Over the last couple of weeks thousands of fans have flocked to one of the preview screenings of the Season 4 premiere, or have read one of the many previews that has hit the internet. The level of excitement has been impossible to contain it seems, and despite pleas from Weiss and Benioff to keep surprises under wraps for everyone else’s viewing pleasure, spoilers have made their way online. We were lucky enough to be sent a screener for the episode by the lovely people at HBO. In this preview I will be both expanding on the Press Release from last month (which can be found in our database here) and add a few of my own thoughts on the episode, but I respect the Producers’ express wishes and will not reveal the big plot points from the episode. Regular readers of my previews of other shows will know that I do also include dialogue teasers at the end of my write ups, and will always answer any questions that I can in the comments below. I have read the books so I have an idea of the future storyline the characters are likely to take, but this is the only episode I have seen so far of the season.
Oberyn Martell’s introduction will probably not be too surprising to any of the book readers watching, but for those who are not quite yet acquainted with the Dornish prince, get ready to see how red blooded and forceful the Viper and his paramour Ellaria Sand are! Pedro Pascal absolutely nails the part from the moment he arrives in King’s Landing, and if his first scene with Dinklage is anything to go by then this Oberyn fan is going to be very happy with how things progress through the season ahead.
I have to admit that Dany’s story is isn't one of my favourites, though the sneak peek HBO released last week that introduced the new Daario was very entertaining, and I also enjoyed the start of her journey to Meereen in this episode. Michiel Huisman is a good replacement for the leader of the Second Sons, slightly less smarmy than the previous actor, yet still just as cocky, and he has valuable information for the young Khaleesi which he delivers in a typically smooth manner. Another of her lieutenant’s also has sage words for her regarding another matter that may soon need addressing .
Two Swords airs Sunday 6th April on HBO at 9.00-10.00pm ET/PT, with Sky Atlantic simulcasting the episode at 2am Monday 7th April GMT, below are a few dialogue teasers to see you through until then. Don't forget to come back to vote in our poll after the episode and let us know what you thought.
“I don’t pray any more, it’s the only place I can go where people don’t talk to me”
“You’re a talker, listening to talkers makes me thirsty”
“Are you sure we’re not related, ever since I've returned every Lannister I've seen has been a miserable pain in my arse”
“Forgive me for staring, I don’t see many Lannisters where I'm from”
“I hear you knocked my grandson into the dirt like the silly little boy he is”
“Not a Maester your grace, but happy to help when I can”
“You plan on killing all the crows yourself?”
“Listen to him, he even talks like a Wildling now”
“No need for cynicism, I happen to be an established diplomat”
“Keep it, a one handed man with no family needs all the help he can get”