'Game of Thrones' renewed for Season 4 by HBO

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Following yesterday's news that the "Game of Thrones" Season 3 premiere "Valar Dohaeris" broke the HBO show's ratings record, it's no surprise that the network has now announced the series is officially renewed for Season 4. HBO sent out the expected news in a press release on April 2.

As "Game of Thrones" Season 3 only covers half of the George R.R. Martin novel "A Storm of Swords," it was almost a guarantee that HBO would renew the show for a fourth season to complete that story. "Game of Thrones" continues to be one of the network's biggest draws, and the premiere's ratings show that the series is only getting bigger every year. The Season 3 premiere drew 4.4 million viewers during its initial 9 p.m. airing, and moved up to a total of 6.7 million viewers upon its subsequent repeats.

"Game of Thrones" stars Natalie Dormer and Sophie Turner previously described Season 3 to Zap2it as being a "pivotal season."

"You would look back and say, 'It was a pivotal season,'" Dormer said. "[Showrunners] David [Benioff] and Dan [Weiss] really they wanted to get to this point. They felt very attached to the idea of getting to Season 3. When you see the season, it's completely understandable why. There's a lot of reversal of fortune and there's a real change. People have a lot of traumatic things happen to them."

"Game of Thrones" Season 4 will likely premiere on HBO in Spring 2014.

Photo/Video credit: HBO