Game of Thrones, the hit HBO fantasy series, starts its fourth season on April 6 on the pay cable network, and HBO is getting the show’s ardent fans in the proper frame of mind with a series of teaser videos.
The latest video hit the web January 19, and while the mini-documentary, which you can view above, is only 90 seconds long it gives fans a good idea of the massive effort it takes to produce the epic show.
Titled Game of Thrones: On the Set, the video drops a few hints about the upcoming Season Four, but mainly focuses on how the cast and crew pull off the feat of filming 600 pages of script over more than 180 days in four different countries, with two shoots happening simultaneously.
Just as a point of comparison, a typical feature film has a script of between 90 and 120 pages and might take between 60 and 90 days to film.
The new Game of Thrones video reveals that HBO used six different directors to complete the season’s 10 episodes, CinemaBlend reports. Peter Dinklage, the American actor who portrays fan favorite character Tyrion Lannister, gets plenty of face time in the video.
Dinklage says that he considers the writing for the Season Four episodes the best of the series so far — and hints that even readers of the books in the series A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin, on which Game of Thrones is based, will be in for some new shocks.
“You don’t have it figured out like you think you do,” Dinklage warns viewers.
According to the entertainment site ScreenRant, while the first three Game of Thrones seasons followed Martin’s books faithfully for the most part and depicted the events of the novels more or less in their original order, the new season takes a whole different turn.
Season Four of Game of Thrones is said to take considerable liberties with the plotline described Martin’s third novel in the series, A Storm of Swords. Season Three followed events up to about the midway point of that book.
But Season Four will not only jump ahead to the fourth book, A Feast For Crows, but is expected to incorporate elements from the fifth Game of Thrones novel as well, A Dance With Dragons.
The series takes its title from the first novel, A Game of Thrones, but producers evidently did not share Martin’s fondness for the indefinite article.