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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’?

  • Elphaba Thropp

    They said foreshadowing, but alas, I did not get a glimpse of a certain goblet that I was hoping to see ;)

    • Curt Shannon

      Or a certain “corpse?”

    • Callum

      The Rains of Castamere plays during the scene you were hoping that goblet would appear if you listen closely throughout the descriptions.

    • Leona Laurie

      I read somewhere that they had filmed the wedding. I don’t know how they could delay it any further!

      • Elphaba Thropp

        Scenes of the wedding are in there, I just wanted a little more wink-wink, nudge-nudge!

  • FannyMcNee

    Wow, that was phenomenal!! Gwendoline Christie (Brienne) is so giddy throughout, you can tell she really loves the series.

  • Caroline J.


    • Torwynd

      It has to be a vision or a flashback. Maybe Bran with the the 3 eyed raven seeing the past or something like that. They aren’t going to change the story THAT much I would hope.

      • asdf

        That might be spoiler for some people!

        • Patrick Northcraft

          Oh it’s not a spoiler at this point, the book has been out for ages!

          • Torwynd

            Exactly, I’m not tiptoeing around content that’s has been out for 10 years because somebody is slow. I would try not to deliberately spoil stuff but that is not really a spoiler anyway. Read the books.

      • Jesse

        I hope they change the story. They are at the end of the last good book.

        • Torwynd

          That is BS. Book 4 was good in it’s own way and necessary to developing Arya, Euron, Cersei, and Victarion’s story lines and I quite enjoyed it. Also book 5 is almost as good as book 3. Def a close second IMO. It’s a story that is massive in scope and of course there are some people who will find a lot of heavy handed plot development and back story a little slow. I absolutely love as much back story as I can get. I cant wait until the Ice and Fire history book comes out as well as more Dunk and Egg.

    • CliveRogan

      My guess would be it’s some wedding celebration thing like Gandalf’s dragon in LOTR, or a dream but they seem to not be bothering with adapting a lot of the dream stuff.

  • ForFrodo

    i’m losing my mind over how awesome and enormous Drogon looks. That was amazing!

  • Kynji Valentine

    Magnificent. I can hardly wait. #AryaFanatic

  • Shelly

    Amazing. I have chills right now. Can’t wait for the season to start!!

  • Silent Earth

    Oberyn Martell is not the prince of Dorne. That would be Doran, Oberyn’s elder brother.

    • Michal

      He is not the prince of Dorne, but he is a prince of Dorne.

  • ISeenItAll

    So excited for the season to start! Read all the books, and love that the characters in the series are matched so well as to what you imagined from the books. I seriously can’t wait for it begin but hate that it will be over…………

  • Hannah Smith

    So freakin excited for this season. I love the books so much. I love watching things be translated from books to movies/tv. (even when they screw it up and I want to put my foot through the screen)

  • Luke Burston

    Can some one tell me what the screens that the crew were holding are for at around 13:37

    • guest

      Looked to me like they were the lighting crew, and were either trying to dim some sunlight that was falling on the actors or use the reflection of the sunlight to light them.

  • Jackie Trexler

    Can’t Wait.

  • ABrine

    The most interesting element of the footage shown was the forging of the two swords, because they never show it in the book, I’m interested in see it actualised, but it also makes me sad for yet another wound upon the Starks and the destruction of something ancient and whole to create something bastardised for the greed of another.

    • CliveRogan

      Oh! I wondered what that was but the rest of the video made me forget I’d seen it.

      It is sad, but some good does come of it, winding up being a slap in the face to the forgers.

      • ABrine

        Really, could you elaborate because I’m not seeing what you are.

        • CliveRogan

          Sorry, was trying to be vague to avoid spoilers for people. (so SPOILERS follow) The business with the swords is what leads Tyrion to knowing it was Joffrey who ordered the attack on Bran, Then One of the Swords is given to Brienne to help her find the Stark girls. So Tywin thought it’d be another wound to the Starks but Jamie turned it around so that it will (hopefully) help the Starks more than it could as Ice..

          • ABrine

            Ah now I get you.

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