'Game of Thrones' premiere draws heavy 17.4M viewers

Cersei should be on the Iron Throne

"Game of Thrones" has pulled off an impressive feat throughout its run, by managing to consistently grow its audience with each new season.

HBO said Sunday's live United States television audience and viewers on its HBO GO and HBO NOW apps exceeded the previous series high of 16.9 million viewers for the Season 7 finale two years ago.

As was to be expected, a lot of people tuned in for the Season 8 premiere of HBO's GAME OF THRONES.

As a result of last night's debut, episode one of season eight now holds that position.

Of course, because this is Game of Thrones, that's all we get for now.

The seventh season ended with many loose ends left untied.

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Jon Snow gave Arya Stark Needle way back in Season 1, episode 2, and their reunion in the Season 8 premiere mirrored that scene in many ways. The final and eighth season premiered internationally on April 14.

There have always been theories of the Night King being connected to the Targaryens or the Starks, although his interest in dragons-one of which he possesses in Season 7-seems to be more of a Targaryen trait as the family was known to wrangle and ride dragons.

After their sacred trees and forests are being cut down, the children then create the White Walkers to protect them against the foreign invaders.

The initial scenes of the episode seem nearly like the reboot of a late "90s sitcom". I am not one to speak ill of the show, since I am not familiar with what the series is about.

Jaime sneaked into Winterfell on horseback, veiled by his cape after leaving Cersei back in King's Landing (in the previous season finale). While it's exciting to see these subplots set themselves up, the episode frequently lacks direction due to the constantly shifting focus.

Based on the popular book series "A Song of Ice and Fire", by George R.R. Martin, the Emmy-winning fantasy series chronicles an epic struggle for power in a vast and violent kingdom. Maybe the showrunners are tricking fans and intentionally making the show look predictable just to sweep the rug out from under their feet at the last moment.

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