Game of Thrones Season Finale Ratings Near Record, Rise from 2012

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The Game of Thrones Season 3 finale came oh-so-close to setting a ratings record last night.

The intense episode (titled "Mhysa") garnered 5.4 million viewers, just shy of the 5.5 million mark set a few weeks ago. But such a figure shows a 28 percent improvement over the Season 4 finale, continuing an impressive trend for the series.

Each season has averaged more viewers than the previous one, a feat matched by other long-time cable hits such as Dexter and Breaking Bad.

Cersei and Joffrey

And although viewers won't be visiting Westeros again any time soon, there's no rest for the weary subscriber: True Blood Season 6 premieres this Sunday!

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Game of Thrones Season 3 Episode 10 Quotes

I shouldnt make jokes. My mother taught me not to throw stones at cripples. But my father taught me, aim for their head.

Ramsay Bolton

It's not easy being drunk all the time. Everyone would do it, if it were easy.

Tyrion Lannister