Game of Thrones Hits Ratings High

Game of Thrones  has already been renewed for a second season, but it's still good to know that the series is doing well in the ratings.  Episode 8, which aired this past Sunday,scored 2.7 million viewers.  That's a 22% increase since the series premiere.  When the episode repeated later that night it picked up an additional 900,000 viewers, which gave  Game of Thrones  a total of 3.6 million viewers for the night. While some episodes have resulted in a tiny dip in the ratings,  Game of Thrones  has been a solid performer for HBO since its premiere.  Considering the upcoming direction of the show - including the fierce battles that are sure to play out with the various houses having declared war on each other - I wouldn't be shocked if the ratings continue to rise. There are only two more episodes left for season 1 of  Game of Thrones .  The next new episode airs on June 12. Read More...

Houses Collide: Game of Thrones Discussion — Full Frontal Giant Nudity and Sibling Neglect

With only two episodes of Game of Thrones to go, the action really came to a head with the absence of The Hand (see what we did there?) on Sunday's episode. Yes, winter is coming, but the battle has already begun at King's Landing. Who will survive? Let's take a look at "The Pointy End" for clues.'s Hanh Nguyen is an avid scripted-TV watcher, a horror-avoider and someone who's read George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire book series, on which HBO's Game of Thrones is based. Colleague Rich Juzwiak rarely watches scripted TV, is a gorehound and became alerted to Martin's existence just recently, as he started researching this new swords-and-sandals (well, boots) series. He knows nothing of these sorcerers (if that is indeed what they are), while Hanh is something of an expert (read: fantasy/sci-fi nerd). Each week, he'll try to make sense of this crazy new show by enlisting Hanh's expertise. It may turn out to be a test of tolerance: in this case, the Games begin after the TV is off.

Game of Thrones: What Does Syrio Forel Say to the God of Death?

I just can't decide whether Syrio Forel is dead or not. It's a relatively minor question in the  Game of Thrones  mythology, granted. The more pressing questions for the show's audiences are probably "Will Joffrey have Ned executed?" or "Will Robb win his battle against Tywin Lannister?" And while I could answer those for you, I'll just let you wait until next week's episode, "Baelor," to find out (by the way, if there's an episode of this series not to miss, it's "Baelor"). I'm more interested in discussing the questions that haven't been answered in the books yet. Syrio's fate is one of those questions. We followed Arya's perspective during the first scenes of the series, but she doesn't know if Syrio fell victim to the sword of  Ser Maryn Trant or if he escaped -- she was too busy escaping herself. It's natural that she doesn't find out if Syrio's dead; she's running through darkened corridors in King's Landing right now. But the fact that we never got confirmation of Syrio's death is a little strange, isn't it? Read More...

Game of Thrones Sneak Peek: Tyrion and Bronn

What can viewers look forward to this Sunday night on Game of Thrones ? Look for the Lannisters to press their advantage over the Starks, while Robb rallies his dad’s northern allies for war. TV Fanatic will rundown "The Pointy End" in depth, followed by our weekly Round Table discussion of the episode. In the meantime, check out this sneak peek at the installment, which features Tyrion and Bronn:

Game of Thrones Episode Preview: "The Pointy End"

Coming off another solid episode, Game of Thrones airs a new installment on Sunday night. What can viewers look forward to throughout this hour? Following Ned's capture, Syrio and Arya take on Lannister guards. Cersei manipulates Sansa. Robb rallies his father's allies and heads south to war. Tyrion an alliance of his own. Dany struggles with Drogo's savagery. As always, TV Fanatic will review the episode in depth, and you can get an early glimpse at "The Point End" below.

'Game of Thrones' 1.08 Preview: Robb Called to Swear Loyalty to New King

With Ned Stark being captured following King Robert's death, the Lord of Winterfell's family is now in danger. In an upcoming episode of " Game of Thrones ", Ned's eldest son Robb Stark is called to King's Landing to swear his loyalty to the new king, Joffrey, but he rallies his father's northern allies against Tywin Lannister and heads south to war.  Read More...