HBO has renewed its hit fantasy drama “Game of Thrones” for a third season, the network announced Tuesday.
The renewal was never in doubt, especially after last Sunday’s record-breaking Season 2 premiere, which drew 3.9 million viewers — and 6.3 million total viewers for all of the night’s broadcasts.
“Series creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss raised our expectations for the second season – and then surpassed them,” said Michael Lombardo, president of HBO Programming, in a statement. “We are thrilled by all the viewer and media support we’ve received for the series, and can’t wait to see what Dan and David have in store for next season.”
Slated for 2013, the third season will once again feature 10 episodes and is expected to based on the first half of “A Storm of Swords,” the lengthy third novel in the best-selling book series from George R.R. Martin.
This past Sunday’s second episode, another strong ratings performer, featured an “Oh No!” cliffhanger for Jon Snow (Kit Harington), who’s run afoul of a hot-headed commander. See a snippet below.
“Game of Thrones” airs Sundays at 9/8c on HBO.