Hot off their 99 Emmy nominations, HBO CEO Richard Pleplerand his programming president Michael Lombardo took the stage Thursday at the Television Critics Association summer press tour to a barrage of questions.
The author made a surprise, last-minute cameo in Gay of Thrones, Funny or Die's Thrones recap series in which a hair stylist recounts (to varying degrees of accuracy) the happenings of the HBO series' latest episode.
Game of Thrones wrapped its most-watched season to date in an expectedly big fashion. The Sunday finale of the HBO drama's fourth run was watched by 7.1 million viewers in its 9 p.m. airing, up 32 percent from Thrones' season 3 finale.
The gross audience for the finale on Sunday, counting an additional two airings, was 9.3 million viewers. The show's 9 p.m. airings this season averaged 6.8 million viewers, up 37 percent from last season.
[Warning: Spoilers ahead for Sunday's Game of Thrones season finale, "The Children"]
Game of Thrones said goodbye to several key character's in Sunday's finale.
Shae's (Sibel Kekilli) death was particularly painful to watch and was equally grueling to shoot — so much so that Kekilli says she and Peter Dinklage (Tyrion) didn't want to rehearse the scene too much ahead of time.