On Tuesday, April 8 Comingsoon.net posted the news that the HBO medieval fantasy drama "Game of Thrones" was renewed for a fifth and sixth season. The series, based on the books by author George R. R. Martin, covers one half of each book during one season. There are seven novels, and series executive recently revealed that the series is expected to run seven season as well. The show airs sunday nights at 9 p.m. on HBO.
The renewal comes one day after the show returned four its fourth season, breaking ratings records for viewership on Sunday nights. The season four premiere was the highest viewed episode ever for the network since the finale of "The Sopranos" in 2007. The series has won both Emmy Award and Golden Globes, and is filmed in several locations around the world including Iceland, Northern Ireland, Morocco and Croatia.
The current ten episode season, which is scheduled to end in June, follows the events in the second half of "A Storm of Swords." These events include the royal wedding (also called the Purple Wedding) between King Joffrey Baratheon and Margaery Tyrell, the wildlings attacking the Wall, Daenerys building her army, and Stannis making another stand.
The upcoming fifth season is expected to begin filming this summer and continue through the fall. The new season is scheduled to air in the spring of 2015 and the sixth season will follow by airing in the spring of 2016. A total of eight million people watched the season four premiere, and over thirteen million on average watched season three. The season premiere and season finale have consistently been the most watched episodes of each season since season one.
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