For book readers, this was among the most anticipated episodes of season four, with Oberyn (Pedro Pascal) and The Mountain (Hafthor Julius Bjornsson) fighting on behalf of Tyrion and Cersei, respectively.
The Television Critics Association nominations have been announced.
HBO's critically-lauded True Detective tops the nominees with four, including individual achievement in drama for Matthew McConaughey, outstanding new program, outstanding achievement in movies/miniseries and specials and program of the year.
Game of Thrones' is enjoying on of the most watched seasons in HBO history. Despite the smaller pool of a pay cable audience, the drama continues to grow, now hitting its fourth series high since its April return.
The 9 p.m. airing of Game of Thrones brought in 7.2 million viewers. That's up nearly a million viewers from the previous week and up nearly 40,000 from the previous record set two weeks ago. Game of Thrones logged 8.5 million viewers for the night, meaning a whopping 85 percent of all viewers watched the first telecast.
Game of Thronesis gearing up for the home stretch, and director Alik Sakharov promises Sunday's episode will have plenty of layers for fans to dissect.
Sakharov, who also directed last week's massive trial of Tyrion, says his biggest challenge for this week's episode's was just how essentiail every scene is, each one "like a block that moves toward the other."
When all of those Starks and Lannisters have killed each other off, who will remain to carry on the Game of Thrones legacy? Author George R.R. Martin has an idea for who could star in a spinoff, none other than Tommen's adorable cat.
"We may do a spinoff of Ser Pounce the cat," Martin told Conan O'Brien Tuesday. "The Internet went crazy when Ser Pounce appeared. Question: What's Ser Pounce's policy on dragons?