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First, let’s get the obvious out of the way, HBO has renewed Game of Thrones for a fourth season. As if we had any doubt. The series has been breaking records both for the network and with its illegal downloads, HBO would be insane not to renew. Here’s the word from their official press release,

According to early data, GAME OF THRONES’ season three premiere March 31 on HBO topped the series’ highs, with record viewership for both the 9:00 p.m. (ET/PT) airing and gross audience across the three plays. At 9:00 p.m., it averaged 4.4 million viewers, outperforming (+4%) the previous high of 4.2 million viewers from last season’s finale. GAMES OF THRONES improved 13% in comparison to last season’s premiere of 3.9 million viewers. Across the three plays for the night, 6.7 million viewers tuned in, surpassing last season’s debut night of 6.3 million viewers by 7%. Last season, GAME OF THRONES had an average gross audience (HBO linear plays + HBO On Demand/HBO GO + DVR) of 11.6 million viewers.

That’s a lot of viewers. And again, let’s not forgot all those pirating the premiere. Torrent Freak reports once the first Game of Thrones torrent hit the net 163,088 were people were sharing that single file. And it’s been growing ever since.

Hit the jump for two behind-the-scenes videos that’ll take you inside the premiere (Read our advance review!), “Valar Dohaeris“, as well as two awesome characters guides to help you keep everyone and their allegiances straight.

You may remember HBO released these kinds of videos for previous seasons as well. They’re short, behind-the-scenes featurettes exploring a couple critical scenes from each episode. The first covers three scenes from “Valar Dohaeris”, while the second goes further in depth with Daenerys’ first meeting with the Unsullied.

Not only do these videos provide some great behind-the-scenes knowledge but they help with keeping a grasp on Thrones‘ ever growing cast and plot lines. These two infographics will help with that, too. First is an impressive graphic from TVDuck.com that not only covers major characters but also the houses they swear allegiance to; it also serves as a pretty cool map, check it out,

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 (You’ll definitely want to click for a larger version.)

This next character guide not only charts each character’s ever changing loyalty, but there’s also a timeline of Westeros’ vast and vivid history. Plus, how cool is this minimalist design? Gives the whole thing a clean and easy to comprehend look. Click the image to be taken to Nigel Evan Dennis website for the guide, Where have all the wildlings gone?

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Game of Thrones airs Sunday nights at 9pm EST on HBO. Or, available from a variety of sources of questionable legality.

Sources: Blastr, Winter is Coming, Screen Rant, Laughing Squid

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