was released Sunday night, leaving fans excited for more. Of course, the trailer did raise some questions for fans (those that haven't read George R.R. Martin's original novels). Here are five of the burning questions that will be on fans’ minds until the show returns on April 6.
Who is Daenerys’ ultimatum targeted at? - During the Season 4 trailer, Daenerys can be heard saying the line “They have a choice: they can live in my new world, or they can die in their old one.” So who is they? Perhaps certain parties in the city of Yunkai are not as taken with “Mhysa” as the thronging crowd of slaves that met her at the city’s gate, or maybe she has finally turned her full attention towards Westeros.
Why is Tyrion in shackles? - Tyrion Lannister is no stranger to being imprisoned and even put on trial, as we saw during his trip to the Vale of Arryn in Season 1. However, last season ended with him wedding (through no real choice of his own) Sansa Stark. It’s not an ideal situation for either of the characters, but it’s quite a ways from being a prisoner. So how exactly does Tyrion go from being a newlywed to being in shackles? There are plenty of characters who would be happy to see the Imp fall, several of which are his own blood, so any number of parties could be responsible for Tyrion’s fate.
How does Arya get Needle back? - Arya Stark lost Needle, the sword that Jon Snow gave to her before he left for the Wall, when Yoren’s group of recruits were attacked by Lannister men in the Riverlands. The last we saw of it, Polliver had it in his possession as they made their way towards Harrenhal. Does Arya run into Polliver again, or has Needle traded hands in the meantime? Regardless of who actually has Needle to start with, another question may be, simply, “How does Arya manage to take it from them?”
Who is Littlefinger questioning? - In the Season 4 trailer, Petyr Baelish is seen questioning an unidentifiable character’s allegiance, saying “I want to know which side you’re on.” Really, the first question fans ask should be asking is “Where does Littlefinger get off asking anybody else about where their loyalties lie?” The second question would be, “Who is bothersome and inscrutable enough that a clever and well-informed character like Littlefinger would have to question them so brazenly?” The easy answer is Varys, so perhaps the tense game of intrigue going on between Littlefinger and the Spider is finally going to come to a head.
What role will the Red Viper play? - Towards the end of the trailer, a new character makes his debut and seems eager to remind the Lannisters that they are not the only ones who always pay their debts. This is Oberyn Martell, the Red Viper of Dorne, played by Pedro Pascal. His family has a history with the Lannisters that is sure to be revealed over the course of Season 4, but the trailer seems to suggest that he will quickly become a major player in King’s Landing. Who is he swinging that mighty spear at? Does the one scene of him glancing towards the Iron Throne suggest that he will be making a play for it himself? Following the events of Season 3, the Lannisters are more powerful than they have been since the beginning of the war. Perhaps the Red Viper will change all of that.
Game of Thrones Season 4 will premiere on HBO April 6, 2014. If you have read the novels, or you just don’t mind spoilers, then check out our list of the things we are most looking forward to seeing in Season 4.