Is A ‘Game of Thrones’ Renewal Imminent?

Signs look good as the second season premiere posts a series record in the ratings.

Blair Marnellby Blair Marnell

Last Sunday, "Game of Thrones" returned to HBO for its second season of what many fans hope will be a long run that will completely adapt George R. R. Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire" novels. And that hope may not be far from a reality.

The second season premiere of "Game of Thrones" brought in 3.9 million viewers for its initial showing at 9pm, posting a series record 3.9 million viewers which was up 27% from the first season finale last June. It was also had a 74% increase in viewers compared to the "Game of Thrones" series premiere in April 2011. More impressively, the three showings of the season two premiere brought in a combined 6.3 million viewers.

With ratings that strong, most observers believe that "Game of Thrones" is a lock for season 3. The only question is whether HBO wants to capitalize on the early excitement and make an announcement now or wait until later in the season. The only way that a  third season of "Game of Thrones" would be imperiled is if there is a massive viewer erosion over the next few weeks. But judging from the critical and popular response to the season premiere, that doesn't seem likely to happen.

It's also worth noting that the second season premiere of "Game of Thrones" outperformed the season highs of "Boardwalk Empire" and the recently canceled "Luck," easily making "Game of Thrones" one of the network's biggest hits.

If and when "Game of Thrones" returns for its third season, executive producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have recently indicated that the third year of the show will partially adapt the third novel in Martin's series, "A Storm of Swords," with the remainder of the novel left for a potential fourth season,

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