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Game of Thrones breaks HBO’s viewership record with the Season 8 trailer

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Game of Thrones Breaks It’s Own HBO Record with Season 8 Trailer

It’s been more than a week since the official trailer of Game of Thrones Season 8 dropped (finally!) and unless you are living under a rock you have seen it already. If you are though, here’s the trailer.

As per EW, at least 81 million people around the world sure weren’t, because that’s the number of people that viewed the trailer in the first 24 hours after it dropped, and broke HBO’s all-time record for the most views on a TV trailer in that time span across all platforms including YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and others.

It’s all in the family though, because the previous record was held also by Game of Thrones, the season 7 trailer to be specific, which had been watched by 61 million people worldwide in the first 24 hours after it was released two years ago. That’s a solid 20 million increase in the viewership.

Season 7 closed with the mother of all cliffhangers (the Wall broke down, remember?) in August 2017 and left the entire fandom in a lurch for the next two years. HBO has had to deal with Game of Thrones spoilers and leaks in the past, with script pages and even entire episodes getting leaked. For their last season, they took absolutely no chance.

Game of Thrones Breaks It’s Own HBO Record with Season 8 Trailer

With an insane amount of security (decoy plots, multiple endings, and whatnot) on the sets, photos and scoops were hard to come by. HBO had an iron grip over what materials reached the audience, with rare glimpses coming by way of few second clips and sanctioned cover stories. The new trailer is the first real look at the season 8 plotline and mercifully crammed with scores of tidbits.

Read our blow-by-blow analysis of the season 8 trailer.

Game of Thrones has come a long way from the meagre 2.52 million viewership of season 1. As more and more people jump on the bandwagon, the swansong of the Game of Thrones saga seems all set to break a lot more records going forward. Game of Thrones Season 8 premiers on HBO on April 14.







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George R. R. Martin confirms the existence of 17 dragons in House of The Dragon

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George R. R. Martin confirms the existence of 17 dragons in House of The Dragon

Game of Thrones prequel House of The Dragon is one of HBO’s most ambitious projects yet. The show will be showing the events from the time when Targaryens were flourishing in Westeros, and so were their dragons, about 300 years ago. In a recent discussion with House of The Dragon showrunner Ryan J. Condal and David Mendel on their podcast, The Stuff Dreams are Made of, Game of Thrones creator George R. R. Martin confirmed the existence of 17 dragons on the show, at least in the first season.

George R. R. Martin confirms the existence of 17 dragons in House of The Dragon

Ryan Condal’s and David Mandel’s podcast about movie and television prop collecting has returned after a mid-season break, and it starts with a bang as Condal recruits none other than George R. R. Martin to discuss his own history as a collector, as well as just a wee bit of discussion of House of the Dragons at the end. Fans should find this one pretty interesting, in particular George’s feelings regarding the ideal adapters of his work going forward.

Discussion of Game of Thrones and House of the Dragon related matter begins around the 1 hour, 18-minute mark. If we will have 17 dragons out of the 21 that exist in the Dance of the Dragons period, we will possibly not see wild dragons in Season 1. Like Gray Ghost and Cannibal.

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Targaryens and Velaryons gather up for a meet in latest House of The Dragon leaks

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Filming for Game of Thrones prequel House of The Dragon is moving very swiftly, as evident from the frequent leaks we’re witnessing with every passing day. Though HBO has been mum about revealing any more info about the show, these periodic leaks are causing waves of excitement amongst the fans, as they’re left wondering and speculating who’s who in the new set pictures. Fans have been wondering for a while about some of the key characters that have not been announced yet. Recently, a few more pictures were leaked, depicting the Targaryen and Velaryon families gathering up for a meet.

Recently a couple of pictures were leaked by House of The Dragon Brasil’s Twitter handle that showed a huge crowd of cast and crew getting ready for a scene. Several white/silver wigs were spotted, and though the faces are not clear because of the distance, we can make out a few characters who are present at the site.

Some of the key characters present on the set are Rhaenys Velaryon (Eve Best), Rhaenyra Targaryen (Milly Alcock), Alicent Hightower (Emily Carey) and Matt Smith (Daemon Targaryen). There are more wigged characters as well, but their face is not visible, but we can safely assume they might be Targaryens as well.

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Also, if you live in any of the places where House of the Dragon is currently filming or will be filming in the future, and would like to share photos of the sets/cast or any tips, drop us a mail at connect [at] wikiofthrones [dot] com or use our Contact Us form.







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Matt Smith spotted in Targaryen attire at Kynance Cove in Cornwall

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Matt Smith spotted in Targaryen attire at Kynance Cove in Cornwall

The filming for Game of Thrones prequel House of The Dragon is moving at a really swift pace, as shown by the frequent leaks that we’re witnessing every day. The more pictures we see, the more it gets clear that HBO is going to go deep into the Dance of the Dragons storyline, and cover more chapters from the books than we initially expected. More pictures from the set were leaked recently by The Daily Mail, and these new pictures provide a clearer perspective of Daemon Targaryen’s costume.

Matt Smith spotted in Targaryen attire at Kynance Cove in Cornwall

The newest photos show House of The Dragon star Matt Smith in Daemon Targaryen’s attire talking to a crew member. It seems like he was taking a break from shooting in some of these photos, spending some time playing with a puppy close to a house.

Matt Smith spotted in Targaryen attire at Kynance Cove in Cornwall

There are also some pictures of the shoot, one of them shows Matt Smith walking down a beach, and the cast and crew members discussing an important scene on the beach at a distance. We can spot some more Targaryens, by looking at the wigs they are wearing, they might be Emma D’Arcy as Rhaenyra Targaryen and Matt Smith himself.

Matt Smith spotted in Targaryen attire at Kynance Cove in Cornwall

Matt Smith spotted in Targaryen attire at Kynance Cove in Cornwall

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