"The Gift" Memorial Day Viewership

The numbers are in for last weeks episode of Game of Thrones, and they're what you might expect for how season 5's viewership has been preforming this year.  "The Gift" took a pretty big dip, taking in a total of 5.4 million viewers on its initial airing - that is a 840,000 drop from the previous episode, or 13%.  On its repeat viewing "The Gift" gained an additional .8 million viewers, bring its total up to 6.2 million.

This was the first episode, since season 2, where Game of Thrones aired on Memorial Day weekend.  And looking at the numbers, it makes sense why HBO has been trying to avoid the

This  was also the first time this season where Game of Thrones lost the week.  The NBA conference finals brought in a total of 7.7 million viewers, pushing Game of Thrones into the number two spot for Sunday. 

Inside "The Gift"

We have a relatively light week, with only three bonus videos from HBO for the latest episode of Game of Thrones, entitled "The Gift".  In one video we have George R.R. Martin discussion the poisons of House Martell; one with actors John Bradley and Hannah Murray talking about the bond between Sam and Gilly.  And of course the show-runners David and Dan delving deep into the integral scenes of the episode.  

Inside the Episode with David Benioff and Dan Weiss

George R.R. Martin on the Poisons of House Martell 

John Bradley and Hannah Murray on Sam's Bond with Gilly

"The Gift" Preview

Episode 7 of Game of Thrones is just a few hours away.  Tonights episode, titled "The Gift", should be quite interesting as we start to get to the major events of the season.  Jon and Tormund plan their march north, Stannis continues to plan his attack on Winterfell, Sansa recovering after last weeks ending, Dany continuing her struggle to rule Meereen, and we learn the aftermath of Jaime's mission gone wrong in Dorne.  

The episode is written by co-producers David Benioff and Dan Weiss. And is directed by Miguel Sapochnik.  The official plot synopsis for the episode is:

Jon prepares for conflict.  Sansa tries to talk to Theon.  Brienne waits for a sign.  Stannis (Stephen Dillane) remains stubborn.  Jaime attempts to reconnect with family. 

Check out the official preview for "The Gift" below. 

Game of Thrones Season 5 Plot Synopses for Episodes 4-8

Game of Thrones Season 5 Plot Synopses for Episodes 4-8

HBO recently put out a press release giving us a few pieces of new information for season 5 of Game of Thrones.  Not only did we get the plot synopses for the May episodes, but we also got the title for episode 8.  

As always these plot synopses are quite vague in their description.  But for those of you who don't want any information on them, I'll leave them below the break. 

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Titles Released for Episodes 505-507

Adding to the list of known episode titles for the upcoming season, GeekyInc has broken the news for episode titles 505-507.  GeekyInc previously brought us the titles for episodes 501-504.

The titles are:

Episode 505: "Kill the Boy"

Episode 506: "Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken"

Episode 507: "The Gift"

The biggest surprise for me is episode 505.  I'm excited to see that they have decided to take the route with the quote, "Kill the boy and let the man be born."  Lets just hope the shows depiction of this story is as good the books.  

So what do you think of these three episode titles?