That didn't take long.
HBO's fantasy drama Game of Thrones has been renewed for a fourth season by the network, it was announced on Tuesday. This announcement comes just two days after the show's third season premiere, "Valar Dohaeris," which aired Sunday night on HBO.
The season 3 premiere nabbed record ratings for the series, averaging 4.4 million viewers across its three showings. That beat the show's previous high -- the season 2 finale's 4.2 million. This isn't exactly explosive growth -- the season 2 premiere nabbed 3.9 million viewers -- but the fact that the series is holding so steady was certainly reason enough for HBO to place some confidence in the series.
The press release didn't mention an episode count for the fourth season, but it's assumed that it will have ten episodes like the three seasons before it.
Season 3 will slowly build up momentum to the show's most intense hours yet; season 4 will likely pick up as the intensity is at an all-time high. Since the show is splitting its adaptation of the third book, A Storm of Swords, you can bet that season 4 will get some of the juiciest bits from that book -- as well as incorporating elements from the fourth and fifth books, A Feast for Crows and A Dance With Dragons.
Pretty exciting (if expected) news, no?
Game of Thrones will air its next episode, "Dark Wings, Dark Words," Sunday at 9/8c on HBO.