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.

Official pictures from the Gilmore Girls revival hint that Stars Hollow’s pride and joy went on to become a teacher. Tanc Sade’s Instagram suggests otherwise.

Rory Gilmore — high school English teacher or staff writer on The Stars Hollow Gazette? When the first official photos of the Gilmore Girls revival were released by TV Line, Rory Gilmore was shown standing at the front of a classroom with some chalkboard notes that seemed to indicate she was teaching high school English. And she wasn’t just any high school teacher, but a Chilton high school teacher.

GILMORE GIRLS
Source: TV Line

However, while promoting an upcoming charity fundraiser, Tanc Sade, everyone’s favorite Life and Death Brigade member, Finn, gave away that Rory Gilmore is an above the fold writer of the Stars Hollow Gazette. Sure it’s a long cry from covering the parking lot pavement of Chilton, but it does not strike us as the type of hard-hitting journalism that would satisfy a girl who hit the road to cover the Obama campaign at the close of the series. This issue, dated July 19, 2016, will appear sometime in the “Summer” installment of the four-part series.


Whose to say that Rory Gilmore can’t juggle two careers at once? She was, after all, the Editor in Chief of The Yale Daily News and a star student who graduated on time after taking a semester off to have a breakdown. Maybe her staff writing position is just a hobby.

This is not the first inside look into the Gilmore Girls reunion that Sade has provided. One quick browse through his Instagram and you will be treated to tons of behind the scenes goodies! Here are some of our favorites.

A Gilmore and her LDB boys


LUKES LIVES


They’ve come a long way from moving Rory out


Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life arrives on Netflix soon.

Twitter announces slew of changes to give you more room to tweet, get noticed

You'll also be allowed to retweet yourself. Umm...

11:15 am EDT, May 24, 2016

Twitter has confirmed that they’ll be making a few changes to let you fit more in a single tweet. Changes to retweeting and chatting with a user are also in the pipeline.

Earlier this month we told you Twitter would stop counting photos and links as part of the 140 character limit, but it looks like the social network is taking things a step further. Not only will URLs and photos no longer be a part of the character count, but they will also stop counting usernames.

Here’s Twitter’s full breakdown of the upcoming changes:

– Replies: When replying to a Tweet, @names will no longer count toward the 140-character count. This will make having conversations on Twitter easier and more straightforward, no more penny-pinching your words to ensure they reach the whole group.

– Media attachments: When you add attachments like photos, GIFs, videos, polls, or Quote Tweets, that media will no longer count as characters within your Tweet. More room for words!

– Retweet and Quote Tweet yourself: We’ll be enabling the Retweet button on your own Tweets, so you can easily Retweet or Quote Tweet yourself when you want to share a new reflection or feel like a really good one went unnoticed.

– Goodbye, .@: These changes will help simplify the rules around Tweets that start with a username. New Tweets that begin with a username will reach all your followers. (That means you’ll no longer have to use the ”.@” convention, which people currently use to broadcast Tweets broadly.) If you want a reply to be seen by all your followers, you will be able to Retweet it to signal that you intend for it to be viewed more broadly.

One or two of these additions may be controversial. For example, giving people the option to retweet themselves if “a really good one went unnoticed” sounds like a cheap solution to fix the issue of tweets not getting noticed. Why should it be upon the user to do something to get the tweet noticed? It’ll look obnoxious if we’re retweeting ourselves — it’s the equivalent of asking aloud, “Hey, did anyone just hear my excellent thought?” even when everyone heard it but purposely ignored it.

Twitter isn’t ready to launch these changes today because they want to give developers time to prepare. This way, third party apps like Tweetbot (It’s great — there are no ads in it!) will be ready to support Twitter’s new rules right at the start of the official launch. Expect to see these features in a few months.

Sadly, we’re still waiting for Twitter to launch an “edit” button. It sucks to be unable to fx a mistake.

James Corden invited the now world famous Chewbacca Mom onto The Late Late Show for some sh**s and giggles.

Ah, Chewbacca Mom. A literal ray of sunshine whose viral video is sure to put a smile on your face. Proof that even the simplest materialistic things can bring us joy if we have the right outlook on life.

A small, simple video… and now a national sensation to the point you can’t escape that Chewie mask anywhere. Talk about oversaturation!

For those not yet burdened by the cynicism of age and the Internet, her overnight fame means that there are plenty of new ways to laugh with Chewbacca Mom — the best of which were provided by James Corden Monday night on the Late Late Show.

Corden, in a video reminiscent of his Carpool Karaokes, invited Chewbacca Mom (real name Candace Payne) and her daughter to drive around with him, with humorous results:

Chewbacca Mom does a flawless impersonation of herself as she participates in the spoof, and then suddenly, J.J. Abrams appears to add his support of the mask’s authenticity.

It ends with them all wearing masks and laughing hysterically. (Are there… fumes in these masks?)

Anyway, if you want even more Chewbacca Mom, check out another video of her on Corden’s show:

Did you find it as hilarious as James Corden does?

Kohl’s, which is selling Chewbacca masks like hot cakes since this went viral, has a lot to thank Chewbacca Mom for. And they’ve been showing their appreciation with extra Star Wars-related merch for her and her family. Now we’re just waiting for the inevitable reality series.