Game of Thrones Ice and Fire: A Foreshadowing aired tonight on HBO, treating fans to an in-depth look at the upcoming drama in season 4.

Though the premiere of Game of Thrones season 4 is still several months away, HBO is sparing no effort in making sure that the fanbase is good and ready for the upcoming season.

To that end, the network aired a 15-minute promotional featurette tonight titled Game of Thrones Ice and Fire: A Foreshadowing. The new video is the longest look at Game of Thrones season 4 that has been released so far, going behind the scenes of the series and offering an in-depth glimpse at the exciting – and potentially heartbreaking – events in the medieval fantasy series.

In addition to new footage and clips from the elaborate production process, Game of Thrones Ice and Fire: A Foreshadowing featured many members of the cast answering questions from fans. New characters – such as the fiery Oberyn Martell, Prince of Dorne – were introduced, and the 15-minute video also made no secret of the hardships that lie in wait for many beloved characters in Game of Thrones season 4.

Game of Thrones is, of course, based on the bestselling fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin. The show’s fourth season will represent the first that the television adaptation will break away from the one-book-per-season model it has generally followed until now.

Game of Thrones season 4 will largely cover the second half of A Storm of Swords, which offers no shortage of material, especially in the politically-charged setting of King’s Landing. Elements of the fourth and fifth books (A Feast for Crows and A Dance with Dragons) may also be incorporated into Game of Thrones season 4.

For a further look at what your favorite (and least-favorite) characters will be up to, check out the beautiful new stills and the heart-pounding trailer recently released for Game of Thrones season 4.

Game of Thrones season 4 will premiere in its established slot on April 6, at 9:00 p.m. on HBO.

What did you think of ‘Game of Thrones Ice and Fire: A Foreshadowing’?

Edited by Karen Rought