‘Game Of Thrones’ Season 4 Premiere Date: When Will The George R.R. Martin-Inspired Series Return To HBO?

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"Game of Thrones" will return to HBO in the Spring of 2014. Tumblr

While I have been loving "Breaking Bad" recently and am genuinely thrilled that "Homeland" will return for Season 3, I feel like something is missing in my life, and of course it's "Game of Thrones." I can't ever really enjoy watching a show if there aren't fire breathing dragons or walking snow creatures, but really can anyone?  And now that I've finished "A Dance With Dragons" by George R.R. Martin, I am lost without my daily dose of Westeros. So all that's left to do is talk about how excited I am for "Game of Thrones" Season 4 to premiere on HBO. So when will Season 4 actually premiere on HBO? Luckily for you we have done some research, and have reached a conclusion about the release date.

"Game of Thrones" Season 4 may premiere on May 18, 2014. I know you think we are just picking this date out of thin air, and in some ways we are, but I live and breath this series, so let me tell you why I have picked this specific Sunday.  Season 1 premiered on April 17, 2011, Season 2 kicked off on April 1, 2012 and Season 3 started on March 31, 2013. Show runners, David Benoiff and D.B. Weiss are still currently filming Season 4 and with the plot twists that are coming our way this season is going to be bigger and badder than any we have ever seen.

Take Daenerys' storyline for example. In the upcoming season, her dragons will be even bigger and she is in a new land with new people protected by her army of 8,000 Unsullied. Not only is the filming of her storyline a long and in-depth process, but also the special effects and CGI-inclusion in postproduction must be grueling. And let's not forget, that's just one character in the largest ensemble cast in TV history. So by simply considering the numerous storylines and how deep they go, I am ruling out a March release. Simply, it's just too soon, "Game of Thrones" will need all the time they can get to finish the monstrous fourth season.

I would love to say that Season 4 would premiere between March and April like its past seasons, but I don't think it's all too likely. There is simply too much to do, such as more casting and re-casting than ever before, and let's not forget new locations. In the first season of "Game of Thrones" there were four shooting locations, similarly for Season 4 -- scenes have been shot in Iceland, Northern Ireland, Croatia and Morocco. But what differs this time is the scale of the productions; in Iceland alone the production consisted of more than 200 people, including extras, according to Snorri Þórisson, CEO of movie production company Pegasus, which assists HBO in Iceland. Let's also not forget that these are just the confirmed shooting locations, filming is still ensuing.

Another reason for my May 18 premiere date belief is that George R.R. Martin is a man of careful planning and slow moving. In 2014 he will celebrate the 18-year anniversary of the release of "Game of Thrones," the first installment in his legendary "A Song of Fire and Ice" series. George R.R. Martin is incredibly involved in the production of the HBO series, and Benoiff and Weiss are huge Martin fans. So perhaps the fourth season's premiere date will pay homage to his amazing works. 


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Donovan Longo

Donovan Longo, staff reporter, joined the Latin Times team in February 2013 and has quickly become our resident pop culture expert. As a native New Yorker and Fordham University alumni, Donovan has always had her finger on the cultural pulse and is here to get you in the know.  As a follower of Donovan’s writing you will undoubtedly win a game of thrones, survive a zombie apocalypse, fall in love with a vampire and outsmart the CIA.