Game of Thrones renewed for fourth season
Story by Jack Foley
TWO days after its third season set a premiere record for HBO, the decision has been made to renew Game of Thrones for a fourth season.
That means that devoted fans can look forward to at least another 10 episodes when the fourth season makes its comeback in early 2014.
Season three’s premiere, which took place on Sunday (March 30) in the US attracted a series record 4.4 million viewers, up four per cent from the previous high despite stiff cable competition from AMC’s The Walking Dead finale.
Across all platforms, Game of Thrones is currently grossing 11.6 million viewers.
Created by David Benioff and Dan Weiss, Game of Thrones is based on the best-selling A Song of Ice and Fire novels by George RR Martin. It ranks as HBO’s third-most-watched series of all time, trailing only True Blood among current shows and thereby vindicating the massive expense it takes to produce.
The third series is based on the book A Storm of Swords but, according to The Hollywood Reporter, will only follow half of that book, paving the way for the fourth season to complete the rest.
It remains to be seen whether the series will see the books through to their conclusion, though, given that the final two instalments have yet to be written.
But the hope is that Martin can complete them in time and that viewers will still be returning to watch it in their droves.