HBO has renewed Game of Thrones for not one, but two additional seasons.
The good comes two days after the record-breaking ratings for the fourth season premiere -6.6 million US viewers was HBO’s most watched telecast since the 2007 series finale of The Sopranos.
“Game of Thrones is a phenomenon like no other,” said HBO programming president Michael Lombardo. “(Creators) 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.”
The series based on the A Song of Ice and Fire books by George R. R. Martin is a key brand for HBO and Foxtel in Australia, where the show has a buzz all of its own, but is pursued illegally by non-subscribers.
Yesterday Foxtel defended its deal with HBO which sees a first-rights exclusivity in Australia. On Monday the season premiere was the top-rated entertainment show of the day.
HBO will soon say farewell to True Blood, Boardwalk Empire and The Newsroom while True Detective is yet to be renewed.
Source: Hollywood Reporter