As if you didn’t see this one coming: HBO has renewed the immensely popular fantasy series Game of Thrones for a fourth season. The pickup comes just a couple of days after the show’s season three premiere, which pulled in a record-breaking 4.4 million viewers. The renewal was essentially a foregone conclusion, as Game of Thrones has been a massively profitable series for HBO. Not only does the show pull in great ratings, but its DVDs and Blu-rays—an incredibly lucrative market for the pay cable network—are record sellers. Hit the jump for more.
I’m reasonably sure that exactly no one is surprised by this news. I can count on one hand the people I know who don’t watch Game of Thrones (Simon is one of them for some reason). The show is amazingly produced and the writers are doing a great job distilling all the best parts of the incredibly dense books into the series. Also, they throw all the money at it to make it look amazing.
In case it’s not clear: yes, I’m excited.