"Game of Thrones" season 4 premiere news time, folks. I haven't said that one in a while! Well, don't worry: I come bringing good news. HBO has officially confirmed that the next season will indeed début as expected: next Spring 2014 (UPDATE: March 2014). That's not surprising, since the show is cast, filming right now in various and sundry European countries and the next book and the DVD are theoretically coming out next year (UPDATE: The DVD is coming out on February 18, 2014. "Winds of Winter" is still set for 2014 or when it's done).
HBO officially confirmed the "Game of Thrones" season 4 premiere date a little while back, at San Diego Comic-Con 2013, but we weren't paying attention because crazy diva George R. R. Martin was busy breaking guitars and possibly spoiling "Winds of Winter," which is definitely coming out in 2014 unless it doesn't, which it won't. Regardless, HBO made the news official: Spring 2014, rain or shine, for the return to Westeros.
We had basically figured out the "Game of Thrones" season 4 release date anyway. Certain Lannister heads-of-households spilled the beans right around the Red Wedding. Also, we know how to add, and also, every season has started in late winter or early spring. But hey, now it's official. We can start buying things off the registry now (for Joffrey's wedding).
The "Game of Thrones" season 4 premiere was also hinted at by David Benioff, the executive producer with the second best beard (after GRRM). His statement in EW was also one of the most substantive things we've heard about the season so far:
It's the toughest production schedule we've ever had. We got more action, which is obviously more time consuming. It's a brutal shooting season ahead. But if we can make it through, yeah, I think it's going to surpass season three. The last 3 episodes, there's so many scenes we've been waiting for so long to do. And it just gets more and more fun to write for these characters. After three years of doing it, we have that much more comfort to make everything uncomfortable for them. We're very excited for it. Season five gives me nightmares, but [not season four].
Don't get too excited, though: "Game of Thrones" season 5 isn't greenlit yet (but it will be). In the meantime, guess you'll just have to enjoy crazy things like the upcoming battle on the Wall and the thing that happens when Daenerys either does or does not get back to Westeros and finding out whether or not Arya gets revenge on the Lannisters for you know what. As Peter Dinklage said, these are the best scripts yet. That's because, along with season 3, this is the best part of the whole series. It's the best book. "Game of Thrones" season 4 doesn't have the Red Wedding in it, but it has... other things.
As for what the heck you're going to do until the "Game of Thrones" season 4 premiere in Spring 2014, well, the DVDs aren't going to be out for a long time, so I guess just freeze yourself or something.