'Game of Thrones' season 4: A new (long!) promo clip peeks at new episodes

'Game of Thrones' season 4 will 'top' such shocking moments from season 3 as the Red Wedding, said actor Peter Dinklage. 'Game of Thrones' season 4 debuts on April 6.

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'Game of Thrones' stars Emilia Clarke.

Game of Thrones” fans, your morning is about to get a little better.

HBO has delivered a 15-minute behind-the-scenes look at the fourth season of the show, with new footage as well as extensive interviews with the cast and crew.

The new clip begins with footage of the fourth season (some of which was seen already in a trailer for the show) and then segues into interviews with many of the cast members as well as executive producer, director, and writer David Benioff, with the network using questions from fans sent via Twitter.

(Beware: spoilers for seasons one through three follow.)

Some cast members share their reaction to the Red Wedding episode from the previous season, which included several shocking character deaths. 

“I knew it was coming, and it ripped me up inside,” actress Gwendoline Christie, who portrays female warrior Brienne, said of the sequence.

Actor Peter Dinklage, who portrays schemer Tyrion Lannister, noted, “I know how important the Red Wedding is to so many fans of the show and the books, but we pick up the pieces and top it in many ways.”

Dinklage and others noted that this season is a difficult one for Tyrion. As he falls from favor, his close relationship with his brother Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), a positive one in contrast to those with his father and sister, will get more screen time.

“He helps Tyrion a great deal this season,” Dinklage said of Jaime.

Actors also discussed how new character Oberyn Martell (Pedro Pascal), a member of the ruling house of the country of Dorn who arrives for King Joffrey’s wedding (another major event, says the cast and crew), will be important to the story.

“I think Oberyn’s feelings for the Lannisters go beyond disdain and into hatred,” Benioff said.

Meanwhile, Daenerys’s struggle this season will be to maintain control over the cities she liberated, said actress Emilia Clarke, who portrays the queen hopeful.

“It’s all well and good going in and cutting the tie and seemingly breaking people free, but if you don’t leave them with any kind of a structure or any kind of a commander who shares the same morals and views of the person who liberated them, then it’s a free-for-all,” Clarke said.

Jon Snow (portrayed by actor Kit Harrington), a member of the military group the Night’s Watch, will struggle with his actions from the past season, said Harington.

“He’s in a very bad place … not only breaking his vows to the Night’s Watch but breaking his vows to [love interest Ygritte],” he said. “But he has to make good.”

In addition, the actors shared some of the less serious moments that take place behind the scenes.

“Nikolaj and I tried to do a dance number walking down the steps of the court,” Dinklage said. “But the crew was really tired. I don’t think they responded.”

Check out the mammoth full preview. The fourth season of “Thrones” debuts April 6.

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