Season 4 of “Game of Thrones”

Author George Martin famously quipped that he didn’t realize how much work it would be to keep track of seven kingdoms when he started writing “Games of Thrones.” With the premiere of the fourth season on HBO only weeks away, countless fans are happy that he stayed the course.

Last year’s cliffhanger left viewers thoroughly confused and clamoring for more. The biggest shock of the season was the “Red Wedding,” in which many favorite characters perished in a nightmarish bloodbath.

At the same time, the war rumblings grew louder from the North with Mance Rayder’s troops storming the Wall and Daenerys Targaryen’s band of elite warriors gained strength with the help of her three dragons.

In addition to the major upheavals, season 3 explored the complex interplay among the houses of Baratheon, Stark and Targaryen as well as a host of other groups of houses, orders, rogues and rebels. In season 4, the stage is set for more fighting and in-fighting as the brave and reckless try to take possession of the Iron Throne.

As fans of the books know, more shocking events will play out. Explore more of the series here.

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