In Game of Thrones Season 3, we witnessed Samwell Tarly evolve from a timid and scared Night’s Watch recruit to a full-fledged, damsel-rescuing, White Walker-slaying hero. Now, with Season 4 just around the corner, what should we expect from the new Sam?

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“There are some times this year where Sam has gained a confidence as anybody would who's found something out that nobody else in the world knows. Your self-esteem is bound to be elevated by that,” John Bradley, who portrays Sam, tells Zap2it. “There are some instances where Sam and Jon really kind of bump heads this season, and they do have genuine arguments. It's not a case of one of them having an argument with the other and the other one not responding; they're very 50-50 arguments that go on.”

Sam standing up to Jon? This we’ve got to see!

John goes on to say, “I think at the start of Season 4, Sam, on personal terms, is kind of in one of the most comfortable emotional situations that he's been in so far ... In [the past two seasons], he's literally escaped death twice — at least twice because if you count the mutiny at Craster's it was three times. During those times where he was so frightened, I think it was only the thought of staying alive to save Gilly's life or to keep his relationship with Gilly going or to protect baby Sam. I think that was the only thing that kept him going during those periods, and I think he found a kind of reason to exist.”

John also assures the Huffington Post that we'll "absolutely" get to see Sam showing off his bravery again. He adds that Sam is the kind of person who can't acknowledge his own good qualities, but when he's forced to act "impulsively" you "see the best of him," and "he’ll have plenty opportunity to flex those muscles this year."

He also teased that while Sam has always been one to shy away from violence, "he realizes that such extreme acts are morally justifiable sometimes... There may be times this year where he feels the validity of violence more than he ever has before."

Are you excited to see a new, confident Sam in Season 4? Sound off in the comments!

Source: Zap2it, Huffington Post

Catch the Game of Thrones Season 4 premiere on April 6, 2014 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on HBO.