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

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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