In today’s edition of news that will surprise absolutely no one, HBO has renewed their hit fantasy epic series “Game of Thrones” for a fifth and sixth season following stellar ratings for their fourth season premiere last Sunday, April 6th.
If there’s anything surprising it’s that HBO decided to renew the show for a fifth and sixth season simultaneously rather than waiting until the start of the fifth season to announce renewal yet again. As if there was any doubt, the season premiere was a monster hit, watched by an average of 6.6 million viewers, making it the cable network’s most-watched program since the series finale of “The Sopranos” back in 2007 (for comparison, that pulled in 11.9 million viewers).
So while the good news is that there are at least two more seasons, the bad news is there are only nine more episodes left in this current season before we have to wait another year for more. But at least we know that there will be about seven or eight seasons in total, according to co-showrunners David Benioff & Dan Weiss. And it sounds like HBO is more than willing to keep the show around as long as they can. Michael Lombardo, president of HBO Programming says:
‘Game of Thrones’ is a phenomenon like no other. David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, along with their talented collaborators, continue to surpass themselves, and we look forward to more of their dazzling storytelling.
It’s not as if the show is going to run out of material anytime soon. Author George R.R. Martin is trying to finish his book series, and there’s plenty to fill all those remaining seasons. Plus, with a massive cast that includes Peter Dinklage, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke, Aidan Gillen, Jack Gleeson, Kit Harington, Maisie Williams, Gwendoline Christie, and Liam Cunningham (just to name a few), fans have plenty to keep track of in the land of Westeros.
Plus, the show is only getting bigger, since this season premiere’s ratings shows a 52% increase in viewership and 23% more than last season’s finale. Expect another presence at Comic-Con this year (where “Conan” just announced he will head in 2015) and stay tuned to see if a “Game of Thrones” movie gets off the ground as George R.R. Martin has hinted.
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