The internet can’t stop talking about Game of Thrones. After last week’s episode saw quite the heel-turn for a certain someone, and a few key deaths, fans were very much ready to tear this series apart. Hell, for the past several weeks, I don’t think I’ve heard very many positive things about the show as a whole, let alone this past season. Whether it’s earned the hate or not, Game of Thrones‘ ratings game is still strong.
In fact, one could argue that it’s stronger than ever. According to a new report from Deadline, last Sunday’s episode “The Bells” book in 12.5 million linear audience members. This is apparently the best HBO has ever done, ever. Ever. The previous record-holder was “The Long Night,” which housed the anticipated Batter of Winterfell. That episode got 12.2 million linear viewers.
None of this is even taking into account the numbers they’ll be getting once they add up HBO Go and HBO Now streaming service subscribers. And, of course, in spite of the hate, next week’s final episode of the series is sure to bring in viewers in droves, as it will signal an end to a pop culture sensation, for better or worse (memories of LOST come to mind).
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