HBO released two Season 4 deleted scenes on its "Game of Thrones" YouTube channel Tuesday, and they prepare us for Season 5 of the wildly popular show by reminding us just how devastating events can be for the characters in Westeros and Essos.
In the first clip, which you can watch at the top of this post, Daenerys Targaryen stands at the top of a tower in Meereen just after she was forced to exile Jorah Mormont after learning he was a former spy feeding information about her to the king. Obviously still a bit devastated over sending her once-trusted friend and right-hand man away, Daenerys tells Missandei to never betray her.
The second clip (below), shows a grieving Shae just after Tyrion ended their relationship. Tyrion asks Bronn, his trusty sellsword, to accompany Shae to the boat that will take her across The Narrow Sea to Pentos. On the way, Bronn tries his best to comfort Shae, telling her that the people of King's Landing, even the good ones, use people like her and Bronn as they please, discarding them when they are no longer of any use.
It's easy to see why these scenes would have been cut. One can pretty readily imagine -- without the extra minute of screen time these scenes demanded -- that Daenerys would be torn about sending Jorah away, and that Shae would be heartbroken after being dismissed by Tyrion. But each scene graphically illustrates the despair and devastation that befalls characters in "Game of Thrones," even when there isn't a single drop of blood being shed.
And we know death, destruction and devastation, which George R.R. Martin called the bloodiest season yet. Season 5 of "Game of Thrones" debuts on April 12 on HBO.