The fourth season of HBO's "Game of Thrones" begins at 8 p.m. Sunday. Thanks to King Joffrey (Jack Gleeson) and Margaery Tyrell (Natalie Dormer), viewers still reeling from the so-called Red Wedding have more nuptials -- and sword fights, and gory encounters, and political intrigue and dramarama -- to look forward to over the next 10 weeks.
But as any hard-core fan of the medieval fantasy series based on George R.R. Martin's books can tell you, 10 episodes with these characters just won't cut it. You want more, and here's how you can get it.
Meet the stars
Suburban fans can get some face-time with three "Game of Thrones" stars later this month at the C2E2 Comic & Entertainment Expo at McCormick Place in Chicago.
Alfie Allen (Theon Greyjoy), Natalia Tena (Osha) and Kristian Nairn (HODOR!) will be available for autograph sessions at the annual convention, which takes place the weekend of April 25. Other celebrity guests this year include cast members from "The Walking Dead," "24," "Defiance" and "Lost Girl"; WWE personalities Hulk Hogan, Mick Foley and Jerry Lawler; and "Breaking Bad" star RJ Mitte.
Single-day tickets range from $25 to $35 and three-day passes are available for $60. Visit C2E2.com for more information and event schedules.
Want to see more of your favorite "Game of Thrones" stars at home? I've got some recommendations.
• The role of Tyrion Lannister has made Peter Dinklage an award-winning star. This summer, you'll see him as scientist Bolivar Trask in director Bryan Singer's return to superhero movies, "X-Men: Days of Future Past." The ensemble casts of the previous X-Men films come together in the time-traveling epic that hits theaters May 23.
Netflix subscribers can stream the film that put Dinklage on Hollywood's radar in 2003. "The Station Agent" is an expertly acted character study about a loner and train enthusiast (Dinklage) whose life changes when he meets a food-truck driver (Bobby Cannavale of "Boardwalk Empire") and a tragedy-stricken artist (the wonderful Patricia Clarkson). It's short, it's sweet, and it's unexpected. It's also available on DVD and VOD.
• Lena Headey dominates every scene as Cersei Lannister, mother of teenage King Joffrey, and her commanding presence has been an asset to the "300" films and to Fox's short-lived (but beloved) Terminator series, "The Sarah Connor Chronicles."
Headey is at her most deliciously evil in 2012's surprisingly brutal comic-book adaptation "Dredd," starring Karl Urban ("Star Trek") in the role first brought to the screen by Sylvester Stallone. Headey plays Ma-Ma, a drug kingpin who deals a substance that makes its users think time is slowing down. You can see Headey's evil turn -- and the spectacular, trippy "SloMo" sequences -- on Netflix, Blu-ray and VOD.
• My favorite "Game of Thrones" character is Petyr Baelish, better known as Littlefinger. The conniving treasurer of the Seven Kingdoms is played by dashing Irishman Aidan Gillen, best known for his role on another HBO series, "The Wire." You can catch up with politician Tommy Carcetti on HBO GO and DVD.
But if you want to see Gillen brandishing a sword (and a rather intriguing hairstyle), check out the 2003 action-comedy "Shanghai Knights" -- yes, that absurd movie starring Jackie Chan and Owen Wilson. Gillen is appropriately over-the-top in a movie that features a fight scored to "Singin' in the Rain" and appearances by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Charlie Chaplin, Jack the Ripper and Queen Elizabeth. "Shanghai Knights" is available on DVD and VOD.
• Sean Stangland is a Daily Herald copy editor and a tireless consumer of pop culture. Hodor Hodor, Hodor. Hodor. You can follow him on Twitter at @SeanStanglandDH.