The fourth season of “Game of Thrones” just kicked off on Sunday, and now — two days later — HBO has announced that viewers can count on at least two more season in Westeros.
The premium cable channel has officially announced that “Game of Thrones” will be back for a fifth and sixth season.
The news shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone who saw the numbers from Sunday’s season four premiere. The season opener was the most-watched hour of original programming since “The Sopranos” abruptly ended back in 2007.
Around 6.6 million people watched the citizens of the George R.R. Martin’s fictional world vie for seat on the Iron Throne. That’s up from the 4.4 million that caught the season three opener.
The season currently airing on HBO covers the events of Martin’s third book, “A Storm of Swords,” the first half of which made up the story of last season. The entirety of the author’s fantasy epic will take place over the course of seven books, meaning that the show has four seasons of story left at the very least.
However, one of the show’s creators, David Benioff has previously indicated that he only sees the TV version of Martin’s story continue to the seventh or eighth seasons.
Regardless of how long “Game of Thrones” ends up running on HBO, fans of the show are, for now, at least assured that the next few years will be filled with backstabbing, incest and surprised beheadings.
“Game of Thrones” airs on Sundays at 9 p.m. ET.