Raise your beer steins and goblets and drink your favorite beverage for the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros are celebrating today. After the initial ratings came out for the Season 2 Premiere of HBO’s hit fantasy drama, Game of Thrones, we had a good feeling that an announcement was coming soon for an order of Season 3. Nine days into the new season, after just two episodes have aired, HBO’s President of Programming, Michael Lombardo announced today they have indeed renewed the series based on George R.R. Martin’s fantasy book series, A Son of Ice and Fire.
“Series creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss raised our expectations for the second season – and then surpassed them,” said Lombardo in a statement released today. “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.”
Season two cast members include: Emmy and Golden Globe winner Peter Dinklage, Michelle Fairley, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Aidan Gillen, Iain Glen, Kit Harington, Richard Madden, Maisie Williams, Isaac Hempstead Wright, Sophie Turner, Jack Gleeson and Alfie Allen.
An additional 2 million viewers tuned into encore presentations of the Season 2 premiere for a current gross audience of 8.3 million. There was no word yet on how many episodes will be ordered for Season 3 and whether or not it will be split into two seasons as showrunners Benioff and Weiss have been rumored to be planning. It’s still a long ways off of the 11.9 million viewers that The Sopranos brought in for its series finale, but it’s steadily climbing and gaining more viewers each week. When it’s all said and done, Game of Thrones could make history for HBO and when you consider the ratings that The Walking Dead brought in on its second season, 2012 has been already a banner year for genre television.