Game of Thrones: Ratings Up, Episode 4 Preview

Published 4 years ago by , Updated March 3rd, 2014 at 7:06 am,

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Despite being renewed for a second season almost immediately, Game of Thrones’ premiere ratings (and subsequent episode ratings) were none too impressive, especially for a show with such ridiculously awesome production values.

Today comes news that, for the first time since it’s premiere, the show’s ratings saw a significant increase on Sunday night. Also, we have a preview for episode four, entitled “Cripples, Bastards and Broken Things,” perhaps referring to the various cripples, bastards, and broken things in the show.

First, the ratings, courtesy of Sunday’s 9 p.m. airing of episode three was watched by 2.4 million people, up from the preceding two weeks’ 2.2 million viewers. When you include the numbers from the 11 p.m. airing, the show had 3.1 million viewers Sunday night, up from the previous record of 2.9 million.  Considering Osama bin Laden was announced dead around the same time, that’s pretty darn good.

Second, the “Cripples, Bastards and Broken Things” preview:

From the preview, we can ascertain that the bristling hatred between the Lannisters and Starks is growing evermore apparent – and potentially dangerous. The tournament held in honor of Ned Stark’s appointment is going forward, despite Ned’s objections and the lack of money to pay for it. And Princess Daenerys Targaryen – also the wife of Khal Drogo – is growing more comfortable in the role of Queen Targaryen, against her brother’s wishes.

For anyone confused by all the connections and players and people within the world of Game of Thrones, check out our own Michael Crider‘s fantastic infographic below (click to enlarge):

Even though there’s very little in the way of action or violence (which isn’t to say that there’s none), Game of Thrones is one of the more intense, suspenseful shows currently on television. Every moment of every episode so far, I’ve been on the edge of my seat – teeth a chattering, thumbs a fiddling – gripped with fear for what might happen next. And you know what typically happens next? Veiled threats or seemingly normal conversation laced with mildly sinister undertones. Somehow, the people behind Thrones have made a show primarily about “talking” more thrilling than anything from – oh, I don’t know – the thirty or so iterations of CSI.


Game of Thrones airs Sunday nights @ 9PM on HBO.

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  1. Game Of Thrones is effortless drama.
    A lot of effort went into making it so.

    The most important being the casting and the writing.
    There the casting is perfect and nobody throws away
    any line and the lines can carry weight on many levels.

    The actors make effective use of silence too.
    Pauses in the conversation often convey
    more than the spoken words and
    heighten the sense drama.

    Add the gritty production design and the
    ominous air of the supernatural lurking
    in background it is impossible not
    to be engrossed with it all.

  2. Not surprised its quite good i have never read the book just watched the first 3 episodes and they have been extremely good best show to premier this year by a mile including last year :P

  3. this is a great show.

  4. I read the book, don’t worry, I won’t spoil anything, but boy, you’re in for a treat. A LOT of amazing things will happen in this season, I can’t wait to see it in action :P

    • I was so engrossed by the third episode and the characters and wanted to know more that i went to Wikipedia to find out what is forthcoming and was shocked some of the stuff is mind blowing, and to everybody that watches you wont be disappointed.

  5. So far it is a great show, I love these kind of films/shows. I wouldn’t mind seeing some guest appearances by actors/actresses from “The Lord of the Rings” either. I am also anticipating the White Walkers, incredibly good stuff. This is quickly becoming one of my favorite running shows along with Dexter and True Blood.

  6. Thanks for the flowchart. I really like the show but the fact that I couldn’t keep track of the characters was starting to bug me.

    • Same here.

  7. ““Cripples, Bastards and Broken Things,” perhaps referring to the various cripples, bastards, and broken things in the show.”

    Awesome remark…!

    • Thanks!

  8. Gosh, I love this series like no other!

  9. Was it just me or was Queen Cersei screwing her twin brother??? What the crap was that all about?

    • “Was it just me or was Queen Cersei screwing her twin brother??? What the crap was that all about?”

      That would be a major plot point, which will bring a lot of comedy :)

      I want a new version of the character/relations map every season, it’s funny how “facts” will change over the series.

      • Comedy…?

  10. You aren’t mistaken, there is some Twincest going on.

  11. I am enjoying the show very much, every week it gets better.

  12. I can tell you that slot of people will drop the show now that Ned has been killed off