Game of Thrones series 4 confirmed

HBO announces a fourth run of the hit fantasy drama just days after season 3 hits the airwaves

Hit HBO fantasy drama Game of Thrones will return for a fourth season, the US cable network has announced.

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The news comes just days after series three premiered in America to a huge audience of 4.4m with more than 700,000 tuning in last night in the UK on Sky Atlantic.

The show’s return also set the record for the most illegally downloaded programme of all time, with the opening episode “seeded” (shared in full or in part) by more than 320,000 people immediately after it was broadcast on Sunday evening in the US, and a total of over 1m times by Monday, according to data collated by torrentfreak.com.

HBO announced the new series via their official Twitter account with the simple Twitpic, above, and the words “Game of Thrones renewed for season 4 with fire & blood.”

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