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'Game of Thrones' Season 4 confirmed for next year

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Game of Thrones will be coming back for a fourth season, Entertainment Weekly confirms. HBO has renewed another 10 episodes to premiere in 2014 — given the series' success so far, that's completely unsurprising, though executive producer David Benioff did note last month that it hadn't been renewed at that point. No further details are forthcoming right now, but it's generally accepted that a fourth season will cover the second half of A Storm of Swords, the third book in George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series.

The first episode of Season 3 premiered on Sunday, garnering both high traditional viewership and a massive illicit audience, as is now expected for what could be the most-pirated show on television. Now, fans of the TV series are guaranteed an adaptation of the full Storm of Swords tome, while adherents to Martin's original books continue to wait for the long-expected sixth entry.