Game of Thrones ratings hit series high with penultimate episode
Game of Thrones penultimate episode, “The Bells,” scorched viewership ratings this week and actually increased 6% from last week’s episode. According to Deadline, the popular fantasy series was watched by 12.5 million viewers, which bests the 12.2 million who tuned in for Season 8’s third episode, “The Long Night.”
Furthermore, when added with digital data from the likes of HBO GO and HBO Now, the episode actually pulled in a record 18.4 million viewers for the premium cable channel.
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. The series stars Peter Dinklage, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke, Kit Harington, Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams.
Executive producers of Game of Thrones Season 8 are David Benioff, D.B. Weiss, Carolyn Strauss, Frank Doelger, and Bernadette Caulfield; co-executive producers are Guymon Casady, Vince Gerardis, George R.R. Martin and Bryan Cogman; and producers are Chris Newman, Greg Spence, and Lisa McAtackney.
The final season of Game of Thrones likely won’t be our last trip to Westeros, as HBO has greenlit a pilot set 1,000 years before the events of the wildly popular sword and sorcery epic. Naomi Watts and Josh Whitehouse have been cast in the prequel series. S.J. Clarkson (The Defenders, Jessica Jones) will direct the pilot.