"Game of Thrones" ultimately averaged 32.8 million viewers per episode last season in cumulative TV and online viewership, HBO said.
Almost 20 months after its last episode, which saw walls fall and incest committed, Game Of Thrones finally returned to our screens early on Monday morning.
The most-tweeted moment from Sunday's show came when popular "Thrones" character Jon Snow (played by Kit Harington) learned the truth about his parents, and the fact that his love interest, Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke), is in fact his aunt.
Speaking on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, the actress - who plays Daenerys Targaryen in the hit fantasy series - revealed she told her mother, but thinks her secret is safe with her.
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Unfortunately, I am possibly one of the only people on this earth who has never seen the show.
Finally, Kit mentioned meeting wife Rose Leslie on Game of Thrones and their plans for the future now that the story is over. Unsurprisingly, Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) - as well as the majority of the Northerners - are largely unimpressed by her brother's new flame. At the same time, Jon and Daenerys found a spare afternoon to go and recreate A Whole New World with dragons and snow. Maybe Samwell will end up on the Iron Throne? I think what sums up the buck for me was there was a bit where Jon nearly falls off.
The episode concludes with a Jaime-Bran staredown that encapsulates the show's entire eight-year history. More importantly, the trailer teases the kind of fight we've wanted to see ever since it became clear that Winterfell would be the first stop of the White Walkers once they breach the wall.