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Game of Thrones renewed for third season

Game of Thrones

Story by Jack Foley

HBO has confirmed it has renewed Game of Thrones for a third season.

The news means that fans of the show can expect A Storm of Swords to arrive some time in 2013, meaning that at least part of George R.R. Martin’s source third book in the Song of Ice and Fire will see the light of day on the small screen.

The renewal comes after figures revealed that Season 2 premiered in the US to record-breaking ratings, attracting a total of 3.9 million viewers – a 53 per cent gain from its first season average.

The second episode also dropped less than 3 per cent, pulling 3.8 million viewers, to confirm the show’s enduring (and expanding) appeal.

Michael Lombardo, HBO programming president, said in a statement: “Series creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss raised our expectations for the second season – and then surpassed them. 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.”

Lombardo also revealed that season three will probably still consist of 10 episodes, although unlike the first two it won’t necessarily follow one of Martin’s books from start to finish.

It was a suggestion reiterated by Weiss, who commented: “A Storm of Swords is too long to fit in a single season 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.”

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