HBO has announced that the fourth season of "Game of Thrones" will debut on Sunday, April 6 at 9 p.m. 

Season 4 will, like season 3, be largely adapted from the third of George R.R. Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire" books, "A Storm of Swords." 

It'll be paired with the third season of the political satire "Veep" with Emmy winner Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and the premiere of "Silicon Valley," the latest series from Mike Judge, who has previously given us "Beavis & Butt-Head" and "King of the Hill" (and, perhaps more germane to the new series, "Office Space").

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Alan Sepinwall has been reviewing television since the mid-'90s, first for Tony Soprano's hometown paper, The Star-Ledger, and now for HitFix. His new book, "The Revolution Was Televised," about the last 15 years of TV drama, is for sale at Amazon. He can be reached at sepinwall@hitfix.com