Game of thrones review season 4 episode 1- We are all familiar about the Starks’ fate from the bloody wedding in the previous season of Game of thrones. At the beginning of the new season we see how Tywin managed to reforge Ned Stark’s sword made of Valyrian steel. The forger managed to forge two swords now and Tywin gives one to his eldest son.
Ser Jaime is very surprised and grateful when he takes the sword and he’s also suspicious about the gift- such a precious gift must come with a price. And he’s right, Tywin wants Jaime to go back to Casterly Rock and take his father’s place there since Jaime is no longer able to serve the Kingsguard with one hand.
Offended by the decision, Jaime storms back at his father, telling him he has no wish to leave the Kingsguard or marry anyone and so Tywin disowns Jaime, makes insults and mocks him for being a one-handed man who cannot use the hand he has.
The day of the royal wedding is about to come, so many important quest arrive from far lands. Tyrion waits to welcome the prince of Dorne and he is surprised to learn that his younger brother, prince Oberyn will attend the wedding instead.
Tyrion learns that the prince has already arrived so he searches the kingdom to find Oberyn. The prince and his lover, Ellaria Sand, are in a brothel. Oberyn overhears men singing “The Rains of Castamere” in the brothel and so he picks a bloody fight with the Lannister soldiers.
The same moment Tyrion enters and calms down the situation. Tyrion and Oberyn talk in private and the prince tells Tyrion the fate of his sister-she was married to Rhaegar Targaryen and gave birth to two children. But Rhaegar decided to abandon his wife Elia for another woman and that was the reason for the war.
Long story short-Elia Martel was raped and killed by “The Mountain” and her children were also killed. Oberyn knows that the rumors are true, it was Tywin Lannister who gave the orders since Ser Gregor, The Mountain is one of Lannister soldiers. That is why Oberyn seek vengeance.
Let’s assume that Oberyn will have his vengeance. What about Sansa? Will she ever have vengeance for her family? She has learned about her brother and her mother, about their deaths. Sansa is haunted by their deaths and Tyrion tries to comfort her but he fails.
Sansa goes in the Gods wood, not to pray but to be alone. When she goes back to the castle, a man follows her and she is afraid of whom that might be. The man comes to Sansa and thanks her for saving his life.
It’s the knight whose life Sansa saved on Joffrey’s nameday. He gives Sansa a necklace, thanking her for his life and she accepts the gift. Take a good look at the necklace, it has a greater meaning that you think and it will be important in next episodes of Game of thrones season 4.
Tyrion returns to his chamber where Shae waits for him. He pushes her aside with his words, showing no interest for her and so she storms out. One of Cersei’s spies notes this meeting between Shae and Tyrion and tells Cersei about it.
Qyburn, the former Maester who was saved by Robb Stark is now working for Queen Cersei. He puts a golden hand onto Jaime’s right arm. When Jaime and Cersei stay alone, he tells Cersei that he plans to stay in the Kingsguard so that he can be close to her and they can be together. Cersei tells him that she waited for him for too long and she doesn’t want him anymore.
Later, Ser Jaime and Ser Meryn Trant talk about the royal wedding security plan with Joffrey also attends the meeting but is distracted by the “Book of Brothers” a compilation of heroic deeds of past Kingsguards.
Joffrey mocks Jaime for his page is mostly empty, offending his uncle for being an old man with no heroic deeds and also for being one-handed. Don’t you wish to slap Joffrey when he has offends everybody around him? I think that by now he is the most hated character in Game of thrones. I wish he was dead by now.
Jon Snow, who is still recovering from his wounds, is visited by Sam who delivers the bad news about the Starks. Jon admits he envied Robb and Sam admits he felt the same way about Jon.
Later, Jon is summoned to answer for his deeds in front of the officers of the Night’s Watch. Allister Thorne is now the temporary commander and sentences Jon to die after he confesses his deeds. But Maester Aemon denounces the trial-Jon gave them the information about Mance Rayder and his army of wildlings. They will need Jon in the war that comes.
Speaking of wows, Brienne of Tarth explains Margaery what happened to Renly Baratheon. Brienne made a wow to avenge his death but Margaery seems uninterested about revenge, reminding Brienne that Joffrey is now their king.
After that conversation, Brienne talks with Jaime about the vow he made to Catelyn Stark to return her children. Jaime explains that Sansa is a Lannister now and she cannot leave King’s Landing, while Arya is probably dead so he cannot keep his promise.
Daenerys looks at her dragons while they eat. They fight over the food and when she tries to calm them down, Drogon snaps at her and she is a bit afraid. Jorah saw this and tells her that dragons cannot be tamed. It’s their nature to be wild and now that they are grown it’s even harder to control them.
Continuing their journey to Mereen, a slave city known from its Great Pyramid, the group discovers a crucified child as a road marker, pointing the road to Mereen. Jorah explains how the masters of the city arranged 163 child markers, one on every mile, as a message.
Daenerys is shaken by the image but wishes to see all their faces before her soldiers burry the children.
Since her brother and mother were slaughtered, the Hound decided to ransom Arya to her aunt Lysa Arryn. They are riding toward the Eyrie and on their way they spot an inn. Arya sees Polliver, one of the men from the Lannister guard who captured Yoren’s recruits for the Night’s Watch.
She tells the Hound that the man is on her list because he killed her friend and stole her sword Needle. Arya rushes to the inn and the Hound follow her. When they enter the inn, he is immediately recognizes and Polliver comes to talk with him.
The Hound says that he doesn’t support the Lannisters and the King anymore so they start a fight. Arya joins the fight and so she kills Polliver, taking another name of her list, and she retakes her sword. Arya and the Hound leave the inn.