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Ratings, Renewals, Reviews

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.

http://variety.com/2014/tv/news/game-of-thrones-renewed-for-two-more-seasons-1201154239/

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.

http://insidetv.ew.com/2014/04/07/game-of-thrones-premiere-ratings-4/

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

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/tv/showtracker/la-et-st-game-of-thrones-review-20140406,0,3119045.story#axzz2yJSBkpOY

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.

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vg36
Apr. 8th, 2014 06:45 pm (UTC)
Congratulations!
DjWeideman
Apr. 8th, 2014 07:06 pm (UTC)
Congratulations!
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!
GypsyDRB
Apr. 8th, 2014 07:29 pm (UTC)
congrats!
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...
danaewinters
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.
dragonborngurl
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
TheRealFakeAcct
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.
werthead
Apr. 8th, 2014 08:14 pm (UTC)
Congrats George!

That means two more episodes from yourself, right?
wookiemonster
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.
insurrbution
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.
dibbels81
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
burger_eater
Apr. 8th, 2014 10:13 pm (UTC)
Congratulations!
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!
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