‘Game of Thrones’ Season 4 trailer: Betrayal, vengeance, dragons

Feb. 16, 2014 | 11:06 p.m.

The return of “Game of Thrones” is still two months away, but on Sunday, HBO released a second trailer for the show’s fourth season, highlighting the search for justice and vengeance that will motivate the characters in the world of Westeros this year.

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 new clip begins with Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) ominously naming her enemies, those she most ardently wishes to kill, as each character is glimpsed, before new scenes involving many of the major players unfold. (A cover of Siouxsie and the Banshees’ “Cities in Dust” nicely amps up the atmosphere.)

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 also introduce characters and occurrences from other novels.

An earlier trailer teased 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 trailers and recently 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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9 Responses to ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 4 trailer: Betrayal, vengeance, dragons

  1. Game says:

    who cares!

  2. Tired of waiting says:

    I really like the series, however get it together and get the series back on the air! Almost to the point of not wanting to watch because of the loooong breaks.

    • Doug says:

      I use the breaks to read the books again.

    • Ian McLaughlin says:

      You know you can always read ahead in the books if you cant wait. Thats if you can read thousands of pages. Since this is the la times website you might not. Wait like sheep like the rest of the needy impatient cattle in this country to be spoonfed another adapted gem. Personally i prefer the books. Just some optionsto think about for your snide remark. Take care?

    • ani says:

      im guessing you dont watch Sherlock if you think 1 year is a long break.

    • bkrasman says:

      You know every show on TV had a break, right? That's the point of seasons. It also takes time to make the actual shows, so, yeah.

  3. HUNTER says:

    It's worth the wait!! I just read the books and loved them!!! BEST SERIES SINCE ROME!!!

  4. Karen says:

    I enjoy the show and love all the mystery. I just wish it would hurry up and come back on the air….. the breaks are far to long! I am always afraid I am missing it… and it is still not here!

  5. catharsis says:

    What series doesn't have a year long break? I mean come on… have you never watch a television show that had a plot before?

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