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Marathon and online guide heralds 'Game of Thrones' return to HBO

Dragon on Game of Thrones on HBO
Dragon on Game of Thrones on HBO

HBO is welcoming the eagerly awaited premiere of hit "Game of Thrones" fourth season with a 60 hour marathon of the three previous seasons, according to a media announcement emailed on April 1, 2014. The "Game of Thrones" marathon begins on Friday, April 4 (9 a.m. ET/PT) on HBO2. In addition, is launching the new "Game of Thrones Viewer's Guide," an online companion guide to the hit series.

GAME OF THRONES season 4: Emilia Clarke with dragon.

HBO gives audiences the best way to catch up on the hit fantasy series when the show takes over HBO2 for a weekend-long marathon that will allow fans and newcomers alike to watch all three previous seasons consecutively

HBO2 will reign when all three previous seasons (10 episodes each) of the epic series are played back-to-back, twice, for 60 straight hours. The final play of Season 3, episode 10, will end at on Sunday, April 6 at 9 p.m. ET/PT, just in time for the Season 4 premiere on the HBO main channel at 9 p.m. ET/PT. will launch the all-new Game of Thrones Viewer’s Guide, the ultimate online companion – delivering exclusive content for every episode of the series, now on every platform including tablet and mobile. The viewer's guide features all-new interactive maps of Westeros and Essos, with three levels of zoom, along with character bios from every season, an up-to-date “Guide to the Houses” and shareable episodic content.

The “Inside the Episode” feature on the viewer's guide features series creators/executive producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. “Interviews” with cast members provides reactions to pivotal moments in the season’s arc, with context from author George R.R. Martin. Video featurettes that allow the "Game of Thrones" crew to pull back the curtain on how the show’s look and mood is achieved, with intricate details and photography from the set, including costumes, locations, props and armor.

"Game of Thrones" based on the popular book series “A Song of Ice and Fire,” by George R.R. Martin The Emmy and Golden Globe-winning fantasy drama is an epic series whose storylines of treachery and nobility, family and honor, ambition and love, and death and survival, have captured the imagination of fans globally and made it one of the most popular shows on television.

Returning series cast regulars on "Game of Thones" include: Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister), Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister), Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister), Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen), Charles Dance (Tywin Lannister), Aidan Gillen (Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish), Jack Gleeson (Joffrey Baratheon), Kit Harington (Jon Snow), Diana Rigg (Lady Olenna Tyrell), Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark), Maisie Williams (Arya Stark) and Isaac Hempstead Wright (Bran Stark).