Four times more sex and blood. Game of Thrones is back. (No spoilers)

The fourth chapter of HBO’s medieval extravaganza premiered last Sunday night and it was awesome.

6.6 Million stoked fans tuned in last night to watch the season premiere of Game of Thrones, becoming the show’s episode with the most ratings ever. Over two million more viewers than season three premiere, AND the best numbers execs at the HBO headquarters had ever seen… since The Sopranos‘ Series Finale in 2007, of course. An encore presentation of the GOT episode later Sunday night brought home a full-night total of 8.2 Million viewers.

An “overwhelming demand” also took over the online HBO portal, HBO Go. Many subscribers reported getting a “fatal error” message on their screens- fatal indeed. Wasn’t long ago when the same thing happened during the streaming of True Detective‘s season finale, back in March. Another HBO show that broke a record was Mike Judge’s new comedy, Silicon Valley, it got 2 Million viewers. The best ratings for a half-hour show premiere since the premiere of Hung in 2009.

The fourth season of Game of Thrones was shot, as usual, in Northern Ireland, Iceland, and Croatia. Principal photography lasted 136, and it was completed by the end of November of last year. Author George R.R. Martin is allegedly still working on the 6th installment for “A Song of Ice and Fire” saga.

Game of Thrones airs every Sunday night on HBO and as we can all expect from Westeros this new season, there are only two things that are certain: no one is safe, and winter is coming.

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