The most recent season grossed an average weekly audience of 14.4 million viewers, and Sunday's return brought in 6.6 million viewers -- HBO's most-watched telecast since the 2007 series finale of The Sopranos. The pricey series, which counts Peter Dinklage Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke and Kit Harington among its sprawling cast of regulars, shoots across Europe -- with bases in Northern Ireland, Croatia and Iceland. With the renewal, Game of Thrones becomes HBO's longest-running original scripted series currently on the air. It comes as no sup surprise given ratings and acclaim -- as well as the pay cable network's waning lineup of original scripted dramas. HBO this year will say farewell to True Blood following its seventh and final season, and Emmys darling Boardwalk Empire will also sign off after its upcoming fifth season.
Sidebar: I love this show!