In honor of “Game of Thrones” Season 3’s arrival on Blu-ray, DVD and digital download, here’s a refresher of where the HBO fantasy series left its central characters last season. With Season 4 premiering in a month and a half, it’s a helpful reminder of where the story of “Game of Thrones” left off.
Dany found herself as powerful as she’s ever been at the end of Season 3, with the slaves of Yunkai quickly accepting her as their “mhysa,” or mother. With an army of Unsullied and three dragons at her back, it seems like nothing can stop her from overtaking Westeros. Interestingly enough, she decides to be a ruler in Season 4 instead.
After betraying Ygritte and the Wildlings and defecting back to the Night’s Watch, Jon Snow’s final moment in Season 3 showed him arriving back at Castle Black. He was in poor condition and probably a bit heartsick, but at least he is back among his friends as Mance Rayder and the Wildlings ready their attack on Westeros.
Tyrion and Sansa Lannister
Newlywed life took a downward turn for Tyrion and Sansa when she discovered that Catelyn and Robb had been killed. Tyrion knew the role his father had in the Red Wedding and, when he brought it up, his father told him that he regretted his birth. So basically neither of them are going to be anyone’s favorite person in Season 4.
After witnessing the massacre at the Twins, the Hound knocked Arya unconscious so the Freys wouldn’t also murder her. They came across a group of Frey soldiers mocking the deaths of the Starks, so Arya killed them. Though Arya and the Hound don’t have a destination now that her brother and mother are dead, it’s clear that the Stark warrioress has a taste for vengeance and death.
He parted ways with Rickon and Osha at the Nightfort, and then headed over the Wall with Meera and Jojen. There they bumped into Sam and Gilly, both of whom can now tell Jon Snow that his younger brother is alive. After that meeting, Bran, Jojen and Meera continued their journey north of the Wall to find the Three-Eyed Raven.
Sam and Gilly made it back to Castle Black following their run-in with Bran & Co., and then Sam had to explain to Maester Aegon his tale of woe after the White Walkers attacked. Considering he’s one of the few who has defeated them, Sam the Slayer is going to be a huge asset in Season 4.
Or should we say Reek? Theon is still in Ramsay Bolton’s captivity, and is a shattered man. Ramsay’s torture left the former Stark ward without a penis, and also without his old identity and any hope of rescue.
Fortunately for Theon, there is hope of rescue. Yara, who was MIA for the majority of Season 3, was last seen heading to rescue her brother from the bastard of Bolton.
Jaime and Cersei Lannister
The twins are back together! After being separated for more than a season, “Game of Thrones'” incest couple reunited when Brienne delivered Jaime to King’s Landing. But it was unclear how Cersei would take to seeing her dirty, handless brother-lover once again. Based on some of the promos seen from Season 4, she’s happy to see him.
Brienne of Tarth
Since Jaime is in King’s Landing, then so is Brienne. That means her promise to Catelyn Stark is fulfilled, and her journey is her own again. But how will Joffrey take to having a “traitor” in his court, even if Jaime does have respect for his captor/savior? Probably not well.
He, along with Davos and Melisandre, accept the Night Watch’s request for assistance and decide to lend their forces to Jon Snow and the rest of the defenders at the Wall. “This War of Five Kings means nothing. The true war lies to the north, my king. Death marches on the wall. Only you can stop it,” Melisandre forebodingly told Stannis.
Margaery Tyrell and Joffrey Baratheon
Joffrey concluded Season 3 by continuing to be a horrible human and saying he wanted to present Robb Stark’s head to Sansa. Lucky Margaery still plans to wed him and become the queen of Westeros. Plenty of promos for Season 4 show that that wedding will take place in the new season.
“Game of Thrones” Season 3 arrives on Blu-ray, DVD and digital download Tuesday (Feb. 18). Season 4 premieres on April 6 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.