HBO orders another run of the acclaimed adult fantasy

Game Of Thrones has been renewed for a third season by HBO.

The adult fantasy drama, based on George RR Martin‘s A Song Of Ice And Fire novel series, will return next year. It is currently airing its second season, broadcast in the UK by Sky Atlantic.

HBO president Michael Lombardo said in a statement: “Series creators David Benioff and DB Weiss raised our expectations for the second season – and then surpassed them.

“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 next season.”

The show, which stars Lena Headey and Peter Dinklage, is set in the fictional world of Westeros, and follows a battle to gain control of the Iron Throne.

Sean Bean, whose character Ned Stark was killed off at the end of season two, has also expressed a desire to return, possibly in flashback.

He told the Hollywood Reporter: “It’s still a possibility. There is some mention of a flashback with Ned Stark so that’d be nice, just to pop in again and get me crackle on.”

Bean added that he is now well experienced at dying on screen. “I’ll have to remember that – I’m a really good dier. I’ve been fortunate that I’ve [had] a lot of good heroic deaths.”