"If you want justice, you've come to the wrong place..."
Well, that was certainly more satisfying than the six second snippets HBO released to prime fans for the full Season 4 trailer for Game of Thrones. Not that the vines were a let-down - we got our first look at Pedro Pascal's Red Viper plus Tyron walking in chains, Jon Snow battling at the Wall, Daenerys looking pensive and a random decapitation from horseback - but I like the show's teases to be as epic as the series and the premium network has always succeeded on this front in the past producing sweeping previews paired with a powerful piece of music. This one went with Chelsea Wolfe's "Feral Love" and it fits perfectly.
On top of the vine moments, the trailer showed off several other big events as well as (re) introduced several characters. Of course, there are too many in Game of Thrones always growing ensemble to show them all, however, the shots of Jaime with his golden hand, Arya on a mountain with a blade and Joffrey, well, being Joffrey were more than enough. Not to mention that each and every piece of dialogue chosen raised the hairs on the back on my neck. Another great promo for what should prove to be another great season. Just wait until you meed the aforementioned Red Viper, you may have a new addition to your list of favorite characters.
Despite what the Golden Globes would have you believe, HBO's Game of Thrones was one of the 'Best Dramas' of the last year with the network delivering an epic and unforgiving third season. It's okay, the Emmys as well as the AFI and SAG (and probably other acronymed organizations) recognized the fantasy as among the medium's 'Most Outstanding' offerings. Don't think so? You can (re)watch all the glorious and/or painful moments when it, along with a ton of extras, hits Blu-ray in the middle of February.
For those without time to revisit, when we last left Westeros (and the Free Cities across the Narrow Sea) the Starks were still getting the raw end of the deal with the most significant deaths of the season once again coming from their camp. Poor Rob and Cat. And Talisa. And Greywind. It's not like they were the only House or location to experience loss, however, with characters from every corner of Game of Thrones meeting an untimely end (or worse, Theon). So many people have died on the show that HBO decided to make a video to commemorate them all and it's three bloody minutes long! That's longer than most movie trailers, twice the the length of the S4 tease! How many will die in the fourth season? Let's just say, HBO will need to add another minute or so...
Game of Thrones returns for Season 4 on Sunday, April 6 at 9 p.m. ET on HBO. Based on the 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.