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| airdates =April 6th, 2014 to June 15th, 2014
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| DVD =February 17th, 2015<ref>[http://winteriscoming.net/2014/07/15/game-thrones-season-4-coming-blu-ray-dvd-february-17/]</ref>
 
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'''Season 4''' of ''[[Game of Thrones]]'' was formally commissioned by [[HBO]] on 2 April 2013, following a substantial increase in audience figures between the [[Season 2|second]] and [[Season 3|third]] seasons.<ref>[http://winteriscoming.net/2013/04/hbo-renews-game-of-thrones-for-a-fourth-season-2/ Winter is Coming]</ref> However, substantial pre-production work on the season had already taken place previously to this point, including the writing of at least six of the scripts (by March 2013)<ref>[http://www.denofgeek.com/tv/game-of-thrones/24679/charles-dance-accidentally-confirms-game-of-thrones-season-4 Den of Geek]</ref>, and the booking of some of the filming dates<ref>[http://winteriscoming.net/2013/03/game-of-thrones-to-return-to-dubrovnik-in-season-4/ Winter is Coming]</ref>. The season will be produced in the second half of 2013 and air in the first half of 2014. [[David Benioff]] and [[D.B. Weiss]] are to return as showrunners, having signed a new two-year contract with [[HBO]] prior to the commissioning of the [[Season 3|third season]].
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'''Season 4''' of ''[[Game of Thrones]]'' was formally commissioned by [[HBO]] on 2 April 2013, following a substantial increase in audience figures between the [[Season 2|second]] and [[Season 3|third]] seasons.<ref>[http://winteriscoming.net/2013/04/hbo-renews-game-of-thrones-for-a-fourth-season-2/ Winter is Coming]</ref> However, significant pre-production work on the season had already taken place previously to this point, including the writing of at least six of the scripts (by March 2013)<ref>[http://www.denofgeek.com/tv/game-of-thrones/24679/charles-dance-accidentally-confirms-game-of-thrones-season-4 Den of Geek]</ref>, and the booking of some of the filming dates<ref>[http://winteriscoming.net/2013/03/game-of-thrones-to-return-to-dubrovnik-in-season-4/ Winter is Coming]</ref>. It consists of ten episodes and began filming on 8 July 2013.<ref>[http://www.wetpaint.com/game-of-thrones/articles/2013-05-30-season-4-when-start-filming Wetpaint.com]</ref> It concluded filming on 21 November 2013. [[David Benioff]] and [[D.B. Weiss]] returned as showrunners, having signed a new two-year contract with [[HBO]] prior to the commissioning of the [[Season 3|third season]].
   
Season 4 will be based on the later part of ''A Storm of Swords'', the third book in the ''[[A Song of Ice and Fire]]'' series by [[George R.R. Martin]]. Whilst the first two seasons were roughly based on the first two books in the series, the sheer length of the third novel in the series (half again the length of the first novel by word-count) made this impractical. It is unclear if the potential fourth season will feature events purely from the third book, or if events from the opening of the fourth and fifth novels (which run concurrently alongside one another and the very end of the third book) would also be featured.
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The season premiered on April 6, 2014.
Martin wrote in a commentary on his blog that the most of fourth season will be drawn from the third book, but also some material may be added from the fourth and fifth book.<ref>http://grrm.livejournal.com/318880.html?thread=17548704#t17548704 Not A Blog|Season Four!!!</ref>
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Season 4 is mostly based on the second half of ''A Storm of Swords'', the third book in the ''[[A Song of Ice and Fire]]'' series by [[George R.R. Martin]], but a significant amount of material was also added from the fourth and fifth books, ''A Feast for Crows'' and ''A Dance with Dragons'', which run concurrently but follow different sets of characters.
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==Plot==
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The [[War of the Five Kings]] is drawing to a close, but new intrigues and plots are in motion, and the surviving factions must contend with enemies not only outside their ranks, but within.
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[[King in the North]] [[Robb Stark]] is dead, betrayed by his own bannermen the [[House Bolton|Boltons]] and [[House Frey|Freys]] while he was a [[Guest right| guest]] under the Freys' roof. Robb's mother [[Catelyn Stark|Catelyn]] and his wife [[Talisa Maegyr Stark|Talisa]], along with most of the Northern leadership were also killed at the massacre now known as the [[Red Wedding]], along with the entire Northern army.
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Having already defeated the Baratheon threat at the [[Battle of the Blackwater]] and secured southern Westeros, [[House Lannister]] stands triumphant. The crazed boy-king [[Joffrey Baratheon]] gloats, though the victory truly belongs to his grandfather, Lord [[Tywin Lannister]], [[Hand of the King]] and the real power behind the [[Iron Throne]]. As reward for their betrayal, Tywin has granted the Boltons rule of [[the North]], and the Freys with nominal rule of [[Riverrun]], though the castle remains under the command of [[Brynden Tully|"Blackfish" Tully]].
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Though the mainland of [[Westeros]] is mostly under Lannister control, there are still two factions defying them: the Greyjoys and the Baratheons. Ironborn occupiers remaining in the North are being hunted down by [[Ramsay Snow]], bastard son of [[Roose Bolton]]. Ramsay holds [[Theon Greyjoy]] hostage, horribly torturing him at whim, but [[Balon Greyjoy]] considers his son as good as dead.
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[[Stannis Baratheon]], as the rightful heir to his older brother King [[Robert Baratheon|Robert]], still refuses to surrender, despite having only the remnants of an army. However, following the advice of [[Melisandre]], he has focused his attention of the threat of the [[wildlings]] marching against [[the Wall]].
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The Lannisters only managed to win on the battlefield with the key support of [[House Tyrell]] of [[the Reach]], which they won through promising a marriage-alliance between King Joffrey and [[Margaery Tyrell]], daughter of Lord [[Mace Tyrell]]. Queen Regent Cersei fears - correctly - that just as the Baratheons became dependent on the Lannisters after [[Robert's Rebellion]], the Lannisters are starting to become dependent on the Tyrells, who are already insinuating themselves into positions of power at [[King's Landing]]. A royal wedding is to be held between Joffrey and Margaery, which will [[Purple Wedding|confirm the future of the realm]].
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The only two kingdoms which have remained entirely aloof from the war so far are [[the Vale of Arryn]] and [[Dorne]]. While [[Lysa Arryn]] chose to remain neutral, former [[Master of Coin]] and new [[Lord of Harrenhal]] [[Petyr Baelish]] has been sent by Lord Tywin to woo her with a marriage proposal, now that he's a high lord and a suitable match for the Lady Regent of the Vale. Nevertheless only Littlefinger knows what Littlefinger is plotting.
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For their own part, [[House Martell]] of [[Dorne]] has loathed the Lannisters ever since the [[Sack of King's Landing]], when Ser [[Gregor Clegane]] raped and killed [[Elia Martell]] - sister of [[Doran Martell]], the ruling [[Prince of Dorne]] - and Lord Tywin did nothing to punish him. During the War of the Five Kings [[Tyrion Lannister]] prevented Dorne from declaring for any of House Lannister's enemies by sending Princess [[Myrcella Baratheon|Myrcella]] to [[Sunspear]] as part of her betrothal to Prince [[Trystane Martell]], and in return, the Martells were promised a seat on the [[Small Council]]. To the consternation of the Lannisters, a large Dornish embassy arrives in King's Landing to claim their due - but instead of the elderly Prince Doran, his brash younger brother Prince [[Oberyn Martell|Oberyn]] comes to claim the council seat. Oberyn loves the ladies, he loves the boys, but most of all he loved his sister Elia, and the Lannisters aren't the only ones who pay their debts.
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Meanwhile, across the [[Narrow Sea]] in [[Slaver's Bay]], perhaps the greatest threat to Lannister rule is rapidly growing in strength. [[Daenerys Targaryen]] now commands not just three live [[dragons]] - who are starting to grow large enough to serve as decisive weapons of war - but also an army of eight thousand [[Unsullied]] warrior-eunuchs. For now, Queen Daenerys is carving a path through Slaver's Bay - not of conquest but of liberation. As functionally once a slave herself, Daenerys is determined to free the downtrodden [[Slavery|slaves]] of the region. First [[Astapor]] and then [[Yunkai]] fell before Daenerys's forces, and hundreds of thousands of freed slaves now flock to her banner. Yet Daenerys must now face the last and greatest of the slaver-cities, [[Meereen]] - and unlike her previous victories, they have had time to prepare for her arrival.
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Far to the north, beyond the politics and meaningless feuds of the south, [[the Wall]] and the dwindling [[Night's Watch]] are all that stand between the Seven Kingdoms and the horrors beyond. The [[White Walkers]] have emerged in force, leading their armies of [[Wights]]. The [[Free Folk|wildlings]] have rallied behind [[King-Beyond-the-Wall]] [[Mance Rayder]] in an attempt to flee south, knowing that as the White Walkers advance, anyone who remain in the lands [[beyond the Wall]] will die and become part of the undead host. Mance's wildling army now numbers in the tens of thousands, and is determined to force its way through the Wall to reach the safety of the south. All that stands between the Seven Kingdoms and this barbarian invasion is the Night's Watch, whose numbers and leadership were recently devastated with the deaths of a third of their number and that of Lord Commander [[Jeor Mormont]]. [[Jon Snow]] and [[Samwell Tarly]] do what they can to prepare [[Castle Black]] for the [[Battle of Castle Black|massive wildling attack]].
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Not only are the Night's Watch outnumbered and their remaining leadership fractured, but advanced raiding bands of wildlings have infiltrated ''behind'' the Wall by climbing over it, preparing to attack the weakly defended southern side of Castle Black. These warbands are led by [[Tormund Giantsbane]] and the fearsome [[Styr]], Magnar of [[Thenn]] - as well as Jon Snow's ex-lover [[Ygritte]], whom he betrayed when he revealed his true loyalty and returned to the Night's Watch.
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In the Seven Kingdoms, while House Stark stands on the verge of extinction - and is believed to be just that by the realm at large - four "lone wolves" fight to survive: [[Sansa Stark]] remains a hostage of the Iron Throne and a forced marriage to [[Tyrion Lannister]], [[Rickon Stark]] seeks the safety of [[Last Hearth]] and the fiercely loyal [[House Umber]], [[Bran Stark]] and [[Hodor|his]] [[Meera Reed|three]] [[Jojen Reed|companions]] have crossed [[the Wall]] chasing a vision, and [[Arya Stark]], having lost everything and forced to rely on the protection of a [[Sandor Clegane|man she hates]], clings to survival and her thirst for vengeance.
   
 
==Production==
 
==Production==
It has been confirmed that the production will return to [[wikipedia:Dubrovnik|Dubrovnik]] (King's Landing) in [[wikipedia:Croatia|Croatia]],<ref>[http://winteriscoming.net/2013/03/game-of-thrones-to-return-to-dubrovnik-in-season-4/ Winter is Coming]</ref> while it is assumed that filming will also continue in [[wikipedia:Northern Ireland|Northern Ireland]]. Whether filming would also resume in [[wikipedia:Morocco|Morocco]] (Slaver's Bay) and [[wikipedia:Iceland|Iceland]] (Beyond the Wall) is not yet known.
 
   
==Cast==
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Primary filming for Season 4 continued in Northern Ireland.<ref>[http://www.makinggameofthrones.com/production-diary/2013/9/25/get-ready-for-season-4.html Making Game of Thrones blog], Get Ready for Season 4, September 25th, 2013</ref>It has been confirmed that the production returned to [[wikipedia:Dubrovnik|Dubrovnik]] in [[wikipedia:Croatia|Croatia]],<ref>[http://winteriscoming.net/2013/03/game-of-thrones-to-return-to-dubrovnik-in-season-4/ Winter is Coming]</ref> as well as [[wikipedia:Iceland|Iceland]]<ref>[http://winteriscoming.net/2013/06/confirmed-game-of-thrones-to-film-in-iceland-for-season-4/]</ref>. Another filming location added to the Croatia production unit's schedule was the coastal city of [[wikipedia:Split, Croatia|Split]].<ref>[http://winteriscoming.net/2013/06/filming-dates-and-new-location-in-croatia-confirmed/]</ref>
===Returning===
 
All regular cast members whose characters survive the events of Season 3 are expected to return for the fourth season.
 
   
====New additions====
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The ''Making Game of Thrones'' official production blog has confirmed that filming did not return to Morocco for Season 4. This decreases the number of countries that the TV series films in from four to three (Northern Ireland, Croatia, and Iceland).<ref>[http://www.makinggameofthrones.com/production-diary/2013/12/20/across-the-narrow-sea.html ]</ref> Morocco was used for the location filming of Daenerys's Season 3 scenes set in [[Slaver's Bay]], specifically the cities of [[Astapor]] and [[Yunkai]]. Daenerys's storyline continues to take place in Slaver's Bay during Season 4, but other locations (apparently in Croatia) will be used to represent it.
   
====Casting====
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For Season 3, apparently due to the increased workload of concurrent filming in four countries, the number of production units was increased from two to three. The first two units, organized since the beginning of the TV series, are "Wolf" unit and "Dragon" unit. The new third production unit in Season 3 was called "Raven" unit.<ref>[http://winteriscoming.net/2012/10/mgot-three-filming-units-confirmed/ Winter is Coming]</ref> Filming in Iceland actually began in Season 2. However, a post on the official Making Game of Thrones blog on September 25th, 2013, revealed that Season 4 would switch back to having only two units, and the extra "Raven" unit would be disbanded.<ref>[http://www.makinggameofthrones.com/production-diary/2013/9/25/get-ready-for-season-4.html Making Game of Thrones blog], Get Ready for Season 4, September 25th, 2013</ref>
Casting for season 4 is underway, as confirmed by a leaked casting audition.<ref>[http://winteriscoming.net/2013/05/leaked-audition-video-means-season-4-casting-underway/]</ref> Roles expected to be cast include
 
   
* [[Styr]]
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The original reason that production expanded to location-shoots in Iceland in Season 2 was apparently to accurately portray the rugged frozen vistas of the lands [[beyond the Wall]], i.e. when Jon Snow, Qhorin Halfhand, or Ygritte are walking on an actual frozen glacier with rugged mountains in the background, without the need for special effects shots to fill those details in (which it was feared would look fake). However, the location scouts found other areas in Iceland which they felt would be perfect for scenes from the other storylines. While scenes beyond the Wall were filmed in Iceland during the winter, they production team realized that during the summer melt, Iceland has many pristine landscapes and lush valleys suitable for filming other locations in Westeros. The wilding raiding party containing Ygritte and Tormund filmed in Iceland during the winter for their scenes north of the Wall: in Season 4 they have returned to Iceland but in the summer, to depict the somewhat warmer lands of [[the Gift]] immediately south of the Wall. Arya Stark and Sandor Clegane's storyline, as well as Brienne of Tarth's storyline, will also include some scenes filmed in Iceland (representing parts of the Riverlands, etc.).<ref>[http://winteriscoming.net/2014/02/game-of-thrones-explores-the-intensity-of-iceland/ Game of Thrones Season 4: Artisan Piece #2 - Intensity of Iceland]</ref>
   
===Crew===
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===Adaptation===
   
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As [[David Benioff]] explained talking to EW.com, the producers were very excited to film Season 4, and the last three episodes in particular are scenes that - like the [[Red Wedding]] - they had been waiting to film since production on the first season began. Generally, the TV show has aimed to adapt roughly one book as one TV season, though the producers have also said they are adapting the story as a whole and thus parts will spill over into other seasons (i.e. Jaime Lannister didn't have much to do in the second novel, so they moved up some scenes he had from the beginning of the third novel into late Season 2). The third novel, ''A Storm of Swords'', was so long that the decision was made to split it into two seasons. One of the reasons the Red Wedding was so shocking to book readers was because it didn't happen near the end of the third novel, not at the point readers would expect such a climax. However the decision was made that Season 3 needed to have a climax and it would better suit their needs to make it the climax at the end (as opposed to putting in in the fifth episode out of ten, for shock value, similar to how abruptly [[Renly Baratheon]] died in the fifth episode of Season 2). Season 1's climax was Ned Stark's execution, Season 2's climax was the Battle of the Blackwater, thus the Red Wedding fit in as a good climactic point for the end of Season 3. Therefore, Season 3 was only the first half of the third novel, while Season 4 will adapt the second half - the half with the ''actual'' climaxes from the end of the third novel. Many storylines are left irrevocably changed by the end of the third novel.<ref>[http://insidetv.ew.com/2013/07/19/game-of-thrones-team-season-4-will-be-best-yet/ ]</ref>
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Although the ''[[A Song of Ice and Fire]]'' novels were originally planned as a trilogy, to be titled ''A Game of Thrones'', ''A Dance with Dragons'' and ''The Winds of Winter'', eventually George R.R. Martin realized his plot of "book one" would have to be expanded into three novels ​(''A Game of Thrones'', ''A Clash of Kings'' and ''A Storm of Swords''), which effectively means the first three books are one very long novel. In fact, the climax of ''A Storm of Swords'' concludes many of the plotlines begun in ''A Game of Thrones''. Martin even initially planned to make a five-year time jump between the third and fourth novels, to emphasize how much of a chapter-break the climaxes of the third novel were to the overall story (though the time jump was later abandoned). Thus, David Benioff said he was very confident about Season 4, because it contains many climactic scenes which not only ended the third novel (to a ''greater extent'' than the Red Wedding), but concluded storylines begun in Season 1.<ref>[http://insidetv.ew.com/2013/07/19/game-of-thrones-team-season-4-will-be-best-yet/ ]</ref>
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===Cast===
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:''Main article: [[Season 4 cast]]''
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====Starring cast====
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*[[Peter Dinklage]] as [[Tyrion Lannister]] (8 episodes)
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*[[Nikolaj Coster-Waldau]] as Ser [[Jaime Lannister]] (9 episodes)
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*[[Lena Headey]] as Queen [[Cersei Lannister]] (9 episodes)
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*[[Emilia Clarke]] as Queen [[Daenerys Targaryen]] (8 episodes)
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*[[Kit Harington]] as [[Jon Snow]] (8 episodes)
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*[[Aidan Gillen]] as Lord [[Petyr Baelish]] (5 episodes)
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*[[Charles Dance]] as Lord [[Tywin Lannister]] (7 episodes)
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*[[Natalie Dormer]] as Lady [[Margaery Tyrell]] (6 episodes)
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*[[Liam Cunningham]] as Ser [[Davos Seaworth]] (4 episodes)
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*[[Stephen Dillane]] as King [[Stannis Baratheon]] (4 episodes)
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*[[Carice van Houten]] as Lady [[Melisandre]] (3 episodes)
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*[[Alfie Allen]] as Prince [[Theon Greyjoy]] (3 episodes)
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*[[John Bradley]] as [[Samwell Tarly]] (7 episodes)
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*[[Jack Gleeson]] as King [[Joffrey Baratheon]] (3 episodes)
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*[[Isaac Hempstead-Wright]] as [[Bran Stark]] (4 episodes)
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*[[Rory McCann]] as [[Sandor Clegane]] (6 episodes)
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*[[Sophie Turner]] as Lady [[Sansa Stark]] (7 episodes)
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*[[Maisie Williams]] as Lady [[Arya Stark]] (6 episodes)
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*[[Gwendoline Christie]] as [[Brienne of Tarth]] (7 episodes)
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*[[Jerome Flynn]] as Ser [[Bronn]] (4 episodes)
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*[[Conleth Hill]] as Lord [[Varys]] (6 episodes)
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*[[Kristofer Hivju]] as [[Tormund Giantsbane]] (5 episodes)
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*[[Sibel Kekilli]] as [[Shae]] (4 episodes)
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*[[Rose Leslie]] as [[Ygritte]] (5 episodes)
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*[[Hannah Murray]] as [[Gilly]] (3 episodes)
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*[[Iwan Rheon]] as [[Ramsay Snow]] (3 episodes)
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*with [[Iain Glen]] as Ser [[Jorah Mormont]] (7 episodes)
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====Selected guest starring cast====
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*[[Pedro Pascal]] as Prince [[Oberyn Martell]] (7 episodes)
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*[[Jacob Anderson]] as [[Grey Worm]] (7 episodes)
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*[[Ben Crompton]] as [[Eddison Tollett]] (7 episodes)
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*[[Nathalie Emmanuel]] as [[Missandei]] (7 episodes)
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*[[Ian McElhinney]] as Ser [[Barristan Selmy]] (7 episodes)
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*[[Daniel Portman]] as [[Podrick Payne]] (7 episodes)
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*[[Mark Stanley]] as [[Grenn]] (7 episodes)
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*[[Josef Altin]] as [[Pypar]] (6 episodes)
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*[[Dominic Carter]] as Lord [[Janos Slynt]] (6 episodes)
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*[[Julian Glover]] as [[Grand Maester]] [[Pycelle]] (6 episodes)
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*[[Michiel Huisman|Michiel&nbsp;Huisman]] as [[Daario Naharis]] (5 episodes)
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*[[Dean-Charles Chapman]] as Prince [[Tommen Baratheon]] (5 episodes)
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*[[Owen Teale]] as Ser [[Alliser Thorne]] (5 episodes)
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*[[Diana Rigg]] as Lady [[Olenna Tyrell]] (4 episodes)
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*[[Indira Varma]] as [[Ellaria Sand]] (4 episodes)
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*[[Roger Ashton-Griffiths]] as Lord [[Mace Tyrell]] (4 episodes)
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*[[Ian Beattie]] as Ser [[Meryn Trant]] (4 episodes)
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*[[Thomas Brodie-Sangster]] as [[Jojen Reed|Jojen&nbsp;Reed]] (4 episodes)
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*[[Ellie Kendrick]] as [[Meera Reed]] (4 episodes)
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*[[Yuri Kolokolnikov]] as [[Styr]] (4 episodes)
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*[[Kristian Nairn]] as [[Hodor]] (4 episodes)
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*[[Peter Vaughan]] as Maester [[Aemon]] (4 episodes)
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*[[Paul Bentley]] as the [[High Septon (After the Riot of King’s Landing)|High Septon]] (3 episodes)
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*[[Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson]] as Ser [[Gregor Clegane]] (3 episodes)
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*[[Lino Facioli]] as Lord [[Robin Arryn]] (3 episodes)
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*[[Tara Fitzgerald]] as Queen [[Selyse Baratheon]] (3 episodes)
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*[[Kerry Ingram]] as Princess [[Shireen Baratheon]] (3 episodes)
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*[[Finn Jones]] as [[Loras Tyrell]] (3 episodes)
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*[[Noah Taylor]] as [[Locke]] (3 episodes)
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*[[Tony Way]] as [[Dontos Hollard]] (3 episodes)
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*[[Luke McEwan|Luke Barnes]] as [[Rast]] (2 episodes)
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*[[Kate Dickie]] as Lady [[Lysa Arryn]] (2 episodes)
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*[[Michael McElhatton]] as Lord [[Roose Bolton]] (2 episodes)
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*[[Joel Fry]] as [[Hizdahr zo Loraq]] (2 episodes)
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*[[Burn Gorman]] as [[Karl Tanner]] (2 episodes)
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*[[Anton Lesser]] as [[Qyburn]] (2 episodes)
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*[[Ciaran Hinds]] as [[Mance Rayder]] ("The Children")
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*[[Octavia Alexandru]] as [[Leaf]] ("[[The Children]]")
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*[[Andy Beckwith]] as [[Rorge]] ("[[Mockingbird]]")
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*[[Paola Dionisotti]] as Lady [[Anya Waynwood]] ("[[The Mountain and the Viper]]")
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*[[Mark Gatiss]] as [[Tycho Nestoris]] ("[[The Laws of Gods and Men]]")
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*[[Ben Hawkey]] as [[Hot Pie]] ("Mockingbird")
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*[[Gerard Jordan]] as [[Biter]] ("Mockingbird")
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*[[Andy Kellegher]] as [[Polliver]] ("[[Two Swords]]")
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*[[Lucian Msamati]] as [[Salladhor Saan]] ("The Laws of Gods and Men")
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*[[Struan Rodger]] as the [[Three-eyed raven]] ("The Children")
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*[[Rupert Vansittart]] as Lord [[Yohn Royce]] ("The Mountain and the Viper")
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*[[Gemma Whelan]] as [[Yara Greyjoy]] ("The Laws of Gods and Men")
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===Crew===
 
====Producers====
 
====Producers====
* [[David Benioff]]: executive producer.
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* [[David Benioff]]: executive producer
* [[D.B. Weiss]]: executive producer. Benioff and Weiss signed a two-year contract in 2012, indicating that they will stay with the show to at least the end of the fourth season.<ref>[http://www.aceshowbiz.com/news/view/00051148.html Ace Showbiz]</ref>
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* [[D.B. Weiss]]: executive producer
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====Writers====
 
====Writers====
* [[George R.R. Martin]]: episode 2.<ref>http://grrm.livejournal.com/318880.html?thread=17543584#t17543584 Not A Blog|Season Four!!!</ref>
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* David Benioff & D.B. Weiss: episodes [[Two Swords|1]], [[Breaker of Chains|3]], [[First of His Name|5]], [[Mockingbird|7]], [[The Mountain and the Viper|8]], [[The Watchers on the Wall|9]], and [[The Children|10]]
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* [[George R.R. Martin]]: [[The Lion and the Rose|episode 2]]
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* [[Bryan Cogman]]: episodes [[Oathkeeper|4]] and [[The Laws of Gods and Men|6]]
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====Directors====
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* David Benioff & D.B. Weiss: [[Two Swords|episode 1]]
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* [[Alex Graves]]: episodes [[The Lion and the Rose|2]], [[Breaker of Chains|3]], [[The Mountain and the Viper|8]], and [[The Children|10]]
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* [[Michelle MacLaren]]: episodes [[Oathkeeper|4]] and [[First of His Name|5]]
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* [[Alik Sakharov]]: episodes [[The Laws of Gods and Men|6]] and [[Mockingbird|7]]
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* [[Neil Marshall]]: [[The Watchers on the Wall|episode 9]]
   
 
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| "[[Breaker of Chains]]"
| 2014
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| April 20, 2014
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| 6.59
 
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| "[[Oathkeeper]]"
| 2014
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| April 27, 2014
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| 6.95
 
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| "[[First of His Name]]"
| 2014
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| May 4, 2014
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| 7.16
 
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| "[[The Laws of Gods and Men]]"
| 2014
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| May 11, 2014
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| 6.40
 
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| "[[Mockingbird]]"
| 2014
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| May 18, 2014
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| 7.20
 
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| "[[The Mountain and the Viper]]"
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| June 1, 2014
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| 7.17
 
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| "[[The Watchers on the Wall]]"
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| June 8, 2014
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| 6.95
 
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| "[[The Children]]"
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| June 15, 2014
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==Media release==
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Season 4 of ''Game of Thrones'' will be released on DVD and Blu-Ray in the United States on February 17th, 2014. The set will include all ten episodes of the season and a number of extra features.<ref>[http://winteriscoming.net/2014/07/15/game-thrones-season-4-coming-blu-ray-dvd-february-17/ Game of Thrones Season 4 coming to Blu-ray and DVD on February 17]</ref>
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[[File:Gotseason4DVDart.jpg|thumb|The Season 4 DVD set]]
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Features on the DVD release include:
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*Behind the Battle for the Wall – a 30 minute documentary exploring the behind-the-scenes challenges the cast and crew faced putting together the [[Battle of Castle Black]].
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*The Fallen: A Roundtable – Writer Bryan Cogman sits down with a few of the many cast members who meet their demise in Season 4. From first learning of their deaths to shooting their final scenes, this 30-minute feature sheds light on what it's like to live-and die-in the Game of Thrones world.
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*The Politics of Power: A Look Back at Season 3 – a retrospective on the storylines of the first three seasons, leading up to Season 4.
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*Bastards of Westeros – Showrunners David Benioff & D.B. Weiss and author George R.R. Martin discuss the role bastards play in the Seven Kingdoms (this video has been released publicly).
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*Deleted/Extended Scenes – Two deleted scenes.
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*Audio Commentaries – Commentaries with cast and crew including showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, ''A Song of Ice and Fire'' author George R.R. Martin, Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark), Maisie Williams (Arya Stark), Pedro Pascal (Oberyn Martell), Aiden Gillen (Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish), and more.
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[[File:Gotseason4Blu-ray.jpg|thumb|300px|The Season 4 Blu-ray set]]
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The Blu-ray release with Digital Copy includes all of the features on the DVD set, plus:
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*In-Episode Guide – In-feature resource that provides background information about on-screen characters, locations and relevant histories.
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*Histories & Lore – A full hour of animated featurettes explaining the mythology of Westeros as told from the varying perspectives of the characters themselves.
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While the first three TV seasons had an "In-Episode Guide" feature on the HBO GO service, this was discontinued for Season 4. Instead, starting in Season 4 all of the extras that used to appear in the In-Episode Guide started appearing in the HBO Viewer's Guide webpage for that episode (such as the bonus videos with the cast, crew, and writers) or on the MakingGameofThrones.com webpage (mostly the costume and props closeups). Therefore it isn't exactly clear what the "In-Episode Guide" on the Blu-ray release will contain, though it will probably be a combination of the Season 4 interviews and videos posted on the HBO Viewer's Guide and MakingGameOfThrones.com.<ref>[http://winteriscoming.net/2014/07/15/game-thrones-season-4-coming-blu-ray-dvd-february-17/#comment-423612 WinterIsComing.net], staffer "Ours is the Fury" confirms that there was no Season 4 In-Episode Guide on HBO GO.</ref>[[File:Season 4 Blu ray Martell cover.png|thumb|Season 4 will be the first release with an alternate cover depicting the Martell sigil.]]
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The Blu-ray box will come in several different variant covers, based on the different Great House sigils as in past seasons. Apart from the main Season 4 art design featuring an image of the [[Three-eyed raven]] from Bran's visions, other covers will include the Stark, Lannister, Tyrell, or Targaryen sigils. Also, for the first time the [[House Martell]] sigil will appear on one of the variant covers (a golden spear piercing a red sun, on an orange background), because the Martells are first prominently introduced in the storyline in Season 4.<ref>[http://watchersonthewall.com/game-thrones-season-4-dvd-pre-orders-available-now/ Game of Thrones Season 4 DVD Pre-Orders Available Now]</ref>
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==Video gallery==
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Game of Thrones First of His Name - Fan Vs. Critic|"First of His Name"
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Game of Thrones The Laws of Gods and Men - Fan Vs. Critic|"The Laws of Gods and Men"
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Game of Thrones Mockingbird - Fan Vs. Critic|"Mockingbird"
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==Awards==
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''Game of Thrones'' Season 4 received 20 Emmy Award nominations, including:<ref>[http://winteriscoming.net/2014/07/10/game-thrones-picks-20-emmy-nominations/ Game of Thrones picks up 20 Emmy nominations!]</ref>
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*Outstanding Drama Series
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*Outstanding Supporting Actress – [[Lena Headey]] (Queen [[Cersei Lannister]])
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*Outstanding Supporting Actor – [[Peter Dinklage]] ([[Tyrion Lannister]])
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*Outstanding Guest Actress – [[Diana Rigg]] ([[Olenna Tyrell]])
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*Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series – [[David Benioff]] and [[D.B. Weiss]] ("[[The Children]]")
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*Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series – [[Neil Marshall]] ("[[The Watchers on the Wall]]")
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*Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series - [[Nina Gold]] and Robert Sterne
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*Outstanding Music Composition For A Series (Original Dramatic Score) - [[Ramin Djawadi]]
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*Outstanding Art Direction For A Contemporary Or Fantasy Series (Single-Camera)
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*Outstanding Cinematography (2 nominations): Jonathan Freeman ("[[Two Swords]]") and Anette Haellmigk ("[[The Lion and the Rose]]")
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*Outstanding Costumes for a Series ("The Lion and the Rose") - [[Michele Clapton]]
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*Outstanding Hairstyling for a Single-Camera Series ("The Lion and the Rose")
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*Outstanding Makeup For A Single-Camera Series-Non-Prosthetic ("[[Oathkeeper]]")
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*Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup For A Series, Miniseries, Movie Or A Special ("The Children")
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*Outstanding Sound Editing For A Series ("The Watchers on the Wall")
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*Outstanding Sound Mixing For A Comedy Or Drama Series – One Hour ("The Watchers on the Wall")
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*Outstanding Special and Visual Effects
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*Outstanding Stunt Coordination For A Drama Series, Miniseries Or Movie
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*Outstanding Interactive Program – Game of Thrones Premiere : Facebook Live and Instagram
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The winners will be announced at the Emmy Awards ceremony on August 25th, 2014.
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The winners for several categories were announced at Emmy Creative Arts Awards on August 16th, 2014. ''Game of Thrones'' won the following awards:
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*Outstanding Art Direction For A Contemporary Or Fantasy Series (Single-Camera)
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*Outstanding Special and Visual Effects
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*Outstanding Costumes for a Series ("The Lion and the Rose") - [[Michele Clapton]]
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**This was Clapton's second Emmy award for costume design on ''Game of Thrones'', after her previous win for her work in [[Season 2]]. She was also nominated for the costume design award in Season 1 and Season 3 but did not win.
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*Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup For A Series, Miniseries, Movie Or A Special ("The Children")
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The TV series lost all of the other categories it was nominated for, including Dianna Rigg as Best Guest Actress.<ref>[http://watchersonthewall.com/game-thrones-competing-creative-arts-emmys-tonight/ Game of Thrones wins four Creative Arts Emmys]</ref>
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The winners for the remaining major categories that ''Game of Thrones'' is nominated in will be announced at the main Emmy Awards ceremony on August 25th, including:
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*Outstanding Drama Series
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*Outstanding Supporting Actress – [[Lena Headey]] (Queen [[Cersei Lannister]])
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*Outstanding Supporting Actor – [[Peter Dinklage]] ([[Tyrion Lannister]])
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*Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series – [[David Benioff]] and [[D.B. Weiss]] ("[[The Children]]")
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*Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series – [[Neil Marshall]] ("[[The Watchers on the Wall]]")
   
 
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[[Category:Season 4| ]]

Latest revision as of 20:50, November 27, 2014

Season 4
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No. of episodes 10
Transmission dates April 6th, 2014 to June 15th, 2014
Production dates July 8th, 2013 to November 21st, 2013
DVD/Blu-Ray release February 17th, 2015[1]
Season chronology
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Season 3
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Season 5

Season 4 of Game of Thrones was formally commissioned by HBO on 2 April 2013, following a substantial increase in audience figures between the second and third seasons.[2] However, significant pre-production work on the season had already taken place previously to this point, including the writing of at least six of the scripts (by March 2013)[3], and the booking of some of the filming dates[4]. It consists of ten episodes and began filming on 8 July 2013.[5] It concluded filming on 21 November 2013. David Benioff and D.B. Weiss returned as showrunners, having signed a new two-year contract with HBO prior to the commissioning of the third season.

The season premiered on April 6, 2014.

Season 4 is mostly based on the second half of A Storm of Swords, the third book in the A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin, but a significant amount of material was also added from the fourth and fifth books, A Feast for Crows and A Dance with Dragons, which run concurrently but follow different sets of characters.

PlotEdit

The War of the Five Kings is drawing to a close, but new intrigues and plots are in motion, and the surviving factions must contend with enemies not only outside their ranks, but within.

King in the North Robb Stark is dead, betrayed by his own bannermen the Boltons and Freys while he was a guest under the Freys' roof. Robb's mother Catelyn and his wife Talisa, along with most of the Northern leadership were also killed at the massacre now known as the Red Wedding, along with the entire Northern army.

Having already defeated the Baratheon threat at the Battle of the Blackwater and secured southern Westeros, House Lannister stands triumphant. The crazed boy-king Joffrey Baratheon gloats, though the victory truly belongs to his grandfather, Lord Tywin Lannister, Hand of the King and the real power behind the Iron Throne. As reward for their betrayal, Tywin has granted the Boltons rule of the North, and the Freys with nominal rule of Riverrun, though the castle remains under the command of "Blackfish" Tully.

Though the mainland of Westeros is mostly under Lannister control, there are still two factions defying them: the Greyjoys and the Baratheons. Ironborn occupiers remaining in the North are being hunted down by Ramsay Snow, bastard son of Roose Bolton. Ramsay holds Theon Greyjoy hostage, horribly torturing him at whim, but Balon Greyjoy considers his son as good as dead.

Stannis Baratheon, as the rightful heir to his older brother King Robert, still refuses to surrender, despite having only the remnants of an army. However, following the advice of Melisandre, he has focused his attention of the threat of the wildlings marching against the Wall.

The Lannisters only managed to win on the battlefield with the key support of House Tyrell of the Reach, which they won through promising a marriage-alliance between King Joffrey and Margaery Tyrell, daughter of Lord Mace Tyrell. Queen Regent Cersei fears - correctly - that just as the Baratheons became dependent on the Lannisters after Robert's Rebellion, the Lannisters are starting to become dependent on the Tyrells, who are already insinuating themselves into positions of power at King's Landing. A royal wedding is to be held between Joffrey and Margaery, which will confirm the future of the realm.

The only two kingdoms which have remained entirely aloof from the war so far are the Vale of Arryn and Dorne. While Lysa Arryn chose to remain neutral, former Master of Coin and new Lord of Harrenhal Petyr Baelish has been sent by Lord Tywin to woo her with a marriage proposal, now that he's a high lord and a suitable match for the Lady Regent of the Vale. Nevertheless only Littlefinger knows what Littlefinger is plotting.

For their own part, House Martell of Dorne has loathed the Lannisters ever since the Sack of King's Landing, when Ser Gregor Clegane raped and killed Elia Martell - sister of Doran Martell, the ruling Prince of Dorne - and Lord Tywin did nothing to punish him. During the War of the Five Kings Tyrion Lannister prevented Dorne from declaring for any of House Lannister's enemies by sending Princess Myrcella to Sunspear as part of her betrothal to Prince Trystane Martell, and in return, the Martells were promised a seat on the Small Council. To the consternation of the Lannisters, a large Dornish embassy arrives in King's Landing to claim their due - but instead of the elderly Prince Doran, his brash younger brother Prince Oberyn comes to claim the council seat. Oberyn loves the ladies, he loves the boys, but most of all he loved his sister Elia, and the Lannisters aren't the only ones who pay their debts.

Meanwhile, across the Narrow Sea in Slaver's Bay, perhaps the greatest threat to Lannister rule is rapidly growing in strength. Daenerys Targaryen now commands not just three live dragons - who are starting to grow large enough to serve as decisive weapons of war - but also an army of eight thousand Unsullied warrior-eunuchs. For now, Queen Daenerys is carving a path through Slaver's Bay - not of conquest but of liberation. As functionally once a slave herself, Daenerys is determined to free the downtrodden slaves of the region. First Astapor and then Yunkai fell before Daenerys's forces, and hundreds of thousands of freed slaves now flock to her banner. Yet Daenerys must now face the last and greatest of the slaver-cities, Meereen - and unlike her previous victories, they have had time to prepare for her arrival.

Far to the north, beyond the politics and meaningless feuds of the south, the Wall and the dwindling Night's Watch are all that stand between the Seven Kingdoms and the horrors beyond. The White Walkers have emerged in force, leading their armies of Wights. The wildlings have rallied behind King-Beyond-the-Wall Mance Rayder in an attempt to flee south, knowing that as the White Walkers advance, anyone who remain in the lands beyond the Wall will die and become part of the undead host. Mance's wildling army now numbers in the tens of thousands, and is determined to force its way through the Wall to reach the safety of the south. All that stands between the Seven Kingdoms and this barbarian invasion is the Night's Watch, whose numbers and leadership were recently devastated with the deaths of a third of their number and that of Lord Commander Jeor Mormont. Jon Snow and Samwell Tarly do what they can to prepare Castle Black for the massive wildling attack.

Not only are the Night's Watch outnumbered and their remaining leadership fractured, but advanced raiding bands of wildlings have infiltrated behind the Wall by climbing over it, preparing to attack the weakly defended southern side of Castle Black. These warbands are led by Tormund Giantsbane and the fearsome Styr, Magnar of Thenn - as well as Jon Snow's ex-lover Ygritte, whom he betrayed when he revealed his true loyalty and returned to the Night's Watch.

In the Seven Kingdoms, while House Stark stands on the verge of extinction - and is believed to be just that by the realm at large - four "lone wolves" fight to survive: Sansa Stark remains a hostage of the Iron Throne and a forced marriage to Tyrion Lannister, Rickon Stark seeks the safety of Last Hearth and the fiercely loyal House Umber, Bran Stark and his three companions have crossed the Wall chasing a vision, and Arya Stark, having lost everything and forced to rely on the protection of a man she hates, clings to survival and her thirst for vengeance.

ProductionEdit

Primary filming for Season 4 continued in Northern Ireland.[6]It has been confirmed that the production returned to Dubrovnik in Croatia,[7] as well as Iceland[8]. Another filming location added to the Croatia production unit's schedule was the coastal city of Split.[9]

The Making Game of Thrones official production blog has confirmed that filming did not return to Morocco for Season 4. This decreases the number of countries that the TV series films in from four to three (Northern Ireland, Croatia, and Iceland).[10] Morocco was used for the location filming of Daenerys's Season 3 scenes set in Slaver's Bay, specifically the cities of Astapor and Yunkai. Daenerys's storyline continues to take place in Slaver's Bay during Season 4, but other locations (apparently in Croatia) will be used to represent it.

For Season 3, apparently due to the increased workload of concurrent filming in four countries, the number of production units was increased from two to three. The first two units, organized since the beginning of the TV series, are "Wolf" unit and "Dragon" unit. The new third production unit in Season 3 was called "Raven" unit.[11] Filming in Iceland actually began in Season 2. However, a post on the official Making Game of Thrones blog on September 25th, 2013, revealed that Season 4 would switch back to having only two units, and the extra "Raven" unit would be disbanded.[12]

The original reason that production expanded to location-shoots in Iceland in Season 2 was apparently to accurately portray the rugged frozen vistas of the lands beyond the Wall, i.e. when Jon Snow, Qhorin Halfhand, or Ygritte are walking on an actual frozen glacier with rugged mountains in the background, without the need for special effects shots to fill those details in (which it was feared would look fake). However, the location scouts found other areas in Iceland which they felt would be perfect for scenes from the other storylines. While scenes beyond the Wall were filmed in Iceland during the winter, they production team realized that during the summer melt, Iceland has many pristine landscapes and lush valleys suitable for filming other locations in Westeros. The wilding raiding party containing Ygritte and Tormund filmed in Iceland during the winter for their scenes north of the Wall: in Season 4 they have returned to Iceland but in the summer, to depict the somewhat warmer lands of the Gift immediately south of the Wall. Arya Stark and Sandor Clegane's storyline, as well as Brienne of Tarth's storyline, will also include some scenes filmed in Iceland (representing parts of the Riverlands, etc.).[13]

AdaptationEdit

As David Benioff explained talking to EW.com, the producers were very excited to film Season 4, and the last three episodes in particular are scenes that - like the Red Wedding - they had been waiting to film since production on the first season began. Generally, the TV show has aimed to adapt roughly one book as one TV season, though the producers have also said they are adapting the story as a whole and thus parts will spill over into other seasons (i.e. Jaime Lannister didn't have much to do in the second novel, so they moved up some scenes he had from the beginning of the third novel into late Season 2). The third novel, A Storm of Swords, was so long that the decision was made to split it into two seasons. One of the reasons the Red Wedding was so shocking to book readers was because it didn't happen near the end of the third novel, not at the point readers would expect such a climax. However the decision was made that Season 3 needed to have a climax and it would better suit their needs to make it the climax at the end (as opposed to putting in in the fifth episode out of ten, for shock value, similar to how abruptly Renly Baratheon died in the fifth episode of Season 2). Season 1's climax was Ned Stark's execution, Season 2's climax was the Battle of the Blackwater, thus the Red Wedding fit in as a good climactic point for the end of Season 3. Therefore, Season 3 was only the first half of the third novel, while Season 4 will adapt the second half - the half with the actual climaxes from the end of the third novel. Many storylines are left irrevocably changed by the end of the third novel.[14]

Although the A Song of Ice and Fire novels were originally planned as a trilogy, to be titled A Game of Thrones, A Dance with Dragons and The Winds of Winter, eventually George R.R. Martin realized his plot of "book one" would have to be expanded into three novels ​(A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings and A Storm of Swords), which effectively means the first three books are one very long novel. In fact, the climax of A Storm of Swords concludes many of the plotlines begun in A Game of Thrones. Martin even initially planned to make a five-year time jump between the third and fourth novels, to emphasize how much of a chapter-break the climaxes of the third novel were to the overall story (though the time jump was later abandoned). Thus, David Benioff said he was very confident about Season 4, because it contains many climactic scenes which not only ended the third novel (to a greater extent than the Red Wedding), but concluded storylines begun in Season 1.[15]

CastEdit

Main article: Season 4 cast

Starring castEdit

Selected guest starring castEdit

CrewEdit

ProducersEdit

WritersEdit

DirectorsEdit

EpisodesEdit

# Image Title Airdate Viewers/Rating
31 Pedro-Pascal-as-Oberyn-Martell-Indira-Varma-as-Ellaria-Sand photo-Helen-Sloan HBO "Two Swords" April 6, 2014 6.64
Tyrion welcomes a guest to King's Landing. At Castle Black, Jon Snow finds himself unwelcome. Dany is pointed to Meereen, the mother of all slave cities. Arya runs into an old friend.
32 Thelionandtherose3 "The Lion and the Rose" April 13, 2014 6.31
A who's who of honored guests turns out for Joffrey and Margaery's wedding in King's Landing. Meanwhile, Bronn gives a lesson to an unlikely pupil; Bran's vision helps map out his journey; Stannis loses patience with Davos; and Ramsay takes a perverse delight in his new pet.
33 Daenerys-in-Breaker-of-Chains "Breaker of Chains" April 20, 2014 6.59
In the frenzied aftermath of the royal wedding, Tyrion gets a visit from a loyal subject. Meanwhile, Tywin offers to work for the common good with a presumed enemy; Sam takes stock of the personnel at Castle Black; the Hound gives another life lesson to Arya; and Daenerys makes a decision outside the walls of Meereen.
34 Jaime-Oathkeeper "Oathkeeper" April 27, 2014 6.95
Dany balances justice and mercy. Jaime tasks Brienne with his honor. Jon secures volunteers while Bran, Jojen, Meera and Hodor stumble on shelter.
35 Tommens-Coronation "First of His Name" May 4, 2014 7.16
Cersei and Tywin plot the Crown’s next move. Dany discusses future plans. Jon embarks on a new mission.
36 Thelawsofgodsandmen3 "The Laws of Gods and Men" May 11, 2014 6.40
Stannis and Davos set sail with a new strategy. Dany meets with supplicants. Tyrion faces down his father in the throne room.
37 Mockingjay "Mockingbird" May 18, 2014 7.20
Tyrion enlists an unlikely ally. Daario entreats Dany to allow him to do what he does best. Jon’s warnings about the Wall’s vulnerability fall on deaf ears. Brienne follows a new lead on the road with Pod.
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"The Mountain and the Viper" June 1, 2014 7.17
Unexpected visitors arrive in Mole's Town. Littlefinger's motives are questioned. Ramsay tries to prove himself to his father. Tyrion's fate is decided.
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"The Watchers on the Wall" June 8, 2014 6.95
Jon Snow and the Night's Watch face a big challenge.
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"The Children" June 15, 2014 7.10
Circumstances change after an unexpected arrival from north of the Wall. Dany must face harsh realities. Bran learns more about his destiny. Tyrion sees the truth about his situation.

Media releaseEdit

Season 4 of Game of Thrones will be released on DVD and Blu-Ray in the United States on February 17th, 2014. The set will include all ten episodes of the season and a number of extra features.[16]

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The Season 4 DVD set

Features on the DVD release include:

  • Behind the Battle for the Wall – a 30 minute documentary exploring the behind-the-scenes challenges the cast and crew faced putting together the Battle of Castle Black.
  • The Fallen: A Roundtable – Writer Bryan Cogman sits down with a few of the many cast members who meet their demise in Season 4. From first learning of their deaths to shooting their final scenes, this 30-minute feature sheds light on what it's like to live-and die-in the Game of Thrones world.
  • The Politics of Power: A Look Back at Season 3 – a retrospective on the storylines of the first three seasons, leading up to Season 4.
  • Bastards of Westeros – Showrunners David Benioff & D.B. Weiss and author George R.R. Martin discuss the role bastards play in the Seven Kingdoms (this video has been released publicly).
  • Deleted/Extended Scenes – Two deleted scenes.
  • Audio Commentaries – Commentaries with cast and crew including showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, A Song of Ice and Fire author George R.R. Martin, Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark), Maisie Williams (Arya Stark), Pedro Pascal (Oberyn Martell), Aiden Gillen (Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish), and more.
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The Season 4 Blu-ray set

The Blu-ray release with Digital Copy includes all of the features on the DVD set, plus:

  • In-Episode Guide – In-feature resource that provides background information about on-screen characters, locations and relevant histories.
  • Histories & Lore – A full hour of animated featurettes explaining the mythology of Westeros as told from the varying perspectives of the characters themselves.
While the first three TV seasons had an "In-Episode Guide" feature on the HBO GO service, this was discontinued for Season 4. Instead, starting in Season 4 all of the extras that used to appear in the In-Episode Guide started appearing in the HBO Viewer's Guide webpage for that episode (such as the bonus videos with the cast, crew, and writers) or on the MakingGameofThrones.com webpage (mostly the costume and props closeups). Therefore it isn't exactly clear what the "In-Episode Guide" on the Blu-ray release will contain, though it will probably be a combination of the Season 4 interviews and videos posted on the HBO Viewer's Guide and MakingGameOfThrones.com.[17]
Season 4 Blu ray Martell cover

Season 4 will be the first release with an alternate cover depicting the Martell sigil.

The Blu-ray box will come in several different variant covers, based on the different Great House sigils as in past seasons. Apart from the main Season 4 art design featuring an image of the Three-eyed raven from Bran's visions, other covers will include the Stark, Lannister, Tyrell, or Targaryen sigils. Also, for the first time the House Martell sigil will appear on one of the variant covers (a golden spear piercing a red sun, on an orange background), because the Martells are first prominently introduced in the storyline in Season 4.[18]

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AwardsEdit

Game of Thrones Season 4 received 20 Emmy Award nominations, including:[19]

  • Outstanding Drama Series
  • Outstanding Supporting Actress – Lena Headey (Queen Cersei Lannister)
  • Outstanding Supporting Actor – Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister)
  • Outstanding Guest Actress – Diana Rigg (Olenna Tyrell)
  • Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series – David Benioff and D.B. Weiss ("The Children")
  • Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series – Neil Marshall ("The Watchers on the Wall")
  • Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series - Nina Gold and Robert Sterne
  • Outstanding Music Composition For A Series (Original Dramatic Score) - Ramin Djawadi
  • Outstanding Art Direction For A Contemporary Or Fantasy Series (Single-Camera)
  • Outstanding Cinematography (2 nominations): Jonathan Freeman ("Two Swords") and Anette Haellmigk ("The Lion and the Rose")
  • Outstanding Costumes for a Series ("The Lion and the Rose") - Michele Clapton
  • Outstanding Hairstyling for a Single-Camera Series ("The Lion and the Rose")
  • Outstanding Makeup For A Single-Camera Series-Non-Prosthetic ("Oathkeeper")
  • Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup For A Series, Miniseries, Movie Or A Special ("The Children")
  • Outstanding Sound Editing For A Series ("The Watchers on the Wall")
  • Outstanding Sound Mixing For A Comedy Or Drama Series – One Hour ("The Watchers on the Wall")
  • Outstanding Special and Visual Effects
  • Outstanding Stunt Coordination For A Drama Series, Miniseries Or Movie
  • Outstanding Interactive Program – Game of Thrones Premiere : Facebook Live and Instagram

The winners will be announced at the Emmy Awards ceremony on August 25th, 2014.

The winners for several categories were announced at Emmy Creative Arts Awards on August 16th, 2014. Game of Thrones won the following awards:

  • Outstanding Art Direction For A Contemporary Or Fantasy Series (Single-Camera)
  • Outstanding Special and Visual Effects
  • Outstanding Costumes for a Series ("The Lion and the Rose") - Michele Clapton
    • This was Clapton's second Emmy award for costume design on Game of Thrones, after her previous win for her work in Season 2. She was also nominated for the costume design award in Season 1 and Season 3 but did not win.
  • Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup For A Series, Miniseries, Movie Or A Special ("The Children")

The TV series lost all of the other categories it was nominated for, including Dianna Rigg as Best Guest Actress.[20]

The winners for the remaining major categories that Game of Thrones is nominated in will be announced at the main Emmy Awards ceremony on August 25th, including:

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