The ‘Game of Thrones’ Season Finale Is Set To Be Most-Watched Episode Ever

Viewership exploded like Cersei’s deadly wildfire.

After the instant classic “Battle of the Bastards” episode of Game of Thrones achieved an awe-inspiring perfect IMDB score, it looks like the HBO drama’s season six finale has achieved landmark viewership. 

New York magazine checked out the Nielsens and found the fantasy epic’s “nearly nine million viewers who caught the 75-minute epic the night it aired is already a same-day record for the show.”

More than that, HBO’s tracking of DVR playback for the finale—evocatively titled “The Winds of Winter”—shows those views will add up to a grand total of around 20 million sets of eyeballs when all is said and done. 

Since show creators have indicated Thrones may have just 15 episodes left at best to spread across two seasons, it looks like these records will crash eventually, as more fans pile in front of the TV on Sunday nights to satisfy their hunger for iron, blood and dragons. 

h/t New York