Have you been anxiously stocking up on your finest Dornish wine in preparation for April? Here’s a spoiler-free account of what has us most excited about the first Game of Thrones season 4 trailer.

Only a powerhouse cultural phenomenon like Game of Thrones can get away with putting out a trailer for the trailer, but when we switched on our television Sunday night, HBO didn’t disappoint. A minute and forty-four seconds later, and the upcoming glory of April 6 only felt farther away.

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Judging from the glimpses we got in the trailer, there’s a lot going down in Game of Thrones season 4 that those of us with unspoilt, untarnished souls still don’t know about. But it left us with a lot of clues to sift through the season 4 rubble. With that being said, here’s what has us excitedly refreshing the trailer until the spring debut.

1) Jaime got a haircut

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First things first: we’re not sure what this says about our priorities, but the biggest concern we had after watching the season 4 trailer for the first time was that someone had the audacity to cut off Jaime Lannister’s luscious long locks and manly battle scruff. The look seems to be working for him though, because what he’s lost in his hair, he seems to have gained in a hand, and in this trailer it looks like someone is fitting our favorite Kingslayer with a metallic/gold/bronze/metal fist of some sort. And while we are slightly disappointed he won’t be opting for a hook instead (he is, of course, a dashing knight, not a swashbuckling pirate), it was nice to get that shot of him embracing the use of his left to hold a sword.

Jaime got quite a bit of screentime in this trailer, most of it dishing out real talk to his nephew/lovechild, Joffrey. “The war’s not won,” Jaime reminds a gloating Joff. Duh. But, who knows, maybe Jaime’s attempts at father/son bonding will help reform the king’s wicked, wicked ways. The Lannisters as a whole are a pretty cuddly family. Speaking of which…

2) The Lannister Family Reunion

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The Lannisters are pretty much the highlight of this trailer, and that bodes well for this season because, with Jaime finally back in King’s Landing, for the first time in the series’ history all of the Lannisters will probably (hopefully?) be under the same roof. Dramz.

Will Jaime’s views on courtly life have changed now that he’s been through hell and back, and come out without his fighting hand to show for it? Will his return force everyone to be nicer to Tyrion? Will everyone just continue trying to ignore Tyrion? Will Tywin even care about Jaime now that he’s a cripple (and broken thing) too? Will Cersei and Jaime’s naughty activities finally be discovered by the Big Daddy? Will all the family secrets and continuous backstabbing finally be the Lannisters’ undoing? And why is Cersei still so mad as hell? It looks like she’s not going to take it anymore. We get it, gurl: weddings are stressful — even when they aren’t being planned for a teenage psychopath.

3) Joffrey’s Wedding

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If A Storm of Swords was a Friends episode, it would be called ‘The One with all the Terrible Weddings.’ Westeros weddings are super fun right? If we’re going by last season’s record, at worst you end up killed by the father-in-law, and at best you end up married to a fourteen-year-old who hates your stinkin’ guts. Surely everything will go down smoothly this time around, right? At the very least, thanks to the Dornish, the wine should be delicious.

4) The Dornish

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The Dornish are known for their special Reds, both in their wine, and in their princely Viper. And besides the fact that the Martells are pretty much singlehandedly responsible for the raging alcoholism that runs rampant in King’s Landing, we don’t really know all that much about Dany’s sort-of-brother-in-law. From what we glean from the trailer though, this Red Viper seems to like things a little feisty: not only does he clearly get his own one-on-one fight scene, but he also seems to have an ax to grind with Tyrion’s Daddy, Tywin. “The Lannisters aren’t the only ones who pay their debts…” Which brings us to:

5) Tyrion in shackles

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So, Tyrion is in trouble. Again. And for once, it doesn’t look like he’s going to be able to talk his way out. Probably the biggest mystery of the trailer is why Tyrion has been taken prisoner, and by whom. The obvious suspect is Lysa Arryn, who besides trying to blame Tyrion for Jon Arryn’s death in the first season, is probably also pretty pissed with the way the Lannisters crashed her brother’s wedding and, you know, killed everyone. There’s also the wildcard Dornish. Tyrion is seen chatting up an obviously vengeful Red Viper in the trailer, and with Myrcella promised to Dorne in the second season Tyrion has very good reason to go traveling down south to pay their spicy neighbors a visit. Did he drink one fine wine too many and finally put a foot in his sassy mouth?

In the end though, it doesn’t really matter, right? It’s not like good ole’ George R. R. Martin would ever kill off the most popular character in his franchise. That just doesn’t sound like him at all.

6) Yara Greyjoy: aka Theon’s bamf sister

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A season 2 standout supporting character, Yara Greyjoy hasn’t gotten a lot of play yet in the show, but hopefully that’s about to change. She’s proved herself to be quite the badass from the very beginning, and judging by last season’s finale, this pirate princess seems to be the only one with any cojones left in the family. According to Yara, Theon may be a little turd, but he’s her little turd of a brother, dammit. Her sense of familial loyalty, despite everything that’s happened in Westeros, added a degree of humanity to last season’s finale episode, just when the characters we love most seem to be becoming less and less attached to their sense of humanity.

7) Bran north of the Wall

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For the most part, this trailer is pretty Stark-light, but we do definitely get a glimpse of our boy Bran falling onto a tree. He’s got his crazy-eyes going on, so obviously now that he’s mastered wolves and giant one-word men, Bran’s going to try his hand at warging into trees. Cool. Is this how he’s going to find that creepy three-eyed crow? Maybe it’s up in the tree? Anyway, he’s at the edge of the map now: here there be monsters.

8) Jon back on the Wall

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Now that Jon’s wildling romance is pretty much kaput, we’re pretty excited for his bromance with Sam to start a brewin’ again. Sam does have his lady friend’s problems to think about though… Oh well. Two men and a baby? For realz though, from the way Jon Snow’s hair is emoting in this trailer, it looks like life on the Wall is about to get way harsh.

9) Wildings at war

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The wildlings be cray-cray. They might be nice, and they might be pretty, but at the end of the day what we’ve learned from the show so far is that they are still very, very wild, and their sense of duty and honor is very different from what we’ve been taught is the good ole’ Stark way.

As the only people in Westeros who seem to actually understand that WINTER IS COMING, the wildlings are willing to do anything to get south of the wall and escape the roaming White Walkers. So, how far south will the wildlings actually make it, and will anyone be willing to stop fighting over the throne long enough to pay attention? Fighting for their very survival, the wildlings definitely have the advantage of desperation. Also, our girl Ygritte still looks seriously pissed, so if she just imagines all of the southerners are (you-know-nothing) Jon Snow, she’ll definitely be able to hack her way towards freedom.

10) Sansa in the snow

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Why is Sansa in the snow? It doesn’t snow in King’s Landing. Unless winter-is-coming is here. So, is winter here, or is Sansa there? Either way, this is about to get interesting…

11) Dany’s throne room.

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Guys, Dany’s sitting on a real throne that’s like, not in a tent. This is super exciting. Is she in Westeros yet? Does it really matter? Because either way, she looks like a total boss. Also, she has dragons, so trump card.

There is that whole little sequence with the white horse running toward Dany, though. Is that a friend? A foe? Are they bringing good news? Are they trying to trample her indiscreetly? Is our favorite Khaleesi going to steal their white horse and dub it a gift from the grave from her sun-and-stars?

12) Zombies

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Okay, so they’re probably not zombies. But they still look pretty damn creepy spilling out of the walls and stampeding through the alley like that, right? If zombies aren’t a sign of the apocalypse, I don’t know what is. Get ready everyone: winter is coming.

Game of Thrones returns to HBO for season 4 on April 6, 2014.

What are you most excited to see this season on Game of Thrones?

Jessica Jones introduced us to Marvel’s live-action Luke Cage (Mike Colter), who has his own show debuting on Friday. Here’s everything you need to know ahead of time.

The mythology of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is rich and complicated. Not only do you have to remember what’s happened from episode to episode and season to season, it’s also important to keep in mind what’s happened in other shows and movies.

But that’s why we’re here. Looking forward to Luke Cage premiering on September 30? Us too. Having a little trouble remembering what happened in Jessica Jones and not feeling up to rewatching the show from start to finish? No problem.

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Jessica Jones introduced us to Marvel’s live-action Luke Cage (Mike Colter), who has his own show debuting on Friday. Here’s everything you need to know ahead of time.

The mythology of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is rich and complicated. Not only do you have to remember what’s happened from episode to episode and season to season, it’s also important to keep in mind what’s happened in other shows and movies.

But that’s why we’re here. Looking forward to Luke Cage premiering on September 30? Us too. Having a little trouble remembering what happened in Jessica Jones and not feeling up to rewatching the show from start to finish? No problem.

Everything you need to know about ‘Luke Cage’

The man

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We first met Luke in the series premiere of Jessica Jones and he was in the majority of the episodes for the season. He owned a bar in Hell’s Kitchen and made it a priority to stay away from complications. Too bad Jessica Jones is the definition of complicated. Sweet Christmas.

With chemistry pretty much off the charts, it didn’t take long for Luke and Jessica to start hooking up. Unfortunately, between Kilgrave’s manipulations and Jessica’s lies, the situation came to a head and Luke found out it was Jessica who was responsible for his wife’s death way back when Kilgrave was livin’ large with Jessica at his side.

Luke left after that, but not before he ran into Kilgrave with the intention of killing the man. Instead, Kilgrave used his power of mind control to plant Luke back into Jessica’s life and keep an eye on her until it was time for Kilgrave to use his trump card. He even forced Luke to blow up his own bar.

In a final confrontation, where Kilgrave once again played with Jessica’s emotions, Luke said he didn’t forgive her for killing his wife and, under Kilgrave’s power, attacked her until she was forced to put a shotgun to his head and pull the trigger.

Thanks to Luke’s powers, he survived, but that didn’t mean there wasn’t some damage. Luke was unconscious, and Jessica was forced to bring him to the hospital where Claire used her position as a nurse to sneak him back to Jessica’s apartment and keep an eye on him.

By the end of the series, once Kilgrave was killed and Jessica was arrested, Luke recovered from his injuries and left Jessica’s apartment when Claire wasn’t looking.

The myth

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Luke Cage’s powers are not unlike Jessica’s, though where they both share a similar level of strength, Luke has the added benefit of unbreakable skin. The experiments he was subjected to didn’t make him completely impervious to injury, as seen when the shotgun blast rattled his brain so much it did some internal damage. Areas like his eyes are also open to injury, if Claire sticking that needle through the socket is any indication.

Luke is also just, you know, a big guy. Is intimidation a supernatural ability? Because if so, this guy has got it in spades. He’s a good fighter and obviously used to dealing with the seedier side of the city, so even without his powers, he’d be good to have in a fight.

Luke Cage from the comics isn’t much different, though his interactions with other superheroes have given him an additional leg up. For instance, Iron Fist has taught Luke Cage additional fighting techniques, but we haven’t seen that in the MCU since Iron Fist has yet to debut on Netflix and it’s uncertain what their interactions will be like.

Apparently Luke also has a sweet jacket that’s as impervious as his skin. Given all the clothes we see him go through in the trailers for the upcoming season, perhaps we’ll see him gain a useful item like this in the upcoming freshman run.

The legend

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Luke Cage is already making a name for himself by the end of Jessica Jones, and it’s clear that season 1 of his own show is only going to further his story as a legendary hero. If you want to avoid spoilers at all costs, skip this section. If you’d like to get familiar with some of the show’s upcoming new characters, read on.

In Luke Cage season 1, it’s clear that Cornell Stokes/Cottonmouth will be to Luke as Wilson Fisk/The Kingpin was to Matt Murdock’s Daredevil. This is the guy who wears the crown around Harlem (where Luke has recently moved following his interactions with Jessica), and it’s pretty clear Stokes took no time in pissing off Luke.

Mariah Dillard will be an enemy of a different variety, as she’s a powerful local politician who also happens to be Stokes’ cousin. From the trailers it looks like the two are in business together, but the relationship is contentious at best. Alvarez/Shades, an associate of Cottonmouth, is also going to cause some problems for Luke.

On the other side of the line you have Misty Knight, a police detective who has Luke Cage on her radar. She might also be causing some problems for our hero, but she’s definitely one of the good guys. Her partner is Rafael Scarfe.

Claire will also be returning, this time in a starring role, so the hope is we’ll be seeing plenty of the nurse who is heroic in her own way. She might not have supernatural abilities, but she heals who she can, despite their various complications. She’s also there to light a fire up under the asses of heroes who might be losing their way — and she’s very good at her job.

Everyone’s favorite crook, Turk, will also be showing up in Luke Cage, as will Claire’s mother, Soledad. You can also expect Willis Stryker/Diamondback to play a part this season. He’s tied up with Cottonmouth and Shades and definitely has something against Luke. In the comics, they go way back, and Stryker even had a thing for Luke’s wife, Reva.

Here’s the latest trailer for ‘Luke Cage’ season 1

‘Luke Cage’ season 1 will be exclusively available to stream on Netflix come September 30

Once Upon a Time season 6 will see Sean Maguire’s Robin Hood at least one more time! Come on, is anyone ever really gone for good on this show?

Remember when Hook died, but he really didn’t? Remember when Neal died, but we got see him again in limbo between reality and the Underworld? Well, Robin Hood is following a similar Once Upon a Time narrative arc as EW confirms that the outlaw will return in season 6.

Adam Horowitz and Eddie Kitsis confirmed the news saying, “We’re thrilled to have Sean back for this story arc and are excited for the audience to see what we have planned, which in the wake of his character’s heartbreaking demise, is something we hope is unexpected and surprising.”

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Once Upon a Time season 6 will see Sean Maguire’s Robin Hood at least one more time! Come on, is anyone ever really gone for good on this show?

Remember when Hook died, but he really didn’t? Remember when Neal died, but we got see him again in limbo between reality and the Underworld? Well, Robin Hood is following a similar Once Upon a Time narrative arc as EW confirms that the outlaw will return in season 6.

Adam Horowitz and Eddie Kitsis confirmed the news saying, “We’re thrilled to have Sean back for this story arc and are excited for the audience to see what we have planned, which in the wake of his character’s heartbreaking demise, is something we hope is unexpected and surprising.”

Bringing back characters is one of the major reasons why characters on this show can never have closure. In the aftermath of season 5’s most remarkable death, Once Upon a Time took the necessary steps to give Regina closure. In Neal’s apartment (once again, reviving Neal’s presence for Emma), Regina began to process the reality of her life through a letter from Robin.

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Kitsis makes note that Regina’s course of action this season will deal with processing her grief. “I can tell you that a lot of this year is about Regina dealing with loss and moving on, because I think Regina has the most unfair luck of anybody, but that’s what makes her Regina,” says Kitsis.

We already caught some of that in the season 6 opener where Regina talks with Snow White about her character’s story and its various interpretations. If the feather floating away from Regina on the bench was a nod to her finding the strength to let go even a little bit, what will Robin’s return mean for her mentally? Regina needs all her faculties to face the most terrifying adversary this season– herself.

What will Robin’s return look like?

Maybe he will appear Jiminy Cricket style and remind her of her best qualities as she faces the Evil Queen. Or perhaps he will appear to save his daughter through some kind of intrinsic bond that exists between them? Maybe that feather actually means a bit more than we give it credit for!

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Kitsis and Horowitz note that Sean Maguire will have “an arc” meaning it is likely that he will appear in more than one episode.

What are some of your theories for Robin’s involvement in season 6? Let us know in comments!

Once Upon a Time season 6, episode 2, “A Bitter Draught,” airs Sunday, October 2 at 8:00 p.m. ET on ABC.

Netflix’s The Crown chronicles the early years of Queen Elizabeth II, starring Claire Foy and Matt Smith as the queen and consort. Watch a new trailer now!

We’ve already got Doctor Who companion Jenna Coleman playing Queen Victoria on ITV, and now the Eleventh Doctor, Matt Smith, is playing her great-great graddaughter’s husband. Wibbly wobbly, timey-wimey.

Netflix’s original drama series The Crown stars Claire Foy as a young Queen Elizabeth II, and tells the inside story of her early years as monarch. Watch the new trailer below:

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Netflix’s The Crown chronicles the early years of Queen Elizabeth II, starring Claire Foy and Matt Smith as the queen and consort. Watch a new trailer now!

We’ve already got Doctor Who companion Jenna Coleman playing Queen Victoria on ITV, and now the Eleventh Doctor, Matt Smith, is playing her great-great graddaughter’s husband. Wibbly wobbly, timey-wimey.

Netflix’s original drama series The Crown stars Claire Foy as a young Queen Elizabeth II, and tells the inside story of her early years as monarch. Watch the new trailer below:

The trailer offers an overview of the story we know — Elizabeth’s coronation, her wedding, her celebratory rides through joyous crowds — and reveals glimpses of the story we don’t.

The Crown claims to tell the inside story of Queen Elizabeth’s early reign, offering an intimate look into the fraught relationship between Elizabeth and Prince Philip.

Showrunner Peter Morgan previously wrote the script for The Queen, which starred Helen Mirren and explored the events surrounding Princess Diana’s death.

The series is based on the award-winning play The Audience, and also stars John Lithgow as Sir Winston Churchill, Victoria Hamilton as the Queen Mother, Jared Harris as King George VI, Vanessa Kirby as Princess Margaret and Dame Eileen Atkins as Queen Mary.

The official Netflix synopsis reads:

“A Netflix original series, The Crown focuses on Queen Elizabeth II as a 25-year-old newlywed faced with the daunting prospect of leading the world’s most famous monarchy while forging a relationship with legendary Prime Minister, Sir Winston Churchill. The British Empire is in decline, the political world is in disarray, and a young woman takes the throne….a new era is dawning. Peter Morgan’s masterfully researched scripts reveal the Queen’s private journey behind the public facade with daring frankness. Prepare to be welcomed into the coveted world of power and privilege and behind locked doors in Westminster and Buckingham Palace….the leaders of an empire await.”

‘The Crown’ lands on Netflix on Friday, November 4

Here are the poster and promotional images released for the series:

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