Game of Thrones Season 4 is coming this week, and we must brace ourselves. With so many characters and so much going on, we don’t want to be completely lost when the new season premieres on April 6, so here’s our rundown on where we left off in the Seven Kingdoms and beyond at the end of Season 3.
In King’s Landing. The mood in the capital is currently quite joyous for most residents. The results of the Red Wedding have left Joffrey and Tywin feeling pretty good about the position of the Lannisters, while Tyrion has reservations. Tyrion not only fears repercussions from his father’s treacherous wheeling and dealing, but he also has to try and comfort his new bride Sansa (remember, they’re married) as she copes with the death of her brother and mother.
Meanwhile, the wedding of Joffrey and Margaery is right around the corner, and preparations for that spectacle are ramping up. Finally, the arrival of Brienne and one-handed Jaime in King’s Landing should receive some interesting reactions from the royal court, especially Cersei, who is still betrothed to Loras Tyrell.
At the Wall. Jon Snow has just returned to the Night’s Watch after turning on Ygritte and the Wildlings. He's been reunited with Sam, who’s the only known person to have killed a White Walker. Having been pumped full of arrows by his ex, Jon’s not in the best shape, but he needs to recover fast because the Wildlings aren’t messing around. They’re mounting their forces, and soon the tension between the two factions at the Wall is at an all time high.
Beyond the Wall. Bran, Hodor, and the Reeds have finally made it beyond the Wall, where they’re unsure what they’ll encounter other than Bran’s mysterious destiny. Rickon and Osha have moved on, leaving this foursome to fend for themselves against whatever’s waiting for them.
In the North. With Robb Stark dead, the traitorous Roose Bolton is now Warden of the North. Roose’s bastard son Ramsay is still torturing Theon Greyjoy, now called “Reek,” but Theon’s sister Yara has launched a rescue mission in search of her brother.
In Dragonstone. Stannis has just received word from Davos about the threat of White Walkers and Wildlings beyond the Wall. With Melisandre telling her king that the War of the Five Kings is a joke compared to the threat from the North, we expect Stannis and his forces to check out the action up at the Wall.
In Essos. Dany’s dragons continue to grow, and so does her support system. She just liberated another slave city, gaining droves of new followers to help her in her march towards Westeros. Her most intense supporter of all may be Daario. Their relationship is growing more flirtatious, which may complicate things with Ser Jorah.
On the road. Arya and the Hound are still traveling the countryside together, but with Cat and Robb Stark dead, the Hound needs to figure out a new plan of what to do with his captive Stark.
Catch the Game of Thrones Season 4 premiere on April 6, 2014 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on HBO.