They shot the pilot in October and ordered a full season today. The show will debut next spring and consist of ten episodes. Production will begin in Belfast this June.
From the moment the project was first announced, the news generated enormous - perhaps unprecedented - online interest.
The sprawling tale set in the mythical land of Westeros tells the story of the noble Stark family who become caught up in high court intrigue when patriarch Eddard (played by Sean Bean) becomes the king's new right-hand man. The four-and-counting books in the series would each be used as on season of the series.
Unlike many fantasy novels, the 'Thrones' series largely avoids relying on magical elements and instead goes for brutal realism - think 'Sopranos' with swords. Martin writes each chapter as a cliffhanger, which should lend itself well to series translation. David Benioff and Dan Weiss are the series creators.
This should all bode well for The Skin Trade.