Published: Tue, April 16, 2019

Record 17.4 million watch 'Game of Thrones' kickoff for final season

Record 17.4 million watch 'Game of Thrones' kickoff for final season

Spoilers ahead if you haven't seen the Season 8 premiere of Game of Thrones. This almost 18-minute video goes to great lengths to show how the final season of the epic, award-winning drama came together, highlighting the talented cast and crew that put in grueling hours to make it all possible. It also was HBO's biggest night ever for streaming, the network said. The rest were viewers who watched two encore presentations, combined with those who streamed the show with the HBO Go or HBO Now apps. While that means the series came in slightly below the 12.07 million viewer audience its season 7 finale's on-air broadcast scored, it's still well above its season 7 premiere's initial 10.1 million viewers.

In fact, the premiere of Season 5 nearly matched the Season 8 premiere with its April 12, 2015 airing.

The first time we saw this type of imagery was in the Game of Thrones pilot and became synonymous with the White Walkers.

The second episode will air next Sunday at 6 p.m. PT on HBO. That's the same way he greets him upon their reunion in Season 8's premiere. Moreover, the third episode happens to be the longest episode of the season, clocking in at one hour 22 minutes. As much as a lot of people probably weren't very happy with DirecTV Now for the leak, the premiere was still a success in the viewership. In fact, it looks as if he's standing "trial" of sorts, fielding questions from Sansa, Dany, and Jon Snow.

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