Chances are, some of the most intelligent people you know are really into Game of Thrones. This may be because it’s the first fantasy series that intelligent people can enjoy without feeling completely embarrassed about. Is it the astonishing CGI landscape that keeps us coming back for more? The weirdly glamorous actors? The seamless blend of samurai-fast action sequences with slow, melodramatic descriptions of intent?
Revenge, disguise, deceit, intrigue, valor–girls in trashy anime-porn outfits: all the things that make the experience of Game of Thrones addictive are back again in April.
But we have to wonder–especially with the bizarre information the teaser gives us–how far our personal limits will be tested. Will we–as in the last few episodes of the first series–be sent into an existential netherzone of anger and distrust because of some foul trick played on us involving the death of one of the main characters? Will the white walkers finally make a reappearance? Or will they just introduce a bunch of new characters that we don’t have to care about so that they can die and we can be at ease, assured that Peter Dinklage will play this drama out to its end (and the delightfully slimy Aiden Gillen–my personal favorite). Only time will tell–and we’re having a hard enough time waiting until April as it is.