‘Game of Thrones’ Season 4 trailer: Secrets, swords, search for Arya

March 18, 2014 | 8:27 p.m.

The return of “Game of Thrones” is just weeks away, and the final trailer teasing Season 4 features a tantalizing amount of political intrigue, swordplay and hints about the direction the sweeping narrative might take.

Premiering April 6, the upcoming season of HBO’s massively popular and critically acclaimed political fantasy series, based on George R.R. Martin’s bestselling “A Song of Ice and Fire” books, promises to explore the fallout from the infamous Red Wedding, which claimed the lives of prominent members of the Stark clan.

Season 4 is expected to follow the events of the second half of Martin’s third book in the series, “A Storm of Swords,” but also introduces occurrences and characters from other novels, including the Dornish Prince Oberyn Martell (Pedro Pascal), the so-called Red Viper who comes to King’s Landing seeking vengeance. He’s not the only one.

As cruel King Joffrey (Jack Gleeson) finally is set to wed Margaery Tyrell (Natalie Dormer), Cersei (Lena Headey) has her own grudges, and she appears cool to her brother Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), who returns to the capital city maimed and shaken. Meanwhile, Jon Snow (Kit Harington) must prepare to defend the Wall against a Wildling invasion, and Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) continues her conquest of Slaver’s Bay after having freed the slaves of Yunkai.

But as her dragons mature and grow and her empire expands, she finds herself grappling with her leadership role. In the latest promotional clip, Dany candidly lays out some serious stakes for anyone who opposes her — “They can live in my new world, or die in their old one.”

Death, of course, is all too common in the world of Westeros — fans familiar with Martin’s saga are well aware that “All Men Must Die,” and that phrase serves as the Season 4 tagline.

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

– Gina McIntyre and Noelene Clark

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