The cast of Game of Thrones can be seen on the cover of the latest issue Vanity Fair in advance of the show's fourth season, premiering in less than a month.
On the cover is Kit Harrington (Jon Snow), Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister), Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen), Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister) and Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister).
Vanity Fair also caught up with the show’s co-creator, David Benioff. They discussed how the television series is catching up with George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series of books that are their source material. Benioff said, “They are. Yes. It’s alarming.”
However, Benioff said this is something he has discussed with Martin himself, saying, “Last year we went out to Santa Fe for a week to sit down with him [Martin] and just talk through where things are going, because we don’t know if we are going to catch up and where exactly that would be. If you know the ending, then you can lay the groundwork for it. And so we want to know how everything ends. We want to be able to set things up. So we just sat down with him and literally went through every character.”
Of course, Martin can only give them so much, as writing is an organic process, and Martin still holds hope that the television series will never actually progress ahead of his books. Martin told Vanity Fair, “I can give them the broad strokes of what I intend to write, but the details aren’t there yet. I’m hopeful that I can not let them catch up with me.”
In Game of Thrones Season 4, Encouraged by the Red Wedding slaughter in the Riverlands that wiped out many of their Stark nemeses, the Lannisters’ hold on the Iron Throne remains intact … but can they survive their own egos, as well as new and ongoing threats from the south, north and east? While an unbowed Stannis Baratheon continues to rebuild his army in Dragonstone, a more immediate danger comes from the south, as Oberyn Martell, the Lannister-loathing “Red Viper of Dorne,” arrives at King’s Landing to attend Joffrey’s wedding to Margaery Tyrell, and perhaps act on an ulterior agenda. In the north, a depleted Night’s Watch seems overmatched against the inexorable Wall advances of Mance Rayder’s army of wildlings, which in turn is being trailed by an even more formidable foe: the undead White Walkers. As if that weren’t enough, Daenerys Targaryen, accompanied by her menacing trio of dragons and army of Unsullied, is poised to liberate Meereen, the largest city in Slaver’s Bay, which could ultimately provide her with enough ships to sail to Westeros and reclaim the Iron Throne.
Game of Thrones Season 4 premieres on HBO April 6, 2014.