‘Game of Thrones’ Season 4 Set Video: ‘It Is Madness!’

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Season 4 of HBO’s hit fantasy series Game of Thrones will return in less than three months, and as the premiere approaches, the promotional material has been released at a steady clip. On the heels of several very brief snippets of footage, season 4′s first full-length trailer promised more of the intrigue, drama and action we’ve come to expect from the troubles in Westeros.

The first three seasons have more or less followed the plot of the source material, George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire books, albeit with plenty of character composites and story streamlining – many of which are decided improvements. Season 4 will mark a big departure from the books, however, and will incorporate elements of the fifth book, “A Dance With Dragons,” along with book four, “A Feast For Crows.”

Now, HBO has unveiled a behind the scenes look at the making of Season 4, which is a massive undertaking indeed. Check out the video above. As production designer Deborah Riley says:

“Not only do you have nearly 600 script pages, but you’ve got six different directors and five different DPs. And you’ve got nineteen weeks of shoots using two parallel units. It is madness!”

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Pedro Pascal as Oberyn Martell of Dorne

Despite the scale of this production – filmed in four countries over 180 days of shooting – it remains, in the words of Iain Glenn (Jorah Mormont), “A brilliantly well-oiled machine.”

The video contains some very tantalizing glimpses of some of next season’s key moments. Those who have read the books will be able to recognize them, but we wouldn’t dream of spoiling them here. This brief look may be less than two minutes long, but still feels remarkably generous. Watch closely and you’ll catch a glimpse of new cast member Pedro Pascal (as “The Red Viper of Dorne”) joining Lord Tywin (Charles Dance) at court, the Red Viper’s duel with Gregor “The Mountain Who Rides” Clegane (Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson), a night-time shoot of what appears to be an army of wildlings on the attack, and a momentary look at “The Purple Wedding.”

The stars of the show praise this next season, with Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister) calling the scripts for this season his favorite, by far. Dinklage says this is true for all the characters’ stories, not just his. According to Dinklage: “You don’t have it figured out, and you think you do.”

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As Kit Harrington (Jon Snow) has promised, season 4 will see a whole lot of characters die, and without getting into spoilery specifics, the aftermath of “The Red Wedding” sees some of the major characters making many bold, game-changing decisions which forever alter the landscape of power in this universe.

Showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have consistently proven that their love of Martin’s books and sharp story instincts have resulted in three seasons of a show which has crystallized the themes of the books into lean and powerful television. We eagerly await the changes they have made to the storyline, and the promise of surprises for even long-time readers of A Song of Ice and Fire.

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Game of Thrones Season 4 returns April 6th, 2014 on HBO. 

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  1. WOOOOOHOOO yeah dude, this is gunna be mathmatical!

  2. Can’t wait! The only hope is that they don’t change too many things. I mean if they could adapt the books for the previous seasons (without really changing a lot — they did change many things but not that many), then this shouldn’t require them to change a whole lot.
    BUT, as long as the story stays true to the characters, any changes will still be accepted.

  3. I’m just waiting for Arya to become a dammed kick-ass assassin already

  4. Any word on how far Martin is along with the new Books ?
    We are running out of time here I guess !

    • the Actor who plays Davos in a interview a while back said George told him he was in the middle of writing the next book, and more recently the guy who reads the Audiobooks said that George had another one “almost along the way.” Of course, Martin himself has started to really emphasize in interviews that he’s a “slow writer” and that fans need to be patient with him, and apparently his foreign publishers have started to suggest a 2016 release. (I can find no real source for that, just something I keep hearing)so its unclear exactly how far along he actually is. He said a long time ago when he had just started writing the next one that he would be more reluncant about providing writing updates this time around, to avoid the anger that came when he kept saying book 5 was close but its realease kept being delayed. At this point, the book could come out as early as winter this year or as late as 2017 for all we know.

  5. I cannot wait for this season, and at the same time I dread it. SOOOOOOOOOO much is going to happen this season but it’s probably going to be the climax of the series in terms of plot development.