Game of Thrones Season 4 Recap
It’s just a couple of weeks away, Joes, and we couldn’t be more excited for Season 5 of Game of Thrones. If you’re anything like us, though, you’ll have forgotten some of the main things that happened in Season 4. It has been a year, after all.
So we thought we’d give you a quick run-down before Season 5 hits our screens on the Lannisters’ and what remains of the Starks’ whereabouts and movements in one of the greatest shows on TV. Be warned – this will be spoiler-filled as far as Season 4 is concerned.
The Lannisters and King’s Landing
In Season 3 we saw the iconic Red Wedding take Rob Stark (Richard Madden) and his pregnant wife away from us but season 4 evened up the scores when another wedding ended with death, with everyone’s favourite King to hate, Joffrey (Jack Gleeson) was sensationally poisoned at his Purple Wedding to the rather lovely Margaery Tyrell (Natalie Dormer).
Tyrion (Peter Dinklage), Joffrey’s uncle, was immediately accused of poisoning the King due some growing tensions in the Lannister household and was trialled for his murder. After losing in court, Tyrion faced trial by combat against the gigantic and aptly named The Mountain. But seeking to avenge the death of his sister, Oberyn Martell agreed fight on Tyrion’s behalf. Oberyn was subsequently obliterated by The Mountain.
It seemed like a lost cause for Tyrion, until Lord Varys and his brother Jamie helped him escape the King’s dungeons. While making his getaway from King’s Landing, Tyrion killed Shae, his former lover, before firing an arrow into his father, Tywin. Tywin had sentenced his son to death even though he knew that Olenna Tyrell (Diana Rigg) was really guilty of poisoning Joffrey.
The new King of King’s Landing is Joffrey’s younger brother Tommen, as twins Cersei (Lena Headey) and Jamie (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) mourn the loss of Joffrey.
Not including the illegitimate Jon Snow, the four Stark children have all gone their separate ways. Arya (Maisie Williams) travelled with The Hound for most of the series but left him for dead after a brutal fight with Brienne. At the end of the season, she boarded a boat heading to Braavos.
Sansa (Sophie Turner) escaped from Joffrey and King’s Landing after his death thanks to the ever-changing face/accent of Petyr Baelish (Aidan Gillen). She then found safety with her Aunt Lysa in the Vale. But Sansa was seen kissing Baelish by Lysa who was in love with Baelish. Stricken with jealousy, Lysa tried to murder Sansa before Baelish jumped to Sansa’s protection and killed Lysa instead.
Bran spent season 4 North of The Wall searching for a Three-Eyed Raven with Hodor, Jojen and Meera. At one point they were saved by Jon Snow but Jojen was killed. Eventually the remaining trio found the Three-Eyed Raven who it transpires was an old man whose body was fused to the roots of a tree. Bran was told that he will never walk again but he “will fly”, whatever that means.
The other Stark, Rickon, is travelling somewhere with a wildling called Osha.
Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) continued to kick ass, free slaves and grow her notorious army. One of her dragons had been killing young children so Daenerys decided to chain-up the other two dragons. The bad dragon, Drogon, is still on the loose. At the end of season 4, Jorah Mormont (Iain Glen), Daenerys’ advisor, was dismissed from his duties after it was discovered that he used to spy on her for Robert Baratheon.
Jon Snow and The Wildlings
After joining, then betraying, some wildlings in season 3, Jon Snow (Kit Harrington) was badly injured by Ygritte (Rose Leslie) and returned to the Night’s Watch at The Wall. Soon the Night’s Watch battled the wildlings led by Mance Rayder at Castle Black. During the battle Ygritte was killed to an on-looking Jon Snow. Snow then goes to meet the wilding leader Mance Rayder where he spares his life.
Sadistic Ramsay Snow (Iwan Rheon) became Ramsay Bolton after he was legitimised by his father Roose. Ramsay continued to keep Theon Greyjoy (Alfie Allen) as his slave referring to him as ‘Reek’. At the end of the season, the Boltons are seen heading to Winterfell.
Stannis Baratheon (Stephen Dillane) and his army arrived to Castle Black after the wilding attack and killed most of the remaining wildlings. Convinced by Jon Snow, Stannis spares Mance Rayder’s life and takes him as a prisoner claiming that he is the True King of the Seven Kingdoms.
So there we have our Recap of Season 4 of Game of Thrones. We hope it’s as much use to you as it is to us before Season 5 hits our televisions Sky Atlantic on Monday 13th April! The US will see it the night before on HBO. We’re bouncing off the walls for its comeback, and if you are too, take a look at the trailer below.