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HBO Has Renewed Game Of Thrones For Seasons 5 and 6 Thanks To Huge Premiere Ratings

Winter Is Coming

Oh just renew it for infinity already, HBO. Geez.

There was really no doubt about it but it’s official – Game of Thrones will be returning to HBO for at least another two seasons.

Game of Thrones is a phenomenon like no other,” said Michael Lombardo, president, HBO Programming. “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.”

The news follows huge rating numbers for the Season 4 premiere (which we have recapped here).

“Season 4 of the epic fantasy opened at 9 p.m. Sunday night averaging 6.6 million total viewers, according to Nielsen,” according to the LA Times. “Those are the best numbers for HBO since 2007, when the mob drama “Sopranos” ended with 11.9 million viewers.”

To compare, the Season 3 premiere was viewed by 4.4 million. I hope their PR team gets a raise.

Producers have previously said the show is likely to run for seven seasons so I’m kind of surprised they didn’t just go for it and announce all of them officially. I sincerely doubt the creators are going to do anything to mess up one of the most popular shows on television right now. Oh, I just jinxed myself didn’t I? This is like the time Ned Stark said he would tell Jon Snow all about his mom the next time he sees him. Oops.

(via Collider)

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