Okay, folks, time to put away your Longclaw replicas and pay attention to some awesome Game of Thrones news that has come out today. You are seemingly not alone in your love of the show, even though people may look at you like you have eight heads when you try to describe it: The season 3 premiere gave HBO its highest viewership for the series yet, and you know what that means. They've officially renewed the show for season 4!
Considering they're splitting the third book, A Storm of Swords, into two seasons, I thought this announcement was inevitable since fans are so psyched to see the whole book come to life with its numerous plot twists and unexpected moments. But it's nice to know it's official and all. I'll sleep better at night that way.
But still, that means it's going to be a ridiculously long wait in between seasons, and I'm really not looking forward to that.
The wait between season 2 and 3 was already long and painful and excruciating enough. But HBO knows we're going to tune in regardless, even as we go literally crazy with anticipation. Here's the breakdown of all the statistics from the premiere last Sunday, per an HBO press release:
According to early data, Game of Thrones season three premiere March 31 on HBO topped the series’ highs, with record viewership for both the 9:00 p.m. (ET/PT) airing and gross audience across the three plays. At 9:00 p.m., it averaged 4.4 million viewers, outperforming (+4%) the previous high of 4.2 million viewers from last season’s finale. Game of Thrones improved 13% in comparison to last season’s premiere of 3.9 million viewers. Across the three plays for the night, 6.7 million viewers tuned in, surpassing last season’s debut night of 6.3 million viewers by 7%. Last season, Game of Thrones had an average gross audience (HBO linear plays + HBO On Demand/HBO GO + DVR) of 11.6 million viewers.
The fact that the premiere's numbers were higher than last season's finale should clue you in to how desperately fans of the series were awaiting this one. This is the type of show you kind of have to watch from the beginning too -- so I'm sure the fact that HBO Go and pirating exist does nothing but help drive up these viewership numbers.
Since season 3 has already wrapped production-wise, now we're left wondering exactly how each storyline will end. Those who've read the books know a major scene involving a wedding is going to go down -- it will most likely happen during the seventh episode of the third season, but how will the fallout continue on in season 4? What about what happens during a particularly important feast with Joffrey? And we haven't even seen Arya, Jaime, and Brienne yet!
I'm sorry to be so vague about everything, but some crazy shit's going to go down with all of these characters, and we won't see it all in the third season alone. It's going to be so hard waiting in between these seasons, I'm actually already worried about it (#nerdypeopleproblems).
Are you glad to hear HBO renewed Game of Thrones for season 4? How could they not, right?
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