HBO has renewed its fantasy series “Game of Thrones” for a third season.
Based on author George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” novel “A Clash of Kings,” the second season of the network’s hit fantasy series has attracted 8.3 million viewers and is poised to surpass the Season 1 average of 9.3 million viewers, according to HBO.
“Series creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss raised our expectations for the second season — and then surpassed them,” said Lombardo, president, HBO Programming. “We are thrilled by all the viewer and media support we’ve received for the series and can’t wait to see what Dan and David have in store for next season.”
“Game of Thrones” chronicles a treacherous clash among royal families to secure ultimate power of Westeros, a vast kingdom facing peril at every corner.
Season 1 of “Game of Thrones” received 13 Primetime Emmy Award nominations, including Outstanding Drama Series. It captured Emmys for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama (Peter Dinklage) and Outstanding Main Title Design. Dinklage also won a Golden Globe for his performance.
In addition, the series was nominated several times during the 2011 Airlock Alpha Portal Awards, scoring wins for Best Actor/Television (Sean Bean), Best Episode/Television (“Winter is Coming”) and Best Series/Television.
The series is executive produced by Benioff (“Troy,” “The Kite Runner”), Weiss, Carolyn Strauss and Frank Doelger. Martin, Vanessa Taylor, Alan Taylor, Guymon Casady and Vince Gerardis co-executive produce the show, with Bernadette Caulfield serving as a producer.
“Game of Thrones” stars Dinklage, Lena Headey, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Emilia Clarke, Michelle Fairley, Maisie Williams, Sophie Turner, Kit Harington.