‘Game of Thrones’: New featurette takes cheeky look at HBO fantasy

March 14, 2014 | 11:30 a.m.

“Game of Thrones” fans, here’s something fun for your Friday.

HBO has released a new five-minute featurette titled “Long Story Short,” which explores how the massively popular and critically acclaimed political fantasy series, based on George R.R. Martin’s bestselling “A Song of Ice and Fire” book series, came to be.

Narrated by Charles Dance, who plays the nefarious Tywin Lannister on the show, the featurette has a cheeky feel quite different from the grim and devastatingly serious show in which death lurks around every corner and characters are constantly scheming to betray one another in a quest for power and survival.

Show runners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss talk about their long-running friendship, how, seven years ago, they began reading Martin’s books and saw in the sprawling narrative “a chance to tell a human story on an epic scale,” Weiss said.

Watch the full featurette below.

Premiering April 6, the upcoming fourth season of “Game of Thrones” follows the events of the second half of Martin’s third book in the series, “A Storm of Swords,” but also introduces occurrences and characters from other novels, including the Dornish Prince Oberyn Martell (Pedro Pascal), the so-called Red Viper who comes to King’s Landing seeking vengeance.

As for the familiar characters, Jon Snow (Kit Harington) must prepare to defend the Wall against a Wildling invasion; Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), maimed and shaken, struggles to find his place in the kingdom; and cruel King Joffrey (Jack Gleeson) finally is set to wed Margaery Tyrell (Natalie Dormer).

Meanwhile, Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) continues her conquest of Slaver’s Bay after having freed the slaves of Yunkai, but as her dragons mature and grow and her empire expands, she finds herself grappling with her leadership role.

Click through the gallery above for a more detailed look at Season 4, and let us know what you think of the featurette in the comments section below.

– Gina McIntyre and Noelene Clark

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