The Washington Post

HBO orders Season 4 of ‘Game of Thrones’

Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister in “Game of Thrones.” (Helen Sloan)

Although the show’s future wasn’t much in doubt, fans of HBO’s lavish fantasy series “ Game of Thrones ” can rest a little easier knowing that it will get another season.

On Tuesday, two days after the show’s third-season premiere, HBO announced a fourth season of “Game of Thrones.”

The decision came after the announcement that the show had achieved an audience high of 6.7 million viewers across all three airings of the show Sunday. That topped the previous season premiere by 7 percent.

For fans familiar with the novels by George R.R. Martin that serve as the basis for the series, the third season was planned to cover only the first half of the third book, “A Storm of Swords.” Now, viewers will be able to see at least the rest of the events of that book dramatized on TV.

After the fourth season, however, things will get trickier. When the books were published, Martin divided the fourth and fifth books, “A Feast for Crows” and “A Dance With Dragons,” by characters — with half the story lines in one book and the other half in the other (although there is some blending in the fifth volume).

When those books make it to TV, elements of both novels will be needed to continue the narrative of all the characters.

The show’s executive producers told HitFix that they visited Martin at his home in New Mexico in February to get information on where the series was headed in the final two books.

Show Comments
Most Read



Success! Check your inbox for details.

See all newsletters

Close video player
Now Playing

To keep reading, please enter your email address.

You’ll also receive from The Washington Post:
  • A free 6-week digital subscription
  • Our daily newsletter in your inbox

Please enter a valid email address

I have read and agree to the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.

Please indicate agreement.

Thank you.

Check your inbox. We’ve sent an email explaining how to set up an account and activate your free digital subscription.