Following the release of several “Valar Morghulis” character themed promotional posters a few days ago(notably missing Stannis “The Mannimal” Baratheon: http://whativelearnedthisweek.com/2014/02/25/new-game-of-thrones-season-4-posters-released/), comes the official poster for the upcoming Fourth Season of the groundbreaking series. Don’t worry if you think that this means the show’s creators, David Benioff & D.B. Weiss, will be omitting dozens of complex character arcs in favor of completely focusing on Bran’s journey through puberty in the forest. The poster’s depiction of a three-eyed crow dissolving into a pile of swords makes sense because this season will depict the events from the second half of A Storm of Swords as well as some of the fourth book, A Feast For Crows.
Also, the promoters chose to forgo the whole Valyrian language barrier thing in favor of presenting the ominous message in plain old English: “ALL MEN MUST DIE”. I’m sure non-book readers, (God, typing that phrase even feels pretentious…I really should have a monocle, a copy of The New Yorker and a goblet of Brandy at arm’s length at all times when talking about GoT.) in the aftermath of the shocking massacre that was The Red Wedding are now prepared for literally any character to die at anytime. Without spoiling anything for anyone I will say this about what’s sure to be the best, most action-packed season yet: Hodor. Kills. Everyone. He’s been playing a brilliant, Keyser Soze-like game of cat and mouse the whole time. Just kidding! But, seriously.