Game of Thrones, the HBO series based on the fantasy book series by George R.R. Martin, has been a huge hit for HBO, telling the tale of the continent of Westeros, “where summers and winters can last years, and only the lust for power is eternal” (a.k.a., it’s a gargantuan swords-and-sandals epic with lots of graphic violence and sex).  After record setting third season premiere last Sunday, HBO has surprised absolutely no one by announcing that the series has been renewed for a fourth season.

The third season premiere on Sunday, March 31 set a new record for the series, with 4.4 million viewers turning in for the 9 PM (ET and PT) airings of the show, outpacing the 4.2 million who viewed the season two finale, and the 3.9 million who tuned in for the season two premiere.  And overall, the premiere aired three times that night, and scored a total of 6.7 million viewers, beating the 6.3 million who watched last season’s premiere.  Translation: a lot of people really like this show and HBO, unsurprisingly, is renewing the hell out of it.

President of HBO programming Michael Lombardo announced the news today that the program would be renewed; expect the fourth season to premiere in Spring of 2014.

What do you think of the Game of Thrones news?