Surprising no one, HBO has signed up for more "Game of Thrones," officially renewing the fantasy series for a seventh season.

The premium cable channel made the announcement on Thursday, three days ahead of the hotly-anticipated debut of season six. Of course, in true HBO fashion, the network is staying silent about specific plans for the show's future.

What's still up in the air in the reported plan by showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss to write only 13 more episodes of the series. Last week, the producers made headlines when they said they envisioned perhaps only two more additional seasons to wrap up "GOT," a plan similar to what AMC did with the split final seasons of "Breaking Bad" and "Mad Men." (Benioff and Weiss said a potential season seven would have seven episodes, while the eighth and likely final season would have six.) In response to that proposal, HBO brass said that no concrete decision about the length of those potential final seasons had been made yet, though the network remained hopeful that there was more "Thrones" in store for fans.

In addition to the "GOT" renewal, HBO also signed on for additional seasons of comedies "Silicon Valley" and "Veep," which will be back next year for seasons four and six, respectively. Those two shows will also make their season premieres on Sunday night.

Season six of "Game of Thrones" hits HBO on April 24.

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