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Game of Thrones has been renewed for a third season, HBO announced Tuesday.

"Series creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss raised our expectations for the second season — and then surpassed them," Michael Lombardo, HBO's programming president, said in a statement. "We are thrilled by all the viewer and media support we've received for the series, and can't wait to see what Dan and David have in store for next season."

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The fantasy drama, based on George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire book series, features a large ensemble cast, which includes Emmy and Golden Globe winner Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke, Kit Harington and Nikolaj Colster-Waldau, among others.

The series averaged 2.5 million viewers in its first season. The second season premiered last week to a series high of 3.9 million viewers.