"Game of Thrones" renewed for season 4

Coming off Sunday's record-breaking premiere ratings, it should come as no real shock that HBO will continue to tell George R.R. Martin's epic tale "Game of Thrones" for a fourth season.

The network just renewed the show for 10 episodes to air next year. The March 31 third season premiere averaged 4.4 million viewers, which is even more than the 4.2 million who tuned in for the show's second season finale. Additionally, it was up 13 percent from last season's premiere, which captured 3.9 million viewers.

And while "Thrones" is pretty pricey to produce (upwards of $55 million per season, according to Entertainment Weekly), it makes up for it with impressive DVD and international sales. Plus, it's quickly catching up with "True Blood" as HBO's most popular show.

Tell us: Are you excited that a new season of "Thrones" has been green lit so early into the latest season?

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