Winter is coming.... The cold winds rise in Westeros April 1st on HBO.

That’s right, the highly anticipated second season of Game of Thrones will premier on April Fools Day?

I hope that isn’t foreshadowing of some sort. I know there’s some concern among the fan community that HBO might not maintain their level of commitment to A Song of Ice and Fire, but according to Richard Pleper’, co-president of HBO:

 “We told George we’d go as long as he kept writing.”

Hopefully that means the budget will be there into the third and forth seasons and beyond so that we can see the story that George RR Martin wants to tell.

At any rate, the first of 10 episodes kicks off on April 1st, with returning cast members Emilia Clarke, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Emmy winner Peter Dinklage (yay!), Michelle Fairley, Lena Headey and Kit Harington.

Here’s a little tease to whet your appetite.