'Game of Thrones' Preview of Preview Footage Hits Web [Video]

Game of Thrones fanatics got a tantalizing treat this weekend from the American pay cable network HBO, which airs the hit fantasy drama in the US. The network released 30 seconds of footage from the upcoming fourth season of the show via the social media video site, Vine.

Check out all five Game of Thrones Vine videos below. Vine allows users to upload videos of no more than six seconds each, so the curious among us that are looking for hints as to what's going to take place in the eagerly awaited Season 4 will have to watch closely.

However, the five Vine videos are taken from the first official preview trailer for Game of Thrones Season 4, which is scheduled to air tonight, January 12, at 8:58 pm Eastern Time on HBO. The trailer will lead into the debut of HBO's grim crime drama True Detective, starring Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey. But Game of Thrones fans are likely to miss that show, as they watch their DVR recordings of the trailer over and over again.

As for the actual premiere of Game of Thrones Season 4 itself, well, devotees of the series waiting to dive back into the violent, magical world of Westeros, the fictional mediaeval kingdom whose "thrones" are the object of the "game," will just have to hold on a few more months, The Huffington Post reports.

The premiere of Game of Thrones Season 4 is set for April 6 on HBO. Fans in the United Kingdom must wait just one extra day. The show will air on Monday, April 7, there. The Sky Atlantic network will carry Game of Thrones in the UK, according to England's Daily Mirror newspaper.

The Vine videos give a glimpse of Tyrion Lannister, the "imp" played by American actor Peter Dinklage, in chains, looking worried. They also show plenty of sword fighting, so it seems unlikely that Game of Thrones fans will be disappointed in the upcoming season.

The TV drama is based on the popular series of fantasy novels A Song Of Ice And Fire by George R.R. Martin. The first book in the still-ongoing series is entitled A Game of Thrones. The TV version started there and took the name of that first book, dropping the indefinite article, and simply kept the same title throughout.

The plot line of the Game of Thrones TV series, however, has moved on to events depicted in Martin's third novel in the series, A Storm of Swords.