HBO Renews ‘Game of Thrones’ For Season 2

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hbo Game of Thrones HBO Renews Game of Thrones For Season 2

Even though HBO’s medieval fantasy series Game of Thrones just premiered last Sunday, the cable network has already committed to bring George R. R. Martin’s second novel in the “A Song of Ice and Fire” series to the small screen with Game of Thrones season 2.

The novel, entitled “A Clash of Kings,” continues the epic tale of Westeros’ seven kingdoms and, foregoing any spoilers, should prove to be even more captivating than the series’ first season. But will viewers tune in?

Despite rave reviews from fans and critics of the Game of Thrones series premiere, the episode failed to find an audience amongst HBO’s 40+ million subscribers.

In the season opener, Game of Thrones garnered an acceptable 2.2 million viewers. While this number pales in comparison to Boardwalk Empire’s series premiere rating of 4.8 million viewers, Game of Thrones is far from a failure.

Combining the initial ratings with that of its encore performances, the total number of viewers who tuned into the Game of Thrones series totals 4.2 million. Add in the fact that Game of Thrones launched without True Blood serving as its promotional platform (something that Boardwalk Empire had), and all appears to be well in the continent of Westeros.

HBO president Michael Lombardo had this to say about Game of Thrones season 2 and its recent premiere:

“We are delighted by the way David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have brought George R.R. Martin’s amazing book series to the screen, and thrilled by the support of the media and our viewers. This is the continuation of an exciting creative partnership.”

Despite the need to add multiple qualifiers to the Game of Thrones series premiere ratings to make them appear adequate, there’s no doubt that HBO sees the potential in this series. With critics and fans singing its praise, it’s only a matter of time before Game of Thrones finds its audience – something that True Blood accomplished after garnering a mere 1.4 million viewers in its series premiere.

Until then, fans can rest easy, as Eddard Stark’s epic journey will continue.

BONUS: If you need help keeping the characters of GoT sorted out in your head, be sure to check out our very own Game of Thrones infographic.

Game of Thrones airs @9pm on HBO

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Source: TV Line

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  1. ******Spoiler*****
    The last line in the article made me lol!

  2. Same. Lol

  3. 4.2m unique viewers are not mediocre numbers my friend…plus DVR OR PVR numbers…HBO go …this number is very impressive…total views is all that matters …not the 9pm premiere..

    • Also one needs to factor in the revenues from other channels buying in the series.
      Nordic channel Canal+ is starting to show it in May. A single month delay between the US and the Nordic premiere is almost unheard of when it comes to television series. Usually the channels wait until the first season is over before they commit to buying.

    • i didnt start watching til the season was over. my friend told me about it so i watched it on demand. great series

  4. I wish the TV shows now didn’t have so much sex in them. Can’t watch anything with my kids anymore. Can’t even watch this in my living room.

    • Given the violent and dark nature of the books, the actual sex should be the least concern when deciding whether or not this would be suitable viewing for your children.

    • Why cant you watch this in your living room? Its quite easy to tell your child not to do something and expect the child to comply.

      If you are concerned enough you can always tape/dvr etc it and watch it later.

      If you read the books you will see this is a lot tamer then what you saw.

      The rating itself should ahve given you a clue as to the content of the show. I believe it even stated there was nudity.

      There are programs for kids, there are programs for kids and adults, there are programs for adults. This is a show for adults.

    • I agree , HBO have to much sex in there shows..I would say sex scenes…it’s nice to watch, but, like I said, unnecessarily

      • Did you read the books? This is not an HBO show created by HBO. This is an adaptation from a story.

        If you read the story you know certain acts of sex/nudity are part of the story.

  5. Hope this will paved the way for more quality shows with fantasy settings.

  6. Why does it always have to be some person complain about a movie because of their kids? Sorry but there are lots of kid shows our there you could make them watch that…really now.

  7. I believe there should be more nudity on TV shows and movies.
    The studios is trying to create content that is “near life” and there is nudity & sex in real life? In my life anyway… American productions is usually pretty stuck up. HBO is doing good here.

    Keep it up.

  8. I just watched the season 1 final episode and I miss it already…I need MOOOOOOOOOOOREEE!!!

  9. well… I guess Game of thrones is not made for children to watch, and the sex in the series is not the worst a child may see, the violence itself is not appropriate for them either…. however, I think it is a wonderful series at it is, My suggestion is that you watch disneychannel with your kids instead, and see save this one for moments when you can wiew it by yourself…

  10. Love the show cant wait for season two ,

  11. Every sunday a couple of friends and I would gather at the house to watch Game of Thrones.
    We all love it.
    I can’t wait for season 2

  12. This THE best fantasy television I have ever ever ever watched. The acting is absolutely superb, the story is subtle and epic at the same time, perfect amount of violence, swearing, and nudity.

    This is not a kids’ TV show, why are people then complaining that they can’t watch it with their kids?

    I’m so happy to hear they are making more, though frankly I’m surprised it was ever in question? This series was ground shaking for me.

  13. Great series and glad they are going for season II…