Charles Dance accidentally confirms Game Of Thrones season 4

News Louisa Mellor
4 Mar 2013 - 06:15

Promoting the Game Of Thrones season 2 DVD, Charles Dance let slip that the scripts may be written for the as-yet unconfirmed season four…

Thanks to the complex system of whispers, nods and embargoes through which the entertainment press functions, we’re often forced to collude in shared delusions. No, that actor hasn’t left a show under a cloud (we’re saying nothing), no, those classic monsters won’t be turning up in Doctor Who (at least, until the press release announces it), and yes, that programme may well make it to another series (even though it was cancelled before episode one aired).

One such folie à plusieurs is the non-existence of Game Of Thrones’ fourth season, which, we’re compelled to remind you, has not yet been confirmed by HBO.

Got that? Officially, as the situation stands, Game Of Thrones still might not continue to a fourth season. HBO hasn’t announced that it will, which means it definitely isn’t the case that of course it absolutely bloody well will and everyone knows it. Just to be completely clear, the most successful, expensive, hyped, and critically acclaimed fantasy drama there is, which has the source material to endure indefinitely and enough die-hard fans to outnumber all the slaves in Astapor, might not be commissioned for a fourth season. We just don’t know. It hasn’t been confirmed.

Except that now, thanks to the wonderful Charles Dance, it sort of has.

On the press circuit for the season two DVD release, Dance, who plays Game Of Thrones’ villainous patriarch Tywin Lannister, revealed that he’s off to film the fourth season later this year, with six of the scripts he’ll be working from seemingly already written.

Sandwiched between heart-felt praise for the talents of writer/director duo DB Weiss and David Benioff were these words from Mr Dance:

We’re about to start season four aren’t we? This year. We get scripts pretty early on, much earlier on than in similar series, usually you get perhaps one episode and you just have to trust that what’s going to come in subsequent episodes is going to be as good as the one you’ve got, but in this I think there are six scripts already written, and we will probably be able to see them with more than adequate time to prepare before we start shooting.

Entertainingly, as soon as the words "season four" left Charles Dance's mouth, the panel moderator signalled his panic with a few swift knocks to the table top, a message Dance happily talked though. At the end of the junket, a representative from HBO came in to remind us all of the fact that season four has not been officially green-lit.

Those six scripts? They don’t exist. We hope that's clear.

Game Of Thrones season two is available to buy on DVD and Blu-Ray in the UK as of today, Monday the 4th of March.

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