‘Game of Thrones’ hits a new ratings high with season 8 premiere

Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark and Iwan Rheon as Ramsay Bolton in the infamous wedding night scene from Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones is available in over 150 countries worldwide, but HBO said viewing data is not easily retrieved in many of those markets, making a global figure impossible to calculate.

Forget winter...Game of Thrones memes are coming. For starters, the wall is now in tatters, decimated by the Night King at the end of Game of Thrones season 7.

Although Kit - who plays Jon Snow - then joked it "isn't hard" to kiss Emilia, also 32, because both she and her character Daenerys Targaryen are "wonderful".

Since the seventh season ended in August 2017, fans have been waiting for the eighth season to either confirm or deny their theories.

As part of the launch, DDB Sydney and Foxtel built a 2000 square metre graveyard that paid tribute to the bloodshed and more than 100,000 deaths over the past seven seasons. But there are several things that seem, at this point, to be nearly inevitable.


Daenerys and Sansa aren't good friends but the second scene shows Daenerys telling Sansa, "He never should have trusted Cersei", perhaps talking about Tyrion. Admittedly, that's not the most ringing endorsement, but the Season 8 premiere really proved to me for a number of reasons that Dany is not fit for the top job, and Jon is the natural next choice.

Since they've last seen each other, Bran has trained under the Three Eyed Raven and learned to see the past, the future, and other things that are also happening in the present (meaning that he absolutely knows Jaime shoved him out that window, lads).

Daenerys is definitely not winning any popularity contests in the North, and Sam implores Jon to question her lack of mercy. While it's exciting to see these subplots set themselves up, the episode frequently lacks direction due to the constantly shifting focus. It was a momentous night for the George R.R. Martin series, as evidenced by the latest viewership figures released by HBO.

Jon's Targaryen link is further exposed in his dealing with one of the two surviving dragons, named Rhaegal (after Jon's father, Rhaegar, which he doesn't know yet.) "Only Targaryens can ride dragons, and that should be a sign for Jon", Benioff said.

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