Hell yeah… even though I wasn’t worried, because somewhere I had read that HBO had planned from the beginning with Game of Thrones’ creators that there should be at least six seasons. And with the magnificent ratings Season Four’s premiere pulled off… I imagine this announcement should be no surprise to anyone.
About 6.6 million people tuned in for the fantasy epic’s fourth season premiere, an enormous number for a pay cable channel. (Combined with replays, that number spiked to 8.2 million).
The premiere is HBO’s most-watched program since “The Sopranos” signed off in 2007 with nearly 12 million viewers. Before that, the “Sex and the City” finale in 2004 drew 10.6 million people. (Though HBO doesn’t release numbers, it reportedly has around 28 million subscribers, while Showtime has about 24 million.)
To put it in perspective, that’s lower than similarly hyped cable dramas over on AMC: “The Walking Dead” ended its latest season with about 16 million viewers last week. It’s about on par with the final season of “Breaking Bad,” which ended with about 6 million viewers per episode and more than 10 million for the series finale. And it blows “Mad Men” out of the water, as that show is lucky to see to see 3 million on any given week. (x)
So if you haven’t taken the plunge yet or are worried that Game of Thrones will not be completed before George R. R. Martin finishes the novels, you have no need to fear. The ruler of the seven kingdoms has been chosen and will take the Iron Throne at least for the series airing on HBO. And as for HBO, they are definitely committed to seeing this show through to its most likely bloody, gory but ever so brilliant end.