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Game of Thrones Season 4 Spoilers: What Happens on the Iron Islands?

While it may seem like we have to wait for a time when the sun rises in the west and sets in the east before Season 4 of Game of Thrones begins, we can at least speculate on what we think will occur on the show based on the A Song of Ice and Fire book series, which GoT is based on. Specifically, what’s going to happen at the home of the Greyjoys, the Iron Islands?

Warning: This article contains spoilers from the A Song of Ice and Fire book series. Click away now if you don't want to know!

Note: These are spoilers based primarily on the ASOIAF books. Obviously, the show could change things for TV.

New Greyjoys? The Iron Islands plot is a little difficult to predict for next season, largely because the Season 3 finale featured Theon’s sister Yara setting off on a rescue mission for her brother that doesn’t happen in any way, shape, or form in the books. We should be meeting three uncles of Theon next season: Aeron, Euron, and Victarion Greyjoy, but since we haven’t heard casting news regarding any of them, we may have to wait until Season 5 to see them (if we see them at all).

Death of a king. One plot point we’re pretty sure will be included next season will be the death of Theon’s father, Balon Greyjoy. In Season 3, we witnessed Melisandre and Stannis curse three usurpers: Balon, Joffrey, and Robb Stark, using Gendry’s magic king’s blood. We’ve already seen Robb Stark’s death, and next season we’ll see the deaths of both Joffrey and Balon. We see no reason why the show would keep Balon around, so expect him to go out with little fanfare (he dies off-page in the books).

Kingsmoot! Again, we’re not sure how much of this plot will be included next season thanks to Yara’s new mission, but what should happen is, after the death of Balon Greyjoy, basically every other Greyjoy (Yara included) comes out of the woodwork to try and stake their claim as the leader of the Iron Islands. Like we said previously, we haven’t heard of any new casting of Greyjoys, so the kingsmoot may have to wait until Season 5. It's not until the fourth book anyway, so it's possible the writers are sticking with that timeline, despite hints that they are incorporating other material from the later books.

Something involving Yara OK, so we know Yara sets off on a mission to save Theon, but after that? We’re not sure. Maybe Balon dies right when she’s about to set sail and she doesn’t leave after all. Maybe she finds Theon and rescues him (though that would seriously throw a wrench in a number of plotlines going forward). Maybe she gets killed (her role does increase later in the books, but she’s never what we’d consider an essential character). Basically, we don’t know what’s going to happen with Yara because we don’t have anything to base our guesses on, and that makes us excited.

Are you excited for whatever awaits on the Iron Islands next season? Do you think all of these plot points will be included, or will the writers streamline the story? Sound off in the comments below!