‘Game of Thrones’ trailer: Season 4 promises conquest, betrayal, dragons

March 10, 2014 | 11:28 a.m.

The return of “Game of Thrones” is just weeks away, and a new trailer suggests that the infamous Red Wedding promises to have great impact on the surviving characters as Season 4 unfolds.

In the latest promotional clip for HBO’s massively popular and critically acclaimed political fantasy series, based on George R.R. Martin’s bestselling “A Song of Ice and Fire” book series, Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) asks her husband Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage), “Do you know what they did to my brother — and my mother? I lie awake all night thinking about how they died.”

Death, of course, is all too common in the world of Westeros, but the Red Wedding, the event that helped draw Season 3 to a close with the gruesome murder of several important members of the Stark clan, unquestionably ranks as one of the series’ most shocking moments.

Of course, fans familiar with Martin’s saga are well aware that “All Men Must Die” — the phrase serves as the Season 4 tagline.

Premiering April 6, the upcoming season follows 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 is seen talking with Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) in the new clip.

As for the familiar characters, Jon Snow (Kit Harington) must prepare to defend the Wall against a Wildling invasion; Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), handless and shaken, struggles to find his place in the kingdom; and cruel King Joffrey (Jack Gleeson) finally is set to wed Margaery Tyrell (Natalie Dormer).

Meanwhile, 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.

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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