‘Game of Thrones’ preview teases Purple Wedding, dragon danger [video]

Feb. 09, 2014 | 7:40 p.m.

The return of “Game of Thrones” is still two months away, but on Sunday, HBO released a sneak peek at Season 4 in a new featurette titled “Game of Thrones: Ice and Fire: A Foreshadowing.”

The political fantasy series, which returns April 6, is based on George R.R. Martin’s bestselling “A Song of Ice and Fire” books and has become a marquee attraction for HBO and a critical darling. In addition to being nominated for outstanding performance by an ensemble in a drama series at January’s Screen Actors Guild Awards, with star Peter Dinklage also nominated for his individual dramatic performance, “Thrones” has developed a massive and devoted fan following.

The upcoming season is expected to chart the events chronicled in the latter half of Martin’s sprawling third book in the series, “A Storm of Swords,” but will also introduce characters and occurrences from other novels. The new featurette offered a glimpse at some of what’s in store, including scenes from the so-called Purple Wedding, which will be familiar to fans of Martin’s writing.

David Benioff, who adapted the series with co-creator D.B. Weiss, said that after the infamous Red Wedding, which saw several characters meet a gruesome demise near the end of Season 3, “there’s tremendous clamor for revenge.”

A trailer released last month teases a season filled with conquest and betrayal, picking up where Season 3 left off. Jon Snow (Kit Harington) prepares to defend the Wall against a Wildling invasion. Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), handless and shaken, struggles to find his place in the kingdom. Cruel King Joffrey (Jack Gleeson) weds Margaery Tyrell (Natalie Dormer). And Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) continues her conquest of Slaver’s Bay after having freed the slaves of Yunkai.

The trailer and newly released images also introduce several characters new to “Game of Thrones,” including the Dornish Prince Oberyn Martell (Pedro Pascal), the so-called Red Viper who comes to King’s Landing seeking vengeance. The stills also introduce Michiel Huisman, who takes over from Ed Skrein as Daario Naharis, the strapping mercenary who caught Daenerys’ eye last season.

Click through the gallery above for a look at Season 4, and let us know what you think in the comments.

– Noelene Clark and Gina McIntyre | @LATHeroComplex


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3 Responses to ‘Game of Thrones’ preview teases Purple Wedding, dragon danger [video]

  1. Lisa Najarian says:

    GOT IS THE BEST! These pics are great! Can't wait for the new season!

  2. annalouisemagee says:

    Attention Bronn/Jerome Flynn fans, you can still lend your favorite sellsword a hand with his other day job here: over 39,000 viewers from inside and outside of the UK have now signed this petition to reverse the BBC's untimely cancellation of RIPPER STREET. Visit change[dot]org…search RIPPER STREET and REVERSE THE BBC. BBC America will not be airing the second season until February 22nd, but we need to speak up now for future seasons: tell them at @BBCOne, @bbcpress and @BBCAMERICA to #SaveRipperStreet

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