In not entirely unexpected news today, it turns out that despite pirating and the crash of HBO Go, the Game of Thrones season premiere still aired to record ratings. According to TV Guide, the premiere drew in 6.6 million viewers on Sunday night, making it HBO's most-watched program since The Sopranos' series finale in 2007, which drew 11.9 million. This is up from all previous records set by Thrones, including the season 3 premiere, which recorded 4.4 million viewers and the previous champion episode – the sixth episode of season 3, which was watched by 5.5 million people.

Kit Harington
Jon Snow is 100% done caring about the game.

Now it’s time for the recap. Do we even need to say it at this point? SPOILERS AHEAD. Seriously, so many spoilers. If you have not seen Two Swords and do not wish to get spoiled, turn back now. Ok, now that that’s out of the way, let’s talk about character development.

Read the recap on the next page.