‘Game Of Thrones’ season four accidentally confirmed by cast member

Charles Dance, Tywin Lannister in the fantasy series, says six scripts have already been written

Actor Charles Dance has accidentally confirmed that there will be a fourth season of Game Of Thrones.

Season three of the HBO fantasy show is set to begin on March 31 in the US and April 1 in the UK, where it airs on Sky Atlantic. Showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss have previously revealed the new season will feature slightly longer episodes than in the past.

Now Dance, who plays ruthless villain Tywin Lannister in the hit series, has let slip that plans for a fourth season are underway and six scripts have already been written. Speaking at a recent press junket to promote the season two Blu-ray, Dance said: “We’re about to start season four aren’t we? This year.”

Continuing, Dance explained that Game Of Thrones works further ahead than many TV shows, saying: “We get scripts pretty early on – much earlier on than in similar series. Usually you get perhaps one episode and you just have to trust that what’s going to come in subsequent episodes is going to be as good as the one you’ve got. But in this I think there are six scripts already written, and we will probably be able to see them with more than adequate time to prepare before we start shooting.”

Alongside Dance, the show’s vast ensemble cast includes Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke, Aidan Gillen and Kit Harington. Guest stars during season three will include Coldplay‘s Will Champion, confirmed to be playing a drummer, and Gary Lightbody from Snow Patrol, whose role is unknown.