At this point I don’t know why HBO doesn’t just renew the series until the very end of the books. They KNOW it will continue to be popular but that it will also have a definite ending at the end of the book series. Either way, HBO has officially renewed the series for a fourth season only a few days after the premiere of the 3rd season on March 31st.
The announcement came officially from Michael Lombardo, president, HBO Programming.
The series is based on the book series entitled, “A Song of Ice and Fire” written by George R.R. Martin. The third season will follow half of the events of book 3, “A Storm of Swords” with the fourth season tentatively focusing of the second half of the novel.
“Game of Thrones,” the series, has won both Emmys and Golden Globes. It has continually been incredibly popular that is growing with each season.
According to early data, “Game of Thrones'” season three premiere March 31 on HBO topped the series’ highs, with record viewership for both the 9:00 p.m. (ET/PT) airing and gross audience across the three plays. At 9:00 p.m., it averaged 4.4 million viewers, outperforming (+4%) the previous high of 4.2 million viewers from last season’s finale. “Game of Thrones” improved 13% in comparison to last season’s premiere of 3.9 million viewers. Across the three plays for the night, 6.7 million viewers tuned in, surpassing last season’s debut night of 6.3 million viewers by 7%. Last season, “Game of Thrones” had an average gross audience (HBO linear plays + HBO On Demand/HBO GO + DVR) of 11.6 million viewers.
The executive producers of “Game of Thrones” are David Benioff, D.B. Weiss, Carolyn Strauss, Frank Doelger, Bernadette Caulfield; co-executive producers, Guymon Casady, Vince Gerardis, George R.R. Martin, Vanessa Taylor; produced by Chris Newman, Greg Spence.