SAN DIEGO, April 5, 2014 – The groundbreaking series “Game of Thrones” starts Season 4 with the episode titled “Two Swords” on Sunday, April 6, at 9 p.m. ET.
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As with past seasons, it takes a little while to get to the action, but stick with it for the hour and you will be richly rewarded. Most viewers will benefit from the recap that sets up the first shocker of the season. No spoilers here, we wouldn’t do that to you. There are plenty out there if you want to find them.
With the greatest threat to the Lannister family’s control eliminated (or so they think) due to the murders of Robb and Catelyn Stark at the Red Wedding, the Lannisters are feeling smug and secure on the Iron Throne. Now they can turn to their own wedding celebration between King Joffrey and Margaery Tyrell, which will further tighten their hold.
This wedding will bring together many major characters, including a few new ones. Keep your eye on Prince Oberyn Martell, “The Red Viper of Dorne.” Oberyn bears a serious grudge against the Lannisters. In GOT, there is nothing like a wedding for making mischief.
Brienne of Tarth has safely delivered Jaime Lannister back home, but they hardly receive a warm welcome. Jaime’s sister/lover Cersei has gotten used to being alone, but her father Tywin wants to marry her off to knight Loras Tyrell to secure the ties between the families.
The Stark heirs presumed dead remain fugitives on the run, and we will see more of them in Season 4 starting with this first episode. Arya Stark is in the custody of “The Hound,” Sandor Clegane, who hoped to ransom her to her brother Robb, but arrived to see him and Catelyn slaughtered at the Red Wedding. We catch up with the two fleeing while Clegane reconsiders his options.
Bran and Rickon Stark remain with their protectors, Jojen and Meera Reed and the servant Hodor as they move North to join half-brother Jon Snow. Bran’s visions and his ability to control them grow stronger.
Jon Snow, the only Stark known to be alive, will have a major storyline as he and what remains of the ragtag Night’s Watch prepares to go to war with the wildlings at the Wall in the North. Losing is simply not an option for our handsome hero.
Sansa Stark is married off to Tyrion Lannister, which seems a better fate than being married to Joffrey. Tyrion’s lover Shae is Sansa’s handmaiden. Don’t count on them becoming BFFs.
Daenerys Targaryen is taking her time getting back to King’s Landing to reclaim the Iron Throne. Her desire to free more slaves distracts her, while her dragons grow increasingly large and more difficult to control.
We haven’t even mentioned Stannis Baratheon, Davos, Melisandre, Theon Greyjoy, or Gendry and their plotlines. So many characters, so little time.
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Game of Thrones returns with Episode 1 of Season 4, “Two Swords” on Sunday, April 6, at 9 p.m. Eastern Time on HBO East and HBO Latino East (with Spanish subtitles); followed by airings on HBO West and Latino West at 9 p.m. Pacific Time. All four channels repeat the episode through the evening.
For more details, visit the official website at HBO.com
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