Monday, January 13, 2014

Epic First GAME OF THRONES Season 4 Trailer is Epic

At long last, winter is coming...back.

Just before the premiere of HBO's new series True Detective, HBO debuted the long-awaited trailer for Game of Thrones Season 4, based on the popular fantasy saga "A Song of Ice and Fire" by George R.R. Martin.  Season 4 promises to cover the last third of Martin's third novel in the series, A Storm of Swords, along with some elements from the fourth, A Feast for Crows.

The trailer opens with an ominous dragon’s shadow above the city of Meereen, then gives us everyone's favorite brat villain, King Joffery, telling his uncle/birth father Jaime Lannister "They know I saved the city.  They know I won the war."  Scenes of death and carnage flash before our eyes as Jaime replies, “The war’s not won.”

As the song "Feral Love" by Chelsea Wolfe begins to play, Ser Jorah Mormont begins a voiceover.  "It’s tempting to see your enemies as evil," he says as quick glimpses of Stannis, Melisandre, Davos, and Tyrion appear, "but there is good and evil on both sides, in every war ever fought."  Over his words, a terrified man is stabbed to death in an alley.  Daenerys Targaryean, seen briefly on her new Meereenese throne, remarks "They have a choice -- They can live in my new world or they can die in their old one."

We then shift to Tyrion Lannister, who walks through the throne room of the Red Keep with shackles on his hands.  In a jail cell, he remarks "Things are tense right now...I don't think I'm talking my way out of this one."  New character Prince Oberyn Martell of Dorne (played by Pedro Pascal) stares at the empty Iron Throne.  And then it’s on to Mr. Cheerful, Jon Snow.  As Ygritte and other wildlings wreak havoc on the landscape, Jon warns the black brothers that the wildlings "If the wildlings breach the Wall, they'll roll over everything and everyone."

Shots of Yara Greyjoy sailing in a longboat follow, along with Jaime being painfully fitted with a false hand, a tear falling down Cersei’s cheek, and an infant boy being left naked in the snow.  All of this with a voiceover from Littlefinger, saying "Given the opportunity, what do we do to those who hurt the ones we love?"

Prince Oberyn instructs Tyrion to tell Tywin that he has arrived.  "And tell him the Lannisters aren't the only ones who pay their debts."  Meanwhile, Cersei is not happy (and honestly, when is she ever happy?) about Joffrey and Margaery's wedding.  "You’ll fight over him like beasts until you tear him apart!  I will burn our House to the ground before I let that happen!”

Jaime dramatically slams a massive book closed, Alliser Thorne cries out that the black brothers will fight, swords descend on bound men, and Melisandre remarks, "There is only one hell – the one we live in now."  A still tied-up Theon is slapped in bed, a girl in a dark cape enters a courtyard full of snow, Arya spins around with her sword, and Daenerys looks down, satisfied, at crowds cheering her presence.

But of course, it's Tyrion who gets the final teasing line, remarking "If you want justice, you’ve come to the wrong place."

If you'd like to view the trailer, you can check it out below thanks to the official Game of Thrones account on YouTube...

Game of Thrones returns to HBO on April 6, 2014.

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