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Game of Thrones: Season 4 (2014)

Seasons:
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Game of Thrones: Season 1
Game of Thrones: Season 1
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Game of Thrones: Season 2
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Game of Thrones: Season 3
Game of Thrones: Season 3
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Apr 6, 2014
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98

Average Rating: 9.1/10
Reviews Counted: 46
Fresh: 45 | Rotten: 1

Game of Thrones continues to be one of the best shows on TV, combining meticulously-plotted character arcs with the spectacular design of the Seven Kingdoms.

100

Average Rating: 9.5/10
Critic Reviews: 17
Fresh: 17 | Rotten: 0

Game of Thrones continues to be one of the best shows on TV, combining meticulously-plotted character arcs with the spectacular design of the Seven Kingdoms.

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Average Rating: 4.8/5
User Ratings: 703

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Season Info

An adaptation of author George R.R. Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire" medieval fantasies about power struggles among the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros.

Genre: Drama

Network: HBO

Premiere Date: Apr 6, 2014

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Episodes

1
Air date: Apr 6, 2014

Two Swords

In the Season 4 premiere, Tyrion welcomes a surprise guest to King's Landing for the royal wedding, but fears he's come to the Red Keep for something else. Meanwhile, Jon warns his skeptical Night's Watch superiors about an impending attack; Jaime struggles to regain his status at home; Arya encounters a face from her past; and Daario Naharis discusses strategy with Daenerys on the journey to the slave city Meereen.

2
Air date: Apr 13, 2014

The Lion and the Rose

A who's who of honored guests turns out for Joffrey and Margaery's wedding in King's Landing, but the king's taste in entertainment rubs many of them the wrong way. Meanwhile, Bronn gives a lesson to an unlikely pupil; Bran's vision helps map out his journey; Stannis loses patience with Davos; and Ramsay takes a perverse delight in his new pet.

3
Air date: Apr 20, 2014

Breaker of Chains

In the frenzied aftermath of the royal wedding, Tyrion gets a visit from a loyal subject, but wonders if anyone in his family will help him out of his current predicament. Meanwhile, Tywin offers to work for the common good with a presumed enemy; Sam takes stock of the personnel at Castle Black; the Hound gives another life lesson to Arya; and Daenerys makes a decision outside the walls of Meereen.

4
Air date: Apr 27, 2014

Oathkeeper

Jon welcomes volunteers; Bran, Jojen, Meera and Hodor seek shelter; Jaime and Brienne discuss his honor; Daenerys balances justice and mercy.

5
Air date: May 4, 2014

First of His Name

Jon starts a new mission; Cersei and Tywin consider the next move for the Crown; Daenerys makes plans for the future.

6
Air date: May 11, 2014

The Laws of God and Men

7
Air date: May 18, 2014

Mockingbird

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All Critics (46) | Top Critics (17) | Fresh (45) | Rotten (1)

A sublime and gripping addition to the not-hitherto-ungripping HBO canon.

April 14, 2014 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

Not as graphic as last season's bloodbath down the aisle, the death count in last night's episode is a game changer, though perhaps not as surprising this time around. All men must die, sure, but do they all have to die at a wedding?

April 14, 2014 Full Review Source: New York Observer
New York Observer

"Two Swords" was a great start to the series with some bad-ass action from a brand new character, and, of course, Arya.

April 9, 2014 Full Review Source: The Young Folks
The Young Folks

From a telescoped perspective, "Two Swords" is an assured hour, touching base but keeping things moving with many of the major ideas and remaining players of Game of Thrones.

April 9, 2014 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

As someone who has always found the novels' long passages of clunky exposition a slog to get through, it's always a pleasant surprise to find the show moving through those scenes with efficiency.

April 8, 2014 Full Review Source: Hollywood.com
Hollywood.com

Every character beat feels like it's been crafted to its finest point, while each scene carries with it the possibility of drastic change - but that is only because the series has done such a fantastic job conditioning the audience to expect such things.

April 8, 2014 Full Review Source: ScreenRant
ScreenRant

Now more than ever before, without a discernable direction, the show is about the characters themselves and their individual journeys.

April 8, 2014 Full Review Source: IGN Movies
IGN Movies

To my taste, the characters and their relationships are the primary draw for Game of Thrones, along with the political wrangling for the Iron Throne.

April 7, 2014 Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Rejoice! Game of Thrones is back in all its epic, sprawling, bloody glory. And Sunday's briskly paced Season 4 opener, "Two Swords," did not disappoint.

April 7, 2014 Full Review Source: Contra Costa Times
Contra Costa Times

One of the ingenious pleasures of Game of Thrones is that for all the convoluted narrative twists, its 78 subplots (rough estimate) tend to unfold along user-friendly genre lines.

April 7, 2014 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times

HBO's lavishly and expertly produced fantasy returns with a lightning-fast opener that skillfully, sometimes amusingly, and eventually violently resets the characters, putting them in place for the season to come.

April 7, 2014 Full Review Source: USA Today
USA Today

"Two Swords" was tame by the show's unabashed standards, but if it's any indication for the path season four is going to take, I'd say there are going to be some epic downfalls indeed.

April 7, 2014 Full Review Source: Under the Radar
Under the Radar

Each of the actors rises to that challenge, whether playing opposite one person or a multitude of extras.

April 7, 2014 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe

It's still anyone's "game," assuring the drama, action and intrigue that has made this show such a fan favorite will continue this season.

April 7, 2014 Full Review Source: TV Fanatic
TV Fanatic

These packed curtain-raisers, like last night's "Two Swords," are rewarding for those who have read the books and somewhat maddening for those who have not, requiring multiple viewings and an open Wikipedia page.

April 7, 2014 Full Review Source: New Yorker
New Yorker

There's no reason to mince words at the start-that was an absolutely fantastic opening episode. It began with two swords, it ended with two swords, and in between it was a near-perfect re-entry into the world of Westeros (and beyond).

April 7, 2014 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
Paste Magazine

Season four of Game of Thrones finally returned to our screens. But did episode one meet the hype? Well, not really.

April 7, 2014 Full Review Source: Independent
Independent

Two Swords wasn't a super eventful episode, but it didn't need to be. Game of Thrones is a heavy, meaty show, and sometimes it's best to ease the audience back into things.

April 7, 2014 Full Review Source: TV.com
TV.com

We close on another sort of potential threat to the Lannisters with an extended suspense sequence featuring everyone's favorite buddy team of Arya and the Hound. It's a fascinating closing scene.

April 7, 2014 Full Review Source: HitFix

It's been three seasons since the series premiere, but Game of Thrones still knows how to open with power.

April 7, 2014 Full Review Source: The Loop

Even in a show with more than 200 characters, pleasingly, there's always room for more.

April 7, 2014 Full Review Source: Independent
Independent

It feels like forever since the last episode of Game of Thrones, but the premiere, "Two Swords," was well worth the wait. A stellar start to the fourth season.

April 7, 2014 Full Review Source: CinemaBlend.com
CinemaBlend.com

It feels like a fresh new beginning for this show as characters who once were loyal allies are thrust into battle against each other.

April 6, 2014 Full Review Source: John Hanlon Reviews
John Hanlon Reviews

HBO very well could hit the 10-season mark with what's become its franchise series. There's no reason to kill this golden calf -- particularly with so many characters still available to be sacrificed instead.

April 5, 2014 Full Review Source: Uncle Barky
Uncle Barky

The season premiere builds to a satisfying climax - especially if you like violence, humor and revenge.

April 4, 2014 Full Review Source: Salon.com
Salon.com

[It] somehow manages to convey a staggering geographical scope while maintaining a lucid and intimate focus on a wide array of fascinating, nuanced characters.

April 4, 2014 Full Review Source: TV Guide
TV Guide

Game of Thrones is densely packed with action, deceit, backstabbing and beheadings, yet somehow [showrunners] Benioff and Weiss keep all these balls-and the dragon that is Thrones-flying high.

April 4, 2014 Full Review Source: RedEye
RedEye

As in past seasons, GOT mixes dramatic fights, character building and dark humor to create a fantastic fantasy mix.

April 4, 2014 Full Review Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Along with Hannibal, this is the most joyous, at times exhilarating nightmare on TV.

April 4, 2014 Full Review Source: Vulture

One of the best shows of the last several years feels as creatively vital as ever.

April 4, 2014 Full Review Source: RogerEbert.com
RogerEbert.com

This is a gorgeous spectacle. Aside from the Star Wars saga, I can't think of any on-screen story that creates such a vast, believable world out of imagination.

April 4, 2014 Full Review Source: The Wrap
The Wrap

To me, the excitement of Game of Thrones, and the hope, exists in the margins, where the smartest characters often lurk.

April 4, 2014 Full Review Source: Huffington Post
Huffington Post

Game of Thrones is the grandest pageant on TV -- an epic tale spread across a canvas unmatched in design or scope by any other drama.

April 4, 2014 Full Review Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer
Cleveland Plain Dealer

Game remains one of the more challenging shows to follow, but one of the most rewarding.

April 4, 2014 Full Review Source: Boston Herald
Boston Herald

Where reading each subsequent book - five of the planned-for seven have been published - left me increasingly dispirited, Game of Thrones remains an exhilarating ride.

April 4, 2014 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Daily News
Philadelphia Daily News

Game Of Thrones was and is an astonishing achievement-a vast web of world-building and map-reading and politicking in made-up languages, while still relying on the close-up camera shot of a single actor's face to draw the most drama out of a scene.

April 4, 2014 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club

Game of Thrones isn't afraid of change: It's the lifeblood of the series, and just one of the reasons we keep watching.

April 4, 2014 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle

In terms of emotion, action, performance, visual storytelling and narrative payoff, Game of Thrones is the best TV show around right now.

April 3, 2014 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post

As stirring in its action, as rich in characters, and more sweeping in scope as ever.

April 3, 2014 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
TIME Magazine

At its best, the show is completely unpredictable and meticulously detailed in its orchestration of pain and agony. So far as we can tell, season four stands to be its finest frame yet.

April 3, 2014 Full Review Source: Film School Rejects
Film School Rejects

The consistent excellence in Game of Thrones is truly something to behold.

April 2, 2014 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter
Hollywood Reporter

The show proceeds at its own stately pace, telling its own knotty story. Rather than be concerned that future seasons might mar the world that Martin, Benioff, and Weiss have painstakingly created.

April 2, 2014 Full Review Source: Grantland
Grantland

Season four feels entirely liberated from the show's own extensive mythology and now moves with thrilling fury and purpose.

April 2, 2014 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Still TV's best -- dive in while the water's warm. Winter is coming, after all.

April 1, 2014 Full Review Source: Newsday
Newsday

A show that operates at such a consistently high level, from the spectacular cast to the sweeping and diverse backdrops, consistently conjuring a summer-tentpole feel.

March 31, 2014 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety

The sharply written, slow-paced premiere ratchets up the tension on what's reported to be the bloodiest 10-episode season yet.

March 31, 2014 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times

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