Game Of Thrones, Vanity Fair

Annie Leibovitz exclusively for Vanity Fair

April 6 can't come soon enough!

Fortunately though, Game of Thrones fans can at least gaze upon the new cover of Vanity Fair to pass the time as they continue to count down to the season four premiere date of the popular HBO program.

Featuring Kit Harrington, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Emilia Clarke, Lena Headey and Peter Dinklage, the image definitely serves up a little (OK, make that a lot) of added excitement.

Meanwhile, author George R.R. Martin, whose ongoing A Song of Fire and Ice book series is the basis for the show, tells the magazine that the show is indeed catching up to what he has written.

"They are. Yes. It's alarming," says Martin.

"Last year we went out to Santa Fe for a week to sit down with him [Martin] and just talk through where things are going, because we don't know if we are going to catch up and where exactly that would be," says the show's co-creator David Benioff.

He adds, "If you know the ending, then you can lay the groundwork for it. And so we want to know how everything ends. We want to be able to set things up. So we just sat down with him and literally went through every character."

However, Martin points out, "I can give them the broad strokes of what I intend to write, but the details aren't there yet. I'm hopeful that I can not let them catch up with me."

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