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Reporting live from Westeros – I wish – here’s the latest news concerning the quest to rule the Seven Kingdoms and sit upon the Iron Throne. Daenerys Stormborn, or rather, Emilia Clarke has demanded of George R.R. Martin to know who the final victor will be come the end of A Song of Ice and Fire, the book series that spurred HBO‘s wildly successful Game of Thrones. Speaking with Metro News, Clarke said,

I’ve said to George ‘come on, tell me who wins, please!’ And he thinks I’m joking and I say, ‘no, no, I’m deadly serious! His lips are sealed. And I’m sure that David [Benioff] and Dan [Weiss] know but they don’t tell anyone –I’ve got them drunk and they still wouldn’t tell me.

I’ve been pleading with them, ‘tell me who wins!’ And they won’t say a word. They’re under lock and key! But I care passionately about what happens to Dany. How could I not?

I hear ya, girl. My money’s on Dany. I mean, come on, woman’s got dragons, how could she not win? We’ll continue to see Dany and her dragons as Game of Thrones is very likely continuing for a fourth season. It’s kind of a no brainer, Thrones is HBO’s most successful show, ever, why not keep it going? And we know Benioff and Weiss had already planned to split the events of the third book, A Storm of Swords, into two seasons. It’d be a crime to leave us hanging after what they’ve got planned for the third season. But if you’re looking for confirmation, Tywin Lannister, Charles Dance, said this during a press conference for Season 2’s release on DVD/Blu-ray,

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.

Which basically seals the deal, Game of Thrones will return for a fourth season, even if HBO hasn’t officially made a statement saying so. Would the Hand of the King lie?

No, but he doesn’t bat an eyelash at “kinky fuckery.” Here’s the venerable actor reading an excerpt from 50 Shades of Grey, in case you missed it,

Hit the jump for more Game of Thrones news, including “The Bear and the Maiden Fair”, an awesome interactive map from Direct TV, and look at this, it’s Cersei’s dream coming true,

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Courtesy of The FW comes an assortment of terrifying and terrific face swaps of featuring the Game of Thrones cast. Here Cersei gets to live out her dream of being the man – looking like a badass while she’s at it – and Jaime looking “lovely” with those long, flowing locks. Things get waaaaaay creepier at The FW, enjoy.

Last season, The National recorded a fantastic version of “The Rains of Castamere.” Eerie, somber, and a damn catchy tune, I love listening for when it shows up in an episode, usually signalling the Lannisters about to pwn. This year we’ll be getting another Westerosi tune, a bawdier, tavern song called “The Bear and the Maiden Fair” from indie-rock band, Hold Steady. The lyrics were written for A Storms of Swords, you can read ’em here, and series composer Ramin Djawadi has already written the music.

Benioff and Weiss tease what to expect,

This is one of the most popular songs in Westeros, beloved by nobles and commoners alike, sung at taverns and feasts and etc. We wanted our rendition to be bawdy and a little sloppy — drunken musicians getting up on the table and jamming while the rowdy party continues around them. There was no one better for the job than the Hold Steady, and the song they delivered has been stuck in our heads for the last four weeks.

I wonder when we’ll hear it in the show? Episode eight, conveniently titled “The Bear and the Maiden Fair”? We’ll just have to tune in to find how because EW is reporting everyone is, “sworn to secrecy in regards to how the song will be used.”

Lastly, the key to keeping all the separate factions vying for the Iron Throne is to have a map handy. It allows you to keep straight who’s where and where’s they’re going. Otherwise, Westeros and the lands to the East are just one big, geographical mess. There are tons of different versions of the Westeros map you can use, but this interactive one from Direct TV is damn nifty. Check it out!

Game of Thrones returns March 31st at 9pm EST!

Sources: The Mary Sue (2), Geeks of Doom, Winter is Coming

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