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Game of Thrones officially renewed for seventh season

'Veep' and 'Silicon Valley' renewed as well

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HBO has made it official: Game of Thrones has been renewed for a seventh season. The network has picked up the Emmy-winning fantasy hit for another year. 

In addition, Veep was renewed for a sixth season and Silicon Valley has been renewed for a fourth season. 

As expected, with the renewal of Thrones the network doesn’t answer fans’ biggest burning question about the order: How many episodes? HBO and showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss are contemplating a split final two seasons, with seven episodes next year and six in season eight. Not listing the number of episodes isn’t unusual, however. HBO never lists the number of episodes in a season of Thrones when it renews the show. The press assumes there will be 10 episodes like usual and every year there have indeed been 10 episodes. That might change next year.

None of the renewals were a surprise. Thrones is HBO’s biggest hit of all time, while Veep and Silicon have been solid-performing Emmy darlings. 

All three shows have their latest season premieres this Sunday. To help promote the trio, HBO is dropping its premium gate this weekend for all cable subscribers to be able to watch the channel. EW will have full coverage of all the premieres Sunday night with recaps and post-episode interviews. 

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Game of Thrones returns to HBO on April 24.