The third book in the A Song of Ice and Fire series from legendary author George R.R. Martin seems set to receive a television adaptation, as HBO today confirmed that “Game of Thrones” has been renewed for a third season. The second episode of the second season, which is based on Martin’s book “A Clash of Kings”, aired in the UK today.

“Series creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss raised our expectations for the second season - and then surpassed them,” said HBO Programming’s president, Michael Lombardo. “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.”

The third book is called “A Sword of Storms”, and will apparently be split across two seasons, much like how the book was split into two when it was published on paperback. While the fourth season of the show has not yet been officially confirmed, promising figures this season suggest no reason why it won’t be, barring later disaster.

“As George and all his fans have said for a long time, there’s no way to do [A Sword of Storms] in a single season, so it’s being broken into two,” executive producer David Benioff told Entertainment Weekly. “We’re still kind of figuring out exactly what goes where. We don’t want it to feel like a two-part season.”

The second season of Game of Thrones is currently being aired on Sky Atlantic and Sky Atlantic HD in the UK. The show runs every Monday at 9pm, and can also be streamed via Sky Go. For more information, see the Sky website here.