HBO’s Game of Thrones inched upward in the ratings for the second week in a row. The 9 p.m. airing was seen by 2.5 million viewers, up slightly from last week’s 2.4 million, with a total of 3.1 million for the night including the repeat. Season to date, Thrones is averaging 8.3 million once all repeats and platforms are counted.

This is yet another positive sign for the fantasy series, climbing in the numbers despite the show’s story pace lessening a bit the previous week. The show’s action kicks into high gear starting on Sunday’s fifth episode, which could result in Thrones gaining even more traction in the weeks to come, just like True Blood its first year.