A rumor that has been spreading online suggests that HBO's hit series, "Game of Thrones" will be canceled after Sunday's Season 4 finale episode.
"We just can't be bothered any more. They're just wandering around and every now and then one of them dies. And the dragons frankly have been a massive disappointment," an HBO spokesman said, according to Times Live.
However, this soon proved to be a hoax that gained traction after a series of posts were found on Facebook with links to the alleged "Game of Thrones" cancelation report.
The link takes netizens to a page that asks them to download "Java Version 7 Update 25," and several tech blogs advised users to exercise caution as the software being offered was adware and malware, which should not be downloaded, reports said.
In the meantime, fans of the "Game of Thrones" series are eagerly awaiting the season four finale episode titled "The Children," where the fate of several important characters will be decided.
Showrunner David Benioff and Dan Weiss believe that it is one of the best season finales ever.
"It's the best finale we've ever done, bar none," Benioff and Weiss said in a statement cited by Entertainment Weekly. "The performances from our cast, the direction from Alex Graves, the VFX work, the new [music] cues from Ramin Djawadi—all of it came together in perhaps the finest hour we've produced. We're immensely proud of 'The Children.' And a little intimidated by the episode, because now we have to get back to the business of season five and figure out a way to top it."
Spoilers doing the rounds suggest that the episode will feature the death of Tywin Lannister, who will be killed by his son, Tyrion, before he flees the castle.
Speaking to the Los Angeles Times about his character, Peter Dinklage blames his vicious sister, Cersei (Lena Headey), as well as his hateful father, Tywin (Charles Dance), for making him a scapegoat.
"He's the fall guy in this situation, isn't he," Dinklage reasoned. "They just wanted to make it all easy and make me go away, but I think Tyrion is quite a survivor. Hopefully he will find a way. I hope so, because I like my job... It's great fun. Since I've joined 'Game of Thrones,' it's been such a pleasure."
Jaime is expected to help Tyrion to escape from the castle.
Synopsis of the finale states that "Daenerys must face harsh realities; Bran learns more about his destiny; Tyrion sees the truth of his situation; and circumstances north of the Wall are altered by an unexpected arrival."
Game of Thrones season four finale will air on HBO at 9 p.m. EST Sunday. The series is expected to return for a fifth and sixth season as well.