Record 17.4 million watch Game of Thrones kickoff for final season

Lewis Collier
April 16, 2019

A record 17.4 million viewers tuned in for Sunday's season eight premiere of the popular fantasy series, up from 16.1 million viewers who watched the first episode of season seven.

Almost 20 months after its last episode, which saw walls fall and incest committed, Game Of Thrones finally returned to our screens early on Monday morning.

The eighth season, which sees Daenerys Targaryen, played by Emilia Clarke, teach Jon Snow how to train her dragons, features a mechanical dragon swing the actors through the air.

The following review contains spoilers of the April 14 episode of "Game of Thrones".

Game of Thrones featured a cameo from Rob McElhenney in its Season 8 premiere. "I feel like they wanted to show the children of the Stark family who have grown into adults".

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The idea that "Winter is coming" gained new meaning in the episode. There is no doubt Sansa Stark is quite happy to see her brother but she does not look happy seeing the mother of Dragon.

When Jon Snow takes Daenerys off to a snowy waterfall to presumably have some sexy times, it's a reference to Jon and Ygritte's cave (used for the same purposes) back in Season 3, episode 5.

Fox League, Fox Footy, Supercars and Fox Rugby also featured in Game of Thrones Round. More than that, the whole episode was largely about reunions, as the characters gathered in Winterfell to prepare to fight the White Walkers, who have already busted through The Wall, thanks to Daenerys's zombified dragon.

Unsurprisingly, the news did not sit well with Jon and he refused to accept he is the rightful heir to the Iron Throne. "But there's something about the incessant nature of what we were doing that I think added to the show's authenticity". The Late Show with Matty Johns also featured a large amount of Game of Thrones integration, with the panelists, including Johns himself, dressing as characters from the show.

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