HBO's Award-Winning Series GAME OF THRONES Premieres April 6 on HBO Canada

- Season 4 of HBO's GAME OF THRONES premieres Sunday, April 6 at 9 p.m. ET/MT on HBO Canada -
- Viewers can watch a behind the scenes teaser entitled Game of Thrones: A Foreshadowing now on HBOCanada.com - 
- In advance of the Season 4 premiere subscribers can catch up on Season 3 of GAME OF THRONES on TMN GO, Shaw Go Movie Central app, and Telus Optik on the go -
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"From its portentous but rarely pretentious dialogue to its thrilling locations...to stylized, classical background music to a cast that includes a retinue of young, relative unknowns together with film veterans, GAME OF THRONES stands apart. GAME OF THRONES is big-picture epic for the small screen." - Alex Strachan, Postmedia News

"Showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss continue to manage what was thought to be unmanageable - wrestling the scale of Martin's 1,000-page tomes into a television series that doesn't require maps and genealogy charts to follow." - Scott Stinson, The National Post

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TORONTO, March 7, 2014 /CNW/ - HBO Canada presents the highly anticipated Season 4 debut of HBO's Emmy®-and Golden Globe® Award-winning series GAME OF THRONES, premiering Sunday, April 6 at 9 p.m. ET/MT, day-and-date with HBO in the U.S. Following last season's Red Wedding massacre, the new season introduces a plethora of compelling storylines that will play out to their inevitable, and bloody, conclusions. With an average audience of over one million viewers, the third season of GAME OF THRONES broke all viewership records for The Movie Network and Movie Central, making it the most-watched series in Canadian pay television history. HBO Canada is a multiplex channel of Bell Media's The Movie Network (Eastern Canada) and Corus Entertainment's Movie Central (Western Canada).

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Click HERE for a sneak peak of the new season of GAME OF THRONES.

In Season 4 of GAME OF THRONES, after the Stark and Tully families are besieged, the Lannisters hold on to the Iron Throne but can they survive with new and ongoing threats from the north, south, and east? While an unbowed Stannis Baratheon (Stephen Dillane) continues to rebuild his army in Dragonstone, a more immediate danger comes from the south, as Oberyn Martell (Pedro Pascal), the Lannister-loathing "Red Viper of Dorne," arrives at King's Landing to attend Joffrey's (Jack Gleeson) wedding to Margaery Tyrell (Natalie Dormer), and perhaps act on an ulterior agenda. In the north, a depleted Night's Watch seems overmatched against the inexorable Wall advances of Mance Rayder's (Ciaran Hinds) army of wildlings, which in turn is being trailed by an even more formidable foe: the undead White Walkers. As if that weren't enough, Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke), accompanied by her menacing trio of dragons and army of Unsullied, is poised to liberate Meereen, the largest city in Slaver's Bay, which could ultimately provide her with enough ships to sail to Westeros and reclaim the Iron Throne.

Returning series regulars on GAME OF THRONES this season include: Emmy and Golden Globe winner 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); Isaac Hempstead Wright (Bran Stark); Alfie Allen (Theon Greyjoy); Jerome Flynn (Bronn); Conleth Hill (Varys); John Bradley (Samwell Tarly); Gwendoline Christie (Brienne of Tarth); Liam Cunningham (Davos Seaworth); Stephen Dillane (Stannis Baratheon); Natalie Dormer (Margaery Tyrell); Iain Glen (Jorah Mormont); Kristofer Hivju (Tormund Giantsbane); Sibel Kekilli (Shae); Rose Leslie (Ygritte); Rory McCann (Sandor "The Hound" Clegane); Michael McElhatton (Roose Bolton); Iwan Rheon (Ramsay Snow); Carice van Houten (Melisandre); Jacob Anderson (Grey Worm); Thomas Brodie-Sangster (Jojen Reed); Nathalie Emmanuel (Missandei); Ciaran Hinds (Mance Rayder); Finn Jones (Loras Tyrell); Ellie Kendrick (Meera Reed); Kristian Nairn (Hodor); and Gemma Whelan (Yara Greyjoy).

New cast members for the fourth season include: Pedro Pascal (GRACELAND) as Oberyn Martell; Indira Varma (WHAT REMAINS) as Ellaria Sand Oberyn's paramour; Roger Ashton-Griffiths (The Brothers Grimm) as Lord Mace Tyrell; Michiel Huisman (TREME) as Daario Naharis, a mercenary ally to Daenerys; Yuri Kolokolnikov (Intimate Parts) as Styr, a wildlings chief; and Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson (Zon 261) as Ser Gregor Clegane, a.k.a. "The Mountain".

All new HBO programming premieres day-and-date with HBO in the U.S. The splendour of Westeros comes to Canada when HBO's GAME OF THRONES®: The Exhibition returns to Toronto`s TIFF Bell Lightbox May 14 - 18 and premieres in Vancouver at the Pacific National Exhibition August 16 - September 1 (closed August 18 & 25).

In Eastern Canada, episodes are available on TMN GO and HBO Canada OnDemand.

In Western Canada, episodes will be available in High Definition on HBO Canada HD, on the go with the Shaw Go Movie Central app, Telus Optik TV and Bell TV Online and HBO Canada On Demand.

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About HBO Canada:
HBO Canada brings Canadians HBO's current slate of signature dramatic and comedic programs, together with new and never-before-seen programming including comedy series, live specials, sporting events, behind-the-scenes content and titles from HBO's extensive library - all in an uncut and commercial-free environment. HBO Canada is offered in high definition on HBO Canada HD and programming is accessible on TMN GO and HBO Canada OnDemand. For more information, please visit www.hbocanada.com. In Eastern Canada, HBO Canada is a division of Bell Media, which is part of BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada's largest communications company. In Western Canada, HBO Canada is offered by Corus Entertainment's Movie Central (Western Canada).

About Movie Central:
Movie Central is owned by Corus Entertainment Inc. (CJR.B), a Canadian-based media and entertainment company. Corus is a market leader in specialty television and radio with additional assets in pay television, television broadcasting, children's book publishing and children's animation. Experience Corus on the web at www.corusent.com.

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Source: BBM Canada, Audiences prior to August 31, 2009 based on BBM Nielsen Media Research Mark II meters.

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For further information:

For The Movie Network (Eastern Canada)
Jessica Charbonneau, 416.956.8638 or jessica.charbonneau@bellmedia.ca

For Movie Central (Western Canada):
Owen McCorquodale, 416.479.6068 or owen.McCorquodale@corusent.com