‘True Blood’ wasn’t the only HBO genre series to have good news at HBO’s recent summer Television Critics’ Association presentation, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

HBO executives expressed their commitment to making ‘Game Of Thrones’ as authentic as possible to author George R.R. Martin’s books. And that they would keep the show going as long as Martin keeps writing them.

Martin is a prolific writer so hopefully it was a serious comment and commitment to the show that fans can count on. HBO president of programming Michael Lombardo confided that he has not read Martin’s excellent books. But he added that ‘Game Of Thrones’ writer/producers Dan Weiss and David Benioff can be considered among Martin’s “biggest fans.”

The series debuted to such critical acclaim and 2.2 million viewers with a strong 1.2 million for the encore showing that it was renewed for a second season after just airing the pilot episode. ‘Game Of Thrones’ also started production on season 2 this week and just a few weeks after its 10 episode season ended.

About the series:
“Summers span decades. Winters can last a lifetime.  And the struggle for the Iron Throne has begun. It will stretch from the south, where heat breeds plots, lusts and intrigues; to the vast and savage eastern lands; all the way to the frozen north, where an 800-foot wall of ice protects the kingdom from the dark forces that lie beyond. Kings and queens, knights and renegades, liars, lords and honest men…all will play the ‘Game of Thrones’.”

‘Game Of Thrones’, based on Martin’s best-selling book series ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’, stars Sean Bean (‘The Lord of the Rings’, ‘The Island’), Mark Addy (‘Robin Hood’, ‘The Time Machine’) Lena Headey (‘Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles’) Emilia Clarke (‘Triassic Attack’) and Peter Dinklage (‘The Chronicles of Narnia’). Martin, who adapted his book series for the television show, serves as executive producer.