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HBO has renewed GAME OF THRONES for a fifth season.  Great news.  But hardly surprising.  I mean, it wasn't official, but everyone and his brother pretty well knew that we would get a fast renewal for season five.

But HBO has also renewed GAME OF THRONES for a sixth season, and that one is surprising.  I don't think even David and Dan suspected that was coming.  I certainly did not.  HBO never orders more than one season at a time, not in recent memory.  So this is pretty unprecedented.  And pretty great.


The renewal comes on the heels of record ratings for the premiere episode of season four.  "Two Swords" translated to more than six million viewers.  (Just imagine if we'd had three or four or five swords!!).  The episode netted the highest rating of any HBO show since the finale of THE SOPRANOS, which is pretty amazing, considering all the great television that HBO has aired in the intervening years.


The reviews have been pretty extraordinary as well.  Especially this one:


So... what can one say?  It has been a pretty extraordinary week.

My congratulations to David Benioff, Dan Weiss, our incredible directors, our amazing crew, and the best cast in television.


Apr. 8th, 2014 06:45 pm (UTC)
Apr. 8th, 2014 07:06 pm (UTC)
Great news for show fans and book fans alike.

Most people probably thought we'd be lucky to get 3 seasons out of this show before HBO got bored. It's a tribute to the quality of the books and Dan & Dave's heroic efforts to do the best possible work and do justice to the story, that HBO is backing them up this way. If nothing else, it certainly makes the wait for TWOW a lot easier to bear.

Congratulations, George. It is a wonderful world you've created and a tremendous team is turning it into the best television ever seen.

-Slow clap-
Tomasz Augustyn
Apr. 8th, 2014 07:23 pm (UTC)
Here's to another two seasons!
Apr. 8th, 2014 07:29 pm (UTC)
I think HBO learned their lesson from Rome. I loved that show, and it should gone for at least 4-5 seasons.

Love the books, love the show. Now do I use a hall pass from the wifey to go to ConCarolinas in a month!
Theresa Rapior
Apr. 8th, 2014 07:30 pm (UTC)
Not to mention how many premiere parties counted for many more viewers, and all the fans around the world, who will be watching and anticipating all that's coming!

I can't wait to see where the Hound and Arya get to in the show. Valar Morghulis...
Apr. 8th, 2014 07:30 pm (UTC)
I'm not surprised it was renewed 2 more seasons. First, the ratings were insanely high this weekend, and second, can you imagine what kind of mass uproar they'd have if HBO DIDN'T see it through to the end at this point? It's a great series, and keeps proving itself worthy of the obsession people have over the characters and storylines within.
Apr. 8th, 2014 07:53 pm (UTC)
extend the congrats!
This is wonderful news and really deserves kudos and cheers to Dan, David, their showrunners and most of all YOU!! You are loved George Martin, dearly...even when you are hated for killing off beloved characters; what comes out of your heart, mind and imagination transcends everything. 1 million Thank you's for sharing and may the fates bestow you with eternal happiness and creativity. xox
Apr. 8th, 2014 07:54 pm (UTC)
Great news!
Congratulations Mr. Martin on this wonderful and surprising double-renewal, and on the spectacular ratings. The Vampires of the South have been dethroned, and only the mighty King-beyond-the-Lincoln Tunnel still sits above us...for now.
Apr. 8th, 2014 08:14 pm (UTC)
Congrats George!

That means two more episodes from yourself, right?
Apr. 8th, 2014 08:16 pm (UTC)
As I don't have HBO, I've only seen bits and pieces of the series. However, it seems to tally well with the books, which is a rarity in adaptations of books. I'll eventually get the series on DVD. :)

Kudos for the success of this series!
Philip Gouldon
Apr. 8th, 2014 08:20 pm (UTC)
That is a huge compliment and an even bigger showing of how much faith they have in the show, the books, and the fans to renew for two more seasons. That is unheard in television as far as I know, especially for HBO considering they seem to be very careful with their decision making, no matter how successful a show has become.
Apr. 8th, 2014 09:08 pm (UTC)
That's great stuff George!! Really surprised by the DOUBLE renewal.

Hope all is going well in your version of Westeros. You know - the original.
Apr. 8th, 2014 09:10 pm (UTC)
I wonder if they'll do a Lord of the Rings type thing and shoot the seasons simultaneously, since book 4 and 5 are intertwined with each other
Apr. 8th, 2014 10:13 pm (UTC)
Patrick Wagner
Apr. 8th, 2014 10:17 pm (UTC)
Congrats George
Thank you for creating and sharing this universe with us George. You are an incredible writer and your stories have been a big part of my life, so thank you! Congrats on all of your success and I'm looking forward to your next book!
Apr. 8th, 2014 10:34 pm (UTC)
So happy for you and everyone involved :) ...and me^^ Do you happen to know if the main cast signs up per season or will they -well those who survive as far as the books go-sign up for season 6 as well? I'd be much more calm if I knew Maisie Williams isn't going anywhere soon^^.
Apr. 9th, 2014 01:49 am (UTC)
It's a testament to the fantastic source material and the wonderful job David, Dan, and the rest of the crew have done in bringing it to life. Congratulations well deserved! Looking forward to the rest of this season and especially Winds of Winter!
Apr. 9th, 2014 02:39 am (UTC)
True detective was probably the best show to air in recent memory and Matthew is fast becoming the best actor around (daniel day lewis needs to get out of retirement) but honestly season 4 of game of thrones might surpass Breaking Bad season 5 and probably the best season to ever air in TV.

The writing is there, and so is the acting (GoT has the largest amount of great actors).

HBO really is holding up to its reputation and with TD and GoT on their belts they now have truly some of the best TV shows ever.
Apr. 9th, 2014 03:56 am (UTC)
TRUE DETECTIVE was an amazing show. And BOARDWALK EMPIRE had a terrific season as well. HBO has had a great year, no doubt about it. I am pleased and proud that we can be a part of it.
Apr. 9th, 2014 05:52 am (UTC)
Indeed. True Detective had one of the most satisfying endings ever and I vouch for other TV shows to have an ending as good as that.

Curious question: do you ever plan on writing a story that has a modern setting (contemporary modern life)? I'd be very interested on your take on it.

I guess writing historical fiction we have an outside perception/lens of humanity and human nature and so much to work on. It's harder to view humanity in an outside lens in modern times since we are currently living it and our perception is filtered by time, culture, and ideologies.

But alas: breaking bad, house of cards, and true detective are terrific examples of modern contemporary life.

Also, hannibal is the most underrated show at the moment. Mads mikkelson <3
Apr. 9th, 2014 04:53 pm (UTC)
I have written stories that have modern settings. My novel ARMAGEDDON RAG, for one... well, I guess that's a historical now, since it is set in the 1980s, but it was contemporary when I wrote it. Also a number of my short stories.
Apr. 9th, 2014 02:45 am (UTC)
Thats great and all but...
I am dying to know...

How many Dornishmen does it take to fuck a goat?
Apr. 9th, 2014 06:17 am (UTC)
Kudos to all
I think you picked the right guys and the hook is set.
Bernhard Vienna
Apr. 9th, 2014 07:51 am (UTC)
It's the writing.
It's the writing. Feeling an emotional connection with the characters.
Apr. 9th, 2014 08:39 am (UTC)
Fantastic news. Game of Thrones really is the best TV show ever made. There's no denying it. The fact it has welcomed newcomers to the delights of the fantasy genre is what I also find to be so unusual. I have many friends that would never have gone near the fantasy genre, even myself once upon a time, but now we all share the love of Game of Thrones. It is set in the realms of fantasy, but it's themes and motifs are universal and that is why it is speaking to people.

Well done to everyone involved :)
Apr. 9th, 2014 10:40 am (UTC)
Congratulations, Mr Martin! Very well deserved.
Apr. 9th, 2014 11:48 am (UTC)
At this point. it's pretty much a no-brainer to keep going with a winner.
I would like some day to shake the hand of the man who convinced HBO to go first class on the production from day 1. I still get a laugh from your having gotten tired of the Hollywoodites telling you that your great ideas would be too expensive to shoot.

It would be nice to see options on Fevre Dream and Armageddon Rag (I assume there are such) come to fruition . . .
Apr. 9th, 2014 01:02 pm (UTC)
Yay!!! Wonderful news!
Apr. 9th, 2014 06:51 pm (UTC)
The only TV show I watch. It’s just on a whole another level, even if they do deviate from the books every now and then. Seriously, the HBO could’ve approved two more seasons, a prequel season and a couple of spin-offs :-)
Ramzi Shalby
Apr. 9th, 2014 07:37 pm (UTC)
Hoping This Won't Affect Your Writing
First off congrats! As much as I am anticipating the next book I really hope HBO does not pressure you for publishing the next 2 books.
Apr. 10th, 2014 09:39 am (UTC)
Next Seasons
Congratulations, Mr.Martin! Do you have any predictions about events from your books, which will be included in 5 and 6 seasons? Will D&D exceed the limits of the 4th and 5th books?
From Russia with love.
Dariusz Mysłowski
Apr. 10th, 2014 11:35 pm (UTC)
oh, just wait for reactions after episode 2 this sunday :)

Edited at 2014-04-10 11:37 pm (UTC)


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