‘Game of Thrones’ Renewed for Seasons 5 and 6

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In recent times Games of Thrones show-runners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have voiced their desire to wrap up their small screen rendition of author George R.R. Martin’s massive Medieval fantasy/political intrigue yarn by seven or eight seasons. Were this another TV series, their words might seem like an example of counting your chickens before they’ve hatched; in this specific case, however, it’s closer to being a promise that the show won’t end any sooner than that.

The Thrones season four premiere episode, titled “Two Swords” (read our review), set a new ratings record for the already extremely-popular cable series, pulling in 6.6 million viewers – the largest audience that any HBO program has attracted since the finale to The Sopranos aired back in 2007, as well as a 52% increase on the season 3 premiere’s crowd (and that’s not taking into account those who caught the episode during a later showing that same night).

Hence, HBO has gone ahead and officially renewed Game of Thrones for two additional seasons, thus ensuring that this tale of warring-kings, witches, Wargs, Wildlings, White Walkers and countless other groups of characters whose names don’t begin with “W” shall continue on through to season six. It’s little more than a formality at this point, which is perhaps why the president of HBO Programming, Michael Lombardo, kept his official statement on the decision short and to the point:

“GAME OF THRONES is a phenomenon like no other,” noted Lombardo. “David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, along with their talented collaborators, continue to surpass themselves, and we look forward to more of their dazzling storytelling.”

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Those who’ve read Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire novels have, no doubt, already noted how Benioff and Weiss have started to mix things up from the source material in Thrones‘ fourth season (see: the ‘Purple Wedding’ happening so soon). The bulk of this season will be drawn from the second half of A Storm of Swords – the third book – though there may also be narrative material covered in the fourth and fifth novel, A Feast for Crows and A Dance of Dragons, in order to keep Game of Thrones moving through events in chronological order.

Why mention that at all? Well, because the faster that the show burns through story material, the better the chance that by the time season six ends, Benioff and Weiss will be nearly caught (if not entirely caught up) to Martin, in terms of his published material. Recall, the author still has two more books to churn out, The Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring, before he’s done.

Martin ought to have the sixth installment finished sooner than later (maybe even this year), though he still has one more book to go after – one that could be over 1,000 pages long, no less. A possible Game of Thrones movie has been discussed, according to the author, in order to properly conclude the series and, as a bonus, give Martin more time to finish his books. If nothing else, we can pretty much guarantee Thrones won’t only be six seasons and a movie in length, as funny as that would be.


Game of Thrones will continue next Sunday with “The Lion and the Rose” @ 9 p.m. EST on HBO.

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  1. No big surprise, really.

    I’ve even noticed people who had never seen the show before saw season 4′s opener and are in love with the show now too so congrats to everyone involved there.

  2. Show is good, but too much freaking nudity. Need to tone that down, i know the books are worse – but its hard to get people into the show when its T&A all over the place.

    • Agreed. Game of Thrones only major fault in my opinion is the drawn out nudity scenes which really serve no purpose to the story AT ALL making it feel like medieval pornography. It was even worse in the book because I felt like I was reading George Martin’s personal fetish and sexual fantasy. *Cringe*

    • There was maybe one scene with nudity in the 4th season premier.

      • Yep, no idea why people complain about it.

        The nudity in GOT is about the same as some of the British shows I grew up with, especially in the early-mid 90s on BBC, ITV and Channel 4.

        • I believe the brothel scene on Season 4 opener was very vital and justifiable. It showed the nature of Oberyn & Ellaria. People tend to dismiss these scenes quickly because of T&A, but that scene was bloody brilliant.

    • I know!!!! I just HATE seeing naked women in a show that I love. *sarcasm*

    • i digress

  3. Not in any way surprising but it’s still exciting to know that the show isn’t going anywhere.

    It’s crazy to think that we are just about now somewhere close to the middle of the series.
    So so much has happened already that it’s crazy to even think about where the show will be 3-4 seasons from now.
    I’ve only read 2 of the published books so every once in a while when talking with friends & family (actually everyone) we will try to guess where the story is headed but at some point during every conversation someone will say “who the f**k knows”. :)

    • By the time the show ends, it’s gonna basically be only Dany, Jon, and maybe Tyrion, sitting around drinking.

  4. GOT will get as many seasons as they need or want.

    After its over I’d love for them to do a prequel series.

  5. I wish to see the Sand Snakes soon and have them play bigger roles than they have in A Feast for Crows. Also please, please don’t adapt out Ser Wyman Manderly and Victarion Greyjoy.

  6. shocking, absolutely shocking news….

    • You mean that in a good way, right?

      I hope so because it replaced 24 as the best TV show of all time (although it’s had some competition this year form True Detective).

      • That person was being sarcastic.

  7. I find it comical that people take issue with the nudity and not with the violence, murder and frequent beheadings.

    Often, that’s a byproduct of American religious culture and conservatism.

    It’s a joke to take moral offense at nudity and sexuality but not blink an eye at throats being slit wide open every episode.

    Really get that.

    There’s nothing wrong with the nudity… stop being scared/offended/bothered by the human body and sexuality.

    • If there were a voting system with comments on this site, I’d up vote you, Morgan. I don’t understand why this country is seemingly so sensitive to nudity.

    • It’s not about being offended by the human body and sexuality. It’s a TV show that has to do with wars, not a porn. Forgive us for not being little boys that just hit puberty.

      • And most of the show is about war…the nudity is such a small part of the series.

    • For whatever reason in America it has become more shocking to see a naked human body than a skinned one…..

      • I loved Jack Nicholson’s comment after Janet Jackson’s “wardrobe malfunction”…
        (Paraphrasing from distant memory)
        A man kissing a woman’s breast? Rated R or X.
        A man using a machete to hack off a woman’s breast? Rated AA or PG14.

  8. As if this were ever in question…

  9. I wonder how many of those 6.6 million viewers were people who swore the show off after Season 3 Episode 9.

  10. you can watch Game of Thrones Season 4 Episode 2 every sunday @

  11. where is starks’ smallest son…the 1 who left with osha???

  12. Those who about nudity of any kind are a bunch of prude,they love their poem and then love to complain about any T/A being shown any where,a joker can’t win in this country.I love GOT show what ever you got I don’t mind one bit.

  13. Hello…

    Games f thrones have 2 major faults, first, to much nudity, its BORING, and weird
    2, when u must make sex scenes dont use British girls…. PLEASE

  14. Those who are complaining about the nudity in the show have two options, don’t watch and stick with the church. I’m getting very tired of this conservatives tories, day by day….

    • Just my 2 cents… Even regular TV series portraits sexual contents and semi nudity if not 99%, and the most amazing of all are the number of violence, hatred and anger. Nudity constitutes very little compared to other issues. Some people seem to oppose nudity and sex and allow violence. Nudity and sex does not start war, it is violence, and deceit. I love the nude scenes as they tell the actual story thus, making everything realistically stuck to each story told by the movie. Block your TV Screens but don’t ask too many questions about who’s the father of that kid, or what started the battle, and or change your movie to cartoons or CNN News…..