"Game of Thrones" season 4 premiere news time. Is it starting to feel like it's been a while? That's because it has been a while. "Game of Thrones" season 3 ended approximately four hundred years or months ago. And it's not coming back for a long time, or a reasonable amount of time. And when it does, it's going to be very, very different. From the books, and from the show, because hey... not many Starks left, amirite?
The "Game of Thrones" season 4 premiere is set for an unspecific Spring 2014, with evidence pointing contrariwise to April or mid-May. Definitely the spring, either way. And we don't even get to enjoy the "Game of Thrones" season 3 Blu-Ray & DVD, because that doesn't come out until February 18, 2014. So we really just have to tool around for a while and wait - there's no more video vision of Westeros for us until 2014.
But in the meantime, get ready: "Game of Thrones" season 4 to be different... from the books. If you don't care about the books, fine. If, like me, you do, then tough bananas. We're getting some big changes. Some from necessity: changes they've made in the past that are now catching up to them. Some budgetary. Some, worst of all, editorial.
The news of the "Game of Thrones" season 4 premiere changes came from an unusual source: an actor on the show. They're normally rather tight-lipped, except for the emblematic, enigmatic Charles Dance. Ah, but not this day: this day we fight. Jerome Flynn, the actor who plays Tyrion's not terribly loyal sellsword Bronn, spilled some beans. Minor spoilers below.
Here are some of the "Game of Thrones" season 4 spoilers we know so far, from Bronn or otherwise: Bronn almost injured someone (in real life) during a fight scene, but in the books Bronn doesn't really have any more fight scenes; he's retired from that kind of life. So there's an extra Bronn fight scene in there. That's okay, that's minor, and we all like Bronn.
But the absence of the Tyrell brothers is starting to cause problems in "Game of Thrones" season 4. That doesn't seem like a problem, but, according to George R. R. Martin himself, it is. Loras, in reality - erm, "reality" - has two older brothers, the semi-useless Garlan and the crippled Willas, to whom Sansa was engaged prior to Tyrion. Both have played only offscreen roles until now in the books, but aren't in the show at all, and won't be. That's going to start causing continuity problems.
Other problems in the "Game of Thrones" season 4 are more minor. There will be certain... changes in Littlefinger's arc, based on certain actions taken by King Joffrey, First of His Name, in certain prior seasons involving certain singers. New singers will most likely need to be invented. And other characters will also need to be invented so they can be burned at the stake by take a wild guess.
If all those "Game of Thrones" season 4 spoilers sound relatively minor, it's because they are - the keyword being relatively. They are an influence, but a minor influence.