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

Any man who must say, I am the king, is no true king.

Tywin Lannister