This was not an episode from HBOs much anticipated Season 4 of Game of Thrones though, but the real live drama unfolding at Manchester United as David Moyes was sacked and the battle for his successor starts to take place.
After just one bad campaign United haven't fallen yet, but their precarious position dictates that the 2014/15 season is more important than any other ever has been. The club don't have to win the Premier League, but a renewed competitiveness and a minimum of fourth place is crucial. Anything less could be catastrophic.
Most of us, if honest, will have enjoyed watching the public demise of this man we have never met, don't know, but yet have been invited to excoriate over the duration of his tortured reign at Old Trafford. What does this public and ritual flogging say about us?
Manchester United is a brand name that transcends sport. You don't have to be a football fan - or soccer fan, depending on where you are from - to know of them. If you walk through any shopping mall in Asia you will stumble across their shirts for sale. Schools kids in Bahrain and taxi drivers in Mali wear their shirts...
So, the sacking of David Moyes was clearly a consequence of managerial failure but not entirely, indeed not even predominantly, that of Moyes himself. The real blame lies with the board and the CEO, or executive vice chairman, as Ed Woodward is called.
It is possible that the clean out of other staff below David Moyes points to Manchester United seeking a deeper analysis of what went wrong. However it is also possible that scape-goating one individual is too simplistic an analysis of a large complex organisation.
Few people - industry professionals or not - will be impressed with the way the PR was handled. Did anyone not know on Monday afternoon that David Moyes was for the chop? Anyone except, allegedly, David Moyes that is.
This has not been about David Moyes at all. His sad fate would have been the natural destiny of any inheritor of what was clearly a poisoned chalice, made more poisonous by the addition of that lethal factor of self-delusion. Because Manchester United have succeeded in convincing themselves that they are something special; the Biggest Club in the World.
Before Sunderland travelled to White Hart Lane on Monday, one commenter posed as absurd the fact that the two teams should both have former Tottenham players managing them but Spurs, undoubtedly the better of the two teams, should have the worse of the two.
I don't want to put a downer on Liverpool's success but they have played far fewer games than the other top teams. Liverpool fans seem to react very angrily when I mention this, but it's true!
As a Man United fan, the end to this inexorable Premier League season is as excruciating as root canal surgery. In many ways I'd prefer to be on a dentist's chair, mouth gaping.
Fans of Manchester United and the football community as a whole have reacted quickly to the Red Devils' newly found frailties after a brief period of uncertainty at the beginning of the season.
It seems incredibly harsh to place all of the blame on Moyes considering the state of the club when Ferguson departed, primarily in terms of their squad. Manchester United possess a wealth of talent, however, the main problem is that their young players are still not at the level required for Premier League glory and their more experienced men are past their peak.
The three-time European champions have just held this year's favourites to a draw at Old Trafford and there is time to have a look at the what we picked up during the 90 minutes.
Professional football in the 21st century is governed by money like never before. Clubs that have money have the tools that allow them to be successful, while those that are financially limited will usually quickly reach a ceiling in terms of what they can achieve.