‘Game of Thrones’ Comic-Con 2013 Clip; Season 4 Premieres in Spring 2014

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HBO returned to the International Comic-Con in San Diego this year, to promote the forthcoming fourth season of its hit Medieval fantasy series Game of Thrones (based on the “A Song of Ice and Fire” novels by George R.R. Martin). The panel for the TV series began by showing the “In Memoriam” clip: a video compilation of every character death on the show to date – though it takes a pass on showing the gruesome demises for more important players (see: members of the Stark family) – which HBO has since released online, for everyone to watch.

The lineup for the Game of Thrones 2013 Comic-Con panel included Martin, who is an executive producer and writer for the series, in addition to showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, plus select members of the immense cast: Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister), Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen), Kit Harington (Jon Snow), Rose Leslie (Ygritte), Michelle Fairley (Catelyn Stark) and Richard Madden (Robb Stark).

Most of the discussion focused on the event in the penultimate episode of season three (infamously known as “The Red Wedding”), with Benioff, Weiss, Fairley and Madden repeating their part comments about how the process of filming that emotionally-traumatic event from Martin’s literature went. Fortunately, there were more light-hearted discussion moments along the way, such as when Martin talked about his failed attempt to hide in a country without TVs – when the Red Wedding episode aired – and Jason Momoa (Khal Drogo) making a funny cameo appearance onstage.

game of thrones logo Game of Thrones Comic Con 2013 Clip; Season 4 Premieres in Spring 2014

In a separate interview with EW, Benioff offered the following tidbits about Game of Thrones season 4:

“It’s the toughest production schedule we’ve ever had. We got more action, which is obviously more time consuming. It’s a brutal shooting season ahead. But if we can make it through, yeah, I think it’s going to surpass season three. The last 3 episodes, there’s so many scenes we’ve been waiting for so long to do. And it just gets more and more fun to write for these characters. After three years of doing it, we have that much more comfort to make everything uncomfortable for them. We’re very excited for it. Season five gives me nightmares, but [not season four].”

Season 4 will air on HBO by Spring 2014 – as confirmed at the Game of Thrones 2013 Comic-Con panel – and will cover the remaining material in Martin’s novel “A Storm of Storms,” after Season 3 primarily drew from the first-half of that massive book (1,216 pages long in paperback form). There are some massive plot threads left dangling in season three – such as Mance Rayder’s (Ciarán Hinds) plan to “light the biggest fire the North has ever seen” – that will lead to big and action-heavy events in the next season. That should be pleasing news for a number of fans, who felt that S3 unfolded at too lethargic a pace as a whole.

In case you’re still reeling after the events in the last two episodes of season 3, be sure and read our Game of Thrones‘ Viewers Guide: 5 Tips for Watching This Show.”


Look for Game of Thrones to begin airing on HBO by (possibly) either late March or early April in 2014.

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  1. unecessary deaths throughout.

    • “Game of Thorns” summary: Death, sex, death, sex, death, sex, death, sex, death, sex, death, sex, death, sex, death, sex, death, sex, death, sex, death, sex, death, sex, death…

  2. This video reminds more of useless death.
    Death is often just a stunt on this show for me.
    Almost shock for the sake of shock. Nothing more.

    My impression of Martin is he creates
    a wonderful canvas of rich characters but
    in the end underutilizes them or misuses them.
    I keep thinking how the story might have unfolded
    if some great characters realized their potential.

    I was rooting for Khal more than anyone and
    after he fell by the wayside pointlessly I
    decided he was the last I’d invest in.

    I have seen every episode however I would
    not have if I did not have HBO for free.
    I guess it is more of a curiosity on
    where Martin is finally going.

    • It really depends on your point of view, and what you gain from a story.

      In my opinion, story telling of this nature (Martin not being the only fantasy writer who displays such attributes) is what we have needed for along time. Too long have we been subjected to ‘bardic like’ story telling, of fair maidens, evil conquerors and golden haired knights, which deride from the real essence of life.

      Yes it is a wonderful thing, to be told a tale of the heroic man saving the day, who seems invincible or god-like, or too have the hero crush his enemies and make a final stand before he dies, which forever changes the course of those around him…. but imo we need balance. Hollywood has for too long now, made films/presentations that pull at the heart strings and are overly simplistic and predictable, just to get ‘bums on seats’. Its boring.

      Game of Thrones is a breath of fresh air, that was sorely needed.

      /2 cents

      • I am not a fan of the simplistic and predictable
        however I to me those adjectives apply to Martin.

    • Read the book. And also look at England’s history and see how much blood was spelt there.

  3. I love this show for the knowing that no one is safe!!! I haven’t been this emotional at character deaths since watching The Wire (not trying to compare but just stating). And having read ahead the deaths to come are even more magnificent than the last.

    • Seriously!!! I can’t wait for Hodor to become the Lord of Dragon Stone!!! And for that scene when Bran throws Joffery out window!
      Long live Hot pies!!!

  4. Can’t wait to see what the Wildlings do, and what happens with Arya’ travels.

  5. The amount of people that died on this show can fill up a cast for several new shows.

  6. Still not sure why people complain and say “unnecessary deaths”.

    Actually, yes they are necessary.

    Khal Drogo’s death led to Danaerys wanting to die as his body burned on the pyre and revealing her as the Mother of Dragons, a character said in Westeros to be nothing more than myth and legend.

    Ned Stark died and his execution inspired those against the Lannisters to rise up and try to fight against them to take control of King’s Landing from them.

    I won’t get into any more deaths, especially those that happened at The Red Wedding because not only do I not want to spoil certain things for others, I also am not that well versed in the books because I only read Wikipedia articles on them so details would be lacking.

    Lets just say that while it might seem to some that deaths are unnecessary, they actually help inspire or motivate other characters into action and the deaths help move the plot along.

    Think about it. If Jesus Christ actually existed then there’d be some of us talking about his death bringing about the formation of Christianity while others would complain that it was completely unnecessary and they won’t bother with religion again.

    • @Dazz
      I express myself. The internet is full of people like me and the Screen Rant crew deserve a heafty hurray for letting people comment each and every entertainment news as easily as this. Agree, disagree, everybody’s entitled to their own. I don’t deserve a target on my back for doing that.

      If you’ve red the books, you’d see that some deaths in the show are completely fabricated (I’ll spare everybody the spoilers ’cause that’s the kind of guy I am), as raunchy sex scenes, and IN MY OPINION don’t serve any purpose at all that created more deaths, more sex, creating an even more lustfull, cruel, manipulative and sombre attitude to this show. They even go out of their way to create even MORE sex and death. I folow it mainly out of curiosity and for the actors’ performance.

      • Then why not focus on what piques your curiosity and what you like/dislike about the actors’ performances rather than focusing on what, IN YOUR OPINION, is too much unnecessary death and too much sex? All your original post here was a flat out complaint about the unnecessary death, a dead horse that has been beaten to a pulp.

        You put yourself out there as well as I or anyone else who posts, no one deserves a target on their back, but you are truly naive not to expect one. A short, nondescript statement like “unecessary deaths throughout.” comes off as a troll and makes a really easy target. Take it in stride and make some more insightful posts to help avoid the target and maybe spark some better discussion instead.

        • @Poi

          Almost glad you knew what sjd was saying because I’ve read and re-read the comment several times and I have no idea whether he/she is complaining about deaths and sex or not.

          It reads like it wants to reply to me about everybody having opinions, which is good, everyone should be free to have their own views, but then the second paragraph….can’t decipher it.

    • Dazz – some deaths really weren’t necessary. Many of these characters hadn’t even been fully developed yet. At times, the story line (in the books) was so thin, that you had to read the chapters twice to understand what was going on. Characters require depth. Readers require a character(s) they can follow – good or evil. If you kill everyone off before a reader can connect to a character, you lose the reader. By the way, Jesus Christ DID indeed exist. We have more evidence to that fact than we do for Julius Caesar. But that isn’t a story line that took a few chapters – it’s a truth that’s been around for a few thousand years.

      True, some deaths in GoT triggered other events, but those events could easily have been triggered by NOT killing off those characters. It’s a book – not history.

  7. There was someone included in the Video who did not Die ( Not Beric Dondarrion).

  8. It really shows how mortal everyone is
    Look at the walking dead they kill of everyone who’s not that relevant
    not really going anywhere with the story.
    Falling skies no main character died in 3 seasons!
    But game of thrones is just amazing
    Sure you can be a skilled swordsman or a worshiped man
    but that doesn’t make you harder to kill for your enemies.
    It’s one of the best shows out there in my opinion
    Story is amazingly entertaining sure there is a bit much unnecessary
    sex scene’s but that’s only for season one which set up most of the main characters.

  9. In real life, how many people reach their full potential? Or how many die too soon? This series is like life. Life goes on, stories move forward. The story is fire vs. ice, that is the main theme, dragons vs white walkers, everything else is just a backstory. Although I’m not sure what Arya has to do with that, but I’m sure that will make sense eventually

  10. I do agree to most if not all the comments. Even if this is fiction it does tell us something about life and how we live it. Death brings changes and so forth. In any case, can not wait to session 4…

  11. You don’t count how many died, but rather who is left alive to die later, bring it on, brilliant series, more blood and guts please, if you don’t like it go watch children’s programs, no sex and death in those.

  12. The comments on here are absolutely ignorant. I read all the books thusfar written after the end of last season. I am absolutely blown away at the depth of the story Martin tells; and anyone put off by all the deaths, you have been brainwashed to think a good character warrants guaranteed safety. Poorly written and feeble minded story telling is to blame for your minute view of the possible. Martin’s story doesn’t leave loose ends, every action has a reaction, whether it’s a few chapters later, or thousands of pages, whether it’s in the same room or half way across the GoT universe, everything is carefully calculated and brilliantly planned by Martin. That’s probably why he takes half a decade to write each book. By the time this show ends it will likely have to of gone 8 seasons and will be the kind of crowning achievement for HBO that Breaking Bad was for AMC. Don’t let the poor judgement of your TV conscience get in the way of enjoying all of this unfold. I implore you.

  13. So far enjoying this series immensely… Been thinking of reading the books, now more than ever I want to. Honestly I was hooked at the end of episode 1 s1… I just had to know if he lived after his push from the tower or not… As a parent of young kids I was horrified. I had heard ramblings about ‘not getting attached to a character because so many die’… I was glad to see so far he still lives.
    It probably helps that I love medieval themes and dragons to boot…. Bring on season 4!