HBO has renewed “Game of Thrones” for a fifth and sixth season.
The news came after Sunday’s Season 4 premiere of the show earned an average of 6.6 million viewers, making it HBO’s most-watched program since the finale of “The Sopranos” in 2007.
“‘Game of Thrones’ is a phenomenon like no other,” said Michael Lombardo, President of HBO Programming. “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.”
Based on the bestselling fantasy book series by George R.R. Martin, the series tells the story of the perpetually warring houses of Westeros, where a long and perhaps apocalyptic winter is coming.
The cast includes Emmy and Golden Globe winner Peter Dinklage, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke, Charles Dance, Aidan Gillen, Jack Gleeson, Kit Harington, Diana Rigg, Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams, Isaac Hempstead Wright, Alfie Allen, Jerome Flynn, Conleth Hill, John Bradley, Gwendoline Christie, Liam Cunningham, Stephen Dillane, Natalie Dormer, Iain Glen, Kristofer Hivju, Sibel Kekilli, Rose Leslie, Rory McCann, Michael McElhatton, Iwan Rheon and Carice van Houten.