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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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Spoiler alert: If you haven't watched Game of Thrones season 4, episode 8, you may not want to read any further.

In fact, if you missed it last night, go watch Game of Thrones online at TV Fanatic right now, because the last ten minutes of "The Mountain and The Viper" offered up one of the most epically brutal scenes the show has given us thus far.

Pedro Pascal and Hafpor Julius Bjornsson

Okay, so now we've established that you either saw the episode or you hate surprises, and we're free to talk about the incredibly intense fight between Oberyn Martell and Gregor Clegane, as well as the actors' enlightening/hilarious reactions to the hard-to-watch scene.

In response to the brutal battle, Pedro Pascal - who played Oberyn - tweeted simply, "Ouch," followed by, "I s--t you not, I can't get rid of this headache."

Pascal and Hafpor Julius Bjornsson, the world's second strongest man who portrays Gregor "The Mountain" Clegane on the HBO series gave an interview to The Hollywood Reporter in which they discussed the difficulty of shooting such a carefully choreographed and emotionally charged scene:

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Prince Oberyn Martell, you are no Inigo Montoya.

On Game of Thrones Season 4 Episode 8, the man known as The Viper went all Princess Bride on The Mountain, repeating the same phrase over and over as he went in for his kill.

Unfortunately, Oberyn's ego exceeded his thirst for revenge, as he believed his prey was down for the count as he continued to taunt The Mountain, delaying the big man's death until he confessed to killing and raping Oberyn's sister.

Which The Mountain eventually did. Once he leaped up and literally crushed his foe's skull into pieces with his hands.

Attacking Viper

The shocking episode ended with Martell dead and Tywin announcing that Tyrion would be beheaded for murdering King Joffrey.

Is Game of Thrones really about to kill its most popular character? Again?

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Amidst all the political intrigue, epic battles, and incestuous sexy-time, the incredibly clever dialogue on Game of Thrones is sometimes overshadowed.

So, as season four of GoT begins to draw to a close, we figured it would be a good time to reminisce on the most scathing insults to spring from the minds of author George R.R. Martin and showrunners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff. 

Tyrion on Jaime - Season 1
"We have our differences, Jaime and I. He is braver; I am better looking."

In case you're unaware, folks in Westeros don't always get along, and when they're not disemboweling each other with swords they're firing off equally cutting put-downs.

Naturally, many of the highest caliber disses issue forth from the mouth of the sharp-tongued imp, Tyrion Lannister.

Conversations between Tyrion and his malevolent sister Cersei play out like a sort of master class in medieval insult comedy. We guess when you've hated someone for your entire life, you've got plenty of time to think of wicked ways to knock them down a peg.  

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It's going down this Sunday on Game of Thrones! The fight of the 15th Century between Oberyn "The Red Viper" Martell and Gregor "The Mountain" Clegane to decide the fate of Tyrion "Pour Me Another" Lannister.

This showdown will make T.I. vs. Floyd Mayweather look like a septa's sewing lesson and we've got all the facts you need to help you pick a winner and fleece your friends for every gold dragon they're worth:

And the Winner is?

Who will win the epic battle for Game of Thrones supremacy, Oberyn Martell vs. Gregor Clegane? View Poll »

Size: We think it's safe to say Gregor's got the obvious advantage here. Portrayed by Hafpor Julius Bjornsson, aka the world's second strongest man, Gregor didn't earn the nickname "The Mountain" because he likes to go climbing. No, Bjornsson goes about 6'9", 420 pounds, meaning that Gregor may be the biggest dude Westeros has to offer. If we were in Oberyn's shoes we'd be looking for some medieval HGH about now.

Edge: Gregor

Swordsmanship: Well, he messed up some Lannisters early in season 4, but we haven't really seen Oberyn do much fighting. Not a good sign. Gregor, on the other hand recently disemboweled some peasants with about as much difficulty as if he were shelling pistachios.

Edge: Gregor

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