Game Of Thrones Gets Two More Seasons
US TV Network HBO has promised more "dazzling storytelling" as it extended Game of Thrones for two more seasons.
It comes after the premiere of season four of the fantasy epic drew the network's biggest audience for seven years.
The hit series about civil war, nobility, mythical creatures and treachery was seen by an average of 6.6 million viewers, topping the show's all-time high of 5.5 million.
It was the biggest audience for HBO since the 2007 finale of The Sopranos, which drew 11.9 million viewers.
In the UK, 1.2 million watched on Sky Atlantic across two broadcasts.
The first was a 2am simulcast with the US, while the second showing was at 9pm on Monday.
Those figures are anticipated to rise when catch-up and on demand viewings are included.
The Emmy-winning show is adapted from the novels of George RR Martin.
The start of season four sees the characters coming to terms with events in the brutal "Red Wedding" episode which ended the third season.