HBO Renews Game of Thrones for Two More Seasons

Daenerys Targaryen, the Mother of Dragons

After the premiere of Game of Thrones‘s fourth season on Sunday, HBO announced that it has ordered an additional fifth and six seasons of the hit show. The season four opener, “Two Swords,” was the series’ highest rated episode with 6.46 million people tuning in. Given that it was the most watched HBO broadcast since the finale of The Sopranos back in 2007, it’s no surprise that the network will want to keep the show around.

“Game of Thrones is a phenomenon like no other,” HBO Programming President Michael Lombardo said in a statement regarding the renewal. “David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, along with their talented collaborators, continue to surpass themselves, and we look forward to more of their dazzling storytelling.”

Last month, showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss confirmed to Entertainment Weekly that the show will likely end after seven seasons. Author George R. R. Martin has released five books in the series the show is adapted from, and he is currently working on the two final books.  The remainder of the show’s fourth season is expected to cover the second half of the third novel, A Storm of Swords, with elements added in from the from the fourth and fifth books.

Given that Martin is notorious for taking years between publishing his books, it is still unknown if the show’s final seasons will eclipse the release of the next books in the series. With Martin listed as a producer for the show, he should be able to make sure the show stays on path to his vision of the series’ ending—if the show and books will have the same ending, that is. It’s possible the show and novels could see two different people sitting upon the Iron Throne in the end.

Game of Thrones airs on Sundays at 9/8c on HBO.