‘Game of Thrones’ Season 4 Episode Titles: Is the Purple Wedding Earlier Than We Thought?
Fans of HBO's 'Game of Thrones' well know that the third and fourth seasons have jumped around quite a bit in bringing George R.R. Martin's "Song of Ice and Fire" novels to life, and now it seems season 4 could prove the most divergent yet. The first episode titles of the newest 'Game of Thrones' episodes has arrived, with plenty of suggestions for major events taking place in the first hours.
You're warned of potential spoilers for 'Game of Thrones' season 4 and George R.R. Martin's work from here on out, but it seems the recent "Foreshadowing" suggestion that season 4 would contain multiple climaxes beyond the usual ninth installment of the season may prove accurate. Below are the first four episode titles of the new season, which premieres April 6:
Season 4, Episode 1: "Two Swords." Running time: 58 minutes
Season 4, Episode 2: "The Lion and the Rose." Running time: 52 minutes
Season 4, Episode 3: "Breaker of Chains." Running time: 56 minutes
Season 4, Episode 4: "Oathkeeper." Running time: 54 minutes
"Two Swords" most likely refers to the dual blades created by melting down Ned Stark's sword Ice, given by Tywin to Jaime Lannister and King Joffrey, and titled Oathkeeper and Widow's Wail, respectively. Meanwhile, the second installment could well refer to the royal wedding of Joffrey and Margaery Tyrell, a landmark event enough in its own right that we expected to see it later in the season. We won't spoil exactly what takes place, but it would certainly help to explain why we see Tyrion in chains so early on, and prominently within the promos.
"Breaker of Chains" naturally refers to Daenerys, though we'll surely see the character at some point before the third episode, perhaps reserving the third episode for her takeover of the slave city Mereen. Now, the fourth episode "Oathkeeper" is where things get tricky, as we suspect this to be the hour wherein Jaime Lannister gives his sword to Brienne in order to fulfill her mission of finding Sansa Stark. Where might Sansa be, and how might she have left, you ask? Well, let's just say that a certain something we alluded to earlier makes Kings' Landing a tad unsafe for the girl, who winds up spirited away to a new location.
In the meantime, there’s always photos, trailers and teases for the April 6 premiere, while HBO has cast in known roles Joel Fry as Hizdahr zo Loraq, Roger Ashton-Griffiths as Mace Tyrell, Pedro Pascal as Prince Oberyn Martell, Indira Varma as Oberyn’s lover Ellaria Sand, Yuri Kolokolnikov as Styr, Magnar of Thenn, and ‘Sherlock’ star Mark Gatiss as Tycho Nestoris. ‘Treme”s Michiel Huisman will replace Ed Skrein as Daario Naharis, and Hafthor Julius Bjornsson will take over the role of Gregor “The Mountain” Clegane from Ian Whyte, among other recastings.
Take this all with a grain of salt, but what say you? Could one of the first major 'Game of Thrones' season 4 events happen early on? What do you make of the latest episode titles? Watch the trailer again below, and give us your predictions for the April 6 premiere in the comments!