'Game of Thrones' Renewed by HBO for Season 4

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April 2nd, 2013


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Season Three Soars To Highest Viewership Yet


LOS ANGELES, April 2, 2013 – 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.

For more on the series, visit facebook.com/GameOfThrones and twitter.com @GameOfThrones #GameOfThrones.

Season three credits: The executive producers of GAME OF THRONES are David Benioff, D.B. Weiss, Carolyn Strauss, Frank Doelger, Bernadette Caulfield; co-executive producers, Guymon Casady, Vince Gerardis, George R.R. Martin, Vanessa Taylor; produced by Chris Newman, Greg Spence.


  • starship

    I don’t get why they only renew it for one season at a time, it’s one of the most critically acclaimed series on TV, has a huge following around the world + amazing DVD/Blu-ray sales and every actor under the sun would die to be on the show. They also have 2 more published novels, i.e. source material for at least 2-3 more seasons and another 2 books on their way in the near future. I have no doubt the show will get to tell a finished story and not be cancelled pre-maturely, HBO should just commit to a finite number of 8-10 seasons so that the writers know when to wrap it up.

  • Brian

    I can see it going 8 seasons.

  • Someone

    Only if Martin ever gets to release the next book in time.
    Unless they want to take the story somewhere entirely different.

  • Tom

    Great news about Game of Thrones. Long live Joffrey Baratheon!!!

  • ender650

    Great- its my favorite show on television.

  • thesnowleopard

    And in other breaking news, the Pacific Ocean is a big body of water. Of course it was going to get renewed immediately, with that season premier rating.

  • JC

    That didn’t take long. Never been into the show myself, but happy for those that are.

  • starship


    He’s already given the producers a run-down of how he wants the story to end (in case he dies pre-maturely) and is constantly updating the producers with any new stuff he’s written, so they’d have no problem wrapping up the show before he publishes the rest of the series.

    I know the original plan was for 8 seasons, but I’m sure they can wrap it all up in less if the ratings start falling, about 60% of the cast are secondary characters no one cares about and their story lines can be cut short if necessary.

  • AO

    Season 4 will be the second half of Book 3. Maybe Season 5-6 will be Books 4-5, but I think it possible that they’ll make those two books into 3 Seasons. So that will take us into 2016 for sure, and maybe 2017. Martin should be able to get the next book out by then, which would mean they wouldn’t catch up until 2017-18 if they make one Season of Book 6, currently called ‘The Winds of Winter’.

    The real question is the book after that. They could take a break and do a Season or two of Dunk & Egg stories (the 4th is being published this December and another 1,2 or more could well be published by then), and that could give Martin until 2019 or 2020 before they catch up, but it’s still a question if he can get Book 7 out by then. We’ll see. Either way it’s a nice problem to have and beyond our control.

  • tvwatcher

    The biggest non-surprise ever. :D Still very nice news!

  • Bill

    Good news!

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  • Annonimous

    Be damned spoiler alert !

  • DSC

    book 5 is gigantic, they’ll probably do that one in two seasons as well. A more difficult question, since books 4 and 5 run concurrently with different characters is how are they going to juggle that for television. will they mix characters and stories from books 4 and 5 in those episodes, or are they going to abandon some characters for a season or so?

  • Marko

    Season 4 will have second part of book 3, and beginnings of books 4 and 5, because they also run concurrently.
    Season 5 will have first halves of books 4 and 5. Season 6 will have second parts of the same books.
    What troubles me is what’s going to happen after season 6 if Martin writes another 2.000+ pages of material… :)

  • Nick

    Considering it went up against TWD and The Bible the numbers are excellent

  • Sam

    Took them long enough

  • Laina

    Just a heads up that some satellite and cable providers had free HBO on the night of the GOT S3 premiere. That’s how I got to see it. We generally wait for the dvd to come out. I’m not sure how much the free weekend made a difference in the Nielsen ratings but it may have played some part in the 11% rise. I’m sure many more people are discovering the show though too.

  • Laina

    *Whoops, I meant 13%, not 11.

  • KatieBell

    Laina – there may have been a limited number of new viewers due to free HBO weekends – but they were also contending with a holiday weekend which traditionally leads to lower numbers. I think it probably all shook out in the end and, if anything, the numbers will go even bigger this Sunday. No holiday weekend plus no Walking Dead.

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