Winter is still coming

On April 10, 2014

Although the season four premiere of “Game of Thrones” was entitled “Two Swords,” it was one sword, Needle, that stole the show. Warning: spoilers ahead.

“Two Swords” referenced the recasting of Ned Stark’s great sword into two for the House of Lannister, adding just one more injury to the House of Stark.

The family legacy and honor of the Starks, now seemingly destroyed, finds new hope in young Arya Stark. The previous season of Game of Thrones had left her in the hands of the Hound, a deserter of the King’s Guard, who is hoping to make ransom money off the young girl.

Of course, with the Hound, comedy and violence abound. The plot thickens when Arya recognizes Polliver, the man who stole her sword Needle and dramatically killed her friend Lommy.

After a gory bar brawl, Ayra recovers her sword and takes the opportunity to seek the revenge she prayed for. She deals justice slowly, very slowly, menacingly repeating the very words Polliver said to Lommy before easing her sword into Polliver’s own throat. (“Something wrong with your leg boy?”)

Unlike Arya’s revenge, the premier was anything but slow. Season four returned to its fast paced, bloody, erotic and politically mischievous storyline. The HBO spot on Sunday night hit a show record-breaking 6.6 million viewers, according to

Although new season premiers are often plagued with boring scenes as producers are forced to reintroduce characters and plots, the premiere managed to conjure up the same gory fighting scenes, brothels and dragons that got viewers hooked to begin with.

The surfing between characters in a Lord of the Rings Tolkien-esqe fashion keeps the audience up to date on the various characters spread across the kingdoms, which is Incredibly useful for those of us who have abstained from reading the series.

Daenerys Targaryen’s dragons grew a substantial amount during the show’s hiatus. They remain too small to ride, but from the scenes and dialogue it is clear that dragons are unable to be tamed.

With the introduction of Prince Oberyn Martell, King’s Landing is bound to become far more interesting in season four. Unless, of course, you currently enjoy watching Sansa Stark being manically depressed and doing absolutely nothing.

We meet the Oberyn at Little Finger’s brothel where he is in the middle of selecting mates for an orgy. Before long, audiences realize his arrival to King’s Landing for the royal wedding is business and pleasure, as he drives a dagger through the wrist of a jolly Lannister supporter in his opening scene. It appears the fourth season has introduced another character that would enjoy dethroning King Joffrey, after it so disturbingly destroyed the House of Stark’s attempt with the Red Wedding.

If the premiere has revealed anything about what to expect in season four, it stems from three themes: dragons are untamable, Arya Stark enjoys killing and everyone still hates Joffrey.

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