"Yesterday's viewership is a testament to the hunger that fans have had over the past two years for the return of the unrivalled action, drama and intrigue that only Game of Thrones can deliver and we are thrilled with the result".
The ratings data dropped today as Round Two of the GoT Challenge opened - with a host of new trivia questions, a fresh field of characters to pick and a $10,000 replica Iron Throne for the ultimate victor - ahead of next week's episode.
That said, the episode was not without its shocking moments.
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Game of Thrones will come to a close this year, with the recent global premier of the show's final season this week. Problem is, no one-especially Sansa- believes that decision is a good idea.
All in all, while there are many disappointed in the lack of real development in this season premiere, the episode remained strong and true to form. With a smug smirk, Cersei quietly responds. In fact, she'll probably happily watch the world burn and smile. Littlefinger was still a favorite character to many, but the way the storyline played out was unexpected. After giving Euron Greyjoy what he wanted, Cersei's eyes welled up when the oh-so-arrogant pirate pressed his hand against her belly and said he's going to put a prince in there. She's still pissed about the elephants! Let us know in the comments. However, Euron makes a good case saying the majestic creatures are extremely hard to transport across the water. And to further complement the emphasis, Cersei appears to be very disappointed that the Golden Company arrived in Westeros without the elephants. It's a very random, but a amusing character quirk for such an evil vile woman to have such a fascination for the animal. Is she really pregnant? "She goes to the place where she doesn't want to go, which makes it more powerful sad because of who she's not with". There, Tyrion found Shae, his former lover who testified against him, and killed her. Now that Jaime is gone, Cersei has no one left. For the first time, we get to see the interiors of these castles, including locations such as the throne room in King's Landing and the Stark crypt back at Winterfell. In the cold open prior to Season 5, we learn from Maggy the Frog that Cersei will give birth and then bury all three of her children.