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With Game of Thrones Season 3 a distant memory, it’s now time to turn our attention to what may lie ahead in Season 4. Since GoT is based on the book series A Song of Ice and Fire (ASOIAF), we can make some good guesses about how the story will play out next season, at least in broad strokes. Here are our predictions about what's coming up for the Onion Knight, Ser Davos Seaworth, based on the latter half of A Storm of Swords.

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

Disclaimer: Of course, the show may cut plot elements or even completely alter Davos's story. These are spoilers based on the books only.

Davos appears only briefly in the remainder of A Storm of Swords, and then doesn’t pop up again in the flesh until book five in the series, A Dance with Dragons. It’s possible the show could pull from Davos’s early storyline in that book, which we’ll speculate on here.

You don’t need fingers to be a hand. When Davos gives Stannis the letter from the Night’s Watch in the Season 3 finale, what he was really doing was looking out for his king’s (and kingdom’s) best interests. The letter is a plea for help, and Stannis ends up being the only one of the five kings to heed the call. At Davos’s urging, Stannis takes his army and leads a successful charge against Mance Rayder and his wildlings, saving the Night’s Watch and scoring his first major victory as “king." This proves Davos' worth as Hand of the King.

A new mission. After Stannis secures the Wall, he figures he might as well lock up support from the lords of the north, since he just saved their butts. To do so, he sends his Hand, Davos, to treat with one of the most important northern lords, Wyman Manderly of White Harbor. When Davos arrives at White Harbor, he’s not exactly greeted with open arms, and he finds the place crawling with Freys (gross!). Lord Manderly very vocally announces that Davos is to be beheaded and his head along with his disfigured hands as further proof that it’s actually Davos is to be mounted to show the kingdom what happens to those who support the usurper  Stannis Baratheon. Rumors swirl as far as King’s Landing that Davos is indeed executed.

We think this is where the show will end Davos’s storyline next season, if it even gets that far. We can’t imagine his story advancing any further because it would then run the risk of getting too far ahead of the show’s other characters. Also, we haven’t heard any casting news of Wyman Manderly, who’s very literally a big character, so it seems likely Davos’s story may actually conclude with him merely setting off for White Harbor. Most likely the bulk of his scenes will be with Stannis as he sails to the Wall and deals with the Wildlings.

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