Game of Thrones’ fourth season aired in 2014. (same year True Detective aired) It received critical acclaim from critics, fans, and viewers alike. The fourth season went on to earn numerous award nominations at The Golden Globes, Screen Actors Guild and The Emmys. A prequel titled, “House of the Dragon” is now streaming on HBO Max. Before I watch the aforementioned show, I’m currently looking back at all eight seasons. I already wrote non-spoiler articles based on Seasons 1-3. Feel free to check ’em out.
This review contains no crucial SPOILERS. A recap of Season 3 contains a list of various plot points. Tread carefully.
Positive & Negative Aspects
Positive: The Main Cast reprise their roles and they all did an excellent job for their respective performances.
Pedro Pascal (one of my favorite actors) portrays Oberyn Martell.
David Benioff & D.B. Weiss adapted the second half of “A Storm of Swords” as a ten-part season. They also serve as executive producers alongside George R.R. Martin.
Ramin Djawadi (Iron Man, Westworld) orchestrated the music.
Cinematography captures in-depth imagery of Westeros.
Death Scenes are extremely savage. If you have a sensitive stomach, be prepared. You’ll need a barf bag.
Visual and Practical Effects brought many elements of Westeros’ mythos to life.
Season 3 Recap
- Robb, Catelyn & Talisa attend The Red Wedding. They’re slain by Lannister soldiers.
- Tywin forces Tyrion to marry Sansa.
- Jamie’s hand is chopped off. Losing his sword fighting skills. He later reunites with Cersei. He also gains mutual respect towards Brienne.
- Bran & Hodor meet Meera & Jojen.
- Jon, Ygritte & The Wildlings climb a massive wall. Jon disobeys Wildlings orders causing him to flee back to The Night’s Watch’s HQ. Ygritte shoots three arrows at Jon. He returns to the aforementioned place. Sam and the others pick him up to give him a full recovery.
- Theon is captured and tortured by Ramsay Snow. The son of Roose Bolton. Theon’s “special package” is cut off.
- Hound accompanies Arya to reunite with her relatives at The Red Wedding. Unfortunately, they were forced to flee.
- Daenerys gains an army. Her dragons are the size of a dog.
Primary Themes are Honor, Legacy, Family, Betrayal, Loss & Revenge. Each theme is handled maturely.
Almost every character has a unique yet interesting background. Daenerys is my favorite.
Episode 39 is my personal favorite from Season 4.
Negative: I couldn’t find nothing wrong. I’m giving the Cast & Crew an Extra Point for making a flawless season as possible.
Episode 31 – Two Swords
Tywin reforges a sword as a gift to Jamie.
Jon tells The Night’s Watch what happened during his absence.
Prince Oberyn is invited to a wedding.
Tyrion has a chat with Sansa.
Arya & Hound arrive at a place to retrieve a personal item. They both share an awesome scene.
Episode 32 – The Lion and the Rose
George R.R. Martin wrote this episode.
Bran has random visions.
Jamie practices his sword fighting skills with his left hand.
Tyrion has a heartbreaking setback.
Two people get married.
The guests watch a reenactment of Blackwater.
Melisandre hosts a “burning man festival.”
Without giving anything away, the final scene is both shocking and satisfying.
Episode 33 – Breaker of Chains
A focal character runs away.
Jamie crosses a huge line.
Arya & Hound stop by at a house to get some dinner.
Tywin has a chat with Oberyn on the aftermath of the previous episode and current events.
Tyrion is given intel.
The Wildlings & Thenns raid a village.
Jon comes up with a plan.
Daenerys and her army arrive at Meereen.
Episode 34 – Oathkeeper
Daenerys’ soldiers embark on a stealth mission.
Jamie visits Tyrion.
Jamie tasks Brienne on a search and rescue mission. He also gives her special equipment. Plus, a squire tag to along with her.
The perpetrator reveals who killed a specific individual.
Jon looks for volunteers on a quest.
A jaw-dropping moment near the end changes everything.
Episode 35 – First of His Name
Daenerys shows signs of maturity.
Sansa meets Catelyn’s sister. The latter, however, is married to an important individual.
A bloody sword fight ensues.
Bran makes a hard decision.
Episode 36 – The Laws of Gods and Men
A trial begins.
Daenerys works for a living as a queen.
Tyrion makes a drastic demand.
Episode 37 – Mockingbird
Bron makes an announcement.
Oberyn brings up his past.
Cersei hires an opponent for an upcoming trial.
Brienne meets a familiar face.
There’s a shocking moment at the end.
Episode 38 – The Mountain and the Viper
Sansa reflects on what she witnessed on the last episode.
A trial in combat reveals who lives, who dies. Can’t tell ya. You’re gonna have to see for yourself.
Daenerys receives bad news.
Tyrion & Jamie have a conversation.
Ramsay tasks Theon to do his dirty work.
Episode 39 – The Watchers on the Wall
The Night’s Watch defend their turf against The Wildlings and Thenns.
Episode 39 is my favorite from Season 4. It gets Bonus Points for an epic battle. It’s best described in two words. Savage and Heartbreaking.
Episode 40 – The Children
A few characters meet their end.
Without giving too much away. Tyrion’s actions change the status quo of King’s Landing.
Daenerys has a sad realization.
Season Finale sets up Season 5.
The Final Verdict: A, FOR APEX!
Game of Thrones’ fourth season is another hit. If you’re new to Game of Thrones, read the books in order or start the show beginning with Season 1.