Based on the first episode's bullish performance, Game of Thrones has been renewed for a second season by HBO.
Season 2 will enter production in the summer and should air around this time next year. It will be based on the second novel in the Song of Ice and Fire book series, A Clash of Kings, though the title will remain Game of Thrones. Once again, George R.R. Martin will be contributing a script, whilst the bulk of the work will remain with David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. It is not clear at the moment how many episodes the second season will be.
Obviously, excellent news. Let the casting speculation for Stannis, Melisandre, Davos and all the rest of them begin :-)
Season 2 will have 10 episodes, according to the head of HBO. That's disappointing. Given the greater length of Kings over Thrones, some critics were hoping for at least 11 and maybe 12 episodes. Fitting everything into 10 is going to be a challenge.