'Game of Thrones' ratings: penultimate episode is most-watched in series history

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Large battles in television often induce key casualties, and the anticipation by fans for major characters to fall has driven monster ratings for HBO during the Game of Thrones final season's run of episodes.

Akhil Arora of Gadgets360 had similar thoughts: "Despite having some of the most well-acted moments and epic scenes in its roster, Game of Thrones season 8 episode 5 ultimately felt hollow".

The final episode is sure to wrap up the story in a big way, and we can only imagine HBO didn't want to tease anything too big!

Soon after the episode aired, the makers of Game of Thrones released the promo of episode six.

Varys and Euron Greyjoy were killed in The Bells, and although Hill and Pilou Asbaek (who played Euron in the show) have said that their overall takeaway has been positive, they can't help but feel that the final season has been a missed opportunity.

They were so disappointed, especially by Cersei Lannister's (Lena Headey) death, that many of them went to Rotten Tomatoes and scored the HBO show's lowest ever rating on the site. It's also the third rating record set by Thrones during its final season: the season premiere was watched by 17.4 million people, which was a then-record for the series. Now, we just have to see how many viewers will tune in. That's an increase of more than 10 million viewers when compared to season 7. Whether or not you saw Daenerys doing what she did, it was still a surprise to see.

Game of Thrones will return for its series finale on Monday, May 20, amid intense fan expectations and scrutiny. The episode makes you wonder though, how the hell are they going to end the HBO series? With the once-Breaker of Chains having gone full Mad Queen, in the other image Tyrion Lannister seems to realize his grave mistake of supporting her claim to the Iron Throne.



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