James Hibberd
April 23, 2013 AT 03:44 PM EDT

Sunday’s stunner episode of Game of Thrones continued the HBO fantasy hit’s streak of setting new ratings records.

The fourth episode of the third season delivered 4.9 million viewers for its 9 p.m. telecast, up 4 percent from last week, with 5.9 million viewers for the night across two plays.

That marks a new series-high initial airing for the show, which returned to its best ratings yet last month and then hit another new benchmark last week. Episode four’s recap is here and here is an interview with producers and Emilia Clarke about the episode’s climax.

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