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Epic fantasy drama Game of Thrones has been renewed for a fourth season, following chart-smashing viewing figures for the season-three pilot.

HBO has officially confirmed that it has green lit a new season of the critically acclaimed TV series based on George RR Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series of novels.

The show is aired exclusively by Sky Atlantic in the UK, which is almost certain to add the next season to its roster after more than 700,000 viewers tuned in to watch the first episode of season three last week.

The fourth season will cover the second half of the third book: A Storm of Swords, continuing the bloody and treacherous battles between seven warring houses.

Martin, who is currently writing the last two books in the series, has penned only three scripts for the show so far, but has said he’s eager to write more. "There's part of me that would like to be more involved with the television series - to write three or four scripts each season instead of just one," the author said. "But I still have two gigantic books to write and I can't possibly take off time to do that. So the books are my babies."

Games of Thrones is shown on Sky Atlantic at 9PM every Sunday.

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