Game of Thrones, HBO’s hit medieval-fantasy series, just wrapped up its third season of bloodshed and continued hope for peace in the seven realms on Sunday. Enthusiastic viewers are already looking forward to the premiere of the show’s fourth season.

So when will the much-anticipated season 4 kick off? Although no reports have confirmed an official start date, it’s speculated that the next season of Game of Thrones will commence around the same time as seasons past – late March, early April – of 2014.

The fourth season, which will pick up where season 3 left off in the third book of George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Fire and Ice series, will begin filming in July. Showrunners David Benioff and D. B. Weiss confirmed the filming start date as July 8 in a recent interview with KCRW UpClose.

"Right now we're writing Season 4," Benioff and Weiss explained. "We start shooting July 8, and we have to have all 10 scripts ready before we start shooting, because we crossboard the entire season. So, scenes from the final episode might be shot the first week of production. And then we finish shooting, we go straight unto post-production, and also outlining the coming season."


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Three new characters for Game of Thrones season four, as confirmed by the Storm of Swords author, will be Wildling leader Magnar of Thenn, Margaery’s unimpressive father Mace Tyrell and the Red Viper Oberyn Martell. Since Oberlyn will definitely be seen in season four of Game of Thrones, it’s been rumored that Ellaria Sand, Oberlyn’s lover, will also join the cast of characters.

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