Game of Thrones, which returned for a fourth season this weekend to the highest ratings of the show’s run, will be around for at least the next two years as HBO has renewed the series for an additional fifth and sixth seasons. Expect more dragons and nudity.
The show, which had over 6.6 Million viewers this Sunday and countless numbers watching on HBOGO (and through torrents — GoT always ranks highly on the list of the most torrented shows of the year) usually gets over 14 Million viewers by week’s end, and is HBO’s most watched show since The Sopranos. So it’s no surprise that the network has greenlit the show’s next two seasons, especially considering the network is bringing True Blood and Boardwalk Empire to a close later this year. Game of Thrones is currently the network’s flagship show, and helps drive subscriptions to the Premium Cable network.
Based on the Song of Ice and Fire series of books by George R.R. Martin, Game of Thrones became a must-watch with its premiere, and has been popular ever since, with The Red Wedding now one of the more infamously shocking episodes of television ever. And where the fanbase of The Walking Dead is often a grumbly lot (with many noting when they gave up), you never hear a lot of complaints about what’s happening in Westeros. As programming president Michael Lombardo said to The Hollywood Reporter “Game of Thrones is a phenomenon like no other.” Which it is likely to remain for the next three years (at least).
Were you happy with the Season 4 premiere of Game of Thrones?