Game of Thrones Season 4 Episode 1 Recap

Game of Thrones is finally back, and no one died…in the first 5 minutes! So let’s talk about season 4 episode 1, shall we? We all know it was going to be amazing, no doubt. The series always delivers, even if there isn’t much blood. Some of us here at Nerd Reactor are huge Game of Thrones fans, so what did we think of the first episode?

For me, this episode wasn’t full of surprises or random deaths, since it served more as a fill you in type of episode. Don’t get me wrong, that’s not a bad thing! It let’s us know the emotional state of the characters, and introduced us to new ones. Basically, we find out what everyone has been up to.

Daenerys is still creating her army. It’s getting bigger and bigger every time it turns to her side of the story. Soon enough, she’ll have most of the world on her side. But what about her dragons? They also grow every time we see her, and I’m not sure if that’s for the best. In this episode, when one of her dragons was eating, she went to touch it and it snapped right back at her. Do you think she’ll live long enough to become queen, or will her dragons kill her before the humans do?

Sansa

Our poor little dove, Sansa Stark, is going through hell right now. Most of her family is dead, and she has no idea where Arya has gone. She was just wed to Tyrion, and we all know that’s the last thing she wanted. At this point, I’m not quite sure what she’s going to do. All I can do is feel sorry for her.

Arya finally puts a sword in someone. You go, girl! She is reunited with the guy who originally took her sword, “Needle,” away from her. She shows him no mercy! Jon Snow faces his problems back at the Wall. Maybe sleeping with Ygritte wasn’t a good idea! But luckily, Mr. Snow doesn’t end up with a death penalty.. yet.

Incest couple Cersei and Jaime are slowly falling apart, while Joffrey and Margaery are coming together. Well, by marriage at least. I feel as if Margaery is totally going to take over this season. Maybe not like Daenerys, but I’m hoping she takes Kings Landing by storm.

Joffrey and my wife

A lot of questions were raised in this episode, but the biggest one is, “What next?” We’re patiently waiting to see what happens, especially after the wedding. If you’ve read the book, you already know! But for us who haven’t yet, boy are we curious. What do you think will happen? I just want Margaery and Danni to team up, to be honest. Oh, and take care of poor little Sansa while you’re at it!

Jaynesis: Game of Thrones comes upon us. If you’re the kind of nerd who can handle various franchises, you’ve probably been preoccupied with other things during the year long wait. And while I must split A Song of Ice and Fire as the book-reading crowd versus the Game of Thrones TV-series watchers, they are basically the same fanbase to the same storyline. And regardless of whether you prioritize the book series or the TV series, you may be aware that this season is based on the last half of “A Storm of Swords.”

For those who felt last season (Season 3) was a bit slow, with the exception of the Red Wedding, this should kick-up pretty quick with the introduction of Oberyn Martell, the Red Viper. I’m definitely impressed that they’ve organized the stories for this season to being strong enough to hold its own, without feeling it is the other half of Season 3’s story. To make a claim for this season’s strength without having seen the rest of the episodes is a bold stake, but being aware of the rest of what’s awaiting in “A Storm of  Swords” is why I make this statement.

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The handling the various story strands, linking them thematically, is highly engaging despite their vast differences. Much of this execution is thanks to the directors and showrunners, as much as it is to George Martin himself. This show has started off on such a great note, even HBO Go crashed upon its premiere!

And to end on the Game of Thrones note, John simply says, “Even though it’s not action heavy, the introduction of a new character (The Red Viper) has me excited about the future of the series. Here’s a guy who isn’t afraid of the Lannisters, and he even visits Tyrion to let him know about it. Arya finally becomes a badass, bringing us hope that the Stark family can rise up again (because we all know Jon Snow knows nothing).”

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