The trailers have aired. The interviews have been done. The momentum has been built. Welcome back to the in-season WiCsters. Time to suit up…
Once again, by somewhat popular demand, a man has returned for the in-season version of Looking Forward. This can only mean one thing… we are literally hours away from a new episode.
But you already know that. If you are a WiC regular (meaning you frequent here for after hour cocktails or to get through the day at work), then you are likely well aware of my role and the army I represent.
However, if you are new to WiC, then here is your warm welcome. Consider the carpet rolled out and the mat on the floor. Come on in and make yourself at home. Check the swords and crossbows at the door for we are a (predominately) friendly community. However, you may want to leave the chainmail on… the shit can get pretty rowdy during season airings.
In the case that you are new to the growing WiC family, here is a bit of info that may be helpful.
This man goes by the name of Oz and I am the Unsullied leader for the non-book reader army at Winter Is Coming as voted on by multiple courteous readers, most of which I have never had the pleasure of meeting. I was brought on board by the great and powerful founder of WiC, WinterPhil (all hail his name).
However, I am but a very small piece of the great puzzle that makes up this site. Many other, more professional personas surround me including (but not limited to) Ours is the Fury, Hear me Roar, the Fabulous FaB (Fire and Blood), Lightbringer, our fearless editor Zack, and other new contributors to follow.
I bring all of this to light just to say this: most of you have friends and/or family that view the show. There are many viewer-only types that do not enjoy the experience of the show discussion online before, during, or after air for fear of the ever-present potential for spoilers. And most of them are wise to do so.
But here at WiC, we offer equal opportunity for all to take part. This is their invitation to join us, so invite someone! Send them a raven, or tweet them this article. The more the merrier. If you are Sullied, then you have nothing to fear. But if you are Unsullied and nervous about spoilery, then fear not.
The Oz posts are spoiler free and offer a place for the non’s to discuss the show, future predictions, likes and dislikes, and anything else that may pertain to GoT (occasionally, we delve into off-topic stuff like bird watching and football). But most of the time, we stay on point. The moderators look after the comment section (although most commenters here are quite respective of the non’s). And the Sullied do drop in to say hi and to remind us that we truly know nothing.
Looking Forward is a place for us to discuss the upcoming episodes and will typically be posted on Friday or Saturday (it is meant to give us a place to mull over the show while hopelessly wasting away our weekends waiting on Sunday Nights).
The Newbie Recap (Unsullied, non-book reader show recap) will be posted sometime Monday morning where we will discuss the events of the current episode, what shocked us, what awed us, what made us cry, and what made us drink.
And that is just the tip of the ice on The Wall. The entire week is filled with news, analysis, and informational posts from the many other more well-seasoned-than-thou contributors. The bottom line is that WiC is the place to be for everything GoT. So stay a while and fix a plate! You and yours are welcome here.
Now that we have that out of the way, let’s get down to bidness…
What It Means
The wait for Season 4 (and to understate the obvious) has been long. Ever since the Red Wedding, we have contemplated where the story may go and just how much darker and treacherous this fantasy world could be.
The outlook isn’t all that great. The Night’s Watch is a mess and the Wildlings are about to ring the doorbell. What’s left of the Starks are spread all over the countryside. Stannis and Red Velvet are low on fire and appear to be heading North. And the Lannisters seem to be in complete control of most it (except for the white walking dead, of course).
Meanwhile, Dany and the Jedi’ continue to meander around Essos while Dany practices crowd surfing in preparation for Music Festival Season. While she is busy, someone has been feeding the dragons.
The fact that we get to see another on-screen chapter Sunday night is almost surreal, and in a nutshell, here is what it means:
It means Roose and it means Ramsay! James Bond Bolton hopefully meets his sadistic bastard son for some one-on-one screen time where they will surely discuss sausage types, the ins-and-outs of Reeking, and relationships with women all while taking in a round of golf. Could this mean Fat Walda? Yes please… fill my plate with some Fat Walda.
It means Lysa, dammit. And it’s about damn time. The interaction with Littlefinger should be worth the price of HBO alone. Sprinkle in some breastfeeding with Robin and we’ve got one f***ed up family. God, I love this show. Breastfeeding Boys Unite!! Trend of the weekend: #breastfeedingboysunite. Make it happen.
It means the possible ménage à trois of Tyrion, Sansa, and Shae. The little man who wouldn’t fly for Robin also wouldn’t bed his adolescent bride, and Paw Paw wants another grandchild, pronto. The stubborn girlfriend won’t leave King’s Landing either. There certainly will be repercussions. I remain optimistic about Sansa in hopes that she escapes the grasps of the Lions (and Joff) in the near future.
It means Bran and Hodor, and the potential for subsequent wargings of Hodor, followed closely by a Band Called Reed (and after rewatching S3, Bran’s storyline is the one I’m most interested in seeing evolve).
Hopefully it means the return of Locke who became famous for his teeth, removal of the son of the Hand’s hand, storing horse piss in a canteen, and memorable bear quotes. All shall bow to Noah Taylor.
It means Theon without his Theon (aka, Reek) and his heroic savior sister Yara and their potential showdown with Bolton and Son.
It means the Queen of Thorns and her resolve to find a way to squirt the milk back up the udders.
It means another chapter of the epic tale, Adventures of a Sword Swallower, starring Loras Tyrell. Synopsis: An unlikely wedding with Cersei is planned but potentially thwarted by the Man with the Golden Hand (yet another spinoff).
It means Ygritte, the lover scorned. A Giant, the lover uncovered. And a Giantsbane, the lover like no other (baby seal?).
It means new Daario. New Mountain. New characters. New plots. New schemes.
It means the man, Jorah Mormont, most likely brings his house of undying love back to Dany while new Daario parades around attempting to become the stepfather of dragons.
It means Mance doing his “biggest fire the North has ever seen” dance.
In theory, it means the return of the Brotherhood Without Banners serving up another helping of Beric, Thoros, and Anguy with an arrow for your fat head.
It could mean Bronn with hookers. Or Podrick with hookers. Or (God forbid) Pycelle with hookers.
Of course it means royal wedding vows between King Crossbow and Margeary Tyrell, and the subsequent match made in hell.
It means Vipers, Lions, Bears, Stags, Wolves and Lord Oafs, all getting caught in the webs of a Spider.
And if that wasn’t enough…
It means recaps and discussions. It means adaptation arguments and character spin. It means 800 comments about D&D and GRRM, what was left out and what was left in.
It means fabulous FaB twitter recaps, and Marko will be Roaring, Fury from the Fury, and news from the Bringer.
It means analysis, and plot lines, and statistical data. It means controversy, nudity (bewbs), and gratuitous sexual activity.
It means overtime for the WiC crew, and fresh episodes of GOO, and a bunch of new contributors to add to the stew.
It means ale, and stag, and viewing parties, and toasts.
It means looking forward and looking back, and speculation and previews.
It means long Sunday nights and early Monday mornings with hangovers at the water cooler and necessary indulgences of caffeine.
It means death, destruction, dialogue, debate, disdain, deliberation, discourse, disputes, Dany, Davos, Daario, Dragons, dracarys…
What the fuck are we waiting for!?!?!?
Break out the breastplate stretchers and strap it up, boys and girls. Have a shot of ice and fire and put it on the Oz tab. The wait is over, the hour is upon us, and finally the Game is on!
“Unbowed. Unbent. Unsullied.”
REMINDER: This is an Unsullied post. Please DO NOT place spoilers in the comments. Your courtesy is appreciated. -The Mgmt