Game of Thrones isn't just the biggest thing on HBO. It's now one of the most watched series on TV.
The fourth season of the pay cable net's crown jewel is currently averaging 18 million gross weekly viewers -- that figure, courtesy of HBO, includes first-runs, encores, HBO GO and On Demand views -- more than doubling its already formidable Sunday outings that have been holding steady around 7.2 million viewers for the past month.
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.
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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."