If you thought for one split second that HBO would go easy on Game of Thrones viewers-still grief stricken over that Stark-slaying last season-with a comparatively fluffy fourth season, or even just lighten up on the mass throat slittings, you are sorely mistaken. The premium cable network will not, as we had secretly hoped, gift any of the remaining Starks with Dire Kittens, cuddly felines to fill the massive void in their hearts. Or finally enter Joffrey into some kind of medieval psychoanalysis therapy where his aggressions are channeled into more creative outlets, like basket weaving. Instead, the series will continue at the same, or greater even, homicidal pace.
Elsewhere, Game of Thrones creator George R. R. Martin has done his best to adjust audience expectations by teasing a Season Four nuptial ceremony, which he promises will be "just as memorable" as last year's Red Wedding.
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