The first full-length HBO Game of Thrones trailer, and a release date for the long awaited 5th book in the Song of Ice and Fire series? Somebody get me a change of pants …

Amidst all the teasers, introductions, and boxes of odor promoting HBO’s upcoming fantasy series Game of Thrones, out April 17, us wordy nose-in-book types have felt a little left out by author George R.R. Martin. He has the time to appear in promotional videos, oversee TV scripts, and grow that magnificent beard, yet we’ve had to wait 5 years for his next book? Well Martin, bless his beardy heart, is nearly done with the book. The long wait for A Dance With Dragons is finally ending July 12. And there is much rejoicing.

On his website, Martin has announced that “The end is in sight, at long long last, and we’re close enough so that my editors and publishers at Bantam Spectra have set an actual publication date.” Along with saying that this is the real, set in stone, honest-to-goodness release date, he has supplied us all with a handy countdown to the release, in case you feel the urge to watch the seconds until A Dance With Dragons is in your hands slowly dwindle.

Along with the official release date a brand new, full-length trailer for Game of Thrones was let loose, featuring Wights, beheadings, sword fights, and even more fantastic casting. It also is perhaps the first reminder that while the trailer only has almost-nudity, this show is on HBO and will most certainly not be appropriate for children, considering the books feature rape, incest, an abundance of extramarital affairs, and battles that make the Vietnam War look like a kindergarten slap-fight.

Source: Entertainment Weekly

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