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Game Of Thrones dinner hints at S4 spoilers

All men must die? Interesting. Sounds like a philosophy we’ve heard before. Photo: Alvin Chong

The annual Savour food festival just slightly less than a month ago, and once again HBO Asia set up a shindig within the festival for some local media fans to check it out. While they screened season three’s premiere episode of Game Of Thrones at last year’s event, they didn’t this year, and with the fourth season of Games Of Thrones coming April 13 (April 6 in the US) – there had to be something there. A month later, the question still plagued me: Why just have a simple dinner? Turns out, there was a hint or two about how the upcoming season will turn out – especially enlightening if you, like me, haven’t read the books.

While the lack of a screening would have put a downer on most parties – all GoT fans are used to bloodshed at parties – this was going to be different, as HBO Asia was celebrating the royal union of Joffrey Baratheon and Margaery Tyrell with some great meats provided by Saint Pierre / Blue Lotus chef Emmanuel Stroobant. Not the Red Wedding, you say? There was more than would meet all three crow’s eyes.

Tissue boxes? It can only mean one thing. Photo: Alvin Chong
Tissue boxes? It can only mean one thing. Photo: Alvin Chong

First, arrayed outside the grand hall were boxes bearing the emblem of the various families in Westeros … it was later revealed that these boxes contained tissues. Ornate boxes holding tissues? It can only mean one thing – there will be much weeping in season 4. My guess? Someone will die.

The spread. Photo: Alvin Chong
The spread. Photo: Alvin Chong

And of course, the spread … which included a fabulous selection of meats like roast piglet, quail (who knew this tiny bird would be so hard to eat?) and a great rack of ribs. I actually really liked the sausages – and the fruits and cheese platter on the side added a nice, refreshing variety to proceedings … But barring silly puns like having to “quail” in fear as you watch the new season, it’s hard to say that this revealed much of what was in store … unless it was going to be a fruity season 4? A cheesy one? Like a true detective, one would have to dig deep.

A HBO knife! Photo: Alvin Chong
A HBO knife! Photo: Alvin Chong

Still, in a place where many other pieces of cutlery bore no embellishments whatsoever, there, next to the meat of roundness, lay a HBO knife. A simple way of carving up ham, mayhaps – or or a sign of things to come? My guess: Someone will be cut on Season 4 – maybe Hodor on a piece of paper? Hodor? Hodor.

Roast pig ... Or something else? Photo: Alvin Chong
Roast pig … Or something else? Photo: Alvin Chong

And then this: A ghastly prediction of the future, for this was no simple piglet. A dimunitively sized pig can only conjure up images of something: Either Bran or Tyrion will suffer this season. Maybe both. What I do know is this: That that pig was pretty good.

Time is a flat circle - and so is this piece of icing on top of a cupcake. Photo: Alvin Chong
Time is a flat circle – and so is this piece of icing on top of a cupcake. Photo: Alvin Chong

And lo and behold – I had unlocked the secret behind this Game of Thrones: The yellow king is the answer.  The scolloped tatters of the King in Yellow must hide Yhtill forever.  And if you look closely among the pictures, maybe you will spot the Yellow King.

Season 4 of Game Of Thrones will premiere April 13 on HBO / HBO HD at 10pm. Thanks HBO Asia!

Oh, and happy April Fools’!


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