“Game of Thrones” Season 4 is nearly here but before fans are lucky enough to experience the premiere episode “Two Swords” they must wait 19 long days until the arrival of April 6th! The Season 4 premiere episode “Two Swords” will be followed by episode 2 “The Lion and the Rose,” which will most likely be the episode that sets the tone for the entire season. Simply based on the title, many fans are expecting to see the forthcoming wedding between King Joffrey Baratheon and Margaery Tyrell. The ceremony, which has been dubbed “The Purple Wedding” by fans of George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” book series, will essentially join two of the most powerful houses in Westeros, the Lannisters and the Tyrells.

According to the synopsis though, Joffrey and Margaery are merely hosting a breakfast. However, there is much more occurring than just the arranged marriage between the two scheming houses. As for the Lannisters, Tyrion “lends Jamie a hand” while we appreciate HBO’s clever attempt at a cover up, he think this is more of a literal hand. In the promo video for Season 4 of “Game of Thrones,” Jamie is seen back in Kings Landing, however he is still missing a hand. But based on the synopsis it seems that Tyrion is the one who gifts his elder brother with the golden hand. We have heard of the historical expression that some leaders rule with an iron fist, but it seems like the Kingslayer will now fight with a golden hand, very Lannisetr-esque. 

In addition to the action in Kings Landing, the Starks are attempting to navigate the world that lies in perpetual winter. In episode 2 “The Lion and the Rose,” Bran and the Reeds will continue their journey North of the Wall but even before they set out, it seems they only just realize “where they must go.” It seems like Bran may have under estimated the seriousness of the conditions, or may have never even really considered the implications of what he will discover in the true North.  As for Theon, things are still not going so well for him after slowly losing body parts that were distastefully sent back to his family on the Iron Islands. It seems like in Season 4, “Ramsay finds a purpose for his pet,” hopefully for Theon’s sake it is more productive than just being flayed.

Read the full synopsis for “Game of Thrones” episode 2 “The Lion and the Rose” below,  “Tyrion lends Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) a hand. Joffrey (Jack Gleeson) and Margaery (Natalie Dormer) host a breakfast. At Dragonstone, Stannis (Stephen Dillane) loses patience with Davos (Liam Cunningham). Ramsay (Iwan Rheon) finds a purpose for his pet. North of the Wall, Bran (Isaac Hempstead Wright) sees where they must go.”