Tuesday, April 8, 2014

HBO Renews 'Game of Thrones' for Seasons 5 and 6

HBO has renewed Game of Thrones for a fifth and sixth season, it was announced by Michael Lombardo, President, HBO Programming. The two-year pickup comes after the fourth season premiere was watched by 6.6 million viewers - the most for an HBO program since the series finale of The Sopranos.

"Game of Thrones is a phenomenon like no other," noted Lombardo. "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, Game of Thrones is an epic story of treachery and nobility set on the continent of Westeros, where summers and winters can last years, and only the lust for power is eternal.

Series regulars for the fourth season include 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 Rheonand and Carice van Houten.

Benioff, Weiss, Carolyn Strauss, Frank Doelger and Bernadette Caulfield serve as executive producers. Martin, Guymon Casady and Vince Gerardis are co-executive producers. Producers are Chris Newman and Greg Spence.