So fans of Game Of Thrones will doubtlessly be dismayed Tyrion Lannister will be in almost constant peril in the forthcoming series of the hit HBO show.
In a special preview shown on the cable channel, the programme’s co-creator and showrunner David Benioff claimed this would be the most constantly thrilling season yet. He said:
‘There is tremendous clamour for revenge especially in the wake of the Red Wedding. Some of the most shocking and mind-blowing scenes of the entire series come at the end of this coming season. Some bloody confrontations.’
And the show’s beloved genius is the one who takes centre stage as his world is ripped apart, with his vengeful sister Cersai a key protagonist. The Master Of Coin is seen sitting in a court dock, while she delivers what is surely damning testimony against him.
‘This is definitely the most dangerous season for Tyrion. It seems like in almost every episode he is in jeopardy of getting his head removed from his shoulders.’
Meanwhile it also seems there will also be karmic payback for the massacre that saw self-styled King Of The North Robb Stark, his wife and his mother brutally murdered at the end of the last series.
The Purple Wedding, which sees King Joffrey tying the knot with Margaery Tyrell, looks set to be an eventful ceremony with treachery at every turn. And a new character introduced in the preview, Prince Oberyn Martell, looks set to be instrumental in the mayhem. He is shown menacingly telling Tyrion, who enquires as to why he is there, ‘I was invited to the royal wedding. The Lannisters aren’t the only ones who pay their debts.’
King Joffrey meanwhile seems to be as hateful as ever, and is seen dismissively telling Jaime he was busy winning a war while he was a captive of their enemies. And Jack Gleeson, who plays the current monarch of Westeros, said:
‘It’s the best fun to play such a hateful, hate inspiring character. Just to get the reaction out of someone is very satisfying. It’s nice to make people hate you.’
Meanwhile, it seems Daenerys Targaryen is struggling to cement her place as a self-made queen, while also facing the prospect of losing control of the now immense dragons she has raised since birth. Emelia Clarke, who plays the character, said:
‘The cities that Dani has previously liberated are beginning to revolt. It’s all well and good going in and cutting the tie and seemingly setting people free, but if you don’t leave them with any kind of a structure or any kind of a commander who shares the same morals and views of the person that liberates them, then it’s a free for all.’
However it is the prospect of losing her command over the fearful fire breathing lizards that is symbolic of her deeper troubles. She said:
‘They are outgrowing the restrictions she’s placing on them. She’s always feared it, for goodness sake they’re dragons. They’ve killed her enemies, what’s going to stop them killing anyone? They’re dragons in a non-dragon world. It’s kind of a symbol of her losing control of herself and losing control of what she’s doing.’
The fourth season of the epic fantasy show is scheduled to premiere on April 6 on HBO. Watch the preview below.