After the fantastic first episode showing, that brought in 4.2 million viewers, HBO gave notice that Game of Thrones has been given a second season.  Take the jump for the complete press release.

Following strong critical and viewer response to the series’ April 17 debut, HBO has renewed GAME OF THRONES for a second season, it was announced today by Michael Lombardo, president, HBO Programming.

“We are delighted by the way David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have brought George R.R. Martin’s amazing book series to the screen, and thrilled by the support of the media and our viewers,” said Lombardo. “This is the continuation of an exciting creative partnership.”

Based on the bestselling fantasy book series “A Song of Ice and Fire,” by George R.R. Martin, GAME OF THRONES follows kings and queens, knights and renegades, liars and noblemen as they vie for power in a land where summers span decades and winters can last a lifetime.

Among the early critical raves, TV Guide has called the show “a crowning triumph” and “brilliant,” while the Los Angeles Times termed GAME OF THRONES “a great and thundering series,” as well as “wild and bewitching.” The Hollywood Reporter praised the “excellent storytelling, superb acting and stunning visual effects,” and the New York Post observed that the “art directing, acting and incredible sets are as breathtaking as the massive scope of the series.”

The gross audience for the premiere night of GAME OF THRONES on the main HBO channel was 4.2 million viewers.

The season one cast includes (in alphabetical order): Mark Addy, Alfie Allen, Sean Bean, Emilia Clarke, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Peter Dinklage, Michelle Fairley, Aidan Gillen, Jack Gleeson, Iain Glen, Kit Harington, Lena Headey, Isaac Hempstead-Wright, Harry Lloyd, Richard Madden, Rory McCann, Jason Momoa, Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams.

Season one credits: GAME OF THRONES is executive produced by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss; co-executive producers, Carolyn Strauss, Guymon Casady, Vince Gerardis, Ralph Vicinanza and George R.R. Martin; producers, Mark Huffam and Frank Doelger; directors of photography, Marco Pontecorvo, Alik Sakharov and Matt Jensen; production designer, Gemma Jackson; costume designer, Michele Clapton.

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3 Comments

  1. litanyofthieves
    April 25, 2011 at 12:13 pm — Reply

    This is exciting for me, but we’ve still got 5 more seasons after this, so my dread that this show may be cancelled before the end is still present.

  2. MarkW
    April 25, 2011 at 1:52 pm — Reply

    I don’t think there’s ANY chance that we’ll see the series continue until the last book in the series is adapted. Even if the ratings hold up enough for HBO to keep wanting it on the air, it may be at least another decade before we see the 7th book of the series – if that ends up being the final book.

    Not to mention the series becomes rapidly more difficult to adapt as it progresses. Both the sheer scope of the series (in chracters, plotlines, and locations) and certain things I won’t go into here because they’re major spoilers for this season’s events.

  3. Skullie
    April 26, 2011 at 7:07 am — Reply

    Knowing HBO and how they adapted the Sookie Stackhouse series, this will probably resemble the books but create it’s own story lines over time. If it worked with one book adapted series.

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