HBO Renews 'Game of Thrones' for Fourth Season

Third season premiere draws record ratings for fantasy series

Peter Dinklage as Tyrion in 'Game of Thrones'.
Helen Sloan/HBO
April 2, 2013 3:10 PM ET

Just two days after Game of Thrones kicked off its third season, HBO announced that the fantasy epic will return for a fourth.

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This past Sunday's premiere drew record ratings, hitting a series high of 4.4 million viewers, an increase of 13 percent from the first episode of Season Two. Across three airings, the third season premiere notched a total of 6.7 million viewers.

If you're still looking to catch up on the action, be sure to check out our Season Three cheat sheet as well as our recap of this week's episode, which – spoiler alert! – found Jon Snow defecting to the wildlings, Tyrion Lannister getting no respect from his cold-hearted father, and, of course, dragons.

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