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'Game of Thrones' storylines for season four opener teased

The fourth season of "Game of Thrones" premieres the first of ten episodes on April 6, 2014 on HBO premium cable. HBO released storyline teases for the fantasy drama, based on the novels by George R.R. Martin, in a media announcement emailed on March 7, 2014.

GAME OF THRONES season 4: Maisie Williams as Arya Stark.
HBO photo: Helen Sloan

HBO has also released posters of the main characters of the series, which are attached in the photo slideshow. The pictures show close-ups of the castmembers in character for the drama. See the slideshow for the rather mysterious pictures. The complete cast list for season four is toward the bottom of this article.

Following are the hints of storylines for the fourth season of "Game of Thrones."

The Lannisters are encouraged by the success of the bloody Red Wedding slaughter in the Riverlands that wiped out many of their Stark nemeses. Can the Lannisters survive their own egos, as well as new and ongoing threats from the south, north and east?

Wicked King Joffrey (Jack Gleeson) holds on the Iron Throne as his wedding to Margaery Tyrell (Natalie Dormer) approaches.

Unbowed, Stannis Baratheon (Stephan Dillane) continues to rebuild his army in Dragonstone. A more immediate danger comes from the south, as Oberyn Martell (Pedro Pascal), the Lannister-loathing “Red Viper of Dorne,” arrives at King’s Landing to attend Joffrey’s wedding to Margaery Tyrell, and perhaps act on an ulterior agenda.

Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) welcomes a guest to King’s Landing.

Jon Snow (Kit Harington) finds himself unwelcome at Castle Black.

Arya (Maisie Williams) runs into an old friend.

In the north, a depleted Night’s Watch seems overmatched against the inexorable Wall advances of Mance Rayder’s army of wildlings, which in turn is being trailed by an even more formidable foe: the undead White Walkers.

As if that weren’t enough, Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke), accompanied by her menacing trio of dragons and army of Unsullied, is poised to liberate Meereen, the largest city in Slaver’s Bay, which could ultimately provide her with enough ships to sail to Westeros and reclaim the Iron Throne.

Based on the bestselling fantasy book series by George R.R. Martin, the hit series is an epic story of treachery and nobility set on the continent of Westeros, where summers and winters can last years, and only the lust for power is eternal.

Returning series regulars on "Game of Thones" include: Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister), Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister), Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister), Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen), Charles Dance (Tywin Lannister), Aidan Gillen (Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish), Jack Gleeson (Joffrey Baratheon), Kit Harington (Jon Snow), Diana Rigg (Lady Olenna Tyrell), Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark), Maisie Williams (Arya Stark) and Isaac Hempstead Wright (Bran Stark).

Additional returning series regulars include: Alfie Allen (Theon Greyjoy), Jerome Flynn (Bronn), Conleth Hill (Varys), John Bradley (Samwell Tarly), Gwendoline Christie (Brienne of Tarth), Liam Cunningham (Davos Seaworth), Stephen Dillane (Stannis Baratheon), Natalie Dormer (Margaery Tyrell), Iain Glen (Jorah Mormont), Kristofer Hivju (Tormund Giantsbane), Sibel Kekilli (Shae), Rose Leslie (Ygritte), Rory McCann (Sandor “The Hound” Clegane), Michael McElhatton (Roose Bolton), Iwan Rheon (Ramsay Snow) and Carice van Houten (Melisandre).

Returning cast members include: Jacob Anderson (Grey Worm), Thomas Brodie-Sangster (Jojen Reed), Nathalie Emmanuel (Missandei), Ciaran Hinds (Mance Rayder), Finn Jones (Loras Tyrell), Ellie Kendrick (Meera Reed), Kristian Nairn (Hodor) and Gemma Whelan (Yara Greyjoy).

New cast members include: Pedro Pascal (Oberyn Martell), Indira Varma (Ellaria Sand, Oberyn’s paramour), Roger Ashton-Griffiths (Lord Mace Tyrell), Michiel Huisman (Daario Naharis, a mercenary ally to Daenerys), Yuri Kolokolnikov (Styr, a wildlings chief) and Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson (Ser Gregor Clegane, a.k.a. “The Mountain”).

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