‘Game of Thrones’ Renewed for Season 4 After Record-Breaking S3 Premiere

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Game of Thrones Season 4 Game of Thrones Renewed for Season 4 After Record Breaking S3 Premiere

The least surprising item on today’s list of television news stories is that HBO has renewed Game of Thrones for a fourth season, following the season 3 premiere, “Valar Dohaeris”, which enjoyed series-record viewership.

Indeed, this current season only covers the first half of “A Storm of Swords” – the third installment in George R.R. Martin’s popular “A Song of Ice and Fire” literature – hence, a fourth season to finish that book (and continue forward) was something planned from the very beginning.

Co-showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have revealed their intention to continue on for eight seasons, which (as the theory goes) would allow them to properly adapt Martin’s magnum opus on the small screen – and, in the process, delivering all the low-medievel fantasy, bloody conflict, emotional warfare, political intrigue, and epic struggle between the forces of darkness and light one could want.

There’s also been talk about developing a prequel series, based on the series of Westeros novellas crafted by Martin. Such a spinoff could compliment the central developments in Game of Thrones and help those unfamiliar with the source novels catch up on the backstory for various characters and settings; not to mention, of course, keeping this cash cow alive and thriving for HBO. More important to fans, is the matter of how it could provide Martin enough time to finish the last two “Ice and Fire” books (before the show catches and surpasses his progress, that is).

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However, most of the matters discussed above remain just that at this stage: talk, no more or less. It won’t be long before we have a more definite idea about what is and isn’t happening, in terms of the future for Game of Thrones.

In the meantime, we have more pressing matters to deal with – like watching the battle for control over the Iron Throne rage on. One game at a time, my friend…

Here is the official HBO press release confirming the fourth season on Game of Thrones:

HBO has renewed GAME OF THRONES for a fourth season, it was announced today by Michael Lombardo, president, HBO Programming.

Based on the bestselling fantasy book series by George R.R. Martin, GAME OF THRONES is an epic story of treachery and nobility set on the continent of Westeros, where summers and winters can last years, and only the lust for power is eternal. The Emmy®- and Golden Globe-winning series launched its ten-episode third season Sunday, March 31 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO, with other episodes debuting subsequent Sundays at the same time.

Among the early critical praise for the third season, the Hollywood Reporter called GAME OF THRONES “addictive and outstanding,” while Newsday termed the series “superb,” awarding the show an A+. The Chicago Tribune hailed the show as “spellbinding” and the Washington Post described it as “masterful.”

According to early data, GAME OF THRONES’ season three premiere March 31 on HBO topped the series’ highs, with record viewership for both the 9:00 p.m. (ET/PT) airing and gross audience across the three plays. At 9:00 p.m., it averaged 4.4 million viewers, outperforming (+4%) the previous high of 4.2 million viewers from last season’s finale. GAMES OF THRONES improved 13% in comparison to last season’s premiere of 3.9 million viewers. Across the three plays for the night, 6.7 million viewers tuned in, surpassing last season’s debut night of 6.3 million viewers by 7%. Last season, GAME OF THRONES had an average gross audience (HBO linear plays + HBO On Demand/HBO GO + DVR) of 11.6 million viewers.


Game of Thrones continues next Sunday with “Dark Wings, Dark Words” @9pm on HBO.

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  1. Not entirely surprising,its just going great guns.

  2. who thought different

  3. This is about as surprising as that time Lincoln was nominated for a bunch of Oscars.

  4. It’s nice the first episode broke records though! That should definitely keep the faith in the franchise alive for HBO.

    • :-)

  5. I’m from Ireland and travelled up to Belfast last summer to appear as an extra on GOT, great experience and a lot of fun, for a TV show the production and sets are incredible. Although not surprising this is still brilliant news, looks like it’s time to grow my beard again and apply as an extra for Season 4, can’t wait.

    • As if we are not all jealous….

      What episode did you get on?

  6. Fine fine, now release some news about the casting of the Red Viper. And also the Greyjoy Brothers.

    • Here, here! Long live Dorne! And just as interesting, Tyerne, Obara and Nymeria.

  7. Are they still splitting A Storm Of Sword in half for season 3?

    • Season 4 will be the second part of book 3, yes.

  8. I don’t understand how people can like watching the War of the Roses in a bad fantasy setting. There’s so much better fantasy that could’ve been adapted to television and we got this…

    • I don’t understand how people can like commenting on watching the Game of Thrones in a great fantasy setting. There are so many better comments out that could’ve been left and we got this…

    • I concur

  9. The “novellas” take place 100 years before ASOIAF and include no characters from that series. It would be a totally unrelated story if it’s based on those. Terrible play in my book. I want Robert’s rebellion.

    • While I’m not quite keen on seeing a show based on the Hedge Knight or Dunk and Egg either, Robert’s Rebellion really doesn’t take us back very far.
      Sure it keeps several of the same characters and would show what happens to the Targaryens, but if they were to actually invest in a prequel I would love to see Martin add more into the history of the Wall and the First Men.
      That may be a bit boring for the small screen, but it would add even more depth to the massive back story of Westeros.

    • That kid in the series plays him to his full turdness.

      I think one of the biggest reasons they have not really advanced further is mostly due to the elongated winters that occur every cycle.
      And constant wars. Nothing like having your best and brightest put to the pike every twenty to thirty years when a new upstart decrees himself ruler and decides all of the former kings advisers to be traitors.

  10. Thats great. Unlike what they did with the fabulous SciFi series “V” remake whis was awesome and the Terry Goodkind series Legends of seeker or something, (The books are the Sword of Truth). I am glad of this series continuing and I hope they at least finish it out before taking it off the boob tube. The people who make the decisions to remove a series off the air really don’t have a clue. They base their decisions on what “THEY” like and not the fans, who by the way are the money bringers who pay their salaries. Hmmmmmmmm

  11. OMG that Legend of the seeker series was a disaster. I love the sword of truth series and I feel sorry for Terry that he allowed his book to become a Zena/Hercules wanna be syndication.

  12. …and then Netflix should adapt Malazan: Book of the Fallen, and steal HBO’s thunder.

    • +1000000

  13. Well i loved season 1 & 2 ,but season 3 has been so slow and boring ? i think this show is declining and the producers are tryin to milk it to make as much mmney as possible by having as many episodes as possible .

    • Oh really. Time for the Rains of Castamere bro.

    • no i don’t think it’s the producer’s fault or the writers. because the book source materials in the first half of A Storm of Swords weren’t that good. good source materials for book lovers but not good for tv. based on many youtube videos reviewing the book, the readers said that the first half of the 3rd book is really slow and nothing much major is happening. even though things do happen in with the plots, but were weak. the first half is really tough to get through, i thought so. that is until the RW, that is when things get really good in the book. the source materials started to become good and rich in the 2nd half of the book. i knew that many people who only watch the tv series were going to complain how boring it will be in season 3. now i hope season 4 will be really good. it was those damn articles who were milking it down to sound season 3 epic, battle fights, blood, and sex. but no, i blame those people who never read the books milking season 3.

  14. Killing off the Starks makes it not worth watching anymore.

    • Some things can’t be changed from the books. I’ve been seeing lots of complaints on other forums about this same subject, but that statement is akin to saying I’m sick of watching Lord of The Rings cause they use too many damn Hobbits.

    • Why is that? There are still a lot to be told. The story is far from the end.

    • The killing was so painful. I couldn’t believe my eyes. At least the mother should have been spared. But it equally made it more intriguing.

    • depending which other house you like or don’t like, they’ll start to fall too. wish i could tell you, but that’s a little hint that i’ll give you.

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  16. Cant wait for season 4

  17. When does season 4 is gone start??

    • Season 4 probably will not start until April 2014. They start filming for season 4 next month. Seasons 1,2,&3 started in April since the beginning (2011) so I’m guessing it will be the same for season 4. Unless the creators realize that waiting that long is torture & give it us sooner. But hey, you can’t rush greatness.

    • Season 4 probably will not start until April 2014. They start filming for season 4 next month. Seasons 1,2,&3 started in April since the beginning (2011) so I’m guessing it will be the same for season 4.

  18. Apparently George R Martin has already revealed to the producers/writers of the show how the series will eventually end. If only I could get my hands of this info! It would probably change the face of humanity *evil
    voice laugh* …no but really, compared to seasons 1&2, season 3 was AIGHT..& the killing of the Starks was too much for me even though I read it in the book. I’m hoping season 4 comes back with a bang! Even though it’ll probably be the beginning of 2014 before season 4 starts, it’ll def be worth the wait!

  19. Season 3 > Season 1 > Season 2

    I starting to like this show more and more after every episode. Its masterpiece. Best fantasty series ever written

    • Bebe. I would love to see Arya grow up and kill Geofrey, (God I loath that king, small but really evil) that is where my hope for the starks is. And as for the Queen Mother’s brother who had his hand chopped off, I want him to fall for the giant lady soldier and fall hard by snubbing his sister. That incest is not something I want to see again, disgusting. And as for Tyrion I sympathise with him.

  20. REALLY could do without all the porn. Seriously stunts the shows growth…should be more focused on political power, and less about someone’s unseemly private parts. You get more viewers with less porn. Why? Because those who enjoy the show will keep watching, and those who refuse to watch it because of the porn will start to.

    IMO, I give the show a 50/50. Extremely well done, but pushing an agenda for other movie creators to follow that continuously pervert our generation ruins it almost entirely.

    • amen to that

    • You say porn, compared with that of Spartacus, this is child’s play.

  21. Game of thrones is the best iv’e seen in a long time. Plenty of my mates are following the story and if they are not than the the first episode gets them drawn in. I have seen plenty of realt time action in the army and this is a show for the person that wants to see some real action. Please keep going with the series I cannot wait for the next season.

  22. Well strap in as the second half of book 3 is going to be Season 4 of the TV series, and then it is two solid books of wind. Of course it is possible that HBO will edit out all the cut & paste repetition, endless self-monologues (many characters repeating the same things over and over in their heads, from chapter to chapter), and boil it down to actual story progression, which would be little and less.

    So after Season 4 the show will likely take a downturn, as HBO decides if they can string us along for another three years until GRRM can finish the Seventh book, and actually put paid to what the series becomes. HBO has a history of prematurely axing shows, so you should not count on this series actually making it to the end. Their masters at Time Warner seem to love it when they screw us, as most people simply refuse to cancel HBO for more than one year after they do it (again).

  23. Hope to see more what will happen to the rest of the Stark siblings to the end of the story.

  24. Tho I am enjoying GoT I also can do without all the unnessary porn in the show. The acting, writing and directing are phenomenal. The added porn to the show is a distraction. How do these actors (the younger ones) watch their episdoes when there is so much porn and nudity in it? How do their families watch this? A little is fine, but the over indulgence is pissing me off. I recently re-watched an episode and for absolutely no reason they had Schae and Ros doing hardcore porn for no reason except to show it. I couldn’t allow my teenage children to watch that s***. I turned it off. Either adjust the show or lose some viewers.

    • many actors and actress really don’t watch their own shows or movies on screen. some do though. but in general, they don’t like to watch themselves on screen, because it’s really weird. i’ve experience something like this, someone recorded a type of me in a play and i just couldn’t watch myself, too weird to look at your self anyway. as for the kids on GOT, their parents advices them not to watch GOT yet. i’m pretty sure that they see certain scenes, rough cuts, but that’s about it.

  25. Um…. I’ve watched porn and am confused by all these comments negating the show based on its over-absorption of “porn”. Jesus would have thought better than you and realized that naked people and whores were regularities in the time setting of this show. For society’s sake, realize that in this day and age, christian society has flagged anything that was once a normal occurrence into a heaven-based blasphemy. Cmon people, men want to bang women and if they can’t, there’s nothing wrong with watching them bang. I feel sorry for you.