Season 4 of the hugely popular HBO series, “Game of Thrones,” came with high expectations by viewers of the show and fans of the book series, A Song of Ice and Fire, by George R.R. Martin. Fans of the show have come to expect shock, gore, and betrayal with characters you can root for and villains worthy of rejoicing at their death. While there have been a few differences in details throughout the seasons, the majority of the storyline and characters in the show have followed the books to the letter. What better way to speculate what’s to come in Season 4 of “Game of Thrones” than by deciphering the books (SPOILER ALERT beyond this point).
Trouble in Meereen is on the horizon. Triumphs in Astapor and Yunkai didn’t last very long and new overlords have come to take the place of the old Masters. Guess who they’re all mad at? You guessed it, Daenerys seems to have enemies at every door. While the show depicts her ruling on a high pyramid throne as Queen of Meereen, book-readers are anticipating all the drama in her layover stop on the way to the Iron Throne. Her dragons are getting so large that they’re snapping at her and killing whole flocks. What’s to stop them from killing a child (hint, hint)? And didn’t Ser Jorah Mormont send information on Daenerys in exchange for being able to return home? Bet she’s not going to be too happy when she finds out Mormont was an informer for the Usurper.
While the show has done pretty good at depicting Brandon Stark being a warg, the books also give this ability to Arya. Didn’t you ever wonder what ever happened to Arya’s direwolf, Nymeria? With Arya and The Hound traveling together on the show, fans of the books are wondering when the big fight that ultimately kills The Hound will happen. Once Arya’s on her own, her real journey begins. Complex characters Jaqen H’ghar (the faceless man) and Syrio Forel (Arya’s “dance” instructor) were from Braavos and that’s where Arya will be heading to start a new life.
Doesn’t seem like anyone could live through getting their throat slit the way Catelyn Stark did during the “Red Wedding,” but Beric Dondarrion (remember him – he’s the guy that keeps coming back from the dead) brings her back to life as Lady Stoneheart. “A Feast for Crows” (book 4 of A Song of Ice and Fire) describes her as:
“Her hair was dry and brittle, white as bone. Her brow was mottled green and grey, spotted with the brown blooms of decay. The flesh of her face clung in ragged strips from her eyes down to her jaw. Some of the rips were crusted with dried blood, but others gaped open to reveal the skull beneath.”
With so much to look forward to, Season 4 of “Game of Thrones” is sure to not disappoint.