Cable network re-ups three of its biggest shows just before their season premiers
Game of Thrones will get a seventh season, HBO has confirmed, while two of the network’s other big properties have also been renewed.
Silicon Valley, a comedy about hapless nerds struggling to make it in the ruthless tech industry, and Veep, Armando Iannucci’s American spiritual successor to The Thick Of It, join the mega-popular fantasy epic series in winning renewal into 2017.
All three shows are due to premier on Sunday. Game of Thrones is about to start its sixth season, the first time it’s entered territory uncharted by the books on which it is based. Veep is entering its fifth season, which will be its first without Iannucci, who found maintaining family life in London tricky to balance with an American production schedule, at the helm, while this is Silicon Valley‘s third season.
Industry observers had been expecting Game of Thrones in particular to receive a two-season renewal, allowing it the luxury of a definite eighth series, but there’s little sign that the juggernaut is running out of steam just yet. Rumours abounded last week that the two showrunners, David Benioff and DB Weiss, were considering splitting the finale into two shorter final seasons with seven episodes for the seventh season and six for its swansong.
No details have been released about how long the 2017 seasons of any of the shows might be, however, and at this point, everything should simply be considered speculation.