Tonight is the night. After nine extremely long months, we are finally mere hours away from the Game of Thrones, Season 4 premiere on HBO. So while you wait impatiently to get your watchin’ on, check out our Non-Book Readers Guide to the GOT Season 4 premiere. Our guide is a short list of fun facts for those of us who don’t read the books (or haven’t gotten through them yet) to add to your viewing enjoyment.
1. Introducing a New House
In Season 4, we see the introduction of yet another new player in King’s Landing. Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome House Martell. Prince Oberyn Martell (portrayed by Pedro Pascal), second in line to the seat of Dorne, sails to King’s Landing for the Royal Wedding. Oberyn arrives with a huge chip on his shoulder. His late sister, Elia Martell, was married to Rhaegar Targaryen (Dany’s late brother) and is said to have been slaughtered, along with her children, by the Lannisters during Robert’s Rebellion. Look for Oberyn aka The Red Viper of Dorne to ride into King’s Landing seeking revenge.
Oh, and remember when Tyrion had Cersei’s daughter, Princess Myrcella, shipped away in Season 1 and Cersei was furious? That’s because Myrcella was shipped off to Dorne, home of the Martells, and is most likely being treated like a prisoner.
House Martell: A Breakdown
Since Maester Luwin is dead and the Stark children are no longer receiving history lessons, we thought we would give you one on the new House of Season 4.
Sigil – Red sun pierced by a gold spear
Words – “Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken”
Region – Dorne (located south of King’s Landing)
Allegiance – House Baratheon
2. Game of Thrones recast the role of Daario Naharis
Michiel Huisman (ABC’s Nashville) replaces Ed Skrein as Daario Naharis, the young and dangerous lieutenant who pledged his heart and service to Dany in Season 3. Look for this new (smoking hot) actor to bring Daario to life in a whole new way.
3. Barristan Selmy’s Secret
Barristan Selmy has a bomb to drop on Dany and I can’t wait for the big reveal. Let’s backtrack to Season 1 – Barristan was a King’s Guard up until Cersei and Joffrey dismissed him after Robert’s death. That means Barristan knows that Jorah Mormont, Dany’s trusted advisor, was initially working for Robert and even took part in the attempted assassination of Dany in Season 1. Since Barristan didn’t make his big reveal when he first joined Dany, he must be waiting for the opportune moment. Will it come in Season 4? If it does, how will Dany react?
4. RIP — Characters That Didn’t Survive Season 3
Not that we need reminding of the Red Wedding, but lots of people met their end in Season 3 and it’s important to keep track. These are the folks that will no longer be gracing our televisions screen every Sunday night, unless Thoros of Myr and the Red God get their hands on them…
Robb Stark, King in the North
The Entire Stark Army
Pieces of Theon Greyjoy
Jeor Mormont, Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch
Orell (But his spirit lives on)
Two of the Second Sons
Here’s one more trailer to get you ready for the Game of Thrones premiere, Sunday, April 6th at 9pm on HBO.