Sunday, 1 June 2014

Winter is coming...[Game of Thrones Season 4 so far... (TV spoilers)] (updated 2nd June)

Season rating so far = 7.

Welcome to the Fourth Wall recap of Game of Thrones season 4, just in time for you to remind yourself where we are for the 8th episode! First I’ll do a ‘key summary’ (below) and later I’ll post a character arc of all the major characters. Enjoy!

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[In case you're wondering, the face at the bottom is Myrcella, who I believe is to be wed to a Dornish Prince, thus cementing an alliance between the Dornish and the Lannisters.]

The two most urgent storylines at the start of episode 8 will be: the wildling attack at Castle Black and Tyrion's combat by trial. Read on!

Joffrey Baratheon was murdered and has been replaced by Tommen as King. Tyrion Lannister has been fingered as the murderer, although we know that Lord Baelish and Olenna Tyrell are actually responsible. A mysterious man offered Podrick a Knighthood in return for betraying Tyrion (presumed to be sent by Cersei Lannister). Tyrion has chosen trial by combat, pitting Oberyn Martell against the Mountain.

Effectively, Tywin Lannister remains top dog and is increasingly sinking Lannister talons into every major house in Westeros: Myrcella is to wed a Dornish Prince, Cersei and Tommen are to wed Tyrells (remember Tommen already commands House Baratheon) and Tyrion is to wed Sansa, who is considered key to the North (although this is clearly in doubt if Tyrion is killed and Littlefinger is keeping Sansa in the Vale of Arryn).

Outside Kings Landing, two players have immensely boosted their potency: Daenerys Targaryen and Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish. In Essos, Daenerys has collected herself a large army and a decent number of ships, but is now slowed down by having to actually govern in Meereen, Yunkai, etc. Also, she’s started her only sexual relationship since Drogo, with loveable rogue Daario Naharis. Jorah is indisputably her top advisor, although he continues to want more.

Littlefinger’s machinations have led to the death of Joffrey, control of the Vale of Arryn (with an invincible fortress, according to him) and possible marriage to Sansa Stark of the North, although this will clearly provoke the Lannisters. It’s not clear whether he has a substantial army with which to defend against attack. Littlefinger also killed Lysa Arryn, but not before she revealed that she killed Jon Arryn at Littlefinger’s behest – this is what caused Ned Stark to come to Kings Landing in the first place.

We’ve also found that the Kingdom (and/or Lannisters) is short of cash and the mines aren’t producing. This necessitates an alliance for the Lannisters with the Tyrells, who are rich. The Dornish have been brought into the fold via Oberyn Martell, although he has an agenda of his own: to get vengeance for his sister’s murder.
Roose Bolton controls much of the North, under the agreement between him and Tywin Lannister (viz Red Wedding). However, the ironborn control access to the North and so are key to Bolton’s plans. Bolton’s bastard Ramsay Snow plans to use Theon Greyjoy to attack the ironborn.

In Dragonstone, things were getting more desperate as food ran out and a large number of soldiers and ships had been destroyed fighting the Lannisters. However, Stannis and Ser Davos can begin rebuilding thanks to a good pot of gold given to them by the Iron Bank of Braavos. Melisandre’s religion is drawing more and more fanatics, despite the fact that, as she admits to Selyse, most of it is fiction.

Up in the North, the White Walker army is converting babies into White Walkers, although as we learned last season, dragonglass can kill them. Jon Snow and his merry band are up against a wildling army bolstered by an angry Ygritte and the cannibal Thenn. In the next couple of episodes, we will probably see a conflict between 100 Night’s Watch and 10,000+ wildlings. However, as Tywin Lannister once said, one man on a wall is worth 100 under it.

Cersei and Jaime have frosty relations following his return after a long time and Jaime’s rape of Cersei next to Joffrey’s body. Arya and The Hound are on the way to the Vale of Arryn, where Littlefinger/Baelish is holed up with Sansa. Brienne and Podrick are in search of Arya and now probably headed to the Vale of Arryn also, having met Hot Pie on the Kingsroad.

Meanwhile we’re yet to see Gendry (Robert Baratheon’s bastard son), Osha and Rickon.

Stay tuned for character arcs…


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