With the highly-anticipated fourth season of HBO’s Game of Thrones now under way, fans and critics alike are looking forward to being treated to plenty of action, political intrigue, betrayals and back stabbings, as well as a love story or two for good measure. As the success of Game of Thrones only increases, we’re sure that George R.R. Martin’s characters will deliver and then some. Here’s what we’re expecting to unfold in Westeros:
Jamie Lannister – Misunderstood or Truly Evil?
The question of whether Jamie is one of the good guys or one of the baddies was seemingly answered the minute he stepped off his horse in the first episode of Season 1. His sheer arrogance and that flick of the hair cemented a dose of hatred and jealousy in equal measures amongst many a viewer.
However, his lot following his capture at the Battle of the Whispering Wood has led this member of the King’s Guard down a path we never expected him to take. His adventures with Brienne of Tarth have exposed a sense of duty and compassion – qualities that seemed alien to Jamie earlier in the series.
We have a feeling that Jamie is a man of many layers. What that final one will uncover is something we’re all looking forward to finding out in the coming months of this legendary HBO hit.
Ever since the final episode of Season 1 of the HBO series Game of Thrones (Ned Stark, enough said), Arya has experienced more suffering than most characters in the series. As it stands, she doesn’t even know whether she has anyone left to call family.
Her pairing with the Hound has given her the platform to find the revenge she’s looking for. She’s already killed a Frey soldier (who was mocking Lady Stark’s death) with shocking brutality, and we expect much of the same this season. What will be interesting to find out is whether her humanity will be completely eroded by her grief.
Some fans are calling for the rolling of heads after Dutch actor Michael Huisman replaced Ed Skrein as swashbuckling Daario Naharis. In my camp, the jury is still out and we’re willing to give the new boy a chance.
What makes the casting so interesting is that the two Daarios are polar opposites in terms of looks. Skrein has the aura of arrogance and could have jumped out of a Calvin Klein ad. Huisman, on the other hand, is a little more scruffy and somewhat rough and ready. Whether HBO has made the right choice in its recasting will be one of the most interesting themes of Game of Thones Season 4, especially considering the expected growing influence of the former mercenary.
The Red Viper
Oberyn Martell is one of the most popular characters from the novels and with a name like the Red Viper we expect a hefty chunk of action. His arrival in King’s Landing is sure to lead to some friction with the Lannisters and we can’t wait to see the role he’ll play in the political nest of snakes.
We’ve been promised one of the best seasons in the series and the trailers all point to HBO coming up with the goods. It’s fair to say that we’re bursting with excitement – and that’s an understatement!
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