In Season 4, the Lannisters hold on the Iron Throne remains intact in the wake of the Red Wedding slaughter that wiped out many of their Stark nemeses. But can they survive their own ego as well as new and ongoing threats? In King';;;;s Landing, Tyrion welcomes Prince Oberyn Martell of Dorne for the royal wedding. Elsewhere, Jaime readjusts to life after his imprisonment. Up North, Jon shares what he learned beyond the Wall as the wildlings continue to plan their attack.
Every character beat feels like it's been crafted to its finest point, while each scene carries with it the possibility of drastic change - but that is only because the series has done such a fantastic job conditioning the audience to expect such things.
HBO very well could hit the 10-season mark with what's become its franchise series. There's no reason to kill this golden calf -- particularly with so many characters still available to be sacrificed instead.