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Despite its jaw-droppingly epic battle sequences, season 4, episode 9 of Game of Thrones likely felt like something of a tease for many viewers.

After all, the episode before it ended on the cliffhanger of cliffhangers, as fan favorite Tyrion Lannister was sentenced to death by his nefarious father, Tywin.

With the possibility of the beloved Imp's demise still looming, we thought it would be a good time to celebrate his lusty life with a run-down of Tyrion's best quotes from nearly four full seasons of GoT:

Tyrion on Drinking:
"It's not easy being drunk all the time. Everyone would do it if it were easy."

Whether he's cutting down an opponent with an impeccably timed put-down or musing on the nature of life and death in a fashion to bring a tear to your eye, Tyrion's most memorable lines represent some of the best writing modern television has to offer.

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Turns out, Melisandre is right:

The night really is long and full of terrors.

Never was that more evident than on Game of Thrones Season 4 Episode 9, an installment that hearkened back to the classic battle of Blackwater by giving us an hour entirely centered on the battle of Castle Black.

A Giant Issue
This could be a problem for the men of Castle Black. A GIANT problem, one might say.

There was gorgeous cinematography throughout an installment truly impressive in scope, yet not a lot to actually analyze and/or review, considering the singular focus.

So let's rundown "The Watchers on the Wall" by handing out a few weekly awards, shall we?

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It's not hard to see how Game of Thrones became the most-watched show in HBO's history.

The series really has something for everyone: love stories for women (if you can ignore the incest part), uber-gory battles for men (sadistic dudes, in particular)...heck, it even has dragons for young children! (We kid!)

But for all the praise heaped upon author George RR Martin and showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, the show's casting department has gone woefully unnoticed.

After all, these are the folks who have not only presented us with the one part of the show you can enjoy on pause, they're also responsible for what might be the most intensely debated issue amongst fans: who's the hottest woman in Westeros?!

Shae
It's not hard to see what Tyrion sees in Shae. She's a lover in a world full of fighters...and she's good at what she does.

Check out our rankings above and tell us how wrong we are in the comments.

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You may think that there's no way Game of Thrones could top the Oberyn Martell vs. Gregor Clegane battle in terms of jaw-dropping intensity, and you may be right.

Then again, we all thought that after season 3's infamous Red Wedding scene, and look how wrong we were.

GoT has a history of pulling out the big guns for the ninth episode of a given season, and Kit Harington - who plays Jon Snow on the series - says season 4 is no exception and the upcoming throwdown between wildlings and Night's Watchmen will make the Battle of Blackwater Bay look like a Joffrey vs. Tyrion slap fight.

"I think it's as big as Thrones has gone at the moment," says Harington. "I think it's no secret that it's the most expensive episode they've ever made and a lot of that is due to CGI."

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All hail, Game of Thrones, King of the Andals, first of its name and all-time ratings champion!

Yes, the numbers for season 4, episode 8 of Game of Thrones are in, and the wildly popular series has officially surpassed The Sopranos as the most-watched series in HBO's history.

Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen
Clarke plays Daenerys Targaryen on the hit series Game of Thrones. The show's fourth season debuts April sixth.

No small feat for a show based on a series of door-stop books written in a genre that was previously associated with anti-social nerds and aging cosplay enthusiasts.

For its peak episode in 2002 The Sopranos drew in an audience of 18.2 million viewers. GoT beat that number for the first time last week with 18.4 million tuning in. Prior to the acclaimed mob series that launched in 1999, no premium cable program had ever amassed an audience close to that size.

To put things in perspective, the much-ballyhooed Breaking Bad finale of last year drew a meager-by-comparison 10.4 million viewers and that aired on a network that doesn't require a paid subscription.

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It might make it more difficult to appreciate the subtle insults that help make Game of Thrones great, but for reasons unknown to the rest of u,s some folks prefer to surround themselves with dozens of PBR-swilling hipsters when watching HBO's most popular series.

Of course, while it may seem like a thoroughly obnoxious experience, there are some obvious upsides to watching the GoT at the corner bar: you can save on your cable bill, it gives new meaning to the phrase, "Turn on the Game," and best of all - you can film your friends' reactions to shocking scenes, which is what one clever Chicago bartender did during Sunday's episode:

If - like many of us - you're still recovering from the epic battle between Oberyn Martell and Gregor Clegane, the above video might be all the therapy you need. It always helps to know others are sharing in your agony.

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The One Who Knocks is also The One Who Gets Buzzed About A Lot on Twitter.

Nielson has released a rundown of the 10 most Tweeted shows in 2013-2014, ranking programs by the number of times they were mentioned on that social media network between September 1, 2013 and May 25, 2014.

What does the list prove?

Ready to countdown the Top 10? Let's do this...

Dancing with the Stars
Did you see the latest Tango? How about that Rumba?!? Even through 18 seasons, Dancing with the Stars remains a must-Tweet event.

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If you haven't heard, Game of Thrones is a pretty popular show on HBO.

But while the series has no problems in the ratings department, the pacing of its plot could cause some issues down the line:

You see, the soon-to-be concluding fourth season of GoT is based on the second half of the novel, A Storm of Swords, which is the third book in George R.R. Martin's best-selling A Song of Ice and Fire series.

Naturally, due to its incredible worldwide popularity, Game of Thrones has already been renewed for seasons 5 and 6, which will air over the course of the next two years, during which time Martin will hopefully publish the sixth book in the ASOIAF set.

The problem is, we already know Martin has yet to start writing the seventh book in the series, and now comes news that will likely give GoT fans a headache to put Oberyn Martell's to shame:

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In case you're a GoT fan who somehow hasn't heard by now, Oberyn Martell died in such a grisly fashion on Sunday's episode that he earned a spot near the top of out list of most gruesome Game of Thrones deaths.

But as we try to move on from Oberyn's ugly demise (and it won't be easy), let's celebrate the Red Viper's lavish life, as actor Pedro Pascal imagines the Dornish prince's decadent funeral (we're guessing it'll be a closed casket):

Things start serenely enough. "It would have to be a celebration," says Pedro. "We're on the beach...whatever the Bahamas, Carribean region of Westeros is. There's a bonfire. Nobody can wear black. You can only wear black if it's a bikini or a Speedo."

Having had several months since his casting to contemplate Oberyn's demise, Pedro spares no detail: "There's tons of foods. Some really good Tex-Mex...No priests! There will be an MC; there will be a DJ...the DJ's name will be DJ Sunspear"

Then, this a being a funeral in Westeros, things start to get ugly:

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If you didn't catch last night's Game of Thrones, well, sorry for the spoiler, but Oberyn Martell checked out in pretty much the most gruesome fashion imaginable.

As we told you in our Oberyn vs. Gregor Clegane pre-fight coverage, The Red Viper didn't stand much of a chance against a dude who very much earns the nickname, The Mountain, so it wasn't so much that the revenge-fueled Dornishman got offed that's surprising, but more the way in which it happened (out of respect for the squeamish, we won't rehash the details).

But only in the uber-gory world of Westeros could a death like Oberyn's actually have competition in terms of most shocking send-off.

Viserys Gets Crowned
Viserys was up there with King Joffrey in terms of douchebags we loved to hate. Even so, his death by molten gold is tough to watch.

On GoT, characters so minor they don't even have names get shuffled off the mortal coil in brutal ways that other shows would reserve for their most heinous villains.

Worse, though, is when GRRM and company kill off a main, beloved character that fans rightfully expect to receive the happiest of endings.

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