Even though we can't say we're surprised—given the robust ratings performance and awards recognition—we're pleased nonetheless: HBO's epic adaptation of George R.R. Martin's fantasy saga is getting another season to cast its spell.
After just the second episode of this current season, HBO is opening the treasury and giving a king's ransom to executive producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss to continue their adaptation of Martin's Song of Ice and Fire series. The third season will be 10 episodes long, just like seasons 1 and 2, but unlike previous years it won't adhere quite so closely with the events of a single book. According to Weiss:
"A Storm of Swords is too long to fit in a single season. ... And as readers know, A Feast for Crows and A Dance with Dragons take place during roughly the same time frame, so we'll have to fold those together. The plan, if we're lucky enough to be given the opportunity to see it through, is to use as many seasons as we need to tell the story as a whole, to do justice to George's entire opus."
And with this renewal, it seems like HBO is in for the long haul.
(via The Hollywood Reporter)