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HBO's Game of Thrones renewed for third season after record-breaking ratings

04.10.2012

It should come as no surprise that the HBO award-winning series, Game of Thrones, has been renewed for a third season.  HBO programming president, Michael Lombardo, announced the renewal today and I'm sure many fans of the series, especially the books, breathed a sigh of relief.

“Series creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss raised our expectations for the second season – and then surpassed them,” said 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.”

According to EW, Game of Thrones "returned to 3.9 million viewers. That’s up a massive 74 percent from its series debut last year. It also greatly improves upon the show’s previous all-time high, which was just over 3 million viewers. Including all three Sunday airings, the show delivered 6.3 million viewers."

Here's a peek at season 2:

As a huge fan of the books and the show, I am ecstatic.  My biggest fear with the series (next to author George R.R. Martin never finishing the books) is to have the show cancelled without seeing it all the way through.  Showrunners Benioff and Weiss have said that they intend to break up the third book, A Storm of Swords, into two seasons, which would account for seasons three and four.  They could easily cut down and combine the fourth and fifth books into one season in my opinion, which would make room for, hopefully, the grand finale of the series.

However, Martin has been extending the series with no end in sight.  I guess the best we can do is just enjoy the ride, which most of us certainly have thus far, especially if you're looking at ratings.

Game of Thrones season 2 is currently underway on HBO with new episodes every Sunday night at 9/10 ET/PT and be sure to check out our weekly column Beyond The Wall over at the Digital Dorm every Monday!

Extra Tidbit: If you still haven't checked out the show and feel it may not be your cup of tea, consider whether or not you like swordfights, bloody decapitations, naked boobies (or naked man ass, depending on your preference), dwarves, backstabbing (both literal and figurative), and some good ol' fashioned fantasy mythology. Did I mention naked boobies?

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4:10PM on 04/11/2012

if executed correctly

this series will be one of HBO's best of all time, and their best since the creation of the greatest show ever, The Wire.
this series will be one of HBO's best of all time, and their best since the creation of the greatest show ever, The Wire.
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9:47AM on 04/11/2012

best book- and tv series of the decade!

And I'm sure it will be remembered as such!
And I'm sure it will be remembered as such!
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9:36PM on 04/10/2012
I'd watch anything that come from HBO. Quality guaranteed. And bring in Boardwalk Empire too.
I'd watch anything that come from HBO. Quality guaranteed. And bring in Boardwalk Empire too.
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8:57PM on 04/10/2012
Cool.
But I think the story needs an ending eventually.
4 seasons, 5 seasons, 6 seasons, and then resolve it.
Cool.
But I think the story needs an ending eventually.
4 seasons, 5 seasons, 6 seasons, and then resolve it.
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6:14PM on 04/10/2012
I just hope Martin manages to write the last book in the series before Benioff and Weiss get there.
I just hope Martin manages to write the last book in the series before Benioff and Weiss get there.
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9:29PM on 04/10/2012
HBO said if George R.R. Martin doesn't finish the series by the time they get to that point, they're finishing the series for him.
HBO said if George R.R. Martin doesn't finish the series by the time they get to that point, they're finishing the series for him.
6:07PM on 04/10/2012

SWEET

perfect! Book 3 is my favorite anyway. PS the Reply below assumes you are lazy and dont want to read. on the sad chance they are correct, I have altered this post. No questions please. just read the goddamn book
perfect! Book 3 is my favorite anyway. PS the Reply below assumes you are lazy and dont want to read. on the sad chance they are correct, I have altered this post. No questions please. just read the goddamn book
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6:20PM on 04/10/2012
Dude. Referring to you-know-what with that name makes it rather obvious what will happen there and ruins it for the newbies. It's posts like these littered throughout the net that kill the experience for the regular person experiencing this for the first time as the TV show. Common courtesy...please edit your post to take it out or if you absolutely have to reference it, at least use the initials of the event rather than the full name.
Dude. Referring to you-know-what with that name makes it rather obvious what will happen there and ruins it for the newbies. It's posts like these littered throughout the net that kill the experience for the regular person experiencing this for the first time as the TV show. Common courtesy...please edit your post to take it out or if you absolutely have to reference it, at least use the initials of the event rather than the full name.
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5:05PM on 04/10/2012
Woot.


I love Daenerys Targaryen/Emilia Clarke. Blood of my blood.
Woot.


I love Daenerys Targaryen/Emilia Clarke. Blood of my blood.
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4:55PM on 04/10/2012
As long as they keep following the novels I'll be watching. So far everything is basically to the T with the novels! Third season is the one i'm waiting for!
As long as they keep following the novels I'll be watching. So far everything is basically to the T with the novels! Third season is the one i'm waiting for!
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4:09PM on 04/10/2012

great news

keep it coming, and i'll keep watching
keep it coming, and i'll keep watching
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3:46PM on 04/10/2012
hell yeah
hell yeah
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3:37PM on 04/10/2012
If HBO ever cancels this show it would start an uprising of fans and probably be the end HBO as we know.
If HBO ever cancels this show it would start an uprising of fans and probably be the end HBO as we know.
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