Game Of Thrones Season 4 Featurette Visits Dorne, Meereen And The Dreadfort

By Jesse Carp 2014-04-11 06:51:14 discussion comments
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Game of Thrones returned with a vengeance last weekend. The fourth season premiere did a solid job of both refreshing fans' memories as well as introducing a few new characters and conflicts for the upcoming year. The increasingly sprawling nature of the fantasy series, however, means that, to avoid spreading itself too thin, each episode can only focus on a few regions and that means several key players and places will always be absent from any given installment.

"Two Swords" managed to get a lot done in King's Landing, the Wall (as well as the Neck), the Riverlands and the road to Meereen but it barely scratched the surface of the giant fantasy world. Thanks to the 'Season 4: Behind-the-Scenes' featurette from OSN (a network bringing premium programming to the MENA area) we got to see a little more of that expansive universe before Sunday's episode. Who knows? Maybe some of those looks are from even later in the year than this weekend's second episode?

The footage from Meereen starts as a recap of the first but soon enough it's showing off the city in a way that seems to be after the events of "The Lion and the Rose." The section about Dorne is similar to Meereen in that it opens with a bit from last week, focusing on Oberyn's introduction, before we get some new glimpses of him and Ellaria mixing it up at the wedding. It's particularly exciting to see a sneak of the scenes between him and Cersei. And him and Tywin. Okay, between Oberyn and any Lannister.

Then comes our boy Ramsay Snow. I'm not going to chicken out and say Bolton because this sticking point is hashed out quite well in the featurette and his father, Roose, makes it clear who is Lord of the Dreadfort and who is a bastard. We also get a glimpse of that (mostly) new location and the surrounding hunting grounds. I'm happy to see that Iwan Rheon seems to get the combination of sadistic glee, smarts and daddy issues that make him so memorable. The feature quickly shifts from the nasty House in the North to the pretty flowers (Tyrells) of Highgarden and a quick introduction of Roger Ashton-Griffiths' Mace. You can see why the ladies run that family. One of whom is about to co-run the Seven Kingdoms.

The fourth season of Game of Thrones continues with “The Rose and the Lion” on Sunday at 9 p.m. ET on HBO. Based on the "Song of Ice and Fire" novels by George R.R. Martin, the TV series was adapted by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss and stars Peter Dinklage, Kit Harrington, Emilia Clarke, Lena Headey and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau.

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