The fourth season of Game of Thrones ended with a bang, with three major cast members saying their final good-byes. Tywin Lannister, Shae, and The Hound all suffered brutal deaths, but while some were bittersweet, others were definitely well-deserved. Tyrion Lannister finally got the freedom that he’s been craving for all his life, and he’s now left the shadow of his father and family’s legacy.
So of course, since most of the episode threads ended on cliffhangers, we’re here to tell you what’s going to happen next. Now, keep in mind that the writers of the show could still change major details from the books, but we’re guessing they’re not going to dovetail too much from the big plot points.
First and foremost, Season 5 still hasn’t begun filming, so we’ll no doubt start to get show spoilers as casting notices and set photos leak.
We do know that there’s going to be a huge focus on Dorne, where the late [and beloved] Oberyn Martell was from. His death is going to set off a huge chain reaction over there, which also plays into the Lannister’s story as Myrcella was sent there a few seasons ago. Although this particular plot point doesn’t happen in the book, the writers are reportedly adjusting the story to send Jamie Lannister to Dorne.
Meanwhile, King’s Landing is in an uproar after Tywin’s death, which leads to some happy news and some sad news [depending on whose side you're on]. Basically, Cersei is now in charge after her father’s untimely death, and if that’s not bad enough, she accuses Margaery of infidelity to prevent her marriage to Tommen. Unfortunately for Cersei, her plan turns on her, and she’s forced to walk the streets of King’s Landing buck-naked as a result of her own sins.
Arya’s story takes a completely different turn once she leaves Westeros. She lands up in Braavos, and begins her training to become one of the deadly assassins like Jaqen H’ghar. Unfortunately, the men training her decide to temporarily blind her, as some sort of weird test to see if she’s a ‘true’ assassin. Thankfully, she passes, but we don’t really see much more than that in the books.
Daenerys, on the other hand, just stays in Meereen. No, literally. She just stays there. And does nothing. Well, not nothing. She stops a revolt, saves the day, bla bla. The usual Dany stuff. In fact, nothing out of the ordinary happens in her storyline until the end of the last book, where she jumps on Drogon and flies away [spoiler: I'm guessing she comes back].
Jon Snow becomes a leader up in the north, getting appointed as the new Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch. However, his decision to give the wildlings land north of the wall doesn’t sit well with his Night’s Watch brothers, who end up brutally stabbing him. Is he dead? Is he not dead? We don’t know because George R. R. Martin takes a million years writing each book. My guess is not dead, only because the idea of Jon dying such an anti-climatic death serves absolutely no purpose for the overall story.
Tyrion ends up making it to Pentos, where he ends up coming face-to-face with Aegon Targaryen, the supposed long-lost nephew of Daenerys. Unfortunately, Tyrion is soon separated from that group and then joins forces with Jorah Mormont when they’re both sold into slavery. But guess what? They end up back in Meereen. Well, I should say Jorah ends up back in Meereen. Tyrion is seeing it for the first time, and my guess is that he won’t be too fond of it. Will they meet up with Dany? Will Dany forgive Jorah? We’ll just have to wait and find out.
So what do you guys think that Season 5 has in hold for us? Do you think the writers will stick to the books or deviate even further from the source material? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.