'Game of Thrones' is picked up for fifth and sixth seasons(Read article summary)
'Game of Thrones' returned for a fourth season on April 6.
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The renewal announcement comes after the fourth season of “Thrones” premiered on April 6. The fourth season premiere episode was the highest-rated installment of “Thrones” ever, according to Deadline. The episode was also the most-watched HBO episode since the “Sopranos” finale.
“Game Of Thrones is a phenomenon like no other,” HBO programming president Michael Lombardo said of the renewal in a statement. “[Creators] David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, along with their talented collaborators, continue to surpass themselves, and we look forward to more of their dazzling storytelling.”
Just how long “Thrones” will run has been the topic of debate lately, as “Thrones” author George R.R. Martin is still working on the sixth book of what will reportedly be a seven-part series. The fourth season currently covers the events of Martin’s third book.