With 21 days left, take a look at what we can expect from season 4:
(no major spoilers)
15. Bigger dragons
Daenerys' dragons are starting to transform from their mother's fierce protectors to actual dragons - hungry, angry beasts. Daenerys is going to realize that she can't control them - and they are just one of the things that she loses the power over this season. In addition they continue to grow, especially Drogon who is officially scary now.
14. Increased budget
With the show becoming the most popular series in HBO's history, the showrunners got more money this season and it already shows in trailers - the impressive Purple Wedding ceremony, the pyramids of Meereen and Titan of Braavos are just some of the amazing wonders we will see this season.
13. Jaime continues his transformation
Last season we saw the beginning of amazing redemption arc for Jaime - after he reaches King's Landing he continues to be one of the good guys, alienating his sister and his father and trying to become the man he was supposed to be. He also has special plans for Brienne...
12. Arya finds the Needle
This season will bring some amazing moments for Arya, including the incredible scene in the crossroad's inn, the same inn her mother took Tyrion once. She also continues to bond a little more with The Hound.
11. Sansa learns how to play the game of thrones
Sansa finally flies from her cage and has a brilliant, though very creepy, teacher this season. Sansa begins to see how the game is played and in the process she does have several great moments, especially the snow castle scene.
10. Tyrion and Jaime are reunited
According to my calculations and crappy memory, Tyrion and Jaime only shared two scenes so far - the scene in the whorehouse and the breakfast at Winterfell. In the book Jaime only visits Tyrion's cell near the end of the novel, but the show is making a smart decision of including Jaime in Tyrion's story much sooner. Waldau and Dinklage really did an amazing job at establishing just how much the Lannister brothers care for each other and Tyrion's heartbreaking story about Jaime and him meeting his wife Tysha will come into play in major way this season.
9. The siege of Meereen and the Battle of the Wall
We don't have just one big event this season - the whole season 4 is one big event chasing another. In addition to Daenerys' laying siege to Meereen, we are getting the big Battle of Castle Black with the wildings attacking the Wall. The battle, directed by Neil Marshall who also directed Blackwater, will happen in episode 9.
8. Oberyn Martell
Last season we met Olenna Tyrell, perhaps the most dangerous out of Tyrells. This season we are finally meeting the member of House Dorne - prince Oberyn, also known as the Red Viper. Oberyn is the sexiest character in the series - it's clear from the previews alone that while Tyrion can't visit the brothel this season, Oberyn and his lover Ellaria Sand (played by Indira Varma from Rome) will be there a lot. Oberyn is featured in some of the most exciting scenes this season and his quick wit and charisma will make them even more entertaining.
7. Cersei's joy turns to ashes
So far everything was going relatively well for Cersei - Ned Stark didn't take the throne from her as a regent, Blackwater battle was won, Robb Stark was killed. But this season things will start going the other way for her - she will begin to lose everything she holds dear and start to lose her sanity in the process.
6. The Trial of Tyrion Lannister
I can't say why Tyrion is arrested but the whole trial is filled with many amazing scenes. In addition Tyrion gets visitors in his cell which will no doubt make for some memorable lines and moments.
5. Littlefinger is the master of the Game
There are several big twists and turns in the second part of Storm of Sword. One of many is that we become aware of just how many events in the novels had Littlefinger's scheming behind them. His last scene this upcoming season is one of the most devious, shocking and memorable things in the series.
4. You raped her. You murdered her. You killed her children.
Prince Oberyn's true purpose in coming to King's Landing is vengeance for the death of his sister Ellia at the hands of the Mountain during the sack of King's Landing, led by Tywin Lannister. The trial by combat scene is extremely intense on paper and from the quick glimpses it looks like it will be even more intense on screen.
3. The Purple Wedding
The royal wedding episode is the episode 2 this season, scripted by Martin himself (and including the cameo from him). The scale of the event is quite astonishing and the wedding itself will take half of the episode. Charles Dance compared the making of the scenes of this one to the making of the short movie. Considering what happens during the wedding and the number of great moments for Tyrion and Cersei, this one will become one of your favorite scenes in the show.
2. Tyrion's last chapter in A Storm of Swords
This is my single favorite chapter in all the books in the series. It's Tyrion's breaking point and I just can't wait to see Dinklage play that scene of not one or two but three major confrontations.
1. The last scene of the season