‘Game of Thrones’ hits a new ratings high with season 8 premiere

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The following review contains spoilers of the April 14 episode of "Game of Thrones".

Season 7 averaged 32.8 million US viewers per episode when delayed viewing was counted and HBO said it expected the Season 8 average to "grow considerably". That's a series high audience for "Game of Thrones", beating the 16.9 million viewers that its season 7 finale scored on its premiere night. We then get a look at a new location for season 8, Last Hearth, which plays a big part in the premiere for anyone who has already had their living daylights spooked out of them by that scene.

Game of Thrones is in the midst of its eighth and final season.

The 9:00 P.M. airing of the premiere was viewed by 11.8 million viewers, surpassing the season seven premiere of 10.1 million viewers and slightly behind the season seven finale of 12.1 million viewers. Many viewers believed that McElhenney and fellow Always Sunny mastermind Charlie Day popped up in Season 7, but Day debunked the cameo rumor.

In fact, the premiere of Season 5 nearly matched the Season 8 premiere with its April 12, 2015 airing.

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Actress Natalie Portman continues to give back by supporting worthy causes, sharing her voice in bringing attention to those in need, whether it's a campaign for education, LGBT rights or pay parity. Before getting into more details of Game of Thrones Season 8 Easter Eggs, let's take a quick look at the last season. As much as a lot of people probably weren't very happy with DirecTV Now for the leak, the premiere was still a success in the viewership. The episode, titled Winterfell, was marked by reunions both warm and frosty and clear signs of the struggles ahead.

Robert Baratheon asked Ned Stark to be his Hand of the King down in the crypts near Lyanna Stark's statue, which is the same place where Samwell Tarly told Jon Snow about his true lineage and that he's actually Aegon Targaryen.

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