Game of Thrones (2011-today) *MAJOR SPOILERS*

Game of Thrones

Season 4 of Game of Thrones is coming back this Sunday and to prepare themselves, fans are watching the first three seasons to try and predict what happens next in a show that has made weddings funerals, children killers and fantasy extremely interesting.

Season 1 began with the honourable Ned Stark (Sean Bean) agreeing to take up the role of Hand of the King to the King of the fictional land of Westeros and long-time friend Robert Baratheon (Mark Addy). Upon his arrival in the capital of King’s Landing, Ned learns that this is a land of corruption and sin that even links to the Queen Cersai Lannister (Lena Heady) as he discovers that Robert’s children are not his but in fact Cersai’s twin brother’s Jamie (Nikolai Coster Waldu). However after The King from boar wounds, the eldest Baratheon Joffrey (Jack Gleeson) takes up the throne and before Ned can reveal the truth, he is thrown in jail and later beheaded. His death is the catalyst for the War of the Five Kings.

Season 2 sees fan favourite Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinkagle) arrive in King’s Landing as acting Hand of the King in his father Tywin’s (Charles Dance) stead. Unlike Ned, Tyrion uses his wits and words to undermine the King, his mother and members of the Small Council (Aiden Gillen, Conleth Hill and Julian Glover). However, he helps them win the Battle of Blackwater against Stannis Baratheon (Stephen Dillane) with the explosive Wildfire and inspirational speeches.  Despite giving the most strategy, Tywin got the credit and Tyrion nearly died at the hands of an assassin hired by Cersai.

Season 3 will always be remembered with two words: Red Wedding. The machinations of this twisted chapter are orchestrated by Tywin, Lord Walder Frey (David Bradley) and Roose Bolton (Michael McElhatton).  In order to stop a powerful foe in Ned’s son Robb (Richard Madden) and Ned’s wife Catelyn (Michelle Fairley), Frey offers false forgiveness to Robb for not marrying one of his daughters and offers one of them to Robb’s uncle Edmure Tully (Tobias Menzies ). At Edmure’s wedding, Frey’s men attack Stark’s men and Bolton (who served as one of Robb’s  lead followers) helped the Freys. Robb’s pregnant wife Tallisa was killed and Robb was wounded until Bolton stabbed him in the heart. Catelyn after seeing cut Frey’s youngest wife’s throat having held her hostage to try and negotiate with Frey. She is killed shortly after.

Game of Thrones has thus far not produced a bad episode. It has interesting dialogue, great cinematography and even the minor characters are worth talking about. These are only one section on an incredibly large but amazing tale of betrayal, power, female independence and With such an amazing yet heart-breaking segment like the Red Wedding, can Season 4 still provide the quality of its predecessors. I believe the chances are as powerful as Wildfire.

by Diarmuid Jude Crowley

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