"Game of Thrones" is heading to the Free Cities in Season 4. There was some speculation at just how far the show would delve into "A Feast For Crows" and "A Dance With Dragons" territory, but a new trailer from the upcoming season shows that the series will at least get to Braavos.
And boy did EPs David Benioff and D.B. Weiss go above and beyond with creating that city. The above image (a screenshot from the trailer) shows the Titan of Braavos statue guarding the city.
For the uninitiated, viewers have already met one key character from Braavos in "Game of Thrones." Jaqen H'ghar, the Faceless Man who Arya encountered on the road to the Wall and allied herself with at Harrenhal in Season 2, hails from Braavos. When they parted ways, he gave her a coin and told her if she ever comes to Braavos she must present that and say the words "Valar Morghulis" -- "All men must die."
But Braavos also has been mentioned in another key way in "Game of Thrones." It's no secret that Westeros is deeply in debt due to the spending of King Robert Baratheon. It was Master of Coin Petyr Baelish who always seemed to find money to cover the Crown's expenses, but Tyrion discovered in Season 3 that Littlefinger did so by borrowing huge amounts of money from places like the Iron Bank of Braavos -- and Westeros doesn't have the money to pay them back.
As Tyrion noted in Season 3, that's not a good predicament in which to find oneself. "It's the Iron Bank of Braavos. We owe them tens of millions. If we fail to pay these millions, the Bank will fund our enemies. One way or another, they always get their gold," he said.
While some fans of the book might expect this image of Braavos to mean that one very significant "A Feast For Crows" storyline will begin in Season 4 (and it very well might), chances are this setting will actually be used to introduce the Iron Bank. Mark Gatiss is cast in Season 4 as Tycho Nestoris, a representative from the Iron Bank who comes to Westeros. "Game of Thrones" is typically very good about reintroducing concepts set up in earlier seasons, so showing Braavos as a setting before actually having key characters go there would be a smart move.
"Game of Thrones" Season 4 premieres on April 6 on HBO. What do you make of this first look at Braavos?
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