Permalink

    House Mormont,

    I wasn’t trying to be condescending – I honestly didn’t know.

    Its from the Bible.

  95. Satin
    Posted March 7, 2014 at 4:46 pm | Permalink

    House Mormont,

    psst, olive branch is biblical, thus part of British culture, too. It’s what the dove brings back when Noah sends her out to find land.

  96. Tom
    Posted March 7, 2014 at 4:49 pm | Permalink

    Episode #31: “Two Swords”
    Tyrion welcomes Obeyron, Jon finds Janos and Thorne, Arya runs into HOTPIE at the inn! Duuh. Or tongue in cheek, Polliver. Either way, she’ll get Needle now.

    Episode #32: “The Lion and the Rose”
    Tyrion LENDS Jaime a hand (the crown is in debt…). Joffrey and Margaery host a breakfast (best part ever…+purple wedding). At Dragonstone, somethin… Ramsay finds a purpose for his pet (hunting!).

    Episode #33: “Breaker of Chains”
    Debut: SUNDAY, APRIL 20 (9:00-10:00 p.m.)
    Tyrion ponders his options (trial by battle or faith?). Tywin extends an olive branch (to Oberyon, who needs another enemy..or to Olenna…Loras will NOT marry Cercei). Sam (John Bradley) realizes Castle Black isn’t safe, and Jon proposes a bold plan (go north…or south????). Dany chooses her champion (Daario)

    Episode #34: “Oathkeeper”
    Debut: SUNDAY, APRIL 27 (9:00-10:00 p.m.)
    Dany balances justice and mercy (because she’s a queenoob). Jaime tasks Brienne (Gwendoline Christie) with his honor (she will leave). Jon secures volunteers while Bran, Jojen (Thomas Brodie-Sangster), Meera (Ellie Kendrick) and Hodor (Kristian Nairn) stumble on shelter (at Crasters keep with all the wives!)

  97. Eljuma
    Posted March 7, 2014 at 4:50 pm | Permalink

    Peace offering = Tommen as new groom

  98. House Mormont
    Posted March 7, 2014 at 4:52 pm | Permalink

    WeirwoodTreeHugger,

    sounds like a place for Reynes, Starks and Martells

    wizardeyes,

    aaah the Bible, no wonder I didn’t know, people underestimate secularisation in education, I went to a Catholic school but we studied contemporary issues of society, not the Bible.

  99. Laszlo
    Posted March 7, 2014 at 4:53 pm | Permalink

    House Mormont,
    Tom,

    The “new purpose” is not hunting, it’s when he sends Theon to Moat Cailin.

  100. Chickenduck
    Posted March 7, 2014 at 4:56 pm | Permalink

    jarhromd,

    The interview where he said he’s looking forward to crashing a party with his lute is almost a year old – http://www.vulture.com/m/2013/04/game-of-thrones-mance-rayder-ciaran-hinds-interview.html

    Some interesting bits in there. I like Hinds a lot, although I was as surprised as any other fan when they cast him (in my head, I had fancast Henry Ian Cusick).

    Hinds says himself that now he knows about the book character, he’s surprised they went for someone so old! But I can get what they’re going for… He was Caesar. Could do roles like Lear or Titus. Plus, he’s got a surprising singing voice.

    Some of the criticism of Hinds in another thread on here (saying he hadn’t done background research of the story and character) isn’t correct. He didn’t know anything about ASoIaF when cast, but watched the show on DVD and was planning on reading the books over last summer.

  101. Turncloak
    Posted March 7, 2014 at 4:57 pm | Permalink

    Ser Davos Seaworth:
    Satin,

    I was just hoping that Barristan the bold would become a season regular, since for what ever reason (probably boobs) Missandei will be a regular

    Do we need any other reason? ;)

  102. House Mormont
    Posted March 7, 2014 at 5:02 pm | Permalink

    Laszlo,

    Well we know from the trailers that Ramsay and Myranda go hunting, Theon ends up in a cage with the dogs, Yara sails up the Weeping Water, Yara attacks… somewhere, and Moat Cailin happens. The first two happen chronologically before the rest, so if something’s happening in episode three, I’m guessing it’s that, especially considering how Kings Landing filled the usual introductory episodes will be

  103. Rygar
    Posted March 7, 2014 at 5:14 pm | Permalink

    Tyrion Pimpslap:
    Funeral sex with Cersei and Jaime confirmed in this Lena Headey interview: http://www.vulture.com/2014/03/lena-headey-game-of-thrones-300-rise-of-an-empire-interview.html?mid=imdb



    A: Oh! Well, I can tell you that will, uh … that’s in there. It’s horrendous. It’s kind of crazy. Interesting to film, because we were …she’s in deep pain, and he wants her, because he missed her, and he needs to know she wants him. It’s just a weird, fucked-up moment. It’s quite mad! [Laughs.] Quite mad. And it’s a great transition for him, the loss of someone he doesn’t particularly like, but that he’s connected to, on a deep level.

    I’m still searching for a period joke

  104. wizardeyes
    Posted March 7, 2014 at 5:21 pm | Permalink

    House Mormont,

    I haven’t really studied the bible either but I’ve heard of that term because I’m from planet Earth.

    (Okay now I’m being a little condescending)

  105. Turncloak
    Posted March 7, 2014 at 5:23 pm | Permalink

    The game of thrones mixtape preview has a 5 to ratio of dislikes per 1 like lol! Looks like a bad idea by HBO marketing

  106. Nezzer
    Posted March 7, 2014 at 5:24 pm | Permalink

    Lord Roose and Lord Ramsay are now regulars, oh YES! AND THE DREADFORT WILL MOST LIKELY BE ON THE OPENING CREDITS TOO.

    Oh my emotions aaaaahhhh

  107. House Mormont
    Posted March 7, 2014 at 5:30 pm | Permalink

    wizardeyes,

    Like I said, generation difference due to secularisation. My generation favours knowledge rather than spiritual symbolism. How’s your high horse? :))))

    Nezzer: YES! AND THE DREADFORT WILL MOST LIKELY BE ON THE OPENING CREDITS TOO.

    YEEES PLEASE

  108. Lord Davos
    Posted March 7, 2014 at 5:35 pm | Permalink

    Turncloak,

    Im sure it worked, the youtubers arent a crowd of sane people, just getting that out.
    I bet no one expected it to pop up at all.

  109. Nick Larter
    Posted March 7, 2014 at 5:48 pm | Permalink

    BlackBloc: Needle.

    Indeed!

  110. Don't care
    Posted March 7, 2014 at 5:56 pm | Permalink

    I think the olive branch may be…
    In the books doesn’t Tywin offer Oberyn the head of Amory Lorch? He’s already dead in the show as well but that could be it. Or it might just be letting Tyrion take the black if he confesses or giving Oberyn a seat on the small council as somebody suggested

  111. Greenjones
    Posted March 7, 2014 at 5:56 pm | Permalink

    Turncloak,

    I don’t think Missandei will be seen topless. The peeping tom page made by Croatian paparazzi showed her to be wearing pasties. Really a buttocks shouldn’t mean NSFW, but heck, just for safety’s sake I’ll label it thusly.

    Nezzer,

    This is awesome and guarantees at least a decent amount of Roose screentime. I think the fewest eps they’ve had main cast members in is 4 right? So we’ll at least be getting 4 Roose-featuring eps.

  112. Don't care
    Posted March 7, 2014 at 5:59 pm | Permalink

    Nick Larter,

    Turncloak:
    The game of thrones mixtape preview has a 5 to ratio of dislikes per 1 like lol! Looks like a bad idea by HBO marketing

    Not surprised. Much of it is probably race fueled if the comments are any indication.

  113. Valyrian Plastic
    Posted March 7, 2014 at 6:02 pm | Permalink

    Greenjones: This is awesome and guarantees at least a decent amount of Roose screentime. I think the fewest eps they’ve had main cast members in is 4 right? So we’ll at least be getting 4 Roose-featuring eps.

    James Cosmo got 3 episodes in season 2 (1, 3 & 5) and 4 in 3 (1-4) both with the main cast credit, despite appearing in 5 or 6 episodes in season 1 as a recurring star. We know Jack’s only getting 3 (and that’s if they keep him around to play dead, boy that’ll be interesting).

  114. Greenjones
    Posted March 7, 2014 at 6:15 pm | Permalink

    Valyrian Plastic,

    Ah, you’re right. Well, still, I hope we see more Roose than we’ve seen yet.

  115. Satin
    Posted March 7, 2014 at 6:18 pm | Permalink

    Greenjones,

    I’m sure we’ll see some amount of them both. Probably Ramsay more than Roose, but certainly more than three episodes of each.

  116. John W
    Posted March 7, 2014 at 6:23 pm | Permalink

    30 days till S4.

    Countdown begins today.

    One episode from S1-3 a day till April 6th.

  117. Ser Lucas Tyrell
    Posted March 7, 2014 at 6:35 pm | Permalink

    Rygar:

    Oooh an old friend for Arya.I so hope its Hotpie!

    And I hope no one rapes him. Two Swords. Is that even a spoiler?

  118. Daniela
    Posted March 7, 2014 at 6:40 pm | Permalink

    House Mormont,

    Per the Oxford dictionary, extending an olive branch means making “an offer of reconciliation” and the origin of the phrase can be found in the Bible, “in allusion to the story of Noah in Gen. 8:1, in which a dove returns with an olive branch after the Flood, taken as a symbol of peace after God’s punishment of mankind”.

    Just so you know, the English language, and therefore English literature, is littered with allusions to the Bible. Actually, a great number of the most common English idioms can be traced back to either Shakespeare or the Bible, so even if you are not interested in the religious aspect of the Bible (in fact, I consider myself agnostic so I’m certainly not), you might want to check it out for its cultural and literary value.

  119. reza
    Posted March 7, 2014 at 6:46 pm | Permalink

    Man! No Thoros this season?? Bummer!

    Also what happened to Lancel? Does he play any significant role in the story at this point?

  120. Satin
    Posted March 7, 2014 at 6:49 pm | Permalink

    reza,

    if you look closely, not every character who might be returning is listed simply speaking, if we get LS this season, we’ll probably also get Thoros.

  121. Jordan
    Posted March 7, 2014 at 6:51 pm | Permalink

    Just going to comment for the record that the olive branch as a metaphor for peace is a common English expression which requires no Biblical knowledge (in fact, it is even on the United States Seal- there’s an eagle in the middle with peace on one side (represented by the olive branch) and war on the other (represented by arrows).

    As noted, tons of Biblical metaphors/sayings have made it into the English language (i.e. An Eye For An Eye).

    reza,

    That isn’t a listing of the complete cast, so there’s no reason to think that it means he’s not going to appear.

    Lancel is… in flux. If he does appear again, it will probably be next season.

  122. Ser Lucas Tyrell
    Posted March 7, 2014 at 7:02 pm | Permalink

    reza,

    Season 5.

  123. Ser Lucas Tyrell
    Posted March 7, 2014 at 7:16 pm | Permalink

    John W,

    There’s always something that prevents from following that kind of schedule when I try to do marathons, so I began earlier and watch 2 or 3 eps a day, then skip some days.

  124. Ser Lucas Tyrell
    Posted March 7, 2014 at 7:22 pm | Permalink

    Turncloak:
    The game of thrones mixtape preview has a 5 to ratio of dislikes per 1 like lol! Looks like a bad idea by HBO marketing

    That must be because probably 4 in 5 people don’t like hip hop, so…

    I myself am of those who would never mix hip hop to medieval drama.

  125. Lord Davos
    Posted March 7, 2014 at 7:33 pm | Permalink

    Ser Lucas Tyrell,

    I wonder what makes rap so strange huh?
    Its just a way of music. Its not like its sick.
    Maybe someone should make a medieval rap form.

  126. Patchy Face
    Posted March 7, 2014 at 7:44 pm | Permalink

    Darn – this is indicating no return of Lovely Lancel Lannister. Where is he??!!

  127. zaprowsdower
    Posted March 7, 2014 at 7:50 pm | Permalink

    Ser Lucas Tyrell,

    Hmm. Those stats look like some make em ups to me.

  128. Dominique Lavigne
    Posted March 7, 2014 at 7:54 pm | Permalink

    Jordan:
    Just going to comment for the record that the olive branch as a metaphor for peace is a common English expression which requires no Biblical knowledge (in fact, it is even on the United States Seal- there’s an eagle in the middle with peace on one side (represented by the olive branch) and war on the other (represented by arrows).

    As noted, tons of Biblical metaphors/sayings have made it into the English language (i.e. An Eye For An Eye).

    OK, I know the olive branch thing is common, but don’t be that hard on someone who might have missed it. Different ages, social groups, ethnic origins, etc.

    I just want to point out, in this case, that an Eye for an Eye is a bad example to lecture about, because it is actually from 4000 year-old Hammurabi’s Code. So even if it is mentioned in the bible, it’s just a derivative for that older phrase.

  129. M
    Posted March 7, 2014 at 8:23 pm | Permalink

    House Mormont,

    If I don’t know a very very very very common phrase and people joke me on it, I’m going to turn it around and pretend like they are the dumb ones. Instead of just saying “oh, I’ve never head of tht before” you have to act like a jerk.

  130. John W
    Posted March 7, 2014 at 8:32 pm | Permalink

    Ser Lucas Tyrell,

    That’ll work.

  131. Ser Lucas Tyrell
    Posted March 7, 2014 at 9:12 pm | Permalink

    zaprowsdower,

    I said probably. *washingmyhandsoffit* :)

  132. Ser Lucas Tyrell
    Posted March 7, 2014 at 9:14 pm | Permalink

    John W,

    Hope so. I tried to watch Star Wars today and they fucked it up already.

  133. King Tommen
    Posted March 7, 2014 at 10:01 pm | Permalink

    That cast listing is in no way complete (many of the characters on the show are listed as guest stars and the press release isn’t including them). So there is no reason to conclude that characters are not appearing based on this press release. This has been the case since the season 1.

  134. Ser Pounce
    Posted March 7, 2014 at 10:04 pm | Permalink

    Geez you fedora wearing non shaving bastards really do know how to nitpick every single thing about the GOT tv show. All I want from season 4 is to see Obi vs Mountain fight thats all, I don’t need to see the entire season after that fight.

  135. Lea
    Posted March 7, 2014 at 10:07 pm | Permalink

    undead White Walkers? I thought wights were undead.

  136. UnbowdUnbentedUnhodor
    Posted March 7, 2014 at 10:16 pm | Permalink

    Ser Lucas Tyrell:
    John W,

    Hope so. I tried to watch Star Wars today and they fucked it up already.

    If youre talking about the clone wars, its actually quite good! I gotta download the new eps today

  137. Zaprowsdower
    Posted March 7, 2014 at 10:54 pm | Permalink

    Well, 4 in 5 people would likely laugh at those “stats”! Especially anyone who works with youth! *washingmyhandsofit* :)

  138. Cliveodevo
    Posted March 7, 2014 at 10:58 pm | Permalink

    What about Lady Stoneheart … eh? The series is linear but they could keep that one back as a shocking surprise finale moment …

  139. hodor
    Posted March 7, 2014 at 11:41 pm | Permalink

    hodor..!!moy, oprol..!

  140. Leo
    Posted March 7, 2014 at 11:53 pm | Permalink

    lol “Oathkeeper”

    Dany keeps her oath to the crucified children? slaves? xD

  141. Bannerless Bro
    Posted March 8, 2014 at 12:23 am | Permalink

    Delta1212,

    heh

  142. House Olivegarden
    Posted March 8, 2014 at 12:33 am | Permalink

    Our sigil: The Olive Branch
    Our words: Frozen Dishes Served Hot

    Craving chicken alfredo and garlic bread now. It is known.

  143. Greatjon of Slumber
    Posted March 8, 2014 at 1:38 am | Permalink

    John W:
    30 days till S4.

    Countdown begins today.

    One episode from S1-3 a day till April 6th.

    Hope you enjoy. I’ve been in Project Rewatch for a while, using a random number generator to determine the order.

  144. Greatjon of Slumber
    Posted March 8, 2014 at 1:42 am | Permalink

    I agree these descriptions are laughably vague.

    “Arya meets an old friend.” That friend is…

    A) Hot Pie
    B) Lommy Greenhands
    C) Meryn Trant
    D) The pigeon she kills in King’s Landing
    E) James Franco

  145. Hand of the Kingslayer
    Posted March 8, 2014 at 2:53 am | Permalink

    House Olivegarden,

    Ha! Who are you, though?

  146. Max
    Posted March 8, 2014 at 5:28 am | Permalink

    They promote actors to regulars if they have considerable amount of screentime. And that‘s all. Not seeing Gendry here only means D&D have learnt their lesson. If they included Gendry, Osha and Rickon just for the sake of them the season would have been over-crowded which already is.

  147. Satin
    Posted March 8, 2014 at 5:39 am | Permalink

    Max,

    usually, being a regular is about having a specific contract, not about screentime (take James Cosmo, who actually had less screentime when he was a regular). The actor usually ends up in the credits, too – except Gwendoline Christie so far, for whatever reason, or Jason Momoa in Season 1 – but you can also end up in the credits when you’re recurring. Case in point are Joe Dempsie and Oona Chaplin, who were recurring according to last year’s press release, but still ended up in the credits.

    Gendry, Osha and Rickon not being on the press release essentially means nothing (other than whatever contract Joe Dempsie has, it’s not a regular one, or he would be on that list). They could still show up. Gilly, Barristan, Shireen aren’t on the press release, either, and we know they show up, and probably all in the first four episodes, too.

    (Honestly, I’m mostly worried if people aren’t regulars, they’ll wander off, Ed Skrein-like. I like Gendry a lot, but a large part of that is Joe Dempsie, and if the role mostly consists of him looking worriedly at Arya from the background – hey, there are probably more exciting things to do as an actor.)

  148. OldeCrone
    Posted March 8, 2014 at 6:40 am | Permalink

    House Mormont,

    I shouldn’t worry overly about the “olive branch” though the expression is familiar to people of my generation at least. I will admit that back in the day when I was doing Latin at school I didn’t know what “husbandman” meant – I thought it was another word for ‘husband’ so I translated it as ‘uxor’ rather than ‘agricola’ i.e. ‘farmer’ and my then teacher had a bitchy streak which made Cersei Lannister look like a fluffy bunny! As has been mentioned before on the thread in the sense mentioned above the olive branch is something with the idea of a peace offering. Languages do change and develop over time of course – or we’d still be saying “Gadzooks” and “Pon my soul” and there’s the “actress” or “female actor” debate nowadays – I tend to say the former and I’m probably too old to change. I had to ask a younger (then me) person what “meh” meant. As for what descriptions for the episodes mean – I’ll wait and see what the show brings.

  149. archmaester
    Posted March 8, 2014 at 8:07 am | Permalink

    This is completely unrelated to anything in this thread, but I just have to get this off my chest… just rewatching season 3; how fucking dumb is it when Loras mentions “French sleeves” in The Climb… Who wrote that episode and why did no one stop to think “wait a minute, there is no France in this world”?!

  150. Satin
    Posted March 8, 2014 at 8:12 am | Permalink

    archmaester,

    *Fringed* sleeves, not French sleeves.

  151. Ser Pounce
    Posted March 8, 2014 at 8:33 am | Permalink

    Satin:
    archmaester,

    *Fringed* sleeves, not French sleeves.

    Yeah stupid its fringe sleeves not french xD

  152. outdoorcats
    Posted March 8, 2014 at 1:08 pm | Permalink

    “Dany is pointed to Meereen”

    oh dear. :/

  153. Bill Adama
    Posted March 8, 2014 at 1:19 pm | Permalink

    OldeCrone,

    Yes, you’re old. We get it. House Mormont is still a dumbass.

  154. outdoorcats
    Posted March 8, 2014 at 1:24 pm | Permalink

    Carne,

    Don’t forget that on IMDb, almost all new cast additions, whichever episode they appear in, tend to get lumped just onto the first episode of the season (whether they appear in it or not), until the episode airs and someone fixes it. Call it the ‘everyone’s in the season premiere!’ effect. While it’s possible the stuntman edited the IMDb page himself, he could have chosen the premiere out of laziness, or not knowing which episode he was in.

    Also, while there would be an inn with the Arya scene, there’s no need for an ‘Inkeeper’s Daughter’ (this was a cast role, not an extra bit part) and these guys do not waste money. More likely the Inkeeper’s Daughter is there for a scene lifted from the rape store Arya overheard in book 2, when The Mountain and his companions gang rape an inkeeper’s daughter and pay the inkeeper ‘for his trouble.’ A scene like this at the beginning of the season would make sense in that casual viewers need to be reminded who The Mountain is and that he is unrepentantly evil. It would also make a bookend with the duel scene, which also concerns a rape (and murder) the Mountain committed in the past. Just a theory (another alternate variation on that theory – Polliver is with The Mountain in that scene, hence the stunt double).

    As for Arya’s old friend…well, I admit I have no clue. If I had to guess it’s going to be some deviation from the books. Perhaps the dying old man we saw her talking to in the clip is someone from Winterfell.

  155. Satin
    Posted March 8, 2014 at 1:28 pm | Permalink

    Bill Adama,

    That was really unnecessary.

  156. Satin
    Posted March 8, 2014 at 1:34 pm | Permalink

    outdoorcats,

    I’m pretty sure Arya and Hound meet – and kill – Polliver in the premier. Major reason: Arya has her Needle in almost all publicity shots, while the Hound is still up and about. So her old friend is going to be either Polliver (ironically an old friend) or Needle (definitely an old friend). And of course it makes sense for this to be an inn. They could go there for food or whatever, the Innkeeper’s Daughter has a few lines, and then Arya spots Polliver and basically freaks out. Then later down the season they presumably have a second fight with Rorge and the rest of the gang, where Hound gets badly wounded. And then, Rorge presumably has a run-in with Brienne where she might bite his ear off. Additional Gendry optional (that would basically be the scene at the Crossroads Inn from the books) and later meeting with the BWB/Lady S also optional.

  157. OldeCrone
    Posted March 8, 2014 at 5:09 pm | Permalink

    Bill Adama,

    And which saucer did you drink your milk out of today? No need to call anyone a “dumbass”. I’ve nothing against constructive criticism but just calling people stupid might stop them posting here [wouldn’t stop me – would probably make me more obstinate but other folk might be more sensitive].

    Satin,

    Satin, I’m not sure whether it’s the comment about me or House Mormont you are referring to but thanks anyway.

  158. Satin
    Posted March 8, 2014 at 5:15 pm | Permalink

    OldeCrone,

    I found both remarks equally obnoxious, so you’re absolutely welcome.

  159. Greenjones
    Posted March 8, 2014 at 5:30 pm | Permalink

    Carne,
    outdoorcats,
    Satin,

    We’ll find out really soon if this is the case given that some folks will see the season premiere on the 20th and there will doubtless be detailed reports from internet savvy lucky bastards. I would solidly put money that Needle will be retrieved in ep. 1 for all of the reasons that have been listed by Carne and Satin. Firstly that stuntman was not arbitrarily placed in the premiere ep. by imdb fan-edits because no fan would know something so specific. If you look the same stuntman is in ep. 9 specifically for multiple stunts. This was credited by his agency most likely who would know what their client got up to.

    As for people who have speculated that we would get a scene in ep. 401 that would feature the Mountain, Polliver and the Innkeeper’s daughter but no members of the main cast I think that is very unlikely. We know from last year, that first episodes of the season can’t even fit every main characters storyline. So they wouldn’t just show the Mountain or his goons without one of our major characters being present because they wouldn’t have time to do so in a premiere. Also its called “Two Swords” which not only refers to the forging of Oathkeeper and Widow’s Wail, but to Needle.

  160. WildSeed
    Posted March 8, 2014 at 8:47 pm | Permalink

    celebrate !

  161. WildSeed
    Posted March 8, 2014 at 8:49 pm | Permalink

    Greatjon of Slumber:
    I agree these descriptions are laughably vague.

    “Arya meets an old friend.” That friend is…

    A) Hot Pie
    B) Lommy Greenhands
    C) Meryn Trant
    D) The pigeon she kills in King’s Landing
    E) James Franco

    F) Yellow King ?

  162. Baramos
    Posted March 8, 2014 at 9:31 pm | Permalink

    Heh, they seem to be playing pretty fast and loose here with the phrasing. It’s even worse than “Sam and Gilly meet an old gentleman” on some of these. Arya meets an old “friend”? Great double meaning there–referring to both Polliver and her actual friend, Needle.

  163. Essos Travel
    Posted March 8, 2014 at 10:01 pm | Permalink

    Just a side note about the episode 2 description:

    I’m not sure if it’s just a UK thing, or if this is the reference they’re making here, but for some archaic reason the meal you have after a wedding is called a ‘wedding breakfast’ even if you have it at lunch, dinnertime or midnight

    ‘Gilly and Sam meet an older gentleman’ levels indeed.

  164. Griffinsroost
    Posted March 8, 2014 at 11:16 pm | Permalink

    So happy I’m seeing the premier of March 20th!!

  165. Satin
    Posted March 9, 2014 at 6:28 am | Permalink

    Griffinsroost,

    You lucky duck! Enjoy! I’m sure everyone here is very jealous of you.

  166. GeekFurious
    Posted March 9, 2014 at 3:44 pm | Permalink

    patchface:
    I am guessing the old friend is Needle

    Of course it is. The fact that anyone has guessed anything else is lunacy.

  167. archmaester
    Posted March 9, 2014 at 7:02 pm | Permalink

    Ser Pounce,

    Oh hahaha that makes more sense then… Thank god for that!

  168. rkr87
    Posted March 11, 2014 at 9:09 am | Permalink

    Rygar,

    I’ts needle.

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