What we learned from the first four episode titles of Game of Thrones S4

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Mar 3, 2014

The first four intriguing episode titles for the upcoming fourth season of Game of Thrones have been revealed. Let the speculation games begin!

Below are the first four titles, along with each episode's running time. Not surprisingly, there are a lot of potential storylines we can glean from here:

  • Season 4, Episode 1: "Two Swords." Running time: 58 minutes
  • Season 4, Episode 2: "The Lion and the Rose." Running time: 52 minutes
  • Season 4, Episode 3: "Breaker of Chains." Running time: 56 minutes
  • Season 4, Episode 4: "Oathkeeper." Running time: 54 minutes

*Beware: MAJOR A Song of Ice and Fire Book Spoilers Below!*

Avert your eyes if you don't want to be spoiled, you guys! Right. Let’s start speculating a bit, shall we?

So, let us begin with episode 1. “Two Swords” undoubtedly refers to Lord Eddard Stark’s (Sean Bean) Valyrian steel greatsword Ice being melted down and re-forged into two longswords on the orders of Lord Tywin Lannister (Charles Dance). The first of those two longswords is Widow's Wail, and the second one is to be later called Oathkeeper. Guess who inherits Widow’s Wail? Yep, sniveling little King Joffrey (the amazing Jack Gleeson). Looks like he’ll be getting a brand new shiny toy to play with. (Insert shudders here.)

Episode 2, "The Lion and the Rose," probably refers to Joffrey and Margaery Tyrell (Natalie Dormer). Joffrey is no doubt referred to as a Lannister Lion (a bit of Lannister propaganda, no doubt) – though if we want to be technically official here, he’s a Baratheon Stag; but as we all know he’s Jaime and Cersei’s son he's thus a Lannister AND a bloody Lion. As for the Rose, it refers to his betrothed Margaery – as in the roses of Highgarden. Does that mean that this episode will focus on the upcoming Purple Wedding? We're a bit in doubt as it’s probably a little too early in the season for that - but hey! Crazier things have happened and it would definitely propel the rest of the series forward to its dramatic peak.

As for the third episode, “Breaker of Chains,” we believe that it’s gonna be mostly about Dany (Emilia Clarke) – as Breaker of Chains IS one of the Mother of Dragons’ many, many titles – and her quest to free the slaves from the slave cities of Essos. Season three ended with Dany delivering the people of Yunkai. Her next step (in the books) – going to Meereen: Wash, rinse, and repeat.

Now we believe that episode 4, “Oathkeeper,” refers to that second longsword we talked about. In the books, Tywin gives it to Ser Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) who in turn offers it to Brienne of Tarth (Gwendoline Christie), when he sends her on a quest to find Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) who's disappeared from King's Landing. Will the latter part actually happen in this episode? If Brienne goes in search of Sansa, then it means that the Purple Wedding will indeed take place in episode two. However, if not, it probably only refers to Tywin’s gift to his now lame son. (If you guys will recall, Jaime lost his sword hand last season whilst saving Brienne.)

So, what do you guys think of those episode titles and what do you think will happen in them? Speculate away!

(via Winter Is Coming)

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