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Season 8 Episode 5 ‘The Bells’ is now the most-watched Game of Thrones episode ever

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Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 5 ‘The Bells’ may have been panned by a record number of people, but that also means a record number of people actually clocked in to watch it in the first place. 18.4 million people across platforms, according to Variety. That makes ‘The Bells’ the most-watched episode in the entire series, trumping the record set by Season 8 Episode 3, ‘The Long Night’, that was watched by 17.8 million people.

The episode’s initial broadcast figures too are the biggest in the series – 12.48 million people tuned in when it first aired on Sunday night. The previous record in initial viewership was held by the Season 7 finale ‘The Dragon and the Wolf’ with 12.07 million people clocking in to watch the first broadcast.

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Both Episode 3 and Episode 5 were big-ticket battle-episodes, so the viewer interest is understandable. What’s interesting is that both these episodes have received some of the worst ratings in Game of Thrones history. ‘The Long Night’ scored 75% on review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, which is pretty low by Thrones standard. But ‘The Bells’ has sunk past even that – at 49% it is the lowest-rated episode in Game of Thrones history.

The ratings had plummeted with episode 4 itself, which was the first ‘rotten’ episode of this season with 54% approval. But the falling ratings do not seem to affect the viewership at all. People now seem even more interested to know how it ends despite, or probably because of, the shocking turn of events that has inspired so much criticism (Daenerys Targaryen’s Mad Queen act).

With just one more episode to go and so much at stake with the storyline now, the finale looks all set to break some more records.

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George R. R. Martin discusses Game of Thrones finale, says the books will and will not have a similar ending

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George R. R. Martin discusses Game of Thrones finale, says the books will and will not have a similar ending

After nearly a decade of work being put in, Game of Thrones ended this Sunday. Season 8 episode 6 — “The Iron Throne” rounded up a lot of loose ends from the show, and while it might not have pleased everyone, it was still a fitting end for the show that has had us on the hook for such a long time. Now, of course, everybody is interested in knowing what creator George R. R. Martin has to think of the end and whether the book ending will be any different. These are exactly the questions that he addressed in a blog post on his website, recently. Read on!

George wrote a blog post on his Not a Blog recently, titled “An Ending“, talking about the end of Game of Thrones. George dabbled in nostalgia in the post, talking about how he asked David and Dan who Jon Snow’s mother was, in their first meeting, and they knew the right answer. He also went on to appreciate the showrunners, the cast and the crew for working so hard on the show. He revealed his future plans, saying he was working on five shows with the HBO, some of which are not about Westeros. He then went on to discuss his plans with the books, specifically:

“And I’m writing. Winter is coming, I told you, long ago… and so it is. THE WINDS OF WINTER is very late, I know, I know, but it will be done. I won’t say when, I’ve tried that before, only to burn you all and jinx myself… but I will finish it, and then will come A DREAM OF SPRING.

How will it all end? I hear people asking. The same ending as the show? Different?

Well… yes. And no. And yes. And no. And yes. And no. And yes.”

He then gave us a glimpse of what to expect from the books:

“I am working in a very different medium than David and Dan, never forget. They had six hours for this final season. I expect these last two books of mine will fill 3000 manuscript pages between them before I’m done… and if more pages and chapters and scenes are needed, I’ll add them. And of course the butterfly effect will be at work as well; those of you who follow this Not A Blog will know that I’ve been talking about that since season one. There are characters who never made it onto the screen at all, and others who died in the show but still live in the books… so if nothing else, the readers will learn what happened to Jeyne Poole, Lady Stoneheart, Penny and her pig, Skahaz Shavepate, Arianne Martell, Darkstar, Victarion Greyjoy, Ser Garlan the Gallant, Aegon VI, and a myriad of other characters both great and small that viewers of the show never had the chance to meet. And yes, there will be unicorns… of a sort…”

He also ridiculed the idea of fans asking which one the “real ending” will be:

“Book or show, which will be the “real” ending? It’s a silly question. How many children did Scarlett O’Hara have? How about this? I’ll write it. You read it. Then everyone can make up their own mind, and argue about it on the internet.”

Well, the man said it himself. Maybe we should stop complaining now and enjoy what Game of Thrones did for us. What do you guys think? Talk to us in the comments, down below!






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Game of Thrones gave us a beautifully “subverted” ending this Sunday. In the series finale — Season 8 episode 6, “The Iron Throne”, Westeros got a new ruler that was completely unexpected.

Game of Thrones fans react to Bran Stark becoming King

Game of Thrones has revolved around who gets to sit on the Iron Throne after Robert Baratheon’s death resulted in a series of conflicts that caused a lot of death and destruction. In this episode, all the important lords and ladies of Westeros gathered in the Dragonpit, to choose the new ruler.

The scene has Tyrion Lannister on trial, who had been held as a prisoner for betraying Daenerys Targaryen. An angry Grey Worm brings Tyrion, and eventually, Tyrion soon gets to talking. He talks about how there can be no better ruler than the one that holds all memories of the realm, Bran Stark, A.K.A. Bran the Broken.

Issac Hempstead Wright, who plays the role of Bran Stark, had the best reaction to this reveal. He tweeted:

What was your reaction to this big reveal? Tell us in the comments down below!






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Game of Thrones Season 8 finale beats all previous viewership records for HBO

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HBO releases photos from Game Of Thrones Season 8 Episode 6: The Iron Throne

Game of Thrones final season might not have gotten the expected response from critics and fans with regards to the rankings, the show still has maintained its viewership figures. Game of Thrones season 8, episode 6, “The Iron Throne” beat all previous viewership records for HBO, making it the most watched HBO episode of all time. Read on!

HBO releases photos from Game Of Thrones Season 8 Episode 6: The Iron Throne

A report by The Wall Street Journal says that the finale of the show garnered a record viewership of 19.3 million viewers, including the live TV viewership, and streaming viewership from HBO Go and HBO Now. The live TV views accounted for 13.6 million of those views.

This not only make the episode the most watched Game of Thrones episode of all time, but also makes it the most viewed HBO episode in history, standing above some pretty great television.

Season 8 has consistently broken the viewership records for the show, starting right from the premiere. The last episode of the show being the most watched is quite fitting, given Game of Thrones had been HBO’s poster child for a long time now.

What about you? Did you watch the episode yet? Talk to us in the comments, down below!






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