We have been waiting for this moment for almost a year, although it feels much longer. In about 24 hours, the fourth season of Game of Thrones premieres on HBO. When the show last aired in June of last year, I wrote a recap of the final episode in which I stated that I planned to read the first three A Song of Ice and Fire books before today. Well, that didn’t happen. My main issue is finding the time to dig into these massive books. In many ways, I’m happy that I haven’t read the books, because I love that I will be going into this season unspoiled.
I’m going to share my thoughts on the main characters and what I hope to see (and not see) over the next ten episodes. It probably goes without saying, but if you have not seen the first three seasons of the show, there will be spoilers. And if you’ve started the books, but have not read A Storm of Swords, there will be spoilers. Otherwise, feel free to read on, because this is all just my speculation.
The Lannisters: What a marvelously horrible family the Lannisters are. Tywin, the patriarch, is one of my favorite characters on the show. I can’t take my eyes off of him whenever he’s on the screen, especially when he’s scolding his children. His orchestration of the Red Wedding seemed heartless, but when he asked Tyrion to explain why it’s worse to kill thousands of men on the battlefield or a few dozen people at a wedding, I found myself nodding in agreement. And it’s not as though the slightly boring Catelyn and Robb Stark were huge losses to the show, right? I expect Cersei to be as nasty as ever, but will she continue her affair with Jaime now that he has returned? He seems to be a different man now – minus a hand and possibly plus a soul – and I wonder if his feelings for his sister have changed. I also cannot wait to see how he responds to his evil son…er, nephew, King Joffrey, and whether Jaime can possibly rein him in. I don’t expect Joffrey to last too much longer, but his evilness is so fun to watch. And poor Tyrion, who can’t catch a break. He’s the only one in the family with a conscience, and most of his relatives want to kill him. He needs some allies, and fast.
The Starks: If the Starks keep getting picked off, there won’t be much to write about this family. Sansa has probably evolved more than any other character, and while she started out as a spoiled brat, she is now one of my favorite characters. She’s had several opportunities to escape King’s Landing but was too frightened to leave. If she gets the chance again, I wonder what she will do. I want to see her grow a stronger backbone this season and find some way to avenge the deaths of her mother, father, and brother. Maybe she’ll team up with Arya who should be getting some good lessons in killing from the Hound. As for Jon Snow…eh…I haven’t had much of a reason to really care about his character. If I have any hopes for him this season, it is that he can somehow connect with Bran.
The Greyjoys: I loved the episode last season when Yara declared her intention to take the fastest ship and the fiercest fighter to rescue her brother, Theon. Even with the terrible things Theon has done, I’m glad someone is looking out for him, especially since his father has no desire to help him.
Stannis and Melisandre: If I could be granted a wish to have a couple of characters killed off this season, it would be these two. Their storyline is the least interesting of any on the show, and they’re not evil enough to be fun to hate.
Margaery Tyrell: What is this woman after? Is it power or something else? I can’t tell what’s going on underneath her smirk. She’s the only one who has even the slightest ability to control Joffrey, and I suspect her skills there will be severely tested. It’s odd that she has never shown a reaction to Joffrey’s horrible actions., but I don’t think this is an indication that she supports him. At least, I hope it isn’t.
Daenerys: I am so conflicted on Dany. She has the potential to be so interesting, but I’m getting tired of watching her delivering speeches. I know she has many more slaves to free, and that’s all well and good, but I am dying to see what happens if and when she finally meets up with some of our main characters. I can’t decide who I would most like to see her match up with or against – Cersei? Tyrion? Jon Snow? A teenage Arya? Or is she just destined to remain with her dragons while Jorah stares longingly at her?
I’d love to hear your thoughts! What are you hoping to see this season? Who would you like to see live or die? Remember, if you’ve read the books, please don’t write anything that has even the hint of a spoiler!