Game of Thrones Season 4 Spoilers: What Happens in Essos?
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 believe will occur on the show based on the A Song of Ice and Fire book series, upon which GoT is based. Specifically, what’s going to happen in that land across the Narrow Sea, Essos?
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 season, new city. Dany and her gang of misfits reach the third and last of Essos’s great slave cities, Mereen. While everyone is debating the best way to take the city, Dany learns that Jorah Mormont, her oldest supporter, was a traitor to her cause. If you recall, back in Season 1, Jorah was reporting on Dany’s whereabouts to Robert Baratheon. He stopped doing it after the attempt on Dany’s life (which he thwarted), but still, damage done. In the book, Ser Barristan is the one who rats out Jorah to Dany, so we’ll have to see if the show follows suit. However she finds out, she’s not going to be very happy with Ser Jorah.
Gonna get dirty. While Dany mulls over what to do about Ser Jorah, her more pressing issue is what to do about Mereen. They decide the only way into the city is through the sewers, and so a few of her best men (Jorah included) sneak into Mereen Super Mario-style and get the slave soldiers of the city to come over to their side. The show already basically used this strategy (sans sewer) for Dany’s taking of Yunkai, so the show may come up with something more dramatic for their version of the sacking of Mereen.
Bye Jorah! After Mereen is safely in her possession, Dany gives Jorah a chance to apologize for his past discretions. He is indignant and claims that she should apologize to him, using the old “after all I’ve done for you!” trope. Dany’s is hearing none of it, and she banishes him from her camp. Jorah, who originally found his way to Dany by way of exile, now finds himself an exile once more.
Gods save the queen. Dany learns that Astapor has fallen into the hands of a former slave who begins a ruthless totalitarian regime in the city. Dany learns that maybe she’s been a bit of an irresponsible conqueror, so she decides to stay in Mereen. She declares herself queen, while forces around her begin to unite against her power.
New faces in Essos? Shortly after the events of book 3 of ASOIAF, the latter half of which is the basis for Season 4, two big Westeros-based characters end up in Essos. Tyrion makes his way there while on the lam after murdering his father, and Arya takes a boat across the sea since she basically has nowhere else to turn. We’re not sure if the show will include these plot developments next season, or if they’ll save them for Season 5, but we do know that eventually we’ll have Tyrion, Arya, and Dany in Essos at the same time, meaning the show will likely spend a lot more time in the east than in previous seasons!
Are you excited for all the Essos drama 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!