Game of Thrones season premiere recap: A Storm of Swords and Swingers

Our recap of HBO's fantasy hit returns!
Ep. 01 | Aired Apr 6, 2014

Swinging for Vengeance: "My name is Prince Oberyn Martell. You killed my sister. Prepare to die."

The fight starts. Arya cowers. There's lots of clanging as The Hound fights Polliver and his men. And notice the show's soundtrack is silent. It's only when Arya makes her move that the music kicks in. She gets her sword back. Once Polliver is defenseless, she repeats what Polliver told her injured friend right before he killed him in season 2. She drives her sword into him. A name crossed off!

Arya and The Hound ride on. She looks downright happy, for once, and there's something dispiriting about that. She won, yeah, but lost something too. Bonus: She got a horse.

And that's it for the premiere. Nope, no Bran, or Theon, or Stannis. They're all in next week's second episode, which is definitely a must-see. Yes, I'm aware there were two Alien-universe references in the recap. I'm not sure why, either, it just happened.

A word about spoilers: It would be nice of you not to post book spoilers on our comment boards, but we're not policing them either. So read at your own risk. More than ever, this is a season where you should try to watch Thrones the night it airs. The shocks can come at any time, not just at the end of the season.

More on Arya: Check out our exclusive interview with Maisie Williams and showrunner David Benioff about Arya's dark turn in the premiere episode, plus showrunner Dan Weiss talks about that sword-melting opening scene.

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Some additional reading! The best of our pre-premiere coverage. If you only read four more Game of Thrones stories tonight, it should be these four:

'Game of Thrones' handy snarky season 4 map explains where everybody is
'Game of Thrones': This showrunners Q&A will get you really excited for season 4
'Game of Thrones': Jack Gleeson reveals the meanest thing he's ever done
'Game of Thrones': How Pedro Pascal landed season 4's coolest, sexiest new role
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Until next week, farewell ...

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