'Game of Thrones' Season 4 returns 'back to the battlefield'

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Director Neil Marshall's return to "Game of Thrones" in Season 4 has been much talked about since it was announced. The man who helmed Season 2's epic "Blackwater" episode has similarly heavy content to deal with in the upcoming season; as he teases, there are beheadings, explosions and "a lot of fighting" in his episode.

When Marshall previously spoke about the episode, he guessed that it might be called "Castle Black." That led fans to assume that this episode would contain a big showdown between the Wildlings and the Night's Watch up at the Wall. But based on a new Making Game of Thrones blog post, the episode might contain another big showdown as well.

Cat Taylor, the assistant to showrunners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff, writes that this battle will be filmed not far from where the Battle of Blackwater was shot, which was north of Belfast in Ireland. She says that "planning of this battle has been taking place for months," and that "although this battle will not be laden with wildfire, I can say you've never seen an army like this on 'Game of Thrones.'"

Although that could be describing a battle at the Wall, fans already saw the Wildling army in Season 3 when Jon Snow infiltrated Mance Rayder's camp. Those scenes are shot north of Belfast in Magheramorne quarry, so again, the battle being described could be this one. But there's a more exciting theory about what the battle could be. Mild spoilers below.

Season 4 is expected to introduce a new member of the Greyjoy family: Euron Greyjoy. Long story short, he sends out some of his Ironborn army to attack Shield Islands in the Reach (near the Tyrell castle of Highgarden). Maybe it's just the image from the Battle of Blackwater in the blog post (above) that has fans thinking of a sea battle, but Euron's army is one viewers haven't seen and his introduction has been long-anticipated.

"Game of Thrones" Season 4 returns to HBO in Spring 2014. Which battle do you think is being described here?

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