Tonight marked the epic season four premiere of the hit HBO series Game of Thrones and things didn’t take long to pick right up where they left off. Fans of the series were wondering where things would go as the various story lines continue to overlap and pick up pace.
Perhaps the most action packed storyline involves Jon Snow and the Night’s Watch, as the preparations by the Wilding to attack The Wall are well underway. While Jon Snow is clearly the wisest man in any room he walks into, there was speculation that he could be executed once it was revealed that he had slept with Ygritte. That was the conclusion drawn by the council until Jon revealed the Wilding’s plans to unite and take the wall. While this seemed to spare his life, he may not have much longer before it’s once again in grave danger.
Back in King’s Landing, Jaime Lannister has returned, gotten a hair cut and found himself a gold hand to try and disguise his disfigurement.
While we saw some humbling while on the road back in season three, he’s starting to settle back into his shady ways. Joffery was his normal douchey self and Tyrion is still resistant to move his relationship forward with Sansa.
Meanwhile, up in Wintefell — oh wait, everyone is still dead.
Things with Daenerys aren’t nearly as intense as they were when we left her in season three, as her army has grown but the loyalty of her dragons have been called into questions.
It’s still hard to get a read on Dany as she’s motherly one moment, like with her dragons, but then flips to being cold and hard like when she found the dead child hanging from a cross along the trail.
Finally, things with Arya and The Hound are strange as ever, with the two forming a warped bond over what they saw at the Red Wedding. They arrive at a rest-stop in which Ayra notices a man with her sword. This prompts her to not only get her sword back, but avenge the deaths the group of men caused.
We’ve seen some bad things happen Ayra over the first few seasons, but this is by far the darkest we’ve seen her. Not only was she out for blood, but she got it in the coldest of ways.
A lot of questions were raised in this premiere episode, and thankfully we have nine more to go in order to get everything answered as best as possible.