Today has brought us all kinds of goodies from the highly anticipated upcoming fourth season of the HBO series Game of Thrones. First, it was a series of five character posters from Entertainment Weekly that featured the members of the House of Lannister. Just moments ago, we showed you two character posters that were released by Yahoo! TV that featured the Mother of Dragons, Daenaerys Targaryen and her trusted companion Jorah Mormont. Now, thanks to IGN, we have four new character posters to show to you.
This time it is the remaining members of the Stark family that are being featured. If you have followed the show for any length of time, you know that the Stark family has suffered greater losses than any of the clans in Game of Thrones. We watched as poor Ned lost his head for telling the truth, and of course there is that little matter of a thing known as the Red Wedding.
As with all the others before it, the posters bear the words ‘Valar Morghulis’ which simply translates to ‘All Men Must Die.’ I think it is safe to say that the Stark family has lost quite enough men over the course of the last three seasons. With only two of them left, one can only hope that they make it out of Season 4 unscathed.
So, since we are speaking of men, let’s start out with one of my favorites; the bastard son of the late Ned Stark, Jon Snow.
While Jon may not bear the Stark name, that does not make him any less a Stark. He has been there for the family whenever he has been needed and stood up for his family when the time has come. After venturing off to join the Night’s Watch, Jon found himself in some rather precarious positions, especially when it came to his involvement with the Wildlings. What unknown danger is he looking upon in this picture?
Now, we have one of the younger members of the Stark family, Bran. Bran may have well suffered more than any other member of the House. Not only has he suffered the losses of the family members that have fallen before him, but he has also lost the use of his legs after being pushed off a window when he discovered the misdoings of the Queen. What perils does the road ahead have for young Bran?
This brings me to another of the younger Starks, Arya. Arya has been through a struggle all her own. She has been there when not one, but two of her family members have been brutally murdered. She was there when King Joffrey had her father’s head cut off, and she was there, albeit outside, during the brutal slayings that happened at the Red Wedding. Some say that she is destined for greatness; others fear she may be the next to fall. Fortunately, we will not have to wait much longer to find out.
Last, but not least, we have Sansa. While I lack a sense of compassion for her, as I feel a lot of the peril she has been forced to endure are a direct result of her bad decision making, she has indeed suffered just like the rest of her siblings. First, she was betrothed to a then Prince Joffrey. Both fortunately and unfortunately, she was relieved of that obligation when her father was branded a traitor.
After quite a while of blatant torture from Joffrey, she was then offered to Tyrion as a wife. While this may not seem like the ideal situation; however, Tyrion has been quite a different man when it comes to Sansa. However, in light of Tyrion’s own issues in the coming season, one can imagine things are going to get worse for Sansa.
What do you think of the latest character posters for Season 4 of Game of Thrones? Which of the Stark family do you think will make it out of alive when Season 4 comes to a close? Let us know what you think in the comments below.
Game of Thrones returns for Season 4 on Sunday, April 6th at 9:00 p.m. on HBO.