HBO Renews ‘Game of Thrones’ For Season 3

The premium network locks up its hit fantasy series for another year.

Blair Marnellby Blair Marnell

When "Game of Thrones" returned for its second season with 3.9 million viewers for its initial viewing and picked up an additional 4.4 million viewers for the season premiere through encore showings, a renewal seemed imminent. After an impressive 3.8 million viewers returned for the second episode last Sunday, a renewal was inevitable.

Earlier today, HBO made it official and renewed "Game of Thrones" for a third season; which will presumably air in 2013.

“Series creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss raised our expectations for the second season – and then surpassed them,” gushed HBO President Michael Lombardo in a statement released by the network.  “We are thrilled by all the viewer and media support we’ve received for the series, and can’t wait to see what Dan and David have in store for next season.”

Based upon George R. R. Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire" novels, "Game of Thrones" appears to be well on its way to surpassing its first season in terms of overall viewers. Although the announcement didn't specify how many episodes will be in the third season, it seems likely that it will remain at ten episodes like the first and second seasons.

Recently, Benioff and Weiss stated that the third and potential fourth seasons will adapt Martin's third novel in the series, "A Storm of Swords;" which is considered to be too large to handle in a single season.

HBO has also released a "Game of Thrones" trailer that teases the remaining eight episodes of the second season.



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