HBO Renews Game of Thrones for Season 4 Thanks to Record Ratings (and Common Sense)

By Tim Surette

Apr 02, 2013

In today's duh-doi news, HBO has renewed its hit fantasy epic swords-and-sorcery-and-dragons-and-direwolves-and-shadow-babies-oh-my drama Game of Thrones for a fourth season, because HBO is not stupid and is in the business of making sound decisions that will help it make money. The news comes just two days after the show's Season 3 premiere, which aired Sunday, and weeks after actor Charles Dance (who plays Tywin Lannister) pretty much told everyone there would be a Season 4. Surprising news this ain't.

Sunday's telecast set series highs for the program, drawing an average of 4.4 million viewers, according to HBO. That's more than its previous high of 4.2 million viewers, which belonged to last season's finale. Don't forget this is HBO we're talking about here; the pay-cable network is in only a fraction of the homes that have broadcast and basic cable. 

Presumably, Season 4 will continue the TV adaptation of A Storm of Swords, the massive third book in the A Song of Ice and Fire series that Game of Thrones is based on.

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  • BrandonMcQuee Apr 05, 2013

    Better hurry up George! The show is starting to catch up faster than you think. After the 4th season they are going to run out of material to make a good season. Plus I am absolutely dying to read Winds of Winter! :-)

  • jtjr26 Apr 05, 2013

    With over 4 million viewers I am curions how many viewers the show would draw on a network with wider coverage. Still wonderful news about a great series being renewed.

  • AdityaIyer Apr 04, 2013

    Common sense. Just common sense.

  • lindhoffen Apr 04, 2013

    Fantastic and epic tv series that keeps getting better and more interesting, I never doubted HBO to renew GOT for a season 4.

  • thomaselderton Apr 04, 2013

    Come on.... It's a given really! HBO would be effing retarded to cancel this show anytime before the end of the books.

  • dama82 Apr 04, 2013

    Calling it now, Season 10 and book 7 in 2020.

  • BrandonMcQuee Apr 05, 2013

    God I hope you are wrong about the book 7 in 2020. I will go nuts if I have to wait that long to read the final book!

  • dama82 Apr 07, 2013

    i was being optimistic. It is only 7 years away.. and if you realize the first book came out 17 years ago and GRRM's writing schedule it is not a bad geusstimate.

  • kanniballl Apr 03, 2013

    In other news, HBO admits that it likes MONEY.

    No real surprise here. People are still eating it up, and there's still more source material left from which to build.

  • ChrisCasiglio Apr 03, 2013

    Really don't understand people who complain that the story moves slow or "nothing happens" or "they just walk around and talk". If u just want abundant battle scenes and dragons and cgi go watch something else. Personally I prefer intelligent, complex writing and these lil things called plot and character development.

  • Dirk13 May 28, 2013

    What's amusing to me actually is I was just musing to myself the other day that what I most often enjoy comparing Game Of Thrones to is Lord Of The Rings, or, to put it more aptly, to justapose against it.

    Sure, I like Lord of The Rings, but I could barely sit through even the second viewing of the massive directors cut. I say massive, but the three movies, directors cuts included, amount to about one season of Game Of Thrones. By all rights, Game of Thrones should be more bloated due to all the extra stuff afforded by it being a TV show over a movie, and yet, I feel like it's Game Of Thrones that moves along comparatively, and Lord Of The Rings which feels like a bunch of people walking and talking for roughly three movies (I believe Randal via Clerks 2 put it very well).

    So yeah, to me Game of Thrones is like a more enjoyable genre piece compared to LoTR (yes I realize LoTR is a bit heavier on the fantasy and CGI and kapow effects but that only puts an even finer point on the whole thing. Game of Thrones still manages to feel more exciting in a fantasy esque realm (after all there are still giants and dragons and warlocks and frost zombies ect) while barely showing you any of it and constantly teasing it's subtle underlying presence (that doesn't mean I still don't squeel when we do get to see a giant or a dragon or a warlock or frost zombie do something crazy).

  • zzbeach Apr 05, 2013

    It's a bit arrogant to say those of us who want the story to move along as people who don't like plot and character development. I like the series but season two had a lot of unnecessary scenes that didn't add to plot or character development and made the show feel disjointed. The funny thing is the battle scenes were excellent. You must remember that many of us have not read the books. The producers have and, according to many of you here, are keeping very true to the books. Keep in mind that 30 or 40 pages in the book can work out to a 2 to 5 minute scene on tv. This can make an episode feel disjointed if too many of these scenes are in an episode. The producers are going to have to do a better job at adapting the books to episodic television. This means cutting things out and joining scenes together to make scenes longer to keep a better flow.

  • DavidJackson8 Apr 03, 2013

    There's a something else with abundant battle scenes and dragons and cgi? What is this awesomeness I'm missing out on?!

  • J_Pip Apr 03, 2013

    I love how HBO and Showtime do the free week of their channel when a series returns and then they get to boast about how many tuned in to watch it.

  • abdulay31 Apr 03, 2013

    At the rate the show is going it will back for as long as GRRM books are available

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