On Monday, HBO announced that the season 4 Game of Thrones premiere was its highest rated show since the series finale of The Sopranos. Therefore, yesterday’s news that HBO had renewed Game of Thrones for two additional seasons is probably the least surprising news ever. It does mean, however, that we will at least get 6 seasons of the quest for the iron throne. I will admit that the announcement does seem a little odd given that showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss have previously indicated that 7 seasons seems to be the magic number for the show. One would think that at this point HBO would simply give the go ahead for a seventh season, but who knows what the network is thinking. Further, I suppose, there, of course, is always the outstanding problem of whether George R.R. Martin will have finished sixth and seventh books before the TV series catches up.
In any event, we are more than excited to know that Game of Thrones will still be around for the near future.