‘Game of Thrones’: HBO fantasy to return for Season 4 on April 6

Jan. 09, 2014 | 5:15 p.m.
"Game of Thrones" bid farewell to major characters in the penultimate third season episode "The Rains of Castamere." The episode sparked outrage among some fans. (HBO)

“Game of Thrones” bid farewell to major characters in the penultimate third-season episode “The Rains of Castamere.” The episode sparked outrage among some fans. (HBO)

“Game of Thrones” will return for its fourth season April 6, HBO announced Thursday.

Additionally, the first trailer for the season is due Sunday, immediately before the premiere of the new drama, “True Detective.”

Based on the bestselling fantasy series “A Song of Ice and Fire” by George R.R. Martin, “Game of Thrones” is perhaps the most massive production on television, with some 30 main characters and a sprawling cast of more than 200.

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The show has become a marquee attraction for HBO and a critical darling — it is nominated for outstanding performance by an ensemble in a drama series at this month’s Screen Actors Guild Awards, with star Peter Dinklage also nominated for his individual dramatic performance.

Actress Emilia Clarke, who plays "mother of dragons" Daenerys Targaryen, will make the journey to San Diego to participate in the Comic-Con International panel for "Game of Thrones." (HBO)

Actress Emilia Clarke plays “mother of dragons” Daenerys Targaryen on “Game of Thrones.” (HBO)

“Game of Thrones’” fourth season is expected to chart the events chronicled in the latter half of the Martin’s sprawling third book in the series, “A Storm of Swords,” but will also introduce characters and occurrences from other novels.

“We’re splitting the third book into two seasons,” series co-creator David Benioff told Hero Complex. “But it doesn’t necessarily map along so neatly where if you split the book in half that’s where the season ends. We just tried to figure out where would be the best place to start each story line and conclude each story line. But that’s the idea — two seasons, one book.”

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The show shocked audiences last year with the controversial Red Wedding depicted in the penultimate episode of Season 3, “The Rains of Castamere,” in which Benioff and fellow show-runner D.B. Weiss famously slashed several members of the enormous cast in their adaptation of Martin’s Red Wedding.

– Gina McIntyre

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