Just a day after its second season premiere in Australia, sprawling medieval drama Game of Thrones has been renewed in the US.
The HBO series based on George R.R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire books wins a third season.
The show has won both critical and popular acclaim. In the US it has enjoyed record ratings for HBO, with 3.8 million viewers for its second episode this season, a drop of less than 3 percent on episode one. It had a combined 6.3 million tuning in to the network’s multiple broadcasts for the night.
“Series creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss raised our expectations for the second season — and then surpassed them,” said HBO programming president Michael Lombardo. “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.”
The third season is expected to have 10 episodes.
Co-creator Weiss recently acknowledged that the book A Storm of Swords couldn’t be told in just 10 episodes.
“A Storm of Swords is too long to fit in a single season,” Weiss said recently. “And as readers know, A Feast for Crows and A Dance With Dragons take place during roughly the same time frame, so we’ll have to fold those together. The plan, if we’re lucky enough to be given the opportunity to see it through, is to use as many seasons as we need to tell the story as a whole, to do justice to George’s entire opus.”
Game of Thrones was also the highest-rated show on Pay TV in Australia last night, with 108,000 viewers.
Source: Hollywood Reporter