The series finale of HBO’s Game of Thrones was watched by more than 19 million US viewers – a record audience for the cable channel. In a statement, HBO, a unit of AT&T’s Warner Media, said Sunday’s 19.3 million live television audience and viewers on its HBO GO and HBO NOW apps exceeded the previous high for the show — 18.4 million, for the penultimate episode a week ago.
The episode was the most-watched single telecast ever on HBO – surpassing previous record set by crime drama The Sopranos in 2002, said HBO.
The finale of the medieval fantasy ran roughly an hour and twenty minutes to conclude the storyline of more than a dozen characters and intertwining plots.
Apart from the audience, the last episode was trending for two days straight across the globe – with fans criticising rushed plot, asking for a do-over with “better” writers and regretting wasting eight years of their life for an “anti-climax” conclusion.
Here are some of the memes that got to us - beware of spoilers!
Choosing Bran as King did not go down well with the fans
Where the writing failed, the cinematography tried to make up for it.
“Season 8 may have not had the best writing but you cannot fault the cinematography - it’s absolutely stunning!” said a user.
Poor Jon Snow
Jon was a Targaryen for no reason p>— (@RetiredFilth) May 20, 2019
Fans were not happy about Cersei being killed by rocks either.
Where did the wall come from?
Who built the fucking wall again? Tell me!— Rizla. (@RizWanKenobi_) May 20, 2019
But Drogon trying to wake up Dany brought tears to many eyes
“Notice how Drogon carefully picked up Dany”
Or is it? There may be some hope for the fans considering HBO ordered a prequel in 2018. It will be co-written by George R. R. Martin – the author of the A Song of Ice and Fire book series on which Game of Thrones is based on. The prequel will be set thousands of years before the events of Game of Thrones.
GoT fans have been lobbying for a sequel to the fantasy based around Arya Stark – played by Maisie Williams. In the final episode, Arya was seen aboard a ship to explore lands unknown.