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Desire, ice, and fire: Game Of Thrones returns for 4th season

Published on Mar 29, 2014 6:22 AM
Stills from Season 4 of the acclaimed and popular HBO drama Game Of Thrones. -- PHOTO: HBO ASIA

NEW YORK (REUTERS) - Mystical ice creatures, fire-breathing dragons, and the people caught in between return to the small screen come April 6, when HBO's Game Of Thrones unsheathes a fourth season that could see it crowned as the cable network's most watched series in history.

The mediaeval fantasy drama's fan base has grown substantially over its first three seasons, with sizable followings among both men and women, thanks to its wrenching interpersonal relationships, complex plotting, and, being HBO, plenty of sex and violence.

The show is based on the A Song Of Ice And Fire series of novels by George R.R. Martin, of which five of an expected seven have been published. It takes place in the fictional world of Westeros, following more than two dozen regular characters amid a war for dominion between noble houses.

In addition to the squabbling between regions and families, the characters also face external threats, including dragons and the "White Walkers", nearly unkillable creatures from the far northern part of the world who can animate the dead.

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