HBO’s megahit medieval fantasy series has been renewed for a third season. Who’s surprised here? No one? That’s what I thought.
After pulling in record breaking numbers during their second season premiere, and continuing to keep the numbers up in their second week, Deadline is reporting that HBO has ordered a third season of ‘Game of Thrones’. In a statement from HBO’s programming president Michael Lombardo, the executive says that the creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss “raised our expectations for the second season – and surpassed them.”
Based on the bestselling books by George R.R. Martin, ‘Game of Thrones’ started off its second season strong with 3.9 million viewers tuning in to watch the premiere, which is a series high and up 74% from last season’s premiere. In its second week, the show drew 3.8 million viewers, retaining nearly its entire audience from the week prior.
No announcements have been made yet concerning order size, but it’s likely that the third season will continue the trend of containing 10 episodes in order to maintain the level of quality of each episode. Deadline anticipates that Season 3 will cover half of the third Song of Ice And Fire novel, ‘A Storm of Swords’.
What do you think about this announcement? Are you excited to see more ‘Game of Thrones’? And for those of you who haven’t started watching yet, are you more motivated to finally check it out? I know I am, especially since I found out that Hannah Murray (Gilly) and Joe Dempsie (Gendry) of ‘Skins’ have roles.