In what was a move that was widely expected by many, HBO announced on Tuesday that “Game of Thrones” will indeed be back for a third season — and they have made their decision just two weeks into a new run for the series.
In a statement, network head Michael Lombardo had the following to say about the move:
“Series creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss raised our expectations for the second season – and then surpassed them. 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.”
“Thrones” has been a major success for the network, and rose to a new series high for its season 2 premiere on April 1 with 3.9 million viewers watching. It also posted the strongest first-week DVD sales ever for season 1, and has a great deal of critical acclaim — including both an Emmy and a Golden Globe victory for series star Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister.
If you want to check out our review of Sunday’s new episode, click here. Season 3 will begin shooting later this year in Europe.