'Game Of Thrones' Picked Up For Season 3; George R.R. Martin To Write Episode 7

Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister in 'Game of Thrones' Season 2 -- Paul Schiraldi/HBO

"Game of Thrones" is coming back for a third season.

On Tuesday, HBO confirmed the show, based on the "A Song of Ice and Fire" series of books by George R.R. Martin, and brought to life by producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, will return.

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"Series creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss raised our expectations for the second season - and then surpassed them," HBO President of Programming Michael Lombardo said in a release. "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 second episode of Season 2 aired on Sunday, introducing new characters Balon and Yara Greyjoy, Jaqen H'ghar and Salladhor Saan. (Read more about the new players HERE).

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The series follows the battle for power in Westeros and features fantasy creatures, including dragons and White Walkers.

Season 2 stars Emmy and Golden Globe award winner Peter Dinklage as well as Lena Headey, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Kit Harrington, Emilia Clarke and Liam Cunningham.

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