HBO Renews Game of Thrones for a Second Season

It only took one episode, but given how costly it was to build all the sets and costumes, this really comes as the least surprising news of the day.

ForGame of Thrones, those ratings were solid, not great. But, also like withBoardwalk Empire, HBO invested in elaborate sets and designs in re-creating the world from George R.R. Martin’s books, so a second season was considered a sure thing. And while HBO brass pay attention to ratings, the numbers have never been the deciding factor in the network’s renewal decisions as proven by the pickups of shows like Treme, Bored to Death and In Treatment. “We are delighted by the way David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have brought George R.R. Martin’s amazing book series to the screen, and thrilled by the support of the media and our viewers,” HBO’s head of programming Michael Lombardo said.

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