It’s the year of Game of Thrones season 4, but what else does 2014 have to offer for eager fans of George R.R. Martin’s epic saga?

In 2013 we not only got the jaw-dropping Game of Thrones season 3, but several companion books were also released.

Notably, the novella The Princess and the Queen explored a new area of Targaryen backstory, going back even further than Martin’s Dunk & Egg books.

2014 is going to be a big year for fans of HBO’s Game of Thrones, and readers of George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire might be in for some fun stuff as well.

Here are five of the things we are most excited for this year:

5. Free ‘Game of Thrones’ screenings at George R.R. Martin’s private cinema

We’d probably put this higher on the list if it weren’t region-specific; luckily for the New Mexico residents and not-so-luckily for everyone else, Martin’s private cinema Jean Cocteau is located in Santa Fe.

One night each week starting this month, Martin will be presenting two episodes of Game of Thrones at a time, which will carry local fans through until the premiere of season 4.

While he has not confirmed the dates, Martin will also be appearing at some of these screenings himself, to sign books and answer audience questions. Find out more about this unique event here.

4. The new ‘Game of Thrones’ video game

The creators of the critically acclaimed The Walking Dead video game series announced last month that they are developing a similar game based on Game of Thrones, where players can join the fray in Westeros and try to lead their House to glory.

If the first season of the Walking Dead game is any indication, we can expect a lengthy, intricate game with a lot of hard choices for the player that will actually change the storyline as you play through the episodes. We can’t wait!

Of course, it might be a tad optimistic to expect Telltale Games to have this massive project completed and ready for public consumption in 2014, but we live in hope.

3. ‘The World of Ice and Fire’

This one’s for the proper hardcore A Song and of Ice and Fire fans. George R.R. Martin has been working hard over the last few years to compile what promises to be an epic, Silmarillon-style tome laying out the history of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros, with artwork by Ted Nasmith.

While we already know a lot about the Targaryens from previous companion books, this book promises to tell us everything we could ever want to know about most families, and aspects of the already gargantuan world Martin has created.

This must-have volume will be released on October 28, 2014, and is co-written by Linda Antonsson and Elio Garcia.

2. A ‘Winds of Winter’ release date?

We’re cheating, because there is no way to know whether this will be the year where we learn the release date of the sixth novel in the A Song of Ice and Fire saga, The Winds of Winter. But at this point, it’s a pretty good guess that we’ll get, if nothing else, a tentative suggestion.

The fifth book, A Dance With Dragons, was first announced to be released two years after A Feast for Crows, in 2007. Then the release date was pushed to 2008, then 2009, and finally, on March 3, 2011, Martin promised that the book would be out only a few months later. And this time it held true; Dance was published on July 12.

It was speculated for a while that Winds would be published in 2014, but it didn’t take long for fans and journalists alike to figure out that this was merely wishful thinking. Last year, Martin himself even admitted that he wished fans would stop pressuring him to write faster.

And while there has been some worrysome talk about what might happen if the HBO series catches up to the books, we’d like to think that Martin will take his time both with Winds and the (allegedly) final book in the saga, A Dream of Spring.

Still, we can’t help but hope that some time during this year, Martin will have an idea of what year Winds will be published, if nothing else. Any guesses?

1. ‘Game of Thrones’ season 4

Surprise! Not surprised? You shouldn’t be, because any Thrones fan would be a fool not to look forward to season 4!

After the epic, gruesome and heartbreaking season 3, non-book readers might be wondering how season 4 can possibly hold up – but readers are more excited than ever, and for a couple of really good reasons.

The non-spoiler reasons include the slew of talented new cast members, and the promise of big battles and an abundance of blood and gore.

No exact release date for Game of Thrones season 4 has yet been set, but we know it’s spring 2014, and an educated guess based on previous release dates would be Sunday, March 30 – we’ll let you know as soon as something has been confirmed!

We are also still waiting on a proper trailer, but for now, check out this very brief first look at Game of Thrones season 4:

Honourable mention: The Game of Thrones season 3 DVD/Blu-ray box set. While we have already seen all 10 episodes of the series, there is some cool bonus material to look forward to when the season is released on February 18.

What ‘Game of Thrones’ events are you most looking forward to in 2014?

Please note that we operate a no-spoiler policy at Hypable, and appreciate your consideration for the unsullied readers.

The film adaptation of Wicked is currently in production and Stephen Schwartz revealed at Comic Con that the film will feature plenty of new songs!

Warm up those vocal pipes and get your best “Defying Gravity” cape dry cleaned, the Wicked film is gearing up for production at long last! The Broadway hit, currently in its 13th year, has had audiences clamoring for a filmed production since Idina Menzel Kristin Chenoweth brought Elphba and Glinda to life. Now, that dream is becoming a reality, but probably not with the original cast.

At the CW3PR’s 8th Annual Behind-The-Music: Crime, Death and Resurrection Panel at Comic Con, Stephen Schwartz the man behind the music of Wicked appeared to announce that the film will feature songs both old and new. The “old” of course includes songs from the stage production such as “Defying Gravity,” “Popular,” and most likely, “One Fine Day.” But it also includes songs that were written and cut from the production before its Broadway opening.

Winnie Holzman will be writing the screenplay as she also wrote the book to the stage show based on Gregory Maguire’s novel. Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot) is attached to direct.

You can watch Schwartz’s announcement from the panel below!

Now its time to start some casting speculations! It is my hope that the casting director sticks with strong Broadway talent to carry the roles. The musical has enough of a following to garner a strong viewership, but it also wouldn’t hurt to throw Menzel and Chenoweth in for a cameo or two!

Wicked is expected to hit theaters in December 2019.

U! S! A! U! S! A! A new Fantastic Beasts poster debuting at San Diego Comic-Con has American pride peppered into the design, giving us a hint at the film’s plot.

The film’s official social media channels unveiled Fantastic Beasts’ SDCC poster on Friday morning, just a day before the movie hosts a panel at the conference with the cast and crew. Presumably these posters will be handed out on the show floor, and/or at the Fantastic Beasts event.

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There’s a lot to unpack in this poster, which features Newt and a brightly lit “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” sign.

Newt is looking over his shoulder in the middle, holding a wand in one hand and a suitcase (with a beast trying to get out!) in the other. Supporting characters Graves, Jacob, Queenie, and Tina appear in the wings. Also here: Our very first looks at two female characters. We believe the one in the bottom left is Mary Lou, played by Samantha Morton. The guy on the right is Credence played by Ezra Miller.

So what’s with the American flags? They’re not only to remind fans that the movie is set in New York — We believe they’re teasing an election of some sort. The last Fantastic Beasts trailer briefly depicted a political event (See a screenshot below). We’re guessing an election will be taking place over the course of the movie with possible ramifications for the well-being of the North American Wizarding World.

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Fantastic Beasts opens this November. Return to Hypable on Saturday to check out our coverage of everything that happens during the movie’s panel!

Have a round, or two, with Lin-Manuel Miranda when he steps in to tell the story of Alexander Hamilton on Drunk History.

Comedy Central is keeping Lin-Manuel Miranda connected to Hamilton for a little while longer by setting the scribe up on the next season of Drunk History to spin another verse about the founding father. The show will concentrate on the rivalry between Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton duel that resulted in SPOILER Hamilton’s death.

Hamilton was the first subject that the series took on in season one. With the rising success of the Broadway hit, fans clamored for Lin-Manuel Miranda to give Alexander Hamilton a reprise on the series.

Miranda is not throwing away his shot at telling another version of Hamilton’s decision to throw away his on the shores of New Jersey in 1804. Even though Miranda stepped away from the show on July 9, we expect to see him sticking close to the production for quite a while, especially as the show begins performances across the nation.

Miranda was not the only guest announced for Drunk History‘s fourth season. Joining him will be Aubrey Plaza, Ben Folds, Billie Joe Armstrong, Busy Phillips, Dave Grohl, Ed Helms, Elizabeth Olsen, Josh Charles, Mae Whitman, Michael Cera, Rachel Bilson, and Tony Hale, to name a few.

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Drunk History returns for its fourth season on Tuesday, Sept. 27 at 10:30 p.m. ET on Comedy Central.