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'Game of Thrones' sets record, gets fourth season

After 4.4 million viewers tune in to the season-three premiere, HBO asks to have some more, please.

Let the Games continue...
Screenshot by Eric Mack/CNET - HBO GO

We might get to see winter come and go on the continent of Westeros, after all. Despite all appearances on Sunday's season premiere of the HBO hit "Game of Thrones," things are just beginning to heat up beyond The Wall, as well as in Winterfell, King's Landing, and the rest of the world created by George R.R. Martin in his series of novels and adapted for TV by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss.

Just two days after the premiere of season three of the TV version, Entertainment Weekly reports that HBO has ordered a fourth season of "Game of Thrones," which drew 4.4 million viewers on Sunday (not including the million pirated downloads). With those kind of numbers on a subscription channel like HBO, the reaction to the network's decision to renew the series has resulted in one of the largest collective utterances of "well, duh" ever heard.

I personally can't wait to see those awesome young dragons and their master, Lena Dunham, deal with the trials and tribulations that go with coming of age as an up-and-coming Khaleesi in the big city. Wait... that doesn't seem right, actually. I might have my Sunday HBO shows mixed up there.

The new season of the real "Game of Thrones" is adapted from Martin's third book in the series. So far, five novels have been published, with plans for two more.

So as long as Martin keeps the pen moving, and HBO keeps translating those words into a delicious blend of blood, sex, and drama -- with dragons and dire wolves to boot -- it looks as though the "Games" are just getting going.