On Sunday, HBO air a new 15-minute promo for the upcoming fourth season of Game of Thrones
, full of new footage, interviews with the cast and insights into what's ahead for the Seven Kingdoms.
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The video is wildly entertaining as the cast and crew reveal details about life on and off the set. Not only do we get new details on all of the major storylines (the Royal Wedding, Tyrion in danger, Dany's problems, the Red Viper, the Night's Watch drama), but there are fun little tidbits like the most random and unlikeliest backgammon duo on the set.
Here are some highlights from the video, which you can watch in its entirety below.Tyrion in Trouble
Game of Thrones season 4 will find Tyrion Lannister in serious trouble, with his sister Cersei leading the charge to destroy him. But the dwarf will have an unlikely ally in his brother, Jaime, now back at King's Landing. "I'm the last friend you've got," Jaime says to Tyrion.The Red Viper
The biggest new character of season 4 is Oberyn Martell (Pedro Pascal), aka the Red Viper. He comes to King's Landing for the royal wedding of Joffrey and Margaery, but he's really there for vengeance.The Royal Wedding
Joffrey and Margaery's wedding promises to be an epic event, described by the actor's as "a short film" that takes up half of an entire episode.Dany's Throne Room
While Joffrey still sits atop the Iron Throne, Daenerys Targaryen gets her own throne room this season, which Emilia Clarke describes as "a mini, tropical version" of the one in Westeros. This season Dany will start to think about ruling the Seven Kingdoms and how she'll do it.
Of course Dany still has problems with the past as the various cities she's freed aren't exactly thriving. It's nice to free the slaves, but if there's no system in place to help with the reconstruction, things start to get dangerous. Then there are the dragons, which are growing up and getting a little too big for their britches. Clarke says it's a symbol of her starting to lose control.The Night's Watch
Jon Snow feels badly about how he treated Ygritte. He's definitely in a dark place, and he's also on equal footing with Samwell, who is no longer just a sidekick. Their relationship, and the way they handle the impending invasion of the Wildling, promise to be a big focal point of the storyline at the Night's Watch.Foreshadowing
The cast and crew describe season 4 as having more action throughout instead of a slow build to a big climax. In fact, they also promises multiple climaxes, unlike past seasons where the entire season seemed to lead up to one huge event (Ned Stark's beheading, the Battle of Blackwater, the Red Wedding). Maisie Williams provides the most optimistic look at season 4, saying that the good guys are making a comeback and taking a stand.Fun Tidbits
-Maisie Williams' favorite character is Cersei. Kit Harington's is Bronn while Sophie Turner and John Bradley both love Jaime. Clearly the good guys all love the bad guys.
-Brienne will bite off a man's ear and spit it back in his face, and actress Gwendoline Christie's glee over that is quite amusing.
-Proving that there are siblings bonds on and off camera, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Peter Dinklage (Jaime and Tyrion) like to dance while Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams (Sansa and Arya) have sleepovers and pull pranks in hotel rooms.
-According to Jack Gleeson, Diana Rigg (Olenna) and Daniel Portman (Podrick) play backgammon on the set. I would love to see that.
Check out the full video preview of Game of Thrones season 4 here:
Game of Thrones season 4 premieres Sunday, April 6 at 9pm on HBO.
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