In a decision so obvious you didn’t need a red priestess to see it coming, HBO has officially renewed the hit drama Game of Thrones for season 4. The fourth season, which will consist of 10 episodes, will air in 2014.

The no-brainer decision comes two days after the Game of Thrones season 3 premiere, which had the show’s highest ratings ever with 4.4 million viewers. That was on Easter against stiff competition like the finales of The Walking Dead and The Bible, both of which had over 11 million viewers.

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The epic saga of Game of Thrones will likely air on HBO for as long as they still have novels by George R.R. Martin to adapt, which should be for quite some time. A year from now you can expect HBO to announce that it will be renewed for season 5. Then season 6. Then season 7.

The current season of Game of Thrones is based on the third novel in the series, A Storm of Swords. However, due to the book’s excessive length, season 3 will only cover half of it. It’s likely that season 4 will cover the second half. There are still at least four more books in the series, two as yet unpublished. The fifth novel is even longer than the third, so it’s possible we’re looking at nine or even 10 seasons to complete the series properly. I personally think the idea of 100 episodes (10 seasons of 10 episodes each) would be a fitting tribute for such an epic drama.

Game of Thrones airs Sundays at 9pm on HBO.

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