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HBO's 'Game of Thrones' Already Renewed For Season Three

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Apr 10, 2012 | 8:31am EDT

Game of Thrones Season 2Two episodes into its second season, HBO's Game of Thrones has already, er, finally been renewed for a third. That's right — a third season wasn't yet official!

The beloved series, based on George R. R. Martin's series of fantasy novels, has been a ratings behemoth for HBO, kicking off its sophomore season April 1 to record viewership of 3.9 million and holding surprisingly steady (3.8 million) the following week.

"Series creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss raised our expectations for the second season — and then surpassed them," said the network's programming president, Michael Lombardo.

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