By Laura Stampler
April 8, 2014

HBO announced that its fan favorite Game of Thrones has been renewed for fifth and sixth seasons Tuesday.

Considering the fantasy drama’s extreme popularity, this decision is a no-brainer for studio execs. Sunday’s premiere not only knocked out HBO Go, but it drew in the show’s biggest audience thus far of 6.6 million viewers. That makes it the most watched show on HBO since The Sopranos 2007 finale.

Game Of Thrones is a phenomenon like no other,” HBO programming president Michael Lombardo said in a statement. “[Creators] 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.”

Now we only have to hope that the television series doesn’t catch up with creator George R. R. Martin’s books. He’s at five and the series has currently covered just over two and a half volumes. Get writing, George!

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