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 Slayer, Samwell Tarly, 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 Sam's story. These are spoilers based on the books only.

Sam gains a nickname. The tale of Sam killing the white walker makes its way around Castle Black, and soon enough his brothers come up with a new nickname for him: Slayer. While this is clearly an awesome nickname for anyone, and definitely preferable to his previous nickname of Lord Piggy, Sam resents the new moniker. He feels his brothers are being sarcastic; that they don’t believe his story, and for the most part, he’s right. Poor Sam, no one knows how truly badass you are!

Sam gets out the vote. Once Stannis begins dealing with the Night’s Watch, he quickly grows impatient with their current lack of a Lord Commander (Lord Commander Mormont was murdered by Rast last season), so he basically orders them to elect a new one. The front-runner is Janos Slynt, who’s a major jerk and a Jon Snow-hater, so Sam devises a plan to keep him from winning. Sam goes to both of Synt’s chief rivals, the as-yet-unconfirmed new characters Denys Mallister and Cotter Pyke, and tricks them into throwing their support behind a dark horse candidate: Jon Snow. As a result, Snow is elected Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch, and Sam basically goes down as the Karl Rove of Westeros.

Lates, Sam. In the beginning of the fourth book in ASOIAF, one of Jon’s first acts as Lord Commander is to send Sam away. He sends Sam, along with Gilly and Maester Aemon, to Old Town in the Reach so Sam can train to become a Maester. Maester Aemon is really old and will probably die soon, leaving the Night’s Watch without a maester, and Jon thinks Sam should fill that role because he’s so darn smart. Sam really doesn’t want to go (he’ll have to ride on a boat, and he’s afraid of everything), but he goes anyway because of his loyalty to Jon. Jon sends Gilly along with her baby (in the books its actually Mance Rayder’s baby she takes, but the show has so far omitted Mance’s family) on the trip so she’ll have a nice, warm place to raise the kid. Namely, at Sam’s parent’s house, by having Sam tell his folks that the kid is his bastard. Just what every parent wants to hear!

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