The Game of Thrones season 4 went on air this Sunday much to the relief of their fans who have fervently waiting for the day to arrive. The first episode, ‘The Two Swords’, has been deliberately titled and hints at the bloodshed and violence that could well be in store in the later episodes of this season.
The season kickstarted with Tywin Lannister rewarding his one-armed son Jaime with a freshly forged sword from Valyrian steel and asking him to return to Casterly Rock and gain control in his absence. However, Kingslayer refuses to leave King’s Landing and assume his office as the Lord Commander, leader of the Kingsguard, managing to attract his father’s scorn, ridicule and a ‘No’ for an answer.
One of the most notable incidents in the first episode has to be the introduction of House Martell and their Prince Oberyn visiting the King’s Landing to attend King Joffrey’s wedding to Margaery Tyrell. The manner in which the encounter between Oberyn and Tyrion unfolded at Lord Baelish’s brothel is only an indication of the threat he possesses to the Lannisters and his true intentions of returning to King’s Landing. Oberyn, in his bare all speech, lets Tyrion know how much he remembers the manner in which his sister ( who was married to Aegon Targaryen) was brutally raped and split in half by Ser Gregor Clegane and his nephew and niece coldly murdered when Tywin’s army attacked the city.
‘Tell your father, Lannisters aren’t the only ones who pay their debts.‘
Another important sequence was when Daenarys was sitting on a rock, cuddling her precious and object of affection Drogon, while Viserys and Rhaegal kept soaring in the skies trying to fight over a dead piece of meat. What followed was quite astonishing as Drogon, who has been very obedient of his mother so far, snapped at her. Ouch!
‘Nobody can tame the dragons, not even their mother.’ What now Daenarys?
Jon Snow has returned to the Wall, where he awaits trial for his alleged crimes of murdering a fellow member of the Night Watch, Qhorin and having slept with a wildling. Despite, the Lord Commander seeking death penalty for the Stark bastard for his misdeeds, Aemon forgives him for the mere reason of having told the truth. How did the Targaryen know that he indeed was telling the truth?
‘I grew up in King’s Landing.‘
One of the most interesting associations to have developed from season 3 has been that between Arya and The Hound. The latter, disgusted with King Joffrey and the Lannisters, have been virtually safekeeping Arya from troubles which you end up coming up against so frequently in the Seven Kingdoms. The Hound takes on five bad guys who had taken Arya’s sword, her Needle and helps the Stark girl reclaim her lost possession. Arya kicks Polliver, one of the Lannister bannermen, to the ground and slowly pushes Needle through his throat.
I don’t see anyone picking their teeth, Polliver.
P.S. What happened to Daario Naharis’ face by the way? He seems to have changed from the previous season. Having said it, Game of Thrones season 4 promises to bring more excitement and drama than it has ever done.